About

The London Orpheus Choir is a medium-sized, friendly and enthusiastic choir, founded in the city in 1945. 

The choir performs regularly at venues across London, including All Hallows bu the Tower and St James’s Church, Piccadilly. The choir is a long-standing supporter of Phab, a charity helping disabled and non-disabled people of all ages to enjoy life. We perform a Christmas carol concert in aid of Phab every year.

In 2011, the choir started the London Orpheus Choir’s Young Artists’ Platform, welcoming young rising stars from London’s music colleges to perform with us. We hope to continue the project for many years to come.

 

Musical Director

 

Jessica Norton is Musical Director of the London Orpheus Choir, the London Concord Singers, the East London Chorus and Henley Youth Choirs, having previously worked with Milton Keynes Chorale, St Ives Choral Society, multiple workplace choirs and acted as Assistant Chorus Master for the London Symphony Chorus and City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus. She is sought after as a vocal coach and has lead workshops and Come and Sing days across London, Birmingham and Cambridge. 

With a Diploma in Singing Performance, Jessica has sung in multiple BBC Proms concerts, including in the semi-chorus of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius under Sir Simon Rattle. She has also sung solo for choirs such as the London Symphony Chorus and Ealing Common Choir, and most recently sang solo fr the LSO Come and Sing day in LSO St Luke’s. Last year, Jessica was the featured soprano in Wanstead’s opera gala Glamour on the Green and has been invited back this year.

Jessica is also a keen composer and her compositions have been premiered in prestigious venues such as Guildford Cathedral, the Victoria Rooms in Bristol and Chevy Chase United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Jessica has also edited vocal and string music for singer/songwriter Archie Smith.

 

Accompanist

Marcus Andrews is a British pianist and chamber musician. Marcus studied privately with Yvonne Dinwiddy and then at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young. He was then then appointed Graduate Assistant Accompanist at the University of Connecticut, where he gained a Master’s Degree, was awarded the Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship and made a member of the National Musicians’ Honor Society Pi Kappa Lamda. He won the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Accompanist Prize in 2000 and is in demand as an accompanist and chamber musician.

Marcus has given solo, chamber and concerto performances at major venues across London, the UK and beyond. Winner of the Trinity College of Music Trust Silver Medal for Keyboard and the first Jaques Samuel Pianos Trinity College of Music Prize, he took part in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Concert Series at the South Bank and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Festival, St Martin in the Fields, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The South Bank and at festivals across the UK and Europe.
 
Marcus’ recitals feature a wide selection of repertoire from baroque to contemporary eras, often seeking to make refreshing connections between the past and present. The music of Beethoven and the Russian masters feature heavily in his repertoire, as well as living composers such as Michael Summers, Carl Vine and Cecilia McDowall.