Choir from Tunbridge Wells celebrates a golden jubilee

December 23, 2016 by  

The Oriana Singers of Tunbridge Wells are celebrating a half century of music.

It was back in 1966 when John Francis, a church organist, founded the choir. Since then, a great career has been forged by the Oriana Singers. Newsletter printing from Tunbridge Wells can be used to record future achievements. The choir has already performed in cathedrals across the country.

Davina Norman, the secretary of the group, has explained how singing can feel to Kent Live:

“Having rehearsed in small halls, somewhere like St Paul’s Cathedral can be quite frightening. I remember looking down into the nave and realising there were hundreds of people listening to us, but you just have to get on with it.”

The choir has had many special moments down the years. Canterbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey were high points, but it all started in St Michaels and All Angels. The choir has returned to the site of its initial performance this year. It has several more members now than it did back then.

Oriana was allegedly the court nickname of Queen Elizabeth I. The choir used to specialise in music from the Elizabethan period and this was why Mr Francis selected the name he did. However, the group now tackle a diversity of songs, including modern music. A trip across the English Channel to Notre Dame has been planned and regular rehearsals have been scheduled.