Founded in the City in 1945, the London Orpheus Choir is a medium-sized, friendly and enthusiastic auditioned choir, performing a wide range of music including works by Bach, Handel, Fauré, Elgar, Rossini, Tippett and McDowell.
In 2010, Richard Jenkinson was appointed conductor of the London Orpheus Choir, following in the eminent footsteps of the late James Gaddarn.
In the early years, performances were given mainly in churches and cathedrals. With the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1967, the Orpheus had the distinction of being the first amateur choir to perform in the new Hall. Since then, the choir has performed regularly at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John's Smith Square and St James' Church, Piccadilly.
The choir performs a wide repertoire which extends from the 16th century to present day with professional soloists and the London Orpheus Orchestra; many of its players are also members of leading orchestras and chamber music ensembles. 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.
London Orpheus 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.
Richard Jenkinson is well-known and respected for excellent, critically acclaimed concerts. He was a scholarship student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he won many prizes and awards for his work, and where Sir David Willcocks was a huge influence and guide. He works regularly with many choral societies, chamber choirs and church choirs in and around London/Southern England, and has appeared at most of the major venues.
Richard was appointed Conductor of the London Orpheus Choir in 2011 He is also continuing to develop his own chamber choir Meridian Voices; they have recently enjoyed a very successful weekend deputising for the professional choir in Hereford Cathedral. Richard’s other projects include helping to develop great choral singing in local secondary schools, running a “Vocal Academy,” and leading musical exchanges between his English choirs and their twin town counterparts abroad. He also has a flourishing parallel career as organist and church musician.
Richard is also experienced in directing Choral Workshops – a role he particularly enjoys. He has travelled widely on concert tours, including directing choirs and orchestras in ‘musical exchanges’ in Spain, Italy, Germany and Austria plus ‘return fixtures’ in the UK. This year, Richard was honoured to take members of his choirs to sing for the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres as part of the 1914–2014 commemorations. In September, Richard will host a visit of the Royal Dutch Orpheus Choir to the UK, with a return visit planned for 2015.
AccompanistMarcus 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. Recently he has been touring the UK and Finland with the Backman Trio and their recording of British and Finnish music has recently been released on the Fuga label.