About

Orpheus Singers is one of the leading chamber choirs on the Isle of Wight. The choir was founded by Alan and Anne Burnett in 1992 to perform lesser known works of the classical music repertoire. Alan conducted it until the summer of 2014 when he retired, and Philip Fryer took over as conductor with Toni Rogers as Music Director.

Philip resigned for family reasons at the end of the 2017-18 season, and Toni announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2018-19 season. It was decided to appoint a Music Director to combine the functions of Conductor and Music Director.

Accordingly, Orpheus Singers are delighted to announce that starting from January 2019, our new Music Director is Charles Paterson.

Charles Paterson was born in Ipswich in 1954, and was singing, playing and writing music from an early age. From Ipswich School he went on to a Choral Exhibition at Christ’s College, Cambridge, then taught at Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames, and at Leicester Grammar School.

As a singer Charles has been a member of several choirs in Suffolk, London and the East Midlands, and has also performed on many occasions as a soloist. He was for twenty-five years conductor of the Leicester Grammar School Choir, Music Director of Humberstone Choral Society for ten years, of the Wyvern Singers for twelve, and of Broom Leys Choral Society from 2016 until his move to the Isle of Wight in 2018. He has also had conducting engagements with the Trianon Singers in Ipswich, the Tudor Singers of London, and Leicester Bach Choir, and until 2016 had a long-standing connection with the Cecilian Singers in Leicester both as singer, as répétiteur, and as occasional conductor in concerts.

Many of his compositions and arrangements have not surprisingly been for these and other choirs, but they also include solo songs, organ and chamber music, and a Concertino for Descant Recorder and String Orchestra which has received several performances and has recently been issued on CD: another CD, of Leicester Cathedral Chamber Choir, contains several of his smaller choral works. In recent years he has fulfilled commissions for choral pieces from the Harborough Singers, Stamford Choral and the Richard III Society, and from tenor Simon Lumby for a song cycle with harp accompaniment.


We are always interested in hearing from experienced singers: admission is by audition.

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