Keith Orrell, a Lancastrian, is a versatile and vibrant choral and orchestral conductor and music leader.
He is currently the Musical Director of the Liverpool Welsh Choral (since 2004) and the William Byrd Singers of Manchester (since 2009). In 2011 he took up the choral directorship of the Pennine Spring Music Festival. For the past seven years he has made a strong impact in developing singing in the schools in the Wigan Borough through his role as a Vocal Projects Leader for their Music Service. His very established and well-respected ‘Let’s Sing!’ projects and concerts have had a massive effect on the singing experiences of many thousands of children in the area. In this capacity he also directs Wigan Youth Choir and Wigan Junior Youth Choir, and conducts Wigan Youth Orchestra. He is also a dedicated church musician, organist, pianist, and the Director of Music at the church of St Agnes and St Pancras in south Liverpool.
Keith was Chorus Master of the Hallé Choir in Manchester for seven years, working with leading international conductors such as Kent Nagano and Mark Elder, and has acted as a guest Chorus Master for other symphony choruses in the UK, including the BBC Symphony Chorus, most notably training this choir for one of their 2004 Summer Prom concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. He directed the Beaumaris Singers until 2004, a chamber choir which he founded in the 1980’s, and more recently he worked as Director of Music at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. He has also led children’s choirs, youth choirs and larger mixed adult choirs including the Birmingham Singers, Stone Choral Society and the Staffordshire Youth Choir.
Keith continues to lead choral workshops and courses, including conducting courses for ABCD (the Association of British Choral Directors). He also writes regularly for the William Byrds Singers. Here is their recording of his 2019 work, The Sacrifice.