We are a Dorchester based choir founded with the principal aim of singing the music of our founder, Rick Birley. The Occasional Singers’ first performance was in Milton Abbey on Wednesday 21st December 1994. It was not intended that the choir should meet regularly, but after this initial concert Rick felt more than ever what a fantastic thing it was to combine good voices together to create such a sumptuous sound, a feeling which was to create The Occasional Singers as they are today.
The choir has sung many of Rick Birley’s compositions over the years, but they also sing a wide variety of music, sacred and secular, covering many styles and spanning many centuries. The Occasional Singers usually sing a cappella, but also work with other musicians – individual soloists, instrumental ensembles and organists.
The present Musical Director is Richard Hall, Director of the Dorset Rural Music School, supported by David Bruce-Payne, formerly Organist of Birmingham Cathedral and lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire.
The choir feels that its home is St Mary’s Church in Edward Road, Dorchester where we have always been made very welcome. The church was built just before the First World War and boasts a wonderful acoustic. The Occasional Singers greatly enjoy performing here. The church facilities are excellent and can be adapted to suit the performance.