Chamber Choir


Orlando Chamber Choir shares singers with other choirs and ensembles in and around London including:

English Chamber Choir
The Epiphoni Consort
Iken Scholars
London Symphony Chorus
Pegasus Choir
Thomas Tallis Society

... and bluegrass band The Archway Mountain Ligthin' Boys.

The following sites provide event listings and choir information relating to choirs in London:

020 London
British Choirs on the Net
Concert Diary South-East
Making Music

Orlando Chamber Choir's event details are usually published on a number of listings sites:

All in London
Classical Events
Concert Diary
Concert Finder
Diocese of London website
City Events
The List
Press Association
Thames Valley Early Music Forum
Time Out London
Visit London
Where Can We Go

This website is produced using almost exclusively free software. It is mostly hand-coded using CoffeeCup HTML Editor and Notepad++ to combine html, Javascript, jQuery, php, and MariaDB. Most of the website information is kept in a MariaDB database which is maintained offline as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. These spreadsheets are uploaded to our server using the (only slightly less free) Excel to MySQL, with Спасибо большое to Oleg and the software developers for their superb support! Most recent flyers were designed with photo editing software Paint.NET.

Two php libraries are used: PHPMailer to send e-mails, and TCPDF to produce and attach print-at-home PDF tickets. These tickets can be purchased online - PayPal Checkout with Smart Buttons Javascripts are integrated into the website with confirmation e-mails sent using PayPal's Instant Notification. If there are concert recordings to listen to, they can be played back using the Plyr Javascript media player, extended to include playlist functionality and to allow streaming on iOS too. The nifty nanogallery library provides a Javascript photo gallery and lightbox to display concert photos in the members' area. Mailings are sent using the elegantly small Javascript text editor library TinyMCE which also powers our contact form. Our repertoire list and other tables avaible on this website can be sorted using a variant of the dinky sorttable Javascript library.

Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are embedded using the plugins provided by these social media, with some modification to make them as responsive as the rest of the site. Audience and choir members can stay up-to-date with "Add to Calendar" and "Subscribe" buttons via Michael Nilsson's beautifully made AddEvent calendar service. The favicons for various operating systems are generated with Philippe Bernard's excellent Real Favicon Generator. Mange tak and merci beaucoup to Michael and Philippe for their outstanding customer support!

The result is tested locally using WampServer and uploaded to our servers with the FileZilla FTP solution. Prior to uploading, images are losslessly compressed using Javier Gutiérrez Chamorro's wonderful FileOptimizer. The site is further optimised using Google Webmaster Tools and GTMetrix. The links are maintained with Xenu's Link Sleuth. Website backups are synchronized automatically with Orlando Chamber Choir's Google Drive using insync. The metatags of the sound and video files are kept up-to-date with Mp3tag.

This site, which is happily hosted on eukhost's servers, is distributed across the globe using the Cloudflare content delivery network.

Thanks to all the developers for these wonderful and mostly free programmes.