orlando

Chamber Choir

Links

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

Chantage
English Chamber Choir
The Epiphoni Consort
Iken Scholars
Londinium
London Symphony Chorus
Myriad
Thomas Tallis Society
Tredici

... 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
Cadenza
Choral Society
Gerontius
Making Music

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

All in London
Bachtrack
Classical Events
Concert Diary
Concert Finder
Eventful
Londinist
Remotegoat
Time Out | London
Visit London

This website is produced using almost exclusively free software. It is mostly hand-coded using CoffeeCup HTML Editor to combine html, Javascript, jQuery, php, and MySQL. 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 Express Checkout is integrated into the website with confirmation e-mails sent using PayPal's Instant Notification scripts. Our administrators can review box office results online; the tables of tickets sold 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 icons 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 FileOptimizer. The site is further optimised using Google Webmaster Tools and GTMetrix. The links are maintained with Xenu's Link Sleuth. Photos and sound files 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.

Most of the website information is kept in a MySQL 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. Most recent flyers were designed with photo editing software Paint.NET.

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 free programmes.