Chamber Choir


Orlando Chamber Choir recommends the following sites which provide both event listings and choir information relating to choirs in London:

Choral Society
Making Music

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

All in London
Classical Diary
Classical Events
Concert Diary
Concert Finder
Time Out | London
Visit London

General information about choirs in and around London can be found on:

020 London
British Choirs on the Net

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.

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.