About


Occasional Singers at the concert in St Luke’s church, Orrell December 2023

The Choir sings a very varied programme, from ancient music of the 16th and 17th Century, the Baroque period of Bach, Vivaldi and Handel on to Classical Music from Haydn, Mozart, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

More modern examples of the Choir’s extensive repertoire are pieces from Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Rutter, Paul Simon and many other popular 20th Century composers including Folk songs and Spirituals. Medleys from various shows also feature.

We aim to sing music which is both enjoyable to sing and which will appeal to audiences, with many pieces which audiences will recognise.

The Choir also has an extensive repertoire of Christmas music, both carols and secular, and is available to perform Christmas concerts at Churches and other venues.

Our Music Director is Michael Kelsall.

Michael – Seated one day at the organ – and yes we have sung The Lost Chord!

Michael is originally from London and was 11 years old when his interest in music first started to develop.  He began learning to play the piano and later trained at the Royal college of Music where he won the 1st year organ scholar prize.  He has always worked in the world of music taking on many varied roles such as accompanying amateur dramatic groups, giving piano lessons, working in churches as organist and choir master.  He is a very talented pianist and has a very wide range of musical knowledge and  interests.  He is currently Director of Music at St Luke’s Church in Orrell. He became accompanist to the Occasional Singers in 2002 and Music Director in 2014.

New Members

  • Do you enjoy singing or would like to have a go?
  • A warm welcome awaits you at one of our rehearsals.
  • The Choir welcomes new members in all voice parts.
  • We are currently looking for new singers to join our mixed voice Choir. There is no formal audition or voice test. It is more important that your voice blends in with the rest of the Choir.
  • You do not need to be able to read music although it is an advantage.
  • Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings in Dalton Church from 7:30 to 9:30pm.

If you wish to learn more about the Choir or to book the Choir for a wedding or other function please contact us; we will be delighted to hear from you.

Contact Steph Ellis, telephone 01257 463461 or Mobile 07592 585607 or Email stephellis1812@hotmail.com