Keith Orrell: Music Director

Keith is a versatile and vibrant choral and orchestral conductor and music leader, based in the north-west of England.


He is currently the Musical Director of the William Byrd Singers of Manchester (since 2009) and the Liverpool Welsh Choral (since 2004). In 2011 he took up the choral directorship of the Pennine Spring Music Festival. Keith recently retired after thirteen years as Vocal Projects Leader Wigan Music Service where he made a strong impact on the development of singing in schools in the area. His seventy-six ‘Let’s Sing!’ projects and concerts had a massive impact on the singing experiences of around fifty thousand children in the area, and has left a lasting legacy. He is also a dedicated church musician, organist and pianist, and is the Director of Music at the church of St Agnes and St Pancras in Liverpool.


He was Chorus Master of the Hallé Choir in Manchester for seven years, working with leading international conductors such as Kent Nagano and Mark Elder; and has acted as a guest Chorus Master for other symphony orchestras in the UK, including the BBC Symphony Chorus. While residing in the Midlands, he formed the Shropshire-based chamber choir, the Beaumaris Singers, in the 1980s and directed them until 2004. More recently he also worked briefly as Director of Music at Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. He has also led children’s choirs, youth choirs and larger mixed adult choirs such as the Birmingham Singers, Stone Choral Society and Staffordshire Youth choir.


He continues to lead choral workshops and courses, including conducting courses for ABCD (the Association of British Choral Directors).


Here is their recording of his 2019 work, The Sacrifice.