The Dorian Singers were founded in 1981 by Russell Hawes, our first musical director, and local composer Jack Hawes (no relation), our first accompanist. Originally just an evening choral class at Felixstowe College, the group soon decided to become a self-supporting mixed-voice chamber choir, whose debut concert took place at St John’s Church, Felixstowe on 31st July 1981. One of the singers in that first performance, Jean Shaw, took over as Musical Director in 1986 and held the post for twenty years. David Christie was MD from 2006 to 2007 and was succeeded by David Tempest, who retired from the role at the end of 2013.
From the outset, The Dorian Singers have performed a wide variety of sacred and secular music, from Masses and motets to Broadway melodies and pop songs. Particularly popular is our annual summer concert, when lighter music is the order of the day and wine and strawberries are served in the interval. The group also holds a number of fundraising social events throughout the year.