Members of the 75-strong Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir come from all walks of life, Directors, accountants, decorators, pilots, teachers, IT Gurus, marketing consultants, journalists and even a vicar or two. We all share a common interest, the love of singing. Why not join us? We’ve heard all the excuses, “I can’t sing well enough”, “I’m too busy”, “I can’t read music” etc. just forget these for a moment and read on.
Health - there are many articles extolling the health benefits of singing. Singing like yoga involves good breathing techniques and helps to alleviate conditions such as asthma and stress whilst at the same time promoting a feeling of wellbeing. Learning music also helps with um now what was it? Ah yes the Memory!
Camaraderie - When the choir was surveyed on what they enjoyed, camaraderie was top of the list. The common purpose and team work pull us together.
Doing good - most of us like to do something for charity. The choir raises thousands of pounds each year and provides enjoyment to audiences small and large. We also run a young musicians festival and provide bursary funding for talented young musicians.
Venues - As well as local venues such as Wycombe, Flackwell Heath, Amersham, Beaconsfield, Marlow, Maidenhead, the Chalfonts and Gerrards X, we’ve performed at the Albert Hall, St Albans Abbey, Wells Cathedral, The Eden Project, The Swan Theatre, Lakeside Country Club, Jersey, Llangollen, Cornwall and Cardiff’s Llandaff Cathedral and Millennium Centre to name but a few. Oh and did we mention the Miss World Charity Dinner?!
Achievement - We’ve appeared on television, made 4 of our own CDs and featured in several others, most recently with the London Welsh MVC at the 2010 Festival of Voices at the Albert Hall.
Hobby - every man needs a hobby, singing is one that can last a lifetime and rarely results in injuries! It is also one partners can feel a part of, many wives actively encourage their husbands to join!
Enjoyment - with all the other benefits it’s very easy to forget how enjoyable singing is!! Very few people fail to derive enjoyment from singing whether it be at a football or rugby match, carol singing at Christmas, or even just in the shower.
Trendy – yes following the success of the BBC programme The Choir and Men Aloud’s victory in Last Choir Standing it is now trendy and the in thing for men to sing!
What Do We Sing? – Songs from the shows, pop classics, hymns &
arias such as Angels, I Dreamed A Dream,
The Rose, How Great Thou Art, Bread of Heaven, Soldiers’ Chorus, The Impossible Dream,
You Raise Me Up,
Memory, Music of the Night, Entrance and March of the Peers, The Wonder of You and
You’ll Never Walk Alone
complete with football scarves!
I’m too young – too old? - Tell that to 93 year old Eddie Evans!
Most men can sing especially when supported by learning CDs and line practice (reading music is not essential). Are you really too busy to invest a couple of hours a week for a healthy, lifetime hobby, making new friends, doing some good whilst visiting splendid venues and enjoying yourself and achieving along the way?!
We meet at 7.30pm on Wednesdays at the Wesley Methodist Church, Priory Road, High Wycombe HP13 6SE; parking is available in the Hamilton Road School slightly further up Priory Road.
For more details email Stuart Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Stuart on 01494 725762.