Members of the nearly 65 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 surgeon. 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 Cross, 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, Bury St Edmunds to name but a few. Oh and did we mention the Miss World Charity Dinner?! In 2014 The Orpheus again went to the land of Male Voice Choir singing and did a joint concert with the Dunvant Male Voice Choir in Swansea.
Achievement - We’ve appeared on television, made 5 of our own CDs and featured in several others.
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 Gareth Malone’s inspirational TV work establishing Community and Workplace Choirs, and Only 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 hit West End musicals, pop classics, hymns & arias - such as Angels, I Dreamed A Dream, The Rose, Soldiers’ Chorus, The Impossible Dream, You Raise Me Up, Memory, Music of the Night, The Wonder of You, You’ll Never Walk Alone (complete with football scarves!), Bohemian Rhapsody, She, Can You Feel The Love Tonight (from the musical Lion King), Morte Criste and Mansions of the Lord.
I’m too young – too old? Tell that to 94 year old Peter Williams and or 18 year old Ollie Slater
Most men can sing especially when supported by Learning MP3s 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.
For more details email Craig Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Craig on 01628 528550
Or just come along to rehearsal. You will get a warm welcome and it will change your life for the better.