About the Wycombe Orpheus Cygnets

Within the main Orpheus choir is a smaller choir – the Wycombe Orpheus Cygnets.


The full Orpheus choir usually comprises around 50 choristers for a concert. It takes a fairly large singing space to accommodate such numbers. So, some time ago, it was decided that it would be a good idea to create a smaller choir for smaller venues.

Thus the Cygnet Singers was born to carry the main choir’s reputation for fine singing to smaller audiences.

Today, the Cygnets comprise a line-up of either 12 or 16 singers in four voice parts – 1st Tenors, 2nd Tenors, 1st Basses and 2nd Basses. There is, however, no compromise on quality of performance – the vocal sound, the musical interpretation and the close harmony singing par excellence all reflect the integrity of the main choir.

Concerts are based on the current Orpheus repertoire with the occasional addition of some old favourites guaranteeing an evening of music and fun.

Naturally with fewer singers on stage, each chorister really has to know his musical stuff and be able to produce excellent musicianship - no “hiding in the big choir” here!

In recent months, the choir has appeared at such venues as Gerrards Cross Golf Club and has even provided romantic musical moments at a wedding at Danesfield Manor near Henley-on-Thames.

A donation is invited from organisers which is applied wholly to the funding of the Orpheus Festival of Young Musicians and associated Bursary Fund.

To book the Wycombe Orpheus Cygnets contact the Concerts Secretary, Ray Walton on 01296 624329 or by email cygnetsecretary@wycombeorpheus.org.uk