News and Events
London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs - 13th October 2018
The Orpheus Choir was proud to participate in the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 13th October. 15 Choirs from all over the world joined the London Welsh MVC under their Director Edward-Rhys Harry in a magnificent celebration of song, with touching Remembrance items vying with powerful Welsh hymns and popular items from the world of musicals. Accompanied by the Band of the Welsh Guards, Annabelle Thwaite on piano, and James Hearn on the mighty organ, the sound of 800 voices thrilled a capacity 5000-strong audience. Excellent soloists added their own talented contributions.
A truly memorable day and we hope to be invited back on a future occasion!
Vauxhall MVC 75th Anniversary Concert – 16th June 2018
At the invitation of the Vauxhall MVC, Wycombe Orpheus returned to Dunstable after 5 years to celebrate VMVC’s 75th Anniversary last Saturday, along with St Edmundsbury MVC with whom we have also performed in joint concerts. With a combined force of 100+ voices, some of the traditional choruses raised the roof in the splendid acoustic of Dunstable’s Methodist Church. Yet there was superb quality in all three Choirs – quiet reflective pieces, French, pop (yes that was us!) and an overall feeling that we delivered a great concert to an appreciative audience.
The refreshments provided by VMVC held body and soul together for the evening performance – but then...an Afterglow at a nearby hotel with a spread that must rank as one of the best we’ve ever experienced! Choristers who attended the Afterglow thoroughly enjoyed the evident care VMVC had put into all the preparations – we kept to tradition with more singing, expressions of thanks from each Choir and a resolve to do more such events in future. It really was a shame to have to go home. View some Photos here, thanks to Richard Stevens who took them.
Joint Concert with the Southampton Youth Concert Sinfonia - Wednesday 14th February 2018
Our home venue, the Wesley Methodist Church in High Wycombe, resounded to the glorious sounds of this 42-piece orchestra on great form. Supported by a varied programme from The Orpheus, the audience were treated to splendid mix of vocal and orchestral treats.
Marlow Town Band and Wycombe Orpheus raise funds for CAKES 4 CASUALTIES – Saturday 28th October 2017
The powerful combination of the top-class Marlow Town Band and the Wycombe Orpheus in full voice delighted the audience with a varied programme at Marlow’s splendid Parish Church – all in support of a special charity bringing comfort to Forces casualties recovering in hospital.
Cakes 4 Casualties was founded by Kath Ryan, who buys ingredients, bakes, delivers and most importantly, spends precious time with the wounded and sick troops, whom she affectionately calls 'my boys'. Kath, “The Cake Lady” visits injured and sick soldiers in Birmingham Hospitals once a week, and Headley Court (Surrey) once a month on a regular basis.
Kath was present at Marlow to describe her work and enjoy the concert that will contribute significantly to her charity.
Wycombe Orpheus supports the Gerrards Cross Abbeyfield – Saturday 14th October 2017
In a return visit to the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre, the Wycombe Orpheus Choir, resplendent in new waistcoats, sang to a packed Colston Hall. The audience enjoyed the varied programme of music from Verdi to Abba, joining in with a full rendering of “Bread of Heaven” and later “Thank you for the Music”. Saxophone performances by prize-winning Young Musician Joshua Franklin delighted everyone with his immense talent.
Proceeds will go to furnishing the new conservatory extension recently completed at Abbeyfield’s The Wyke house, adding to the comfort and enjoyment of the residents there.
Wycombe Swan audience enjoy Orpheus Renaissance! - Saturday 20th May 2017
The Orpheus Annual Concert is always the highlight of the Choir year, but this year’s Concert at Wycombe's Swan Theatre on 20th May was particularly innovative.
Through a partnering agreement with local Charity Rennie Grove Hospice at Home, joint promotion ensured that a significant part of the evening’s proceeds directly benefitted the Charity.
The musical mix was also refreshed, with new Choir items from Abba, Coldplay and the Beatles complementing our more traditional Male Voice choir pieces and very positively received. With three Young Musician ensembles playing vibrant sets including a 10-handed piano act, no one could say the evening lacked variety! Our talented Accompanist Yuan Styles showed in a virtuoso performance of Chopin that her concert pianist roots are truly an asset for the Orpheus and its audiences.
And what of the Orpheus image? The second half opened to the Choir resplendent in modern black shirt and blue bow tie combination, dispensing with the traditional blazers and ties that typify old-style Male choirs. For future concerts the addition of stylish waistcoats will complete the image makeover.
The overall success of the evening was very much down to teamwork, but special mention should be made of our indefatigable Musical Director Louise Langley who has not only honed the Choir’s musical delivery to its present high standard, but has also been driving the Choir modernising agenda in terms of its musical mix and visual appeal.
Orpheus Concert benefits SIM Charity in India - 25th March 2017
A return visit by the Orpheus to St Michael and All Angels Church in Beaconsfield was a big success, with a really upbeat concert, well attended by an audience in generous mood. Substantial funds were raised for Sharon International Ministries (SIM) to support a School in Rural India which provides free education for Very Poor Children who would otherwise not receive any schooling. Education is universally accepted as the way to improve their lives, and the Orpheus are pleased to have contributed yet again.
Worshipful Company of Carmen - 500th Anniversary Dinner, Tuesday 14th March at London's Mansion House
At the invitation of our Patron John Ratcliff, the Orpheus Choir arose from the balconies to become the “surprise entertainment act” at the 500th Anniversary Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Carmen held at London’s prestigious Mansion House. A packed hall presided over by this year’s Master, Marsha Rae Ratcliff, thrilled to the sudden appearance on the balconies of our Choir in full voice. Our repertoire included the lively Rhythm of Life, a Beatles Medley, and finally by special request Abba’s Thank You for the Music. This last piece had the guests joining in, with mobile phone lights waved at arms length, all encouraged by Louise Langley our Musical Director who ensured that the Choir did full justice to such an important occasion. Evidently all very much appreciated judging from the accolades received subsequently. The Choir thanks the Ratcliffs for inviting us to share in such an important event.
Len Dandridge Memorial Concert packs Christ Church Flackwell Heath - 18th February 2017
Held in memory of Chorister Len Dandridge, this has become something of an event locally in Flackwell Heath, Len's home village. A packed Church enjoyed the Orpheus on splendid form, and raised funds for the Dandridge family's chosen Charity, Rennie Grove Hospice at Home.