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Choir entertains with series of Christmas concerts & seeks new recruits

The City of Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir are to hold a total of four concerts in December, one on December 3rd, then another on December 8th, one on December 14th and a final one on December 15th.

The first concert will take place on December 3rd at Highcroft Hall Care Home, based on Old Fallings Lane, Bushbury, from 7.30pm where the choir will entertain residents ahead of the festive season. The concerts on December 8th and 15th will take place at Sainsbury’s (Wednesfield) based on Rookery Street, close to Bentley Bridge from 3pm. A further concert will take place (with) High Arcal School (at) All Saints’ CofE Church, Vicar Street, Sedgley on December 14.

It is hoped that the concerts will encourage new members to join the choir, which was founded in 1943 and in 2013 celebrated its 70th anniversary.

This edited news originally appeared in the Express & Star. Click here to see.

Choir serenades Wulfrun Centre shoppers

Here’s a link to the story published on the Express & Star news website.

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Celebrating our name change on St. George’s Day & honouring HRH The Queen

Note: Edited from article featured in Express & Star newspaper.

Choir is singing with the times

The Queen and St. George gave male songsters in Wolverhampton something to sing about. The (Wolverhampton) Orpheus Male Voice Choir were performing their first concert under their new name in a double celebration marking the Queen’s 90th birthday and St. George’s Day.
It is the first name change for the singers, who will be called “The City of Wolverhampton Male Voice Choir“, since the group was launched in 1943 to keep up morale during the Second World War.

WOLVERHAMPTON COPYRIGHT EXPRESS & STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 23/04/2016 Wolverhampton's Orpheus Male Voice Choir is being relaunched under a new name. Relaunch follows a concert to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday and is the first change of name the choir has undergone since it begane in 1942. Performance also by The Black Country Brass. Concert held at St Johns in the Square Church.

Copyright EXPRESS & STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 23/04/2016

The concert, held at St. John’s in the Square Church on (St. George’s Day) also featured the Black Country Brass Band.
The choir celebrated a milestone anniversary of its own in 2013 that marked its 70th year. Over the decades they have toured both at home and abroad, and supported a string of charities including The Royal British Legion and the Midland Air Ambulance.
The name change goes hand in hand with a switch in style and presentation as the choir look to move with the times. Choir vice-chairman Steve Winfield said, “Over the last few decades male voice choirs have become aware of changes taking place both in the style of music sung and the way it is performed. This is why our choir is changing to new pieces that are more familiar to younger audiences and adopting a new concept of performance.” He said members were delighted to be part of the official City of Wolverhampton brand after being granted permission to incorporate the title in January.
Report by Marion Brennan

COPYRIGHT EXPRESS & STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 23/04/2016 In Picture: Ted Bagley (Chairman of Choir), Malcolm Gwinnett (Ex Mayor and President of Choir) and Steve Winfield (Vice Chairman of Choir)

Copyright EXPRESS & STAR JAMIE RICKETTS 23/04/2016
In Picture: Ted Bagley (Chairman of Choir), Malcolm Gwinnett (Ex Mayor and President of Choir) and Steve Winfield (Vice Chairman of Choir)

Thanks for 65 years of service Bill

Congratulations go to Bill Blower for achieving 65 years of membership & service with the choir. Bill joined the choir on 30th January 1951. To mark his 50th year in 2001 we granted him life membership. Though we hope he’s not ready to retire just yet!

As a boy, Bill started singing with St. Barnabas Church choir in Wolverhampton. The highlight of his singing ambitions came when he joined WOMVC. It wasn’t long before his ability as a First Tenor was recognised & he became a regular soloist. Throughout his membership he served on various committees.

For 40 years he worked in the despatch department of Butler’s Brewery in Wolverhampton, only interrupted by National Service in the RAF.

[Edited from the History of WOMVC 1943-2003.]

Link to story published by Express & Star on 17th Feb 2016

Choir led Wolverhampton’s Civic Carol Service

Darlington St Methodist

WOMVC were proud to lead Wolverhampton’s Civic Carol Service 2015. The service began with Once in Royal David’s City.
After the 1st lesson, the choir sang The Advent Hymn & Joy to the World followed by a congregational carol ‘See him lying on a bed of straw.’
After the 2nd lesson, everyone sang ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ & after the 3rd lesson we sang the Christmas version of Kwmbayah & O Holy Night.

After the 4th lesson everyone sang ‘Hark the herald angels sing’, then after the 5th lesson, the choir sang How great thou art & Let there be peace on Earth.
After the Prayers of Intercession, we all sang ‘O come all ye faithful’ to finish the service.
Pre-Civic Carol Service

The Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be in fine voice at the city’s annual Civic Carol Service next month.

The traditional service, which is open to all, takes place at Darlington Street Methodist Church on Wednesday 9 December, 2015, from 3.30pm and will be led by the Reverend David Lavender. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served afterwards.

Wolverhampton Mayor Councillor Ian Brookfield said: “We’re looking forward to a fantastic afternoon of song in the company of the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir. This fantastic annual event is sure to get everyone into the festive spirit.”

Entry is free. For more information, call or e-mail the mayor’s office.
Link to story on Wolverhampton City Council website

An edited version of this story also appeared in the Wolverhampton Chronicle (Express & Star) on Thursday 19th November 2015 (p4)

St. George’s Day Celebration Concert with Black Country Brass

Black Country Brass BandWe invite you to a concert of traditional & patriotic music to celebrate St. George’s Day (actually April 23rd.) WOMVC will be performing along with Black Country Brass on Saturday 18th April starting at 7.30pm & should end c. 9.45pm. There will be an interval & a prize raffle. Event as posted on Express & Star website.St Martins St Georges Day Concert 18Apr2015 poster

Rest in Peace Lord Bilston (1942-2014)

Lord Bilston in The Queen’s Robing Room at his induction to the House of Lords in 2005

We received the sad news that Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner, passed away on the evening of Tuesday 25th February 2014. The 71-year-old served as Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East from 1987 to 2005 before being made a peer.

Lord and Lady Bilston have been Patrons of our choir since 2011. Fittingly Dennis was born around the time our choir was founded. (1943) He attended many of our concerts and was often seen singing along ‘unofficially’ with the choir. Lord and Lady Bilston also attended other events and functions and Dennis has also presented long service certificates to a number of choir members. We will miss him, but we hope that Lady Bilston will grace us with the honour of remaining our Patron. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat, his brother Bert and the rest of the family from the choir and our Lady Supporters.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 6

At our St. David’s day concert on 1st March we paid tribute to Lord Bilston and stood for a minute’s silence in honour and thanks for his Patronage to the choir.

To pay our respects, the choir sang during Dennis’s funeral service at St. Leonard’s Church in Bilston on Wednesday 12th March. We sang Gwahoddiad and helped to lead the hymns.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 3

Weblinks to other media coverage:
Dennis Turner – A life in pictures (Express & Star)
Hundreds turn out for Lord Bilston’s funeral (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston tributes (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston Obituary (The Guardian)
Tributes for Lord Bilston (Birmingham Mail)

Paul Smith presenting the Bilston Carol to Dennis Turner in 2008

Lyrics of “The Bilston Carol.”

Awake, ye slumbering sons of men,
In lowly cot and stately hall,
Here neath your window now I wish,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

The mistletoe hangs overhead,
The holly shines upon the wall,
Come hear the burden of my song,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Awake, the snow is falling fast,
The earth is whitened with its fall,
Come, fill your bowls and let us drink,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

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Bilston-On-Sea

70th Anniversary celebrations concluded in style/Benefits of a Community Compact

This letter was published in Wolverhampton’s Express & Star newspaper.

Community Compact letter Ex&Star 1Jan2014

 

Festival of Remembrance, Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton

The Royal British Legion poppy logoOn 3rd November, the choir took part in the annual Festival of Remembrance Service held in Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton.
Here is a link to a report in the Express & Star newspaper. There are some photos & a short video from the event.

Also, this is a related story that appeared in The Chronicle (Express & Star’s weekly free newspaper.) on Thursday 24th October 2013. Peter Murphy is Vice Chair of our choir.

Chronicle Thu 24th Oct 2013 © Ex&Star

Chronicle Thu 24th Oct 2013 © Ex&Star

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Express & Star newspaper article: Choir still hitting top notes after 70 years

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This article was also published in the Wolverhampton Chronicle on Thursday 5th September 2013.