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)

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In Picture: Ted Bagley (Chairman of Choir), Malcolm Gwinnett (Ex Mayor and President of Choir) and Steve Winfield (Vice Chairman of Choir)

Special concert to celebrate St. George’s Day & HM The Queen’s 90th birthday

St Georges Day Concert 23Apr2016

Link to Black Country Brass website

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

50 reasons to be more cheerful about Wolverhampton

Thanks to West Wulf for including our choir in this list of 25 more reasons to be cheerful about Wolverhampton. We’re no. 33 in the list.

and here’s a link to the first 25 reasons to be cheerful Wulfrunians!

High Arcal School Christmas Carol Service

The choir were invited to perform at this Carol Service in Sedgley on WednHigh Arcal School logoesday 16th December at 7pm. We have a successful ongoing collaborative relationship with High Arcal School music department. We sang ‘Joy to the World’, ‘Let there be peace on Earth’ & then a medley of carols.

All Saints Church provided the venue for an evening of Christmas variety at High Arcal’s Carol Service. A packed congregation were treated to a carefully chosen programme of songs, carols, band numbers and drama sketches; which showcased the talent and versatility of over 40 performers. The Expressive Arts Faculty would like to thank everyone who supported this most pleasant of community events. – Quote from High Arcal School website

The Link Christmas Special, Calvary Church, Kingswinford

We had the pleasure of performing a special Christmas Concert for The Link at Calvary Church, Kingswinford on Saturday 5th December, 2-4pm. Mince pies & mulled punch were provided to get us in the Christmas spirit!

“Gentlemen – and ladies! – thanks so much for entertaining us at Calvary Church (on Saturday afternoon.) Just what we needed to get us in the Christmas spirit, programme spot on, singing superb. May God bless you all richly. Glyn B.

Kingswinford Calvary Concert

Photo of our concert at Calvary Church

Calvary Church Kingswinford The Link flyer 5Dec2015Calvary Church Kingswinford The Link flyer front 5Dec2015

Merry Christmas one & all

Advent candleWolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir & Lady Supporters’ Club wishes you a very Merry Christmas & all of our best wishes for the New Year ahead.

We’re having a festive rest at the moment, but we’re back to work with our first choir practice of 2016 on Wednesday 6th January, 7.30-9.30pm.

If you’re a man (or if you know a man) who likes to sing, please consider our choir over the festive season. You will be welcome to come & give us a try in 2016. Just ask to come along to a choir practice, listen &/or join in. Singing is good for you, your mood, your health & your audience! Please get in touch for more info.

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)

Concert at Highcroft Hall care home

We are looking forward to singing at Highcroft Hall care home (Sanctuary Care) in Bushbury on Saturday 21st November 6.30-8.30pm. The first half of our musical programme will be our more traditional songs and then we’ll get festive in the second half. The entrance price is £3. Refreshments will be available.
Highcroft Hall care home

Jumble & ‘nearly new’ sale

WOMVC & Supporters’ Club warmly invite you to another of our well organised & popular jumble sales. Please help to support the choir by coming to this event. You’re sure to pick up a bargain!

What? Nearly new clothes, Bric-à-brac, Books & Refreshments available. Admission just 20p!

N.B. CHANGE OF DATE & TIME
When?
Friday 23rd October
 2015, from 11am

Where? Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church Hall, Oxford St, Bilston, WV14 7EE


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