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Royal British Legion VE70 Charity Concert

Our concert at St. John’s in the Square, Wolverhampton on Saturday 9th May 2015 was to remember VE day 70 years on (#VE70) & to raise money for our chosen charity, the Royal British Legion. The concert featured several talented soloists from our partner, High Arcal School & Organist John Stratton.
RBL VE70 Remembrance Concert 9May2015

WOMVC performed the following music:
Llanfair (Welsh hymn tune by Robert Williams)
I am a small part of the world (by Sally Albrecht & Jay Althouse)
Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific.)
I dreamed a dream (Les Misérables & performed by Susan Boyle on BGT)
Do you hear the people sing? (also Les Misérables)
The Wonder of You (as sung by Elvis & on football terraces)
Keep the home fires burning (’til the Boys Come Home) is a British patriotic First World War song composed in 1914 by Ivor Novello.
Royal British Legion hymn “O Valiant Hearts” (remembering the fallen of the First World War. Words taken from a poem by Sir John Stanhope Arkwright.)
Let there be Peace on Earth (by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson)
The Dam Busters March (God is our Strength & Refuge)
The way you look tonight (from film Swing Time, Fred Astaire)
(There’ll be bluebirds over) The white cliffs of Dover (by Walter Kent, a Second World War song made famous by Vera Lynn in 1942.)
A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square (as recorded by Frank Sinatra)
John Stratton Organ solo “Nimrod” (from Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations)
DSC_0605Finally, we finish with some patriotic songs from the Last Night of the Proms.
Rule, Britannia! (music by Thomas Arne)
Land of Hope & Glory (music by Edward Elgar)
Jerusalem (music Sir Hubert Parry, words from the poem by William Blake)

Joint Grand Concert with Hadley Orpheus MVC on Sat 30th Nov

The Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir closed their 70th Anniversary year with a Grand Concert of traditional male voice singing at Saint John’s in the Square Church, Wolverhampton on Saturday 30th November 2013 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

The Orpheus were joined by Hadley Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Along with the Orpheus Piano accompanist, Cynthia Bostock, was Hadley’s accompanist, Nykko-Mickael Gregoire – who performed on the Church’s famous ‘Renatus Harris’ Organ as part of the programme.

The Orpheus presented a cheque for £1,500 to the Midlands Air
Ambulance – concluding our two year ‘community partnership’ – bringing the donations raised to more than £4,200. This was gladly received by Sofia Voutianitis – Regional Fundraising Manager for the Midlands Air Ambulance.
WOMVC & Hadley St Johns Wton 30Nov13 poster

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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.

Platinum Celebration Concert at The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton

Platinum Celebration Concert combined logos

On Sunday 21st July 2013 we organised a big concert at The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton. The concert started at 4pm & was finished by 7pm.

70th celebration cakeThe concert united three of the best male voice choirs in the area. The inspiring sound of around 100 men singing both traditional & patriotic songs together in harmony. WOMVC performed along with Newport (Salop) & District Male Voice Choir & Warley Male Voice Choir. This extravaganza was to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of all three choirs.

Joining us on stage were Jackfield ‘Elcock Reisen’ Brass Band from Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire. This 30-strong band includes Cornets, Horns, Trombones, Euphoniums, Baritones, Basses & Percussion sections. They have qualified to represent the Midlands 4 times in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. In 2010 they took 1st place in 3 First Section Championships; Leicester, Pontins & Butlins.

Concert Compère: Jim Duncan, 101.8 WCRFM Presenter (Country music)

Adult tickets were £15 or £16, Children (U16) £10, Family (min. 1 adult) £40.

Ceiling of Grand TheatreBackstage choirs with banners overhead
Jackfield brass band 1Jackfield brass band tubas

Our Austrian guest goes with a song!

[Report written by Robert Grollitsch, a recent guest member]

What are your expectations when you, a 22 year old music lover from Austria, are asked whether or not you want to join a Male Voice Choir? Well, whatever I expected it was better than that! From the moment I set foot in the rehearsal room I was overwhelmed. Not only by the warm welcome that I received from every single member of the choir, but also by their love for the music, the fun they have before, during and after rehearsals and their open minded attitude.

Yes, most members are older than I am and most of them have been singing in the Wolverhampton Orpheus MVC for a long time, but still, not once was I made to feel inferior or anything like that. The weekly rehearsal became a fixed part of my week and when my housemates asked if I was going to choir tonight, I always got excited because it was Wednesday again!
Choir with Rob GrollischPhoto quiz: Can you spot Robert in the line up?

It all reached its highlight at the Concert in Priorslee, Telford. It was my first, but sadly also my last with them, and I would not want to miss these moments. It makes me sad that I will not be able to sing with them for the Choir’s 70th Anniversary on the 21st of July in the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton. Knowing the repertoire and the amount of work these guys put into their hobby I can say that this is definitely going to be an amazing night.

Nevertheless, I have to go home to Austria, but do you think they would just let me slip out without them noticing? No! They presented me withRobert Grollisch presentation their jumper, the tie and two buttons, one from the Wolverhampton Orpheus MVC and one from the Association of Male Voice Choirs – all of which I will proudly wear! As the last piece of music I did with this amazing folks, I asked for one special song (“Let there be Peace on Earth”) and guess what? Not only did we sing it, but I also got a copy of it. Thank you so much for a fabulous time spent with you!

You are more than welcome to contact me on Facebook if you want any further information on my time with the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir!

Report written by Robert Grollitsch. (Robert has been working as a Foreign Language Assistant at some local schools.)

Hint answer to photo quiz? the tall guy!

Dambusters’ 70th

Just as our choir will be celebrating its 70th (Platinum) Anniversary this year, it will also be the Dambuster’s 70th Anniversary (Operation Chastise) in May.

On Friday 17th May, BBC Radio 2 will mark the Dambusters 70th anniversary with a special day of programming.

Platinum Celebration (70 years) Prize Draw

Please support the choir by taking part in a special prize draw to help us celebrate our 70th Anniversary.
Prize draw tickets are £1 per book of 5 tickets, available from our Supporters Club (running the draw) or from any choir member.

1st prize: £50
2nd prize: 2 tickets to our Celebration Concert at The Grand Theatre
3rd prize: Food hamper
Plus many more exciting prizes