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.
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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Posted onMay 12, 2015byRob H|Comments Off on High Arcal music students excel at our VE70 Concert
A huge thanks to the very talented soloists from High Arcal School, who performed at our #VE70 Charity Concert on 9th May. Their performances were as follows: Liam Evans on Saxophone – Amigos Para Siempre, (Friends for life) by Andrew Lloyd Webber Cerys Williams on Cornet – Buster Strikes Back, by Alan Morrison Alex Arenare, Pianist & Accompanist for other soloists– Theme from last rhapsody, by Reynell Wreford Ethan Jarrott on Saxophone – Theme from Poirot, by Christopher Gunning Lydia Whitehouse on Clarinet – Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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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.
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)
Finally, 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)
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Posted onFebruary 25, 2015byRob H|Comments Off on St. George’s Day Celebration Concert with Black Country Brass
We invite you to a concert of traditional & patriotic music to celebrate St. George’s Day (actually April 23rd.) WOMVC will be performing along withBlack 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.
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Posted onApril 15, 2014byRob H|Comments Off on St. George’s Day celebrated at Sainsbury’s Wednesfield
We performed at Sainsbury’s Wednesfield Superstore (Bentley Bridge) in Wolverhampton on Wednesday 23rd April from 5pm to 7pm.
To celebrate St. George’s Day we created a display of flags, including St. George’s Cross, to show how the Union Flag has evolved.
We sang around the themes of England and this year’s Centenary of the 1st World War. We spoke to shoppers to promote the choir, recruit gentlemen singers and supporters. A number of customers said that they were very pleased to see Sainsbury’s celebrating St George’s Day in this way.
On the day £164 was gratefully donated by shoppers. Since we’ve got a community compact with the Royal British Legion, part of this sum will be donated to them.
On behalf of the choir, a big thank you to Store Manager Paul Mitchell, Public Relations Representative Lynn Ryan, the Deputy Store Manager and other store staff for agreeing to host us and supporting this event.
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Posted onFebruary 1, 2014byRob H|Comments Off on Community Compact agreement signed with Royal British Legion
We are pleased to announce that on 29th January we signed a new 2 year Community Compact agreement with The Royal British Legion (Staffordshire County region.) During 2014 & 2015 we will raise funds for The Royal British Legion. During the First World War Centenary it is appropriate that we will be supporting a charity that in turn supports those that serve & have served our country in the Armed Forces.
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Our concert at St. Chad’s Coseley on 31st August went well, with a good audience and raised about £300 towards church funds.
Joining us was a talented young solo pianist, Adam Massey, who performed a number of pieces on piano.
On Saturday 30th June 2012, we performed a joint concert with Luton Male Voice Choir. This was a “Celebration in Music” at St. John’s in the Square, Wolverhampton to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Our guest artist was Jean Martyn, international concert pianist & organist. She was a finalist in Britain’s Got Talent 2011. This concert was in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance & at our Gala Concert in October we presented a big cheque for £2,600.