We were invited by the BBC to perform on Saturday 12th July at their World War 1 at Home live event, which coincided with The Wolverhampton & Black Country Show on the weekend of 12th & 13th July 2014. The venue was West Park in Wolverhampton. The newly renamed show supersedes the popular City Show. We were scheduled to perform at approx. 3.30pm for 20 mins, then at 5.30pm for 30 mins. The BBC WW1 at Home event will be broadcasting live on BBC Radio WM 95.6.
The choir feel very privileged to have been asked to take part in this very special event in Wolverhampton. Selected war time pieces from our concert the previous evening at The Goodyear Pavilion will be sung at West Park.
Just wanted to say a huge thank-you for making the WW1 at Home event such a success in Wolverhampton. Around 11,000 people turned up over the two days and the feedback was really positive. I hope you all enjoyed it.
Thanks again! – Louise Brierley, BBC
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We held a ‘Nostalgic Musical Evening’ at The Goodyear Pavilion in Wolverhampton on Friday 11th July 2014 commencing at 7.30 p.m. This event started the choir’s contribution in both celebrating and in memory of the 1st and 2nd World Wars – given in song, using music from both eras – to bring back both good and sad memories of those times.
Our Musical Director, Mr Graham Hancox compiled appropriate pieces for the evening’s entertainment. The programme included ‘Lest we Forget’, ‘What a Wonderful World’, ‘Over the Rainbow’, ‘A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square’, ‘The way you look tonight’, ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, a Perry Como medley, ‘The Rose’, ‘Let there be peace on Earth’, a medley of First World War songs, an Al Jolson medley and The Dambusters March.
VIP guests included the current Mayor and Mayoress of Wolverhampton and our Honorary Patron Lady Bilston; Pat Turner, who sadly lost her husband, Lord Bilston (who was joint Honorary Patron) earlier this year.
We had the pleasure of featuring The Bridgtown Concert Show Band, who entertained us with their own material, as well as accompanying the choir for a few pieces. We encouraged those attending to ‘dress up’ in the 40’s style and bring Union Jack flags to wave in a good old sing-song.
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[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!
Photo 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 with 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!
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