On Saturday 18th April we performed at St. Martin of Tours Church in Wolverhampton. Our programme included the following music.
Another Openin’, Another Show (from Cole Porter’s musical Kiss Me, Kate.)
Do you hear the people sing? (from Les Misérables)
Highland Cathedral (A popular tune for Scottish bagpipes)
(Somewhere) Over the Rainbow (as sung by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz)
How Great Thou Art (popular Christian hymn)
The Wonder of You (as sung by Elvis & on football terraces)
Unchained Melody (as sung by Jimmy Young & The Righteous Brothers)
Softly as I leave you (as sung by Matt Munroe & Frank Sinatra)
The Dam Busters March (God is our strength & refuge)
Let there be Peace on Earth (by Sy Miller and Jill Jackson)
Finally, we finished with some patriotic songs from the Last Night of the Proms.
Land of Hope & Glory (music by Edward Elgar)
Jerusalem (music Sir Hubert Parry, words from the poem by William Blake)
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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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.
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