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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)

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)

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

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

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)

Choir Introduced MET Opera Live @ Cineworld Wolverhampton: Rossini’s La Cenerentola

Cineworld logo

We were invited by Cineworld Wolverhampton to perform before a special screening of MET Opera Live: Rossini’s La Cenerentola (based on the Cinderella story.) We performed from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Saturday 10th May at Cineworld, Wednesfield (Bentley Bridge) If you wanted to see The Opera, the performance lasted 3 hrs 40 mins.
Cineworld PerformanceMET Opera logo

St. George’s Day celebrated at Sainsbury’s Wednesfield

Sainsbury's LogoWe 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.

St George's Flag
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.

Rest in Peace Lord Bilston (1942-2014)

Lord Bilston in The Queen’s Robing Room at his induction to the House of Lords in 2005

We received the sad news that Lord Bilston, Dennis Turner, passed away on the evening of Tuesday 25th February 2014. The 71-year-old served as Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East from 1987 to 2005 before being made a peer.

Lord and Lady Bilston have been Patrons of our choir since 2011. Fittingly Dennis was born around the time our choir was founded. (1943) He attended many of our concerts and was often seen singing along ‘unofficially’ with the choir. Lord and Lady Bilston also attended other events and functions and Dennis has also presented long service certificates to a number of choir members. We will miss him, but we hope that Lady Bilston will grace us with the honour of remaining our Patron. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat, his brother Bert and the rest of the family from the choir and our Lady Supporters.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 6

At our St. David’s day concert on 1st March we paid tribute to Lord Bilston and stood for a minute’s silence in honour and thanks for his Patronage to the choir.

To pay our respects, the choir sang during Dennis’s funeral service at St. Leonard’s Church in Bilston on Wednesday 12th March. We sang Gwahoddiad and helped to lead the hymns.

Dennis Turner funeral order of service 3

Weblinks to other media coverage:
Dennis Turner – A life in pictures (Express & Star)
Hundreds turn out for Lord Bilston’s funeral (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston tributes (Express & Star)
Lord Bilston Obituary (The Guardian)
Tributes for Lord Bilston (Birmingham Mail)

Paul Smith presenting the Bilston Carol to Dennis Turner in 2008

Lyrics of “The Bilston Carol.”

Awake, ye slumbering sons of men,
In lowly cot and stately hall,
Here neath your window now I wish,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

The mistletoe hangs overhead,
The holly shines upon the wall,
Come hear the burden of my song,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Awake, the snow is falling fast,
The earth is whitened with its fall,
Come, fill your bowls and let us drink,
A Happy Christmas to you all.

Bilston-On-Sea

Bilston-On-Sea

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

Thankyou letter to choir

Dear John,

I just thought I would put pen to paper and express our gratitude, appreciation and thanks for the fantastic, tremendous sterling job that you and the rest of the choir did for us at my Mum’s funeral mass at St. Josephs last Thursday. (29th August 2013)

Your singing was superb, your professionalism exceptional and the way you dressed so smartly was plain to see by all.

We have since had so many lovely remarks as a family on how the say had ben to perfect for Mum. A lot of comments were specifically directed ay yourselves on how you had played an important part on such a special day for us.

Your generosity of time and effort was spent perfecting the selected songs before the say was apparent and evident in the way they were performed.

My Mum would have been so happy to have had you singing her favourite hymns and Danny Boy, her favourite song and for that we thank you. We felt great emotion and pride that you played such a significant role on the say and did it so well. It will never be forgotten, thank you.

Kind regards,

Tony, Marie-Anne and John.