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.
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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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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 invite you to a concert of traditional & patriotic music to celebrate St. George’s Day (actually April 23rd.) WOMVC will be performing along with Black 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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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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On Saturday 27th April, we gave a concert at St. Peter’s Church, Church Road, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9HQ
To mark St. George’s Day, we finished off the concert with ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Land of Hope & Glory.’
Joining us were a clarinet wind band from Abraham Darby Academy, Madeley, Telford.
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