Last Saturday evening the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir were joined by the Pontypool Male Choir from South Wales. Both communities have a strong industrial heritage although in many ways they are so very different. Pontypool is well known for its links to coalmining and the iron and tin industries but is a lesser known fact that Brixham also produced high quality iron ore from its own iron mines, which only ceased operation in 1925.
Thus, two choirs came together in song with a very diverse range of music. The BOMVC acknowledged their welsh visitors by singing ‘Si Hi LuLi Mabi’, a welsh tune that is also known as ‘Hush My Little Darling’ in welsh and in return the Pontypool lads sang one of their favourite welsh pieces, a traditional welsh song ‘Sospan Fach’. The soloist for the evening was Theresa Moorin, no stranger to singing with the Orpheus and her selection of pieces reflected her calling as a ‘Torbay Songbird’ finishing with Albert Hay Malotte’s beautiful version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. The climax of the concert came with the two choirs joining together as one under the BOMVC’s Musical Director, Ron Burrington for the anthem of male voice choirs, ‘Morte Criste’. Presentations between the two choirs were made and it is hoped that the evening will have forged a new link between both communities. The concert raised £650.00 for ‘The Chestnut Appeal for Prostate Cancer and £100.00 for Church Funds.
The next performance of the BOMVC is their Annual Concert in All Saints Church, Brixham on Saturday 14 July starting at 7.00pm. Their guests will be Wadebridge Male Voice Choir from Cornwall and local violin soloist Sharon Hubbock. Tickets are on sale at £5.00 or £8.00 on the door – tel: 01803 850642 or from Keeping Pets, 31 Bolton Street, Brixham. The BOMVC will also be singing down under the Old Fish Market, Brixham on three Wednesday evenings 25 July, 1 & 8 August starting at 8.00pm to raise funds for local good causes.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – Monday 11 June 2018