The choir took a leap of faith these last couple of days when it met at Preston Baptist Church, venue for an evening’s technical rehearsal followed by a full-days recording session. Working with Steve Swinden from Chorum Records, it was more like a workshop than a recording session and a wonderful opportunity for the choir to sing at their best. The church itself is in the final stages of redecoration but this didn’t stop recording work going ahead. With wonderful acoustics and an absence of exterior ambient noise, it just made for the perfect location for our recording activities. As to what was sung, well that’s a secret for the present, so keep an eye on the news page for a forthcoming announcement of our new CD launch as it’s been a while since our last CD ‘Eventide’ was published.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 17 February 2018
The Choir held this year’s Annual Dinner at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton celebrating its 64th year since its formation in 1954. Attended by 75 choir members and their guests the evening was a great success raising £215.00 in the raffle for choir funds. This is an occasion for the choir socialise and it was lovely to welcome old friends, in particular Life member Alec Pine and Lynn and Donn Barr.
Tribute must be paid to the choir’s Treasurer, Mrs Carolyn Morgan who once again organised the evening in its entirety, ensuring that every minor detail was taken into account, everything was in its correct place and as a result it all worked like a well-oiled machine. As a bouquet of flowers was presented to her the choir gave her a standing ovation, a well-deserved acknowledgment for all her hard work and effort.
The once again are very appreciative of all that the Redcliffe Hotel do for the choir on the night and look forward to returning there for next year’s Annual Dinner.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 11 February 2018
The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir remembered its own over the last fortnight following the death of two members over the Christmas period.
Stanley Mitchelmore, known as Stan died on 21 December after prolonged illnesses. He was a choir member for many years and was very proud of his long service award of 15 years. Stan lived in Dartmouth and after leaving the choir continued to enjoy his music, singing and his other passion fishing. His funeral was held at Torquay Crematorium where choir members were proud to be present. Stan is survived by his wife Mae and the wider family.
Grenville Bell died in Torbay Hospital on Boxing Day following a bout of pneumonia. Grenville had always enjoyed singing being a chorister at Central Church, Torquay, a long-standing member of Torbay Police and Community Choir for 27 years and latterly a member of Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir. His sudden death was a shock to both choirs who joined together to sing at his funeral, held last Friday which in Central Church, Torquay. Grenville is survived by his wife Marjorie and their two sons Andrew and Roger.
In both cases these two gentlemen will be sorely missed by their families and friends. They made valuable contributions to the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir and will be remembered for their dedication, support and commitment to the passion that they both shared.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – Friday 19 January 2018
On Saturday evening (9th Dec) the choir returned to the Methodist Church in Fore Street, Brixham after a couple of years absence for their ‘Sing Christmas’ Concert. Joined by Ell’s Angels Ladies Choir from Kingswear, the concert was in aid of Childrens Hospice SouthWest raising £700.00. Christmas means many things to many people but the opportunity to join together to sing popular carols and Christmas music is a calendar date for many Brixham people and the choir thank all those who were in attendance. They now take a well-earned break but will be back in the New Year busy adding some new songs to their repertoire.
The final event of the year is their Christmas Coffee Morning in the Christian Community Centre, Fore Street, Brixham on Saturday 23 December between 10.100 and 12.00 noon. This will be an opportunity to look out for some last-minute presents as well as a cup of tea or coffee and to meet up with friends and acquaintances to wish them the very best for the festive season.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all those who follow and support the choir a very Happy Christmas and a very healthy and peaceful New Year and we look forward to meeting again in the New Year.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 10 December 2017
Last night at Douglas House Cheshire Home, the choir made its annual Christmas visit with their ‘Christmas Concert Party’. Always a popular event, the choir sang several carols along with their audience who were in good voice. The evening also saw a variety of acts in verse and song including, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’: an alternative version; ‘Macavity’, the mystery cat; sea songs by ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew and a solo performance of a saxophone with a couple of tunes. This was followed by the Christmas raffle and an opportunity for a natter over mince pies and tea/coffee.
The BOMVC wish all those who live and work at Douglas House a very Happy Christmas. Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – Saturday 1 December 2017