At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice choir, departing Chairman, Alasdair Anderson welcomed in coming Chairman Peter Moore. Peter joined the choir in 2009, singing in the first bass / baritone section. He has previously been their Concert Secretary and more recently Vice-Chairman and will bring fresh and new ideas to the choir for the coming year. His first official engagement will be at their first concert of the season when the choir are guests of Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir when they sing in St Martins & St Marys Church, Chudleigh on Saturday 13 April 2019, starting at 7.00pm.At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice choir, departing Chairman, Alasdair Anderson welcomed in coming Chairman Peter Moore. Peter joined the choir in 2009, singing in the first bass / baritone section. He has previously been their Concert Secretary and more recently Vice-Chairman and will bring fresh and new ideas to the choir for the coming year. His first official engagement will be at their first concert of the season when the choir are guests of Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir when they sing in St Martins & St Marys Church, Chudleigh on Saturday 13 April 2019, starting at 7.00pm.
The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir already has a spring in its step as it prepares for the start of its concert season. Last Saturday, they held one of their regular coffee mornings in the Christian Community Centre, Fore Street, Brixham. Held between 10.00am and 12.00 noon, these mornings attract many Brixham folks whilst they are out and about in town. With a plethora of stalls ranging from cakes to plants, silk flowers to bric-a-brac, the choir raised nearly £300.00 for choir funds. This is their opportunity to thank the town and choir followers for all their support on the day.
The Orpheus’s first concert of the season is in Chudleigh as guests of Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir. This concert is being held in St Martin’s & St Mary’s Church, Chudleigh starting at 7.00pm.
Choir members attended the funeral of Douglas Bell today, a man who has a long association with the choir. Douglas, a great friend of Alec Pine’s going back to school days was born and brought up in Brixham. The saying ‘you can take a man out of Brixham but you can’t Brixham out of the man’ couldn’t be truer. He was introduced to flying in the ATS at Torquay Boys Grammar School and from there, joined the RAF, serving in Lancaster Bombers during WWII. After the war, he joined the Customs and Excise Service and later became a VAT Inspector until his retirement. He met his first wife Ena, getting married in 1949 until her death in 2000. They enjoying a family of three sons and one daughter and he was very proud of his grandchildren. He was later to meet Joan who was a close companion for nearly twenty years.
Douglas had a strong choir connection, setting up the Friends group for the Orpheus and later was to become the President of the Riviera Singers Ladies Choir. He was a gentleman who supported, encouraged and helped others and never dreamt of being in the limelight. His service this morning saw a good congregation in attendance with a number of choir members present. Ron Burrington played the electronic keyboard during the service helped by our former Accompanist and Life member, Daphne Murphy. The choir can be proud of its presence today – Friday 1st March 2019.
Representatives of the choir attended the funeral today (11th February 2019) of Lilian Crockett, wife of long standing life long member Dennis Crockett. She died very suddenly and quite unexpectedly and will be missed by all her family. She originally hailed from Leytonstone in Essex before being evacuated to Somerset during WWII. She was to stay here meeting Dennis who she married in 1948. She worked for STC and later was to work for Brixham College until her retirement. She loved her family but at the same time had an active social life and was a very worthy supporter of the choir. The service, conducted by Mr Peter Haywood reflected her life so well, being attended by family, friends, neighbours, former ‘Paras’ and choir members. In recognition of her strong choir links, Ron in his capacity as organist played a number of melodies so well known to the choir. We all wish Dennis and his family well at this sad time.
The choir has also received news that Gwen Andrews, wife of choir member Clem Andrews died recently. She moved away from Brixham to be nearer her family a few years ago. However, she will be remembered for her love of the choir and the kind and gentle person that she was.
The choir’s Annual Dinner for 2019 was held in the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton on Friday 8th February. As usual the hotel staff played their part in providing an excellent meal and were also very attentive with outstanding service to us on the night. Attended by just over 70 guests, slightly down on the original numbers due to seasonal flu etc, a good evening was had by all. As coffee was served some of the lads joined together to provide some entertainment. Singing a very well known sea shanty, ‘A Drop of Nelsons Blood’, they gave a rousing rendition, engendering some much appreciated audience participation in each chorus. These social occasions are an important part of choir life and enable choir members and their partners to enjoy some time together. A very full raffle of 43 prizes was held, raising a good amount for choir funds. Thanks of course must go to all those who played their part in organising the evening being first class from beginning to end.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman BOMVC