Ray Jago The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir wishes to pass on its condolences to all the family of Ray Jago who passed away on Thursday 10 January 2019. We understand that he passed away peacefully after a long illness and period of ill health surrounded by his family. Ray was a long serving BOMVC member holding many offices including that of Secretary, a post that has since been divided into three different roles of Secretary, Concert Secretary and Archivist because of the huge workload involved. His enthusiasm and commitment to the choir are very much remembered to this day. A thanksgiving service is being held at Fore Street Methodist Church on Thursday 24 January at 2.00pm. All enquiries to Stockman & Loram Funeral Directors – 01803 882385.
Margaret Valerie Lewis The choir also paid tribute yesterday to one of its more recent loyal followers, Margaret Valerie Lewis. Mother of BOMVC member, David Lewis, some choir members attended her funeral in Chepstow Methodist Church to pay tribute to this lovely lady.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 19 January 2019
Last Saturday two choirs joined together in Fore Street Methodist Church, Brixham to ‘Sing Christmas’. This has become the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir’s celebration for Christmas and this year’s guestchoir were ‘The Riviera Singers’ Ladies Choir. The carol concert also saw local violin soloist Sharon Hubbocks perform to huge applause of the concert goers. Accompanied by piano, Sharon was light of finger as she plucked and played her violin bringing the magic of her music to all those who were present. The evening was a reminder that Brixham plays host to any number of Christmas carol services and events during December, all in support of so many good local causes and reminds of the generosity and good spirit of the town. The concert raised £900.00 for Childrens Hospice SouthWest and another good result for both choirs and the town.
The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir joined the town at its Annual Service of Remembrance in St Mary’s Church, Higher Brixham compered by Capt. Bob Curtis. Organised by the Brixham Branch of the British Legion, the festival service was well attended by the town as the choir alongside Brixham Town Band and children from Brixham Church of England Primary School lead the service. The lads sang four pieces during the service including Cwm Rhondda; Mansion of the Lord; Why We Sing and American Trilogy and along with the Brixham Town Band lead the community singing with many well-known wartime songs. Every year each service of Remembrance has a special meaning to those who attend and none more so than this year as the centenary of the ending of WWI approaches.
Representatives of the choir will be attending different ceremonies on Sunday the 11 November, the day war ended 100 hundred years ago. These include the laying of a wreath at the Brixham War Memorial on Berry Head Road in the morning and attendance at the launch of the WWI silhouettes representing ‘shadows of remembrance’ in the gardens of Brixham Baptist Church.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – Thursday 8 November 2018
On October 16th 2018 the Choir Treasurer and Secretary attended the funeral of Ron Harcombe at the Catholic Church in St. Marychurch, Torquay. Ron sang with the BOMVC for a number of years but sadly didn’t enjoy the best of health and left in 2008. He continued to sing in the Torbay Police and Community Choir up until the day before he died and they were well represented at his funeral. Ron will be remembered for his quirky sense of humour and his rich welsh tenor voice.
David Brown, BOMVC Choir Secretary, 1st November 2018