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
In a joint concert last Saturday evening (20th October) The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice along with their guests, Quay Harmony Ladies Choir raised the roof at their concert in St Andrews Church, Paignton. In aid of Church Funds, the audience were treated to a full programme of music and song. In addition, local soloist Graham Carter sang some varied pieces from his own repertoire of music. Chairman of the Orpheus said, ‘It is always a pleasure to return to our Paignton home and sing in this wonderful church. This time it was even more special to be joined by Quay Harmony and it was lovely that those who came could enjoy such an eclectic mix of music chosen by both choirs Musical Directors, Ron Burrington and Jane Anderson-Brown.
On Monday 17th September, All Saints Church was almost filled with friends and relatives who wanted to say goodbye to Frances Silman. Martyn Hodge conducted a very appropriate funeral service for Frances, a service full of singing with 3 hymns and contributions from The Riviera Singers of which Frances was a member and the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice choir of which Frances’s husband Roy is a long serving member. We will always remember Frances for her smile and her favourite saying “I’m fine”.
David Brown, Secretary, BOMVC – 26 September 2018
Last night (22nd Sep 2018) the people of Brixham were blessed with performances from the Linden Singers Ladies Choir from Torfaen, Pontypool in South Wales. Defying the beginning of the ‘Strictly’ season, the audience weren’t disappointed by the melodies and songs from this premier division welsh choir. The concert was held in St Mary’s Church, Higher Brixham, in aid of church funds and the ladies were the guests of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir. The Orpheus enjoy holding concerts with other local choirs but to host a group of ladies such as these, was an honour and a privilege and with their wide range of music they were just a joy to listen too. The concert goers also enjoyed listening to local soloist Jan Lobb and her rendition of ‘Your Daddy’s Son’ from the musical ‘Ragtime’ was a complete heart stopper.
The Orpheus travel to Paignton for their next concert on Saturday 20 October at 7.00pm in St Andrews Church, Paignton when they will be joined by the Quay Harmony Ladies Choir and local soloist Graham Carter. Tickets at £5.00 in advance or £8.00 on the door are now available tel: 01803 850642 or visit Keeping Pets, 31 Bolton Street, Brixham.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 23 October 2018