Sad news of two passings

It is with great sadness that I share the sad news relating to the details of a former choir member as well as the loss of the wife of one of our long serving choir members.

Fred Tucker was a long serving member of the choir and a well-respected member of the bass section. His love of singing carried on after he left Brixham when he moved to South Wales where he joined the Risca Male choir and thus created a link between the two choirs. His unfortunate demise in a recent car crash will be a great sadness to those who knew him. His funeral is on Friday 21 September 2018 in Gwent Crematorium, Treherbert Road, Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, NP44 2PZ at 13.00pm. Our thoughts and prayers are with Fred’s family and friends at this sad time.

Frances Silman. News came today that Frances died in her sleep this morning soon after 3.00am. Frances had been in Torbay Hospital under observation for heart problems but had returned home on Thursday as she was responding well to changes in her medication. Frances and Roy had spent a life time together, being huge supporters of both the Riviera Singers and the BOMVC. She was known for her wonderful smile and cheery banter and was always there to support a choir activity or event in one form or another. Despite her ailments in recent years she never let these get her down and was an example to us all. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, BOMVC – 27 August 2018

Choir Helps Local Good Causes

The Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir have been busy over the last few weeks raising funds for local good causes. Over the last few weeks they have performed every Wednesday evening down under the Old Fish Market on Brixham Harbour. Joined by the local shanty lads ‘Missin’ Tackle’, a total of over £700.00 has been collected for Pride in Brixham, 1st Brixham Boys Brigade and the Torbay Branch of Parkinson’s UK on the three consecutive weeks that they sang on the harbour side for an hour on each occasion.

In addition, they were the guests of Brixham Town Band at their annual Proms night in aid of Brixham Does Care. This very worthy local charity was able to collect just over £360.00 during the concert. As in previous years the gathered throng were in full voice with rousing renditions of Proms favourites ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope & Glory’.

On the last Saturday in July at their Saturday coffee morning £344.00 was raised for choir funds. As we have enjoyed our hot summer weather, we were really pleased that so many people came along with new faces as well as our regulars to serve. Such mornings are of course more than serving coffee and the sale of books, cakes, plants and bric-a-brac all help with our fund-raising efforts. As this point I must thank all those helpers on the day, be they choir members, wives & partners or choir friends. Your help before, during and after makes a real difference to those who organise the morning.

So for those of you with a mathematical and a financial mind, the choir have raised £1444.92 in three weeks which is a fantastic achievement and one that the BOMVC can be proud of.

The choir now take a short break before their next concert in St Marys Church, Higher Brixham on Saturday 22 September 2018 at 7.00pm when they will be joined by the Linden Singers Ladies Choir from Torfaen, Pontypool, South Wales. In aid of Church funds, tickets are £5.00 in advance tel: 01803 850642 or from Keeping Pets, 31 Bolton Street, Brixham, TQ5 9BZ or at £8.00 on the door.

Chorus of Summer Sound

This year’s Annual Concert for held in All Saints Church, Brixham by the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir last Saturday night (14th July 2018) was hailed as a complete success by both the choir’s organisers. With guests the Wadebridge Male voice choir and local violin Soloist, the audience were treated to a programme with something to appeal for everyone. This concert enables Friends of the Choir to hear for the first time four new choir pieces – ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from ‘Les Miserables’; ‘Why We Sing’ by Greg Gilpin; ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ by Paul Simon and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’, probably the most well-known of them all. The BOMVC is very fortunate that all these pieces of music have been donated to the choir in memory of past choir members or relatives of choir members.

This is also an occasion when long service awards are made with certificates being given to Ivor Hawks for 20 years-service; Roy Silman for 25 years-service and to their Treasurer and non- singing life member for 25 years-service in this role, Mrs Carolyn Morgan. Each year the choir honours those who give exceptionally of themselves by bestowing the honour of life membership on two choir members Geoff Philp and Mike Pugh.

To rapturous applause the concert ended with both male voice choirs and some members of the audience singing ‘Morte Criste’ known to many as ‘When I survey the Wondrous Cross’, the anthem of male voice choirs conducted by Ron Burrington, Musical Director of the MVC. The concert was in aid of choir funds and raised £745.00

Link to copy of concert programme click here.

Let’s Face the Music…

Let’s Face the Music, the title of the latest Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir CD was officially launched at their weekly practice last Thursday evening. Recorded by Chorum Records back in February in Preston Baptist Church, the choir spent many months preparing for the session. The CD contains 14 tracks representing their repertoire in recent years. With a mixture of well-known choir pieces to the less familiar, it provides a rich mixture of diverse music and song with something to appeal to everyone who enjoys the sound of a male voice choir. These projects involve considerable expenditure, so the contribution from this year’s Mayors Fund towards the making of the CD was very much appreciated. In recognition of this, Elected Mayor & Leader of Torbay Council, Gordon Oliver was the choir’s guest at the launch. The choir also acknowledges the photos for the CD cover donated from his wonderful ever-growing collection of photographs by local photographer Chris Slack.

The new CD will be available at the BOMVC’s next concert in All Saints Church, Brixham on Saturday 14 July starting at 7.00pm. Tickets for the concert are available at £5.00 in advance from Keeping Pets, 31 Bolton Street, Brixham, TQ5 9BZ or at £8.00 on the door. This year’s guests include Wadebridge Male Voice Choir from Cornwall and local Violinist Sharon Hubbocks.







The BOMVC at their new CD launch of ‘Let’s Face the Music’ in Brixham Fore Street Methodist Church. Sitting in the front of the choir are BOMVC’s Musical Director, Ron Burrington; BOMVC’s Piano Accompanist, Sue Linacre and Elected Mayor & Leader of Torbay Council, Gordon Oliver. Photograph taken by Carolyn Morgan.
















Two Choirs Forge New Links

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