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, 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.
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
It is always sad to let people know about the death of a Choir Friend but none more so than that of Malcom Brewerton who along with his twin brother Tony were always stalwart supports of the BOMVC. Sadly, in recent years they hadn’t found it so easy to attend our concerts but always maintained an interest in choir matters. Malcolm’s funeral is being held at The Church of the Sacred Heart, Paignton on Friday 18 May at 10.30am.
On Saturday 26 May, David and Mo Jones will be shutting the door for the final time as their Brixham Stationers business closes. Over 15+ years David, or as most people knew him, ‘Jonesy’, is now looking forward to retirement with the family and doing all those things he has never had time to do before. On behalf of the choir, I thank him for all his help over the years seeing to our printing and copying needs including, concert & raffle tickets, concert programmes and posters. We wish them both a very happy future and look forward to seeing them at our future concerts.
Alasdair Anderson, Chairman, BOMVC – 15 May 2018
Below – David & Mo Jones of Brixham Stationers as they see to some last-minute copying work.
To the delight of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir, their concert last Saturday (12th May 2018) was received with rapturous applause. Held in ‘The Church of the Sacred Heart’ in Cecil Road, Paignton, the concert was also attended by the BOMVC’s sister choir ‘The Riviera Singers’ with their Musical Director, Margaret Johnstone also taking the role as the concerts soloist. It is many years since the BOMVC has held a concert in this beautiful church and Rev’d. Fr. Mark O’Keeffe and his congregation made everyone welcome. Both choirs sang to a full church, enjoying the opportunity to sing a wide selection and range of pieces from their varied repertoires. To finish the concert both choirs joined together to sing ‘Let There be Peace on Earth’, enjoyed by all who attended. The concert raised £800.00 for Church Funds.
The choir’s fund-raising activities were further boosted the week before when at their coffee morning in the Christian Community Centre £441.00 was raised for choir funds. These fund-raising events make a huge difference to the choir and what it is able to do and once again thanks go to all who supported the morning and to all choir members and helpers who made the morning possible.