News and Events
Wycombe Swan audience enjoy Orpheus Renaissance! - Saturday 20th May 2017
The Orpheus Annual Concert is always the highlight of the Choir year, but this year’s Concert at Wycombe's Swan Theatre on 20th May was particularly innovative.
Through a partnering agreement with local Charity Rennie Grove Hospice at Home, joint promotion ensured that a significant part of the evening’s proceeds directly benefitted the Charity.
The musical mix was also refreshed, with new Choir items from Abba, Coldplay and the Beatles complementing our more traditional Male Voice choir pieces and very positively received. With three Young Musician ensembles playing vibrant sets including a 10-handed piano act, no one could say the evening lacked variety! Our talented Accompanist Yuan Styles showed in a virtuoso performance of Chopin that her concert pianist roots are truly an asset for the Orpheus and its audiences.
And what of the Orpheus image? The second half opened to the Choir resplendent in modern black shirt and blue bow tie combination, dispensing with the traditional blazers and ties that typify old-style Male choirs. For future concerts the addition of stylish waistcoats will complete the image makeover.
The overall success of the evening was very much down to teamwork, but special mention should be made of our indefatigable Musical Director Louise Langley who has not only honed the Choir’s musical delivery to its present high standard, but has also been driving the Choir modernising agenda in terms of its musical mix and visual appeal.
Orpheus Concert benefits SIM Charity in India - 25th March 2017
A return visit by the Orpheus to St Michael and All Angels Church in Beaconsfield was a big success, with a really upbeat concert, well attended by an audience in generous mood. Substantial funds were raised for Sharon International Ministries (SIM) to support a School in Rural India which provides free education for Very Poor Children who would otherwise not receive any schooling. Education is universally accepted as the way to improve their lives, and the Orpheus are pleased to have contributed yet again.
Worshipful Company of Carmen - 500th Anniversary Dinner, Tuesday 14th March at London's Mansion House
At the invitation of our Patron John Ratcliff, the Orpheus Choir arose from the balconies to become the “surprise entertainment act” at the 500th Anniversary Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Carmen held at London’s prestigious Mansion House. A packed hall presided over by this year’s Master, Marsha Rae Ratcliff, thrilled to the sudden appearance on the balconies of our Choir in full voice. Our repertoire included the lively Rhythm of Life, a Beatles Medley, and finally by special request Abba’s Thank You for the Music. This last piece had the guests joining in, with mobile phone lights waved at arms length, all encouraged by Louise Langley our Musical Director who ensured that the Choir did full justice to such an important occasion. Evidently all very much appreciated judging from the accolades received subsequently. The Choir thanks the Ratcliffs for inviting us to share in such an important event.
Len Dandridge Memorial Concert packs Christ Church Flackwell Heath - 18th February 2017
Held in memory of Chorister Len Dandridge, this has become something of an event locally in Flackwell Heath, Len's home village. A packed Church enjoyed the Orpheus on splendid form, and raised funds for the Dandridge family's chosen Charity, Rennie Grove Hospice at Home.