The Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir performed a stunning ensemble at Christ Church Flackwell Heath on February 15th. Our reviewer Sandra Carter came to watch.
In just three years, the Wycombe Orpheus Male Voice Choir will be celebrating its centenary.
Their charity concert on Saturday showed the band are still in great shape, singing their hearts out, clearly enjoying every minute and providing their audience with a melodic nighttime delight.
The program featured an eclectic selection of songs starting with a catchy rendition of Cole Porter’s Another Opening of Another Show, through the more thoughtful One Moment in Time, to the cheerful buffoonery of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by ‘Eric Idle.
The backing vocalists (35 of them in black with sleek midnight blue brocade vests) and their very talented accompanying pianist, Rebecca Holt, rose to the challenge of performing Bohemian Rhapsody with swashbuckling energy.
It was the first concert conducted by the choir’s new musical director, Stephen Mitchell. Stephen, a consulting surgeon at Wycombe Hospital, attended their concert in October, joined the choir and was appointed music director last month.
He brings a long experience in choral work as a singer, director and composer and clearly gets the best out of the choir, judging by the enthusiastic response to his baton.
The choir is active in promoting young local musicians and has invited Megan Cave to play piano accompaniments and Vivek Dinesh to play violin solos.
Vivek, a 14-year-old local schoolboy, wowed audiences with his prowess, with comments heard during the intermission summed up as follows: âIsn’t he amazing?
The Wycombe Orpheus Festival of Young Musicians, hosted by the choir annually, takes place March 7-14, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, Priory Road, High Wycombe, when the public can enter for free to watch young people. competing talents.
Winners will join the choir at their annual concert at Wycombe Swan on June 20, Swan box office 01494 512000.