An Appeal for Enthusiastic Singers!
by Hilary Reynolds - musical director
Just a handful of enthusiastic singers, whom I brought together back in 2005, formed the nuclear of the ad-hoc ensemble which was to become The Orpheus Choir as we know it today. Yet, less than two years later in the spring of 2007, with only about twenty singers, it managed to pull off an inaugural concert in Castletown-roche for North Cork Classical Music , due to the sheer 'spunk' of its members and my firm belief in its ability and commitment.
Since then, it has had a whole load of adventures; singing many concerts in Cork City and County as well as in Waterford, entering choral competitions, with a third and first prize win in two of them, and, above all, tackling and mastering some of the most demanding pieces in the canon of great choral music. Whether it be the tonal control, perfect intonation and musicality required for such pieces as Elgar's great choral ballade: 'My love dwelt in a Northern land' or Stanford's shimmering colour palette in 'The blue bird', or the full-blooded power and stamina asked for in the opera choruses of Verdi: 'The Chorus of Hebrew Slaves', 'The Monks' Chorus' and in Bizet's Carmen: 'Vivat le Torero' 'The Toreador Song', Orpheus took it on with equanimity.
Now, as we approach our tenth anniversary year in 2015, the choir's greatest challenge is the continued recruiting of new members to the club. Some of those pioneer singers from 2005 are still with us today, but, inevitably, a number of singers have come and gone over the years. In order to keep growing and developing and to be able to keep up the high standards of choral singing of which the choir is justly proud, it is imperative to find and welcome and nurture more of those enthusiastic singers, who love great choral music and enjoy the task of surmounting its difficulties, and who want to join this happy band of friendly people to build something really worthwhile and deeply rewarding. Then The Orpheus Choir can not only look back on its past triumphs, but also look forward to even greater successes in the future.