Number 18. Monday, 26th October, 2015

Orpheus returns to the Village Arts Centre in Kilworth with 'Irish Melodies'

The Orpheus Choir's first appearance in Kilworth's Village Arts Centre, at Andrew Thomson's debut recital back in April of 2014, flabbergasted the unsuspecting audience with an exciting 'flash-mob' finale of 'The Toreador Song' from Bizet's 'Carmen'. 

On Friday, 6th. November, 2015, at 8.15 pm, it will be returning in its own right in a concert shared with Jason Turk's New Style Trad Band 'Torcán' with a programme of 'easy-listening' Irish Melodies.
Starting this eleventh year of The Orpheus Choir on a slightly different note with a number of 'evergreen' folk melodies given a fresh 'lick of paint', as it were, in 'easy-listening', contemporary arrangements by young American and Canadian composers, the choir has a fair amount of fast learning to do, this concert being held so very early in the season, but the nature of the music is such that the process is more of a pleasure than a pain!
Amongst old favourites like 'Home, sweet home', 'The Sailor and young Nancy' and Tommy Makem's haunting 'Winds of Morning', the choir will perform 'As I hear the sweet lark sing', 'Be still, Nightingale' and 'The Parting Glass'.

Bríd O'Riordan

Joining Orpheus and Torcán that evening will be a young West-Cork soprano, Bríd O'Riordan, making her debut in North Cork with a number of all-time favourites like 'Nella Fantasia', 'I dreamed a dream', 'Danny Boy' and Eva Cassidy's daring and jazzy version of 'Over the Rainbow'.  

Number 17. Tuesday, 13th October, 2015

In memoriam David Anglesey 
(7th. July, 1943 – 13th. October, 2015)

David Anglesey in 2010 during Choir Practice
[photo: Hans van den Bos]
The Orpheus Choir's first Honorary Member, David Anglesey, died today at the age of just seventy-two. In remembrance of him, Hans has made up a special video with his photo and a recording of David singing in a concert in 2008.

David's powerful tenor voice was legendary in these parts, where he sang in many concerts and shows and was also in great demand as a wedding singer. I feel honoured and privileged to have been his vocal coach from 2006 up to the time back in 2012, when his illness made singing  impossible for him.  Joining the choir in 2008, he became its most avid fan and supporter and, despite increasing difficulty with mobility, continued to attend choir practices almost every week, because he loved it so much and also, as he confided to me privately, to show an example to the other members of just how worthwhile he felt the choir was. 

'Lord God of Abraham' from 'Elijah' is a truly apt tribute to honour this brave and lovable man, not only because it was one of his favorite arias (“the choir should sing more Mendelssohn, it is so good for the voice”, he often used to say), but also because, in a private concert at his home in September, 2011, with great fortitude and courage despite his many ailments, he stood up and sang it for the last time. We who were there will never forget it, nor the gentle-man himself either.

Hilary Reynolds

David Anglesey sings:

> Lord God of Abraham <

From the Oratorio ''Elijah''
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy