Number 24. Friday, 11th November, 2016

Orpheus Concert in Cobh

In the picturesque setting of Cobh's restored Victorian railway station, The Orpheus Choir will be presenting a Musical Evening in aid of Cobh Museum, on Saturday, 19th. November, 2016 at 8pm, bringing a varied programme of both Irish ballads, amongst others, favourites like 'As I hear the sweet lark sing' and 'Danny Boy' and other folksongs from far and wide, combined with contemporary choral pieces by American and Canadian composers. 

Invited as special guests to join them for the evening are The Connolly Collective, a highly talented young vocal group initially started up by members of the Connolly family from Dunmanaway in West Cork and further extended with diverse partners and spouses. They will be adding their own very special brand of folk, spirituals, blues and original material to the evening's entertainment.
The large entrance hall of the Heritage Centre, thanks to its high, ornamental cast-iron and glass ceiling, boasts an excellent acoustic and should enhance the choral and vocal ensemble sound beautifully. The café will be serving refreshments in the interval: coffee/tea/glass of wine and a raffle with bumper prizes will be held.

Tickets: €10,-
Reservations and enquiries: 
Hilary Reynolds: 087 7924105/

Number 23. Saturday, 6th August, 2016

Fermoy's Songshop for Kids

Hilary with the members of the former Munster Youth Choir
This September, Hilary Reynolds will be starting back at the Fermoy Community Youth Centre, where she has been a resident vocal coach and piano teacher since 2005, and is delighted to announce that, after the highly successful preliminary course of Singing Classes for Boys and Girls she held in the Spring of this year, she will be extending her activities, by popular demand, to two courses for children, one for the ages 8 to 10 and the other for the ages 10 to 12, which will be entitled Fermoy's Songshop for Kids.

Hilary Reynolds, who has forty-eight years of experience in music, having started singing and playing piano and flute at the age of thirteen, made her debut as a Soprano soloist singing Händel's 'Messiah' at eighteen and went on to study singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
After graduating, she moved to The Netherlands, where she regularly appeared as a professional soloist with all the leading choirs and orchestras of the country and carried on to build an international career on the concert platforms of Europe.
In 2002, the Head of the Music Department of University College Cork invited Hilary to take up a post teaching Art-Song, Opera and Vocal Studies, and, since moving to Ireland, she has given many concerts, appeared in theatre shows that she has written, produced and directed herself and formed two choirs: the former Munster Youth Choir and The Orpheus Choir, Co. Cork, Fermoy's very own community choir.

For more information, see her website: and if you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in one or more of the Fermoy's Songshop for Kids courses, please contact Hilary by email: or give her a call on 087 7924105.   

Number 22. Wednesday, 11th May, 2016

Celebrity Concert for Cope in Fermoy's Palace Theatre

Hilary Reynolds, vocal coach and Musical Director of The Orpheus Choir, Co. Cork, will be presenting a variety concert in the Palace Theatre in Fermoy on Friday, 20th. May at 8pm, solely featuring her own singing students and the community choir she founded in Fermoy more than ten years ago. 

The Palace Theatre - Fermoy
Many of her students are well known to a wide audience not only in Fermoy, but also further afield, whether it be with the resounding bass tones of Tom 'The Giant' (Fee-fi-fo-fum') Beresford or Vera Noonan's star-spangled assent to the finals of the over 60's in Cork's City Hall with many Fermoy fans in attendance. Claire O'Sullivan, now resident in Glanworth, recently heard on County radio stirring hearts with her radiant soprano voice in songs of yesteryear and Liam Fenton, that crystal-clear tenor who has been a cornerstone for the Fermoy Musical Society for so long and a young, bright-eyed, up-and-coming starlet from Ballysaggart, Rebecca Fennessy. A close-harmony female trio led by high soprano Winnie Hickey from Glounthaune will be making its debut that night and representing neighbouring Mitchelstown some unique talent with Eamonn Walsh, who started studying with Hilary as a boy soprano with a voice of exceptional beauty and is now continuing his singing studies as an equally accomplished tenor, Pauline O'Mahony, who, with
Fermoy's Community Youth Centre
powerful expressiveness and stage presence, holds her audience captivated and Gerald 'The Voice' Lane, the Sinatra of the Emerald Isle.
A number of these celebrities are also founding or near-founding members of The Orpheus Choir, formed in 2005 when Hilary brought a band of enthusiastic singers together in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre. The Youth Centre is still the choir's 'home', where it holds weekly practices upstairs in the Anderson Room. Last year it celebrated its tenth anniversary with a Gala Opera concert in St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork and this year has appeared in the Arts Centre in Kilworth, in Christchurch, Fermoy together with Cór Geal, a choir from Whitechurch and, most recently, in the Friendship Week concert in the Palace Theatre.

Tickets (€10,-) are available from the box office of the Community Youth Centre in Fermoy.

For all enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Hilary: 
Mobile: 087 7924105

Number 21. Wednesday, 4th May, 2016


A line-up of singing celebrities will be gracing the stage of The Palace Theatre on Friday evening, 20th. May, 2016 for a variety concert to help raise funds for the Cope Foundation Fermoy to purchase a vehicle for the disabled.

A number of vocalists already enjoying a following through
Orpheus' Hilary Reynolds
their activities in and around Fermoy in musical societies, pantos, shows and concerts will now be performing their own favourite popsongs, showsongs, Irish ballads and classical pieces to provide, together with Fermoy's very own community choir, The Orpheus Choir, Co. Cork, a wide variety of musical styles for the evening. Bringing them all together for this very special event is their mutual vocal coach and singing teacher and The Orpheus Choir's Musical Director, Hilary Reynolds. 

The concert starts at 8pm.
Tickets: €10,- 
are available from 
The Fermoy Community Youth Centre.

For all enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact: 
087 7924105

Tom Beresford

Rebecca Fennessy

Liam Fenton

Winnie Hickey

Gerry Lane

Vera Noonan

Pauline O'Mahony

Claire O'Sullivan

Eamonn Walsh

Number 20. Sunday, 17th April, 2016

Three beautiful new pieces sung by The Orpheus Choir
'Be still, Nightingale' by composer Jerry Estes and 'As I hear the sweet lark sing' plus 'Come live with me and be my love', both by Greg Gilpin.

Recorded by Laszlo Varadi, a Hungarian friend of the Choir, on 4th April, 2016 in The Community Youth Centre, Fermoy. Conducted by Orpheus' Hilary Reynolds.
Orpheus is accompanied on the piano by the highly talented fifteen year old girl Gormfhlaith Ní Shíocháin-Ní Bhéoláin from Fermoy.
Hans van den Bos designed the three videos using his own photographs and two clips of birdsong from the internet.

Number 19. Monday, 29th February, 2016

The Orpheus Choir is invited to sing in Christchurch Concert in Fermoy on Saturday, 5th. March, 2016

The Orpheus Choir are delighted to announce that it has been invited to join Cór Geal from Whitechurch and a number of other artists in a concert in Christchurch this coming Saturday, 5th. March, 2016. It will be bringing a set of new pieces which are either arrangements of Irish folksongs like 'As I hear the sweet lark sing' or original compositions by American and Canadian composers such as Morten Lauridsen, Greg Gilpin and Jerry Estes. These pieces fall into the category of 'easy-listening' and show off the choir to great advantage. The finale of the concert, however, will include one of the choir's all-time favourites: 'The Chorus of Hebrew Slaves', when it will be joined by the members of Cór Geal.
The concert starts at 7.30 pm and you are advised to come early to guarantee a seat, as it is likely to be sold out!

Tickets cost €10,- and will be sold at the door on the night.