Number 31. Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

The Orpheus Choir together with the Munster Youth Singers

On the 18th. November, 2017 at 8pm in The Mall Arts Centre in Youghal The Orpheus Choir will perform its first concert of the season, a Fund-raiser to support the Youghal RNLI and Youghal Community Bus. 

The Choir and its Musical Director Hilary Reynolds are delighted to be returning to Youghal - their first visit in 2011 was to the Mary Collegiate Church, but this time the concert will be held in the Arts Centre, which is also the Town Hall, situated right next door to the Lifeboat Station. 
The Lifeboat is a service as essential to Youghal as any Fire Brigade is to inland towns - a great cause for which to raise funds with this evening's entertainment. For those who do not go out in boats, but are in urgent need of affordable transport to be able to venture out at all in this most rural of areas, a community bus is also of an immense value and thus another very worthy cause.

This concert also provides an opportunity for the Munster Youth Singers, a youth ensemble newly-formed by Hilary this year, to give their first public appearance, and the Russian pianist, Galina Badmaeva, a musician of truly exceptional talent, who will accompany both choirs on the night, will add great colour and dynamic to the whole. Iconic and much-loved Irish folk melodies in fresh choral arrangements will share the programme with con-temporary music from American composers and, as a tribute to Youghal and its sea-faring history, the Gentlemen of The Orpheus Choir will even add a 'salty' ingredient to the proceedings with a rousing sea-shanty!

Tickets €12.50 concessions €10.00. 
Tickets are available online at

For ticket reservations or any other enquiries, please call, text or email Hilary: 
 087 7924105 /  

Number 29. Monday, 8th May, 2017

The Orpheus choir invites 'Vocavalry' to Fermoy

from left to right Daniel O'Regan, Daniel Beuster,
 Douglas Kelly and Nicholas McMurray
For its concert in Christ Church, Fermoy on 12th. May, 2017, entitled 'On Wings of Song', The Orpheus Choir is inviting really fantastic special guests to 'spice-up' the programme: the male harmony vocal quartet based in Cork City, called 'Vocavalry'. 

Four handsome young men, Nicholas McMurray- alto, Douglas Kelly- tenor, Daniel O'Regan- baritone and Daniel Beuster- bass will be performing a mix of hits from the 50's, 60's, 70's and beyond. They sing without accompaniment and their unique blend of voices bring a whole new energy and style to those familiar old tunes. One thing is for sure; whether it's in a smooth ballad or an upbeat toe-tapper, The Vocavalry are impressive entertainers whose appearance in Fermoy should not to be missed! 

The concert starts at 8.15 pm and tickets (€15,- adults, €7.50 children under 18) can be purchased at the door on the night. For ticket reservations and any other enquiries, please contact Hilary on 087-7924105 or

Number 28. Monday, 1st May, 2017

Christ Church Fermoy
On Wings of Song in Fermoy's Christ Church

Fermoy's very own community choir, The Orpheus Choir directed by Hilary Reynolds, will be bringing home their highly successful concert programme entitled 'On Wings of Song', which back in March brought the audience in the First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill to their feet in a standing ovation! Songs about birds, love, longing and departure weave together with odes to the unifying power of music to give the evening's programme an uplifting theme. 
Male voice quartet 'Vocavalry'
Further more, the choir will be joined by really fabulous guests: the male voice quartet, 'Vocavalry' from Cork and a Russian pianist, Galina Badmaeva, who will be accompanying the choir. 

The concert will be held in Christ Church on Friday, 12th. May, 2017 at 8.15 pm. 
Tickets (€15,-) sold at the door on the night. 
For ticket reservations and any other enquiries, please contact Hilary Reynolds 0877924105 or  

Number 27. Thursday, 16th March, 2017


On Wings of Song”

The Orpheus Choir

Musical Director - Hilary Reynolds

special guests:

Galina Badmaeva - Piano
Douglas Kelly - Cello

on Saturday, 25th March, 2017 at 8.15pm


The First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork

Proceeds to go to a local charity in Watergrasshill
For tickets [€15.=] and reservations,

contact Barry Curtin o86 0802631 

Number 26. Saturday, 4th March, 2017

On wings of song

The Orpheus Choir and their Musical Director, Hilary Reynolds, will be bringing a romantic and highly entertaining concert to the First Fruits Arts Centre, Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, on Saturday evening, 25th. March, 2017 at 8.15 pm, entitled 'On wings of song'. 

Galina Badmaeva
[piano & violin]
Songs of birds, love, longing and departure weave together with odes to the unifying power of music to give the evening's programme an uplifting theme.

Douglas Kelly
The choir is proud to invite two special guests, Galina Badmaeva and Douglas Kelly to join them. They will not only be providing delightful instrumental interludes between the choral songs, but also accompanying the choir.

For tickets (€15,-) & ticket reservations, contact Barry Curtin:  086 0802631
Proceeds from the concert will be going to a local charity in Watergrasshill.  

Number 25. Sunday, 19th February, 2017

GPs should be singing the praises of joining a choir

By Hilary Reynolds

I recently found in an article written by Sinead Moriarty for the Irish Independent the convictions I have held for years resoundingly confirmed.
Through pointing out the results of recent scientific research on the effects of choral singing, as well as adding a very personal anecdote about the experience of her widowed mother, Sinead Moriarty makes a very strong case for what I have been saying all my professional life: 'The mental and physical benefits from singing in harmony make it an uplifting experience.'
Sinead recalls: 'When my mother joined a choir recently, I was delighted and hoped it would help lift her spirits. My father died 18 months ago and it hasn't been easy for her. When I called her after her first choir practice, she was on a high. That night was the first time she had slept through since dad died. She came home, went to bed and woke up with the birds singing.'
Further on in the article, she presents the medical evidence: ''A Swedish study – 'The Body's Musical Score' – found that singing in a choir had a calming effect on participants' heart rate.' Furthermore: 'Singing has also been found to boost the immune system and help singers stay mentally alert as they have to learn lyrics and memorise tunes.'
It is also my experience, as Sinead writes, that: 'A large number of choristers have noted that being in a choir has improved their confidence and their emotional well-being. Meeting new people and making new friends helps ward off feelings of isolation.'
For those of you who think that singing in the bath is therapeutic enough, read of this study done recently: 'A British research team led by University of Bath psychologist Nick Stewart carried out a study featuring 125 choral singers, 125 solo singers and 125 team sport athletes. The first finding was that choral singers and team sports players “reported significantly higher levels of well-being than solo singers.” Second, they found choral singers experienced a greater sense of being part of a meaningful, or 'real' group than team sport players.' Backing up these findings: 'The chief executive of the Association of Irish Choirs, Dermot O'Callaghan, said older members often comment that their self-esteem increases and their emotional and physical well-being is enhanced when they are involved in choral activity. “Singing is good for mental, emotional and physical health,” he said.'
I feel, however, that it is the last paragraph of Sinead's article that is the most telling. She concludes: 'If one night of singing in a choir can allow my widowed mother her first full night's sleep in 18 months, then, as far as I'm concerned, it's miraculous. If you are looking for a New Year's resolution, my suggestion is to start singing!'
I would like to invite anyone who has been inspired by this article and 'resonates' with these words to come along and experience it for themselves on Monday nights from 8 pm to 10 pm with The Orpheus Choir in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre. Feel free to ring, email or text me: 087 7924105 /

(This article was first published in The Avondhu on 12th January 2017)