Wellingborough Orpheus Choir

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13 March 2018

New Sponsor for the choir

We are delighted to announce that Wilson Browne Solicitors have donated £500 towards the choir’s concert expenses during the coming year. This sponsorship will help us to continue to give performances with an orchestra and/or professional soloists, whilst keeping ticket prices affordable, and we are most grateful for their support. For more information about Wilson Browne please visit www.wilsonbrowne.co.uk/orpheus

4 March 2016

Waitrose to donate £140 to the choir

Thank you to everyone who put their green tokens into the Wellingborough Orpheus Choir’s box in Waitrose during February. Our share of the charitable donation will be £140 – not bad as we were up against an outing for disadvantaged children and Persian cats! What is it they say about never working with children and animals….?!

26 January 2016

Vote for us when you shop at Waitrose in February!

Great news! We have been successful in our application to be one of the local charities supported by the Waitrose ‘Community Matters’ scheme. During February we will be one of the three organisations that shoppers can vote for with their green tokens at the Rushden store. At the end of the month we will be awarded a proportion of the £1,000 that they donate to charities each month according to the number of tokens. So get shopping and encourage friends and family who shop there to support us!

19 June 2015

Support us when you shop online

If we are going to continue to give concerts with professional soloists and orchestras - and keep ticket prices down - we need to fundraise to subsidise the costs. If you shop online here’s a way you can support us financially at no extra cost to you. A percentage of every pound you spend will be donated to the choir when you shop through www.giveasyoulive.com.
More than 3,000 top online retailers have signed up to the scheme, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay, Expedia, Debenhams, M&S, Lastminute.com and many more. To find out more go to: www.giveasyoulive.com/join/orpheuschoir


Quiz Evening

19 April 2015

A quiz evening held on 16 April raised £140.50 for choir funds. Some eight or nine teams took part in a closely fought competition, with the ‘Old Broads’ emerging as the victors. A big thank you: to quizmaster Roy York and his wife Meg who kept the score. They also provided the prizes.

Soloist Michelle Todd joins us again

23 February 2015

Soprano Michelle Todd will again be the principal soloist at our spring concert, ‘The Magic of Mozart’, on
Saturday 28th March in St Barnabas Church, Wellingborough. The programme will include Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and
choruses from ‘Solemn Vespers’, and Michelle will perform his ‘Exsultate Jubilate’, all accompanied by a
chamber orchestra. If you have not heard Michelle sing before, you have missed a treat; she has the most
beautiful voice, soaring seemingly effortlessly to the top notes. Now based in Canada, she has an
international reputation - her next appearance after the Orpheus Choir’s concert will be at the Royal
Albert Hall on 25th April! Visit her website at www.michelletoddsoprano.com

The concert starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets priced £12 (students £5 and children under 12 free) can be
purchased from Irwin’s House of Flavour on the High Street in Wellingborough, or by calling 01933 665191.

Possible new twinning

9 January 2015

After 29 years of exchange visits with the Chorale André Léculeur, our twinning arrangement has come to an end as they are no longer functioning as a choir, although individual friendships made during that time will no doubt continue.

We are now looking to develop a new partnership with Chor 95 in Wellingborough’s German twin town of Wittlich. Wittlich is the ‘county’ town of Bernkastel-Wittlich, close to the border with Luxembourg, so not such a long journey as Niort. It has its own vineyards and is part of the Mosel wine producing area.

Chor 95 was set up in 1995 and has a similar membership to the Orpheus. Choir member Paul Skinner has already made contact with their MD, Rheinhold Schneck, and joined them for a rehearsal and there is enough interest from both choirs to try to set up a link. Hopefully a first visit will take place in the next 12-18 months.

We take part in a Living Advent Calendar

19 December 2014

Around 40 people, including a number of young families, came through the doors of the United Reformed Church yesterday to hear us sing, as part of the Living Advent Calendar organised by the Rotary Club of Wellingborough.  Each day during advent a door opens somewhere in Wellingborough for visitors to enjoy 15 minutes of entertainment.  Discover which doors will open for the rest of advent at:



Wanted: more sopranos!! 

Can you hit the high notes? We are looking for more singers to swell the soprano section of the choir (some have recently defected to the altos!), but would welcome singers in all sections, particularly young people. We have around 50 members, the youngest being 14 and the eldest 70+. There are no auditions and you don’t have to be able to sight read – though it helps if you can. Choir practices are held on Mondays during term time at Park Junior School, Great Park Street, Wellingborough from to 9.15 pm. New singers pay nothing for their first term and membership is completely free to students. Rehearsals for Mozart’s Requiem will start on Monday 12th January.  

Please contact the secretary, Barbara Lees if you are interested in joining us: tel: 01933 665191, email: blees@tinyworld.co.uk

The Wellingborough Orpheus Choir always welcomes new members
Please contact Margaret at margaret.foster984@gmail.com for details
Wellingborough Orpheus Choir is a Registered Charity No. 1149120
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