RHOS ORPHEUS MALE CHOIR

Cor Meibion Orffiws y Rhos

 

Welcome to the official website of the Rhos Orpheus Male Choir

Choir History

 

The Choir was formed in 1957 with the purpose of competing at the the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen the following year.  The Choir was initially under the baton of local musician, J Raymond Williams, M.Mus. FRCO, who set about moulding the newly formed choir.  It was he who set the bench mark and was responsible for setting the high standards that the choir has striven to maintain ever since.  During those early years the Choir’s accompanist was another local young man, J Brian Hughes, who is now acclaimed as one of Wales’ most accomplished and often

performed composers.

John Glyn Williams, known affectionately as ‘John Glyn’, took over as conductor in 1966.  By now Brian Hughes had gone to Cardiff University and had been replaced for a time by Haydn Bowen, and then by the Choir’s present accompanist, Anne

Phillips, who in 2007 celebrated 40 years of service.

 

Since its inception the Choir has performed throughout the UK and travelled extensively in Europe, the USA & Canada and has also visited China, Hong Kong & Israel. We have taken part in many competitions and won a significant number of

prizes.

The Choir is a registered Charity and have helped raise many tens of thousands of pounds for many diverse deserving causes. One of our recordings, 'Calm is the Sea' helped to raise well over £10,000 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

 

For 26 years the choir performed an annual concert at the Victoria Hall, Stoke on Trent sharing the stage with the World Famous Fodens Band and other male voice choirs local to the Wrexham area.  Guest soloists have included international singing star Denise Leigh and the renowned concert pianist Llyr Williams.  For 24 of those years we raised money for the North Staffs Special School Holiday Home.

More recent concerts here have been in aid of :

RNLI and the Stoke on Trent  Lord Mayor’s Charity Fund.

 

 

In 2006 the choir joined with Trelawnyd Male Choir and Traeth Male Choir to sing as a massed choir in 6 venues around the country; the Liverpool Empire, Palace Theatre Manchester, Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, Floral Pavilion Southport, Tameside Hippodrome Ashton-under-Lyne and the Grand Opera House York.

 

In 2008 to celebrate the choir’s Golden Jubilee year the Choir embarked on a tour of Germany to the Märkischer Kries region where we sang with the MGV Volmquelle

Scherl in Meinerzhagen and with the MGV Lyra Warendorf  in Warendorf.

 

The Choir has a long tradition of recording its repertoire, having released its most

recent CD, “Orpheus Gold” to coincide with its Golden Jubilee Celebrations.


It is one of the Choir's proudest boasts that a number of its members have gone on to take up singing as a career; most notably Dewi Wyn, Geraint Dodd, Howard Charles

and David Kempster.