Tintagel Orpheus Choir

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Chairman: George Jose  Tel: 01566 781346    Secretary: Derek Needham Tel: 01840 770616
Treasurer: Sue Theobald
Musical Director: Penny Barclay  Telephone 01566 781284

The Choir was formed in 1929 by a Welshman, Jack Thomas, who moved to Tintagel to quarry slate and was choirmaster until his death in 1955.Cliff Inman, a member of the Choir, then took over and was choirmaster until 1962. Arthur Biddick, took over the baton until 1968. Mel Rowe then became conductor until 1989. Penny Mendoza  took command until December 1993, when she retired. Penny had been the lead soprano with the BBC Singers and many other choirs. At the beginning of 1994 Tony Tournoff was invited to become Musical Director of the Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir and stayed with them until September 1997. The choir then had its second Lady Musical Director, Mrs. Elizabeth Wade, known to everyone as "Buffy" and she was with the Choir for three years.  In 2000, Edna Sewell took over the baton to become its third lady Musical Director. David Sherbird, became the choirs conductor in 2004.
Sheila Flower was the accompanist from 1950-2000 and  husband Bob sang in the choir from 1950-2000 and was the choirs longest serving member. He was Treasurer from 1953-2000.
The Choir is much travelled, having sung in Austria, Switzerland, Germany and the South of France. They have sung five times in Liverpool (in both Cathedrals), Warwick, Cardiff, Bristol, Wigan and three times with the Massed Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, London and many other venues in England. The choir has also combined with other Cornish Male Choirs and took part in the BBC Songs of Praise from Truro Cathedral.

In the five visits to the Cornwall County Music Festival in Truro they have managed to win the Championship Cup for Male Choirs under 40 members, four times.

In 1990 after 61 years they produced their first Professional Commercial recording.

In June 1994 the Choir spent an enjoyable weekend sharing in the Bi-Centenary celebrations at Holy Trinity Church in Wavertree, Liverpool and in October the Choir combined with 26 other Cornish Male Choirs in a 1000 Voice Concert in the Royal Albert Hall.

At tine end of 1995 the choir produced their second recording

In 1996 the Choir spent a weekend visit with the City of Cardiff Male Voice Choir and in 1997 they visited York, singing in the Minster and giving a Concert at Fulford Church.

In 1998 they visited Wigan and Liverpool singing with the Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir.

In 1999 they visited Hadley Male Voice Choir in Telford and had a fine weekend visiting the Ironbridge area.

In May 2000 the choir went to Swansea, giving a concert in the chapel used by The Morriston Male Voice Choir for their practices. The Morriston members there were delighted with the sound produced by a small choir of only 23 members. Their top tenor section is about 30 strong whereas the Tintagel Orpheus Male Voice Choir top tenor section numbered only six.

The choir always welcomes new members and is going strong in its 75th year. 
If you are interested in joining the Choir why not go along to a practice which is held every Tuesday evening at the Tintagel Methodist Chapel .
If you would like to find out more please ring the Secretary on 01840 770616


Tintagel Orpheus Choir are proud to announce the release of their  CD 'Deep Harmony''
The Choir, Musical Director, accompanists & recording artist, have all done a splendid job bringing that special
'Tintagel Sound' to all 23 tracks.

Especially enjoyable is the song from which the title has been taken, 'Deep Harmony', by Handel Parker,
arranged by Luther Greenwood of Colne, Lancashire, with words by Isaac Watts.

George Jose, tenor soloist, sings 'Song of Cornwall' & the Choir with Dave Kennet & Alan Heard as soloists, sing
'Pedro the Fisherman' a recent Choir addition.

This CD is well worth purchasing at 8.00 from any Choir member or at the forthcoming concerts.

                       The Choir meets on Tuesdays in the Methodist Schoolrooms at Tintagel, commencing at 7.15pm.

Look at 'Diary Dates' on this site for their forthcoming engagements.
If you would like to find out more please ring the Secretary on 01840 770616

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