Mayor Pays Tribute to Orpheus Male Voice Choir at Their 80th Anniversary Concert

On Saturday at their 80th Anniversary concert, Mayor Julia Soyke congratulated and thanked the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir “for their tremendous efforts over 80 years in helping others in the town.” She said the choir had been a major supporter of local charities and good causes…” and were “…a valuable and high regarded part of the community.”

The Mayor was speaking at the end of a highly successful concert which was attended by Col James Partridge TD, Deputy Lieutenant on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant Viscount De L’Isle, representatives of some of the charities and churches the Choir has helped recently, Audrey Sturley the Choir’s Vice- President, and an appreciative audience. See picture.

Conducted by Richard Walshaw, the Choir’s varied programme included many popular classics such as the Pearl Fishers Duet, Skye Boat Song, Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and a WW1 medley to commemorate the end of that war 100 years ago. Adam Crane the Accompanist also teamed up with fellow music teacher and electric guitarist Ian O’Neal in some very accomplished classic rock numbers as guest performers. 16 year-old Tenor Seb Turner-Moore from Bennett Memorial School impressed everyone with his solo performance.

John Cohen, the Choir’s Chairman & Business Manager, said “We were delighted to sing in front of such distinguished and special guests and we thank everyone who came for helping to make this concert so special for us in our 80th year. We especially appreciate the Mayor’s acknowledgement of the choir service to the community.”

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