50 years of choir celebrated

Leigh Orpheus’s male voice choir have celebrated 50 years of the choir recently.

Having performed concerts throughout the year celebrating 50 years of the choir singing, they celebrated at Saxon Hall was a very special event when 100 members and guests held a formal dinner to mark their Anniversary.

Guests were entertained after an introductory address, and Grace, firstly by a wind sextet and then by Mr Magic, Richard Graham.

President Sir David Amess addressed those present in an entertaining after-dinner speech, repeating again his belief that the Leigh Orpheus is the best male voice choir in the UK.

Sir David referred to the visit he had arranged for the choir to sing at Speakers House at the Palace of Westminster during the choir’s 50th Anniversary Year and how impressed Mr Speaker, John Bercow was.

Sir David spoke of how proud he was to be the choir’s president and pledged his ongoing support for the choir.

Chairman of the Leigh Orpheus, John Riddle MBE said “It was such a privilege having so many members and their guests at the meal, and wonderful to welcome some previous members of the choir back.

“To mark the event we presented every choir member with a special, limited-edition, set of choir cufflinks and gave each of our ladies a rose.

“ We also used the Dinner to launch the 50th Anniversary Edition of the choir’s history, an impressive document describing the choirs’ 50 years of singing together.”

The choir will be performing at Leigh Lights on 30th November. Their Christmas Concert is at the Salvation Army Temple in Hadleigh on 8th December and a final performance of its Anniversary Year at The Royals, Southend on 15th December.

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