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Morriston Orpheus Choir


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(1935 – present)

The Morriston Orpheus Choir, based in Morriston, near Swansea, Wales, is a male voice choir, one of the best-known in the UK.

The Choir was formed on April 23, 1935, by Ivor E. Sims and in its early days concentrated primarily on competitions and local concerts. In 1937, the Choir achieved its first success at the Royal National Eisteddfod in Machynlleth, going on to win at the “National” on six further occasions. The choir does not presently sing in competitions, preferring to concentrate on concert performances.

Over the years, successive Musical Directors have developed and broadened the repertoire. Variety is now the hallmark of the Choir’s performances which include arrangements by Alwyn Humphreys M.B.E., Musical Director from 1979 to January 2005 and now the Choir’s Conductor Emeritus.
The Choir enjoys an international reputation as a leading exponent of male choral singing. Within the United Kingdom the Choir is in constant demand with around 25 engagements a year, including concerts, TV and after-dinner performances. The Choir regularly undertakes concert tours overseas and in 2004 undertook two tours to Taiwan and to Abu Dhabi and Oman. In April 2007 the Choir returned to the UAE, performing in Dubai en route to a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. In October 2008 the Choir visited Geneva to perform a charity concert. During their stay they also visited and sang in the control room of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research at CERN.

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