We are the

Bundaberg Orpheus Singers, Queensland, Australia.

We love singing good music together for our own enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.
We welcome singers aged 18 to 80+.
We meet for practice on Monday evenings at 7.00 pm in the McNaught Hall of the Bundaberg Uniting Church, 24 Barolin Street, Bundaberg.
AND .......
We need more men!! Particularly tenors. Now is the time to come along and sing along. You know you want to.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Orpheus on the ABC

ABC Local Radio listeners -   This one is for you.

The presenter of the Mornings programme, Brad Marcellos, has invited Orpheus to join in the last broadcast of the year, on Friday 5th December.

Members of the Orpheus Ensemble will take up the invitation, and sing some Christmas favourites.

The broadcast is to be made from the Bundaberg Regional Library - supportive audience most welcome. Come along around 9. 30 am.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Congratulations to Famous Orpheans

The recently published "Bundaberg Hall of Fame",  acknowledging people who have made special contributions to the region, features no less than three of our Orpheus family. 
Alison O'Malley and Robyn Edgar are written up in the Culture section for their wonderful contribution over a lot of years, Alison having conducted Orpheus for 35 years and Robyn the Sunshine Singers (1978), then Bundaberg Youth Choir and now Savvi Voce and Poco Savvi Voce.  

Rob Evans (Tenor and immediate Past President)  is written up for his achievements in his "former life" as Director of Lifeline Bundaberg and the driving force behind the establishment of the Bundaberg Neighbourhood Centre.

Congratulations to Alison, Robyn and Rob.

Friday, 14 November 2014

It is on again! The Pageant 
will light up Bourbong Street on the evening of
4th December.

Savvi voce and the 
Orpheus Ensemble 
will be singing...
 a selection of delightful Christmas music..
a capella. 

Come along, enjoy the show and the season, support our singers. 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Claudia off to the Con!

The  Singers are very proud to congratulate Claudia Marcus on her acceptance into not one, but both of the two tertiary Schools of Music in Queensland.  

Yes, Claudia received offers from both University of Queensland School of Music and the Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, to take up studies in 2015. 

Claudia has made the big decision and will be studying voice at the Con next year.  She will thus be joining her former Savvi voce colleague, Emily Peddlesden, who is just now completing her first year there. 

Claudia has been singing with Savvi voce for some years now, and also has appeared in Orpheus Concerts as a soloist and in duet performance with her teacher Robyn Edgar. 

Claudia, we wish you well.  
We know you will do us and Bundaberg proud and we look forward to following your career in the world of music. 

Sunday, 2 November 2014

More about Mary - the Raffles

The winners of raffle prizes were 1st Prize Judy Pippen (a breast cancer survivor of three years!), 2nd prize Pat Orvad, 3rd prize Barb Kruger, 4th prize Emma Edwards' mother, 5th prize Janet Tallon, 6th prize Pam and Edwin Edgerton, Bonus prize Gerry Ashton. We are still working on the final figure of the proceeds of the raffle and the profits from refreshments to be handed over to the Cancer Council. We have already handed over $192 which were the proceeds of the sale of "merchandise", pink ribbons etc. which we sold. This does not include sales from the Cancer Council's stall at Sunday's performance. 

Jude Pippen attended the Orpheus All About Mary Conert on Sunday 19th October at Shalom College with her husband Mike Lean and friend Beverly Sewell. Imagine her delight when she won the first prize in the raffle: $100.00 of hair products and treatment from Edgewater Salon owner Gaelene Penny. Jude says that she rarely wins anything and as a cancer survivor of three years she felt particularly blessed by winning on this occasion! As one of the prizes was a shampoo and blow wave Jude decided to offer this treat to her friend who had considerably more hair to play with! Bev loved the treat and Gaelene really gave her a wonderful salon experience. Bev shouted Mike and Judy out for tea at the Club to say thanks so it was a great day all round!

Here they are  - Judy Bev and Gaelene 

Friday, 31 October 2014

Singing the key to teaching school children music, expert says

The expert is none other than Richard Gill.  

"Award-winning conductor Richard Gill is credited with being the driving force behind the National Music Teachers Mentorship Pilot Programme, announced today by the Federal Government."

Zoltan Kodaly had pioneered the teaching of music to children in a method based on awareness of the child's developmental sequence, back in the first half of the C20th.  But also with an emphasis on the voice - the musical instrument we all have.