A Brief History
The choir was formed in October 1909 with about thirty members to enter an
Eisteddfod in Tredegar which they subsequently won.
The first 25 years of the choir was better known as the "John Davy" years who was
the original conductor. This era was a story of success at Eisteddfodau. 71 first and
second prizes were achieved, including a narrow defeat in the 1919 Corwen
National Eisteddfod, as well as numerous concerts.
In May 1920 outstanding
concerts were given at the City Temple, the famous London Palladium, Alhambra,
Finsbury Park and the Hammersmith Palace where these buildings resounded to
the wonderful singing of the Orpheus.
When Ieuan Davies took over the baton in the sixties, the choir grew in number and
in the 1970's boasted 145 singing members and again came a close second at the
Ruthin National Eisteddfod in 1974 also gaining first prizes at Pontrhydfendigaid,
Porthcawl and Kerry Newtown on several occasions.
Concerts have been performed at many famous venues including the Dome,
Brighton; Usher Hall, Edinburgh; Fairfield Hall, Croydon; and the QE2. During
two visits to Plymouth, concerts were given in Dartmoor Prison, the first Welsh
choir to do so. Tours to France and Germany were undertaken during this period.
In 1993 Ian Waite was appointed conductor and under his leadership many
concerts have been given, tours undertaken to Switzerland, Ireland, Canada and
We rehearse for 2 hrs on a Wednesday and Friday
It is really important to attend these sessions since everyone needs to learn the songs together at the same pace.
We work hard to get it right to keep up our tradition of excellence.
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Our rehearsals are very friendly and informal and we will fit you in to the best section for your voice.
All our members will tell you it is a great experience and you will get gradually more confident with the support of fellow singers.
We have members ranging from teens to eighties and everyone enjoys it equally.