Voices in Harmony: Guiding Melody and Mission
Our choir’s resonance stems not just from the rich timbre of voices joining in song, but from the steadfast leadership that shapes our purpose and path. Each note we sing is a testament to the guidance of our dedicated team who, with vision and expertise, create a harmony that extends beyond the music sheet. It is their passion, commitment, and unwavering direction that empowers us to elevate our performances and embody the excellence of Welsh male voice choir tradition.
Meet the dedicated stewards of the Tredegar Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Each one plays a pivotal role in weaving the fabric of our musical legacy, maintaining the vibrancy of our choir, and steering us toward a harmonious future.
Have a peek at what we get up to! Our choir is like a big friendly family who loves to sing. We meet up to practise our songs, and then we perform for people all over the place. It’s like a grand musical adventure every time!
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Musical Director / Conductor
At the heart of our choir’s artistry and performance, our Musical Director shapes the musical direction with a gifted touch. With an ear for harmony and an eye for talent, they curate our repertoire, lead rehearsals, and elevate each performance to new heights. Their passion for music extends to nurturing the choir members’ abilities, ensuring the collective voice of the choir resonates with clarity and emotion.
Steering the choir with vision and poise, our Chairman is the cornerstone of the executive committee. They preside over meetings with a steady hand and represent our collective voice at public events. Their strategic acumen ensures that our choir not only thrives artistically but operates seamlessly, embodying both our musical heritage and our forward-looking aspirations.
Helen was born in Tredegar and started to learn a variety of instruments from a very early age but she soon developed an aptitude for the piano.
Helen studied vocalisation under Ruth Packer at Cardiff College of Music & Drama but whilst she appeared on many occasions as a soloist, she preferred the role of accompanist and making others shine with her very lyrical and supportive accompaniment.
Helen is an accompanist of considerable experience and versatility. She has accompanied many accomplished artistes at home and abroad, several amateur operatic societies and numerous male choirs that include Llantrisant, Bargoed, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar.
Helen was appointed accompanist with the choir in 1991 and arranges a considerable amount of the choir’s repertoire. Together with the knowledge and enthusiasm of the Musical Director, they make a formidable team of which the choir are very proud.
Despite having been offered a place to study music at Cardiff University, Helen chose a profession in Law and currently works for Caerphilly County Borough Council.
With dexterity and grace, our Accompanist provides the instrumental backbone to our choir’s vocal expression. Whether in the subtle undertones of a piano or the rich layers of another instrument, their accompaniment is indispensable. In harmony with the Musical Director, they refine our performances, their musicianship enhancing each note we sing.
Our Secretary is the diligent scribe and communicator of the choir, ensuring that every administrative detail is attended to with meticulous care. From cataloguing minutes to managing our correspondence, they are the bedrock of our organisational efficiency. Beyond paperwork, their organisational skills are vital in keeping our choir in perfect sync.
Sheridan was born in Maesteg and was an active member of the Operatic Society there as well as singing in his local church choir. He moved to Tredegar in 1995 but although he has an eclectic taste in music, he did not want to commit himself to a choir until he would eventually retire from work. In 2016 aged 63 he joined Tredegar Orpheus eventually becoming their Secretary before leaving in 2019 to join Blaenavon Male Voice Choir. This was a time before COVID but when the pandemic hit, so too was Choral music as we were not permitted to meet and sing in groups under strict COVID rules. Realising he missed the camaraderie of his home town choir, he returned to the Orpheus in 2022 and has been their Librarian since that time.
In the realm of musical scores and resources, our Librarian stands guard. Their expertise ensures that every choir member has the right materials at their fingertips, and the music library is masterfully curated. Whether sourcing new pieces or organising existing collections, their role is instrumental in orchestrating our choral harmony.
Financial Secretary / Treasurer
Our Financial Secretary, who often undertakes the role of Treasurer, is the guardian of the choir’s finances. With an astute understanding of budgeting and a meticulous approach to bookkeeping, they ensure the financial integrity of our choir. Their careful management of resources allows us to focus on what we love most: bringing music to life.