History of the Choir

The choir was formed in 1901 when four dedicated local musicians decided to form a male voice quartet following their attendance at a concert in Oakengates, Shropshire, given by a party of unemployed Welsh miners. The four called themselves the Hadley Orpheus Male Voice Society, later changing to Hadley & District Orpheus Male Choir, a choir which soon became famous, not only in this country but in other parts of the world.

Over the past years the choir has enjoyed many competition successes throughout the country, the most notable being three times winners of the Welsh National Eisteddfod in 1923, 1925 and 1933. This set what is believed to be a record of which the choir is still justly proud, in that no other English choir has won the Welsh National three times. It is alleged that following these successes, entry to this competition was limited to Welsh choirs only!

Minsterley Eisteddfod is one of the most recent competition successes.

Together with all the competitions entered, hundreds of concerts have been given throughout the country where many thousands of pounds have been raised for various charities, including concerts in Eastbourne, Sandown & Shanklin on the Isle of Wight, Scarborough and Weymouth.

One of the recent highlights was singing in Hyde Park in 1995 with 3,000 male voices and soloists including Dame Vera Lynn, Elaine Paige and Sir Cliff Richard. The choir has also performed at the Hundreds in Harmony Concert at the Symphony Hall, Birmingham and more recently with a massed choir in aid of the Tsunami Disaster at the Telford International Centre.

The Choir are members of The National Association of Choirs and also The English Association of Male Voice Choirs