The Choir rehearses each Tuesday evening between 7.30 & 9.30pm at:
St Andrew's CE Primary School
Tulketh Road (A5072)
Lancashire PR2 1EQ
Paul Greenhalgh BMus, LRSM, LTCL, LLCM, LGSM (P)
Preston Orpheus Choir was founded in 1929 by Arthur Fountain with the aim of bringing choral music to the people of Preston. The Choir performs a wide variety of choral piece from larger works such as Handel's Messiah to smaller, lighter pieces such as The Rhythm of Life.
Some highlights for the Choir have involved representing Great Britain in the 1983 International Choir Festival in Montreux, three European tours and establishing an annual Christmas Festival in the Guild Hall which brings together several art forms from around the Preston area.
The Choir has been lead under the batonship of six different conductors over its lifetime. The first was our founder, Arthur Fountain, who was succeeded by Harry Dodd. The Choir's next conductor was Harry Duckworth who lead the choir for 33 years.
In January 2012, Maestro Roselise Gentile took control of the baton and due to her re-location, David Usher acted as the Choir's Music Director until the appointment of Elspeth Slorach as Music Director in September 2015.
In September 2018, Abi Kitching took over as Music Director.
The Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from September through to the following May. Over the season, the Choir performs an autumn concert consisting of smaller works, the annual Christmas Festival and a spring concert featuring a larger work.
Registered Charity Number: 512041