Monday, 29 December 2008

New Year's Day Concert 2009

January 1st 2009 2pm Sunderland Minster
Rachel Orr
Voi Che Sapete
Je Veux Vivre
O Mio Babbino Caro

Friday, 12 December 2008

Christmas Concert with Shiney Row Male Voice Choir

Saturday 13th December 2008 Christmas Concert
Trinity Methodist Church, Shiney Row

Rachel Orr - soprano
Ben Armsishaw - violin
Ruth Armishaw - accompanist


Shiney Row Male Voice was founded in 1959 from a small singing groupset up by "The Wilson Brothers" - at Trinity Methodist Church, Shiney Row, Houghton le Spring. Since it's inception the Choir has always been based for rehearsals at Trinity Methodist Church.

There have been four Conductors of the Choir :-Fred Wilson Brian McAree Joe Parker Stephen Wroe

Stephen was appointed Conductor and Musical Director in 1994.

As for Accompanists, there have really been only two appointed to the permanent position.The present Accompanist, Robert Chicken, was the Choir's first,but after a short time he moved away from the area. He returned to the Choir in 2006,following the death of George Gent who had been the Choir's Accompanist for 38 years.

The Choir's current active membership stands at 49 members,who come from the Tyneside and Wearside area,including Sunderland, South Shields, Houghton le Spring,Gateshead, Chester le Street and Durham

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Guest soloist Hebburn Operatic Society Concert

Friday 28th November 2008

Hebburn Operatic Society Concert

Guest soloist Rachel Orr Soprano

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Durham Cathedral Concert Saturday 25th October 2008

Shiney Row Male Voice Choir
50th Anniversary
Saturday 25th October
Massed Male Voice Choirs Festival in Durham Cathedral.
Ten Male Voice Choirs from County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire are taking part, including ourselves - some 250+ voices.
This Concert is organised by us as part of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Guest Soloist, Rachel Orr (Soprano)
A great opportunity to hear male voice choral singing at its best, in our wonderful Cathedral.
Tickets £7.00 in Central Nave
(£4.00 for Restricted View seats)

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Gershwin and The Golden Age

Rachel Orr Soprano
George Hetherington Accompanist

Saturday 26th July 2008 7.30pm

Chester-le-Street Parish Centre
Songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern and Johnny Mercer.
Limited seating
Tickets from the Parish Centre Office

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Noel and Ivor

I am guest soloist singing:-
Waltz of my heart
Rainbow in the fountain
Glamorous Night
I'll see you again
Love made the song
Waking or sleeping
Someday my heart will awake

Buy tickets on-line -

Ivor Novello throughout much of his colourful career, was as well known an actor as composer. As his legacy has emerged more clearly since his death, however, it is his contribution to composition, especially in the realm of the British musical theatre that carries greater artistic significance. Novello's musicals were generally rich in distinctive melody and had a conservative, operetta-like character.Novello was born in Cardiff, Wales, on January 15, 1893. He showed rare musical gifts in his childhood, exhibiting an exceptionally attractive boy soprano voice and a talent for creating original melodies.
Noel Coward, playwright, director and actor as well as a songwriter, filmmaker and novelist, his witty, urbane stage productions forever altered the perceptions long inherent in theatre dialogue by shifting away from declamatory tones to a more natural, conversational approach, making them ideal for later film adaptations.Born December 16, 1899 in Middlesex, England, Coward was the product of a musical family; his grandfather was the organist at the Crystal Palace, while his father was a piano tuner.Fred Wharton will be holding a presentation evening on the 1st April 2008 where he will play some of their fabulous music and give an insight into the format the show will take, in what promises to be a wonderful celebration for our 100th anniversary year. Tickets will be in high demand for this unique show as there will be only 4 performances.

A Night at the Opera

Monday, 26 May 2008

New Tyneside Orchestra Concert

Saturday 14th June 2008,

The Royal Grammar School,



Soprano soloist, Rachel Orr (Northern Opera)

Conductor - David Milner

Leader - Ian Reevley

Festive Overture - Shostakovich

'Song to the Moon', Russalka - Dvorak

'O Mio Babbino Caro' - Puccini

L'Arlesienne Suite No.2 - Bizet

Overture, 'William Tell' - Rossini

Exsultate Jubilate - Mozart

Voi Che Sapete - Mozart

Overture '1812' - Tchaikovsky


The NTO's three main concerts take place at the Royal Grammar School, Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4DX.

Tickets for these concerts are available from JG Windows in Newcastle:Telephone: 0191 232 1356 and Royal Grammar School: Telephone: 0191 212 8930 around three to four weeks before each concert.

Alternatively you can buy tickets on the door.

Tickets cost:£9 for adults

£7 for concessions

£4 for students/unwaged.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Hexham Male Voice Choir 60th Anniversary

For its anniversary concert on Friday, May 23, at 7pm, the choir will be joined by soprano Rachel Orr, baritone Robert Seaton, and violinist Ben Armishaw, whose wife, Ruth, will accompany the three artists on the piano.

Tickets and further information are available from Mr Arthur on (01434) 600488.
FOR 60 years Hexham Male Voice Choir has enthralled its audiences the length and breadth of Tynedale and beyond.

Now, fittingly, members are preparing to mark their diamond anniversary in song with a special concert at Hexham’s Queen Elizabeth High School next week.
The evening will be a chance to look back on the choir’s illustrious history – from its inaugural meeting in Hexham’s Queen’s Hall cafe on May 26, 1948, to success at festivals in Tynedale, Blackpool Southport and Wansbeck, to name but a few.
And it will be an opportunity to encourage new singers to join the choir’s happy band.
Current chairman Tom Arthur, who joined the choir himself 57 years ago this coming November, said: “We have always done our best to reach the highest levels of singing we can
“Sadly, many young men are not coming through these days because they have other interests, or are leaving for universities, or to work elsewhere.
“But once in, new members would enjoy the camaraderie of the choir.”
Today there are just 29 members, but Mr Arthur remains hopeful the choir’s ranks will, once again, top 40-45 – a level enjoyed during its earliest days.
Following its inauguration, the choir held its first rehearsal in June 1948 at the Abbey Hotel (now the Beaumont Hotel), by which time it had grown to 36 members.
It staged its first major concert in aid of Hexham’s Trinity Methodist Church and by May, 1950 had even recorded six of its favourite songs.
During its 60-year history the choir has come under the baton of just five conductors.
First was John Gilhespy, then Bill Highman, whose wife, Joan, was the daughter of Tom Mearis, the famed conductor of the Felling Male Voice Choir.
Other conductors have been Bill Skelton, Allan Armstrong, who succeeded Bill in 1976, and Douglas Carrick, who later led the choir to success at the North of England Music Festival at Blackpool.
Nine years ago Mr Armstrong, of Allendale, signed up for his second stint with the choir and he remains its conductor today.

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Annfield Plain Male Voice Choir

Soprano Rachel Orr

Saturday May 10th
Annfield Plain Methodist Church
7pm start

Sunday, 6 April 2008

Sunderland Symphony Orchestra May 3rd 2008

Rachel Orr
Mendelssohn's Hear Ye Israel - Elijah
Mozart's Porgi Amor - Marriage of Figaro
Gilbert & Sullivan's Poor Wandering One
Mozart's Alleluia - Exsultate Jubilate Motet

Saturday May 3rd 2008

St John's Church

Celebrating 20 years

Seaham twinned with Gerlingen, Germany

Sunday, 9 March 2008

'German Requiem' by Brahms

Rachel Orr - soprano

Musical Director - Richard Bloodworth

Darlington Choral Society
Dolphin Centre Darlington

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Opera for All Concert

Music for All present 'Opera For All'. Artistes Rachel Orr soprano with Sunderland Symphony Orchestra and The Sing A Long Chorus. Musical Director Rupert Hanson.

Saturday 08 Mar 2008
Tickets £8.00, Concessions £5.00

Sunderland Minster
High Street West

Tel: 0191 565 4066

Sunday, 27 January 2008

As Time Goes By - Concert Bishop Auckland Town Hall March 2nd 2008

‘As Time Goes By’ music from
‘The Great American Songbook’
Sunday 2 March at 7.30pm
The years from 1920 - 1960 represent a unique period in the history of American popular music with a level of musical and lyrical sophistication that has yet to be equalled. Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Hoagy Carmichael, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer – the list is endless.
Join pianist George Hetherington and friends - Olly Burton, Eileen Glenton, Arthur Makepeace and Rachel Orr, with special guests The A.K. Chorale - for an unequalled Mothering Sunday treat.
Tickets: £8.00
Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Market Place
Bishop Auckland
DL14 7NP
Tel: 01388 602610
Fax: 01388 604960

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Opera Diva LIVE!!!! CD

Last November I had the privilege of singing with Hetton Lyons Male Voice Choir. It was their 60th Anniversary. The evening was recorded and the choir have included a selection of my songs on the CD they are selling.

Je Veux Vivre - Romeo and Juliet GOUNOD
Porgi Amor - Marriage of Figaro MOZART
O Mio Babbino Caro - Gianni Schicci PUCCINI
Una Voce Poco Fa - Barber of Seville - ROSSINI
Someone to Watch Over Me - GERSHWIN
Till there Was You - WILSON
Morte Criste

To purchase a CD contact Bryan Cooper at the following address or telephone 0191 548 5419.

81 Side Cliff Road

Each CD costs £5 with £1 for P&P.