Patrons

A Greeting from Russell Turner

A Greeting from Russell Turner

As a Patron of the Orange Male Voice Choir I am fully aware of the fantastic contribution the Choir provides to the cultural enhancement of our great city of Orange.

 The members are great ambassadors for our city as they travel around Australia or around the world.

 I congratulate and thank all members for their continuing support of the choir and their selfless contribution to the City of Orange and surrounding districts.

 

Russell Turner together with his wife Diane and three young children moved from Sydney to Orange in 1973 and relocated their poultry farming business to Cargo some 29 kilometres to the southwest of Orange.

 

 Russell quickly became involved in his community; initially through the Apex Service Club of Orange and as a member of NSW Farmers Association.

 

He was a Councillor on Orange City Council for twelve years and served as the State Member for Orange in the NSW State Parliament between 1996 and 2011.  In 2012 he was again elected to Orange City Council.

 

Russell enjoys his garden at Clifton Grove whilst still remaining very active in community affairs.

 

Russell is currently Chairman of the Board of the Orange Regional Conservatorium of Music, a member of the Rotary Club of Orange and also continues his association with the National Party of NSW.

A Message from Alwyn Humphreys

A Message from Alwyn Humphreys

Greetings from Old South Wales to New South Wales!

I am delighted and highly honoured to be a Patron of the Orange MVC, creating a link, not only geographically so to speak, but also with the Welshman, Rowland Gregory, who started it all back in 1926.

I will never forget the welcoming party that met me on the station platform when I arrived in Orange for the first time in 2008. I felt rather like a celebrity, and was given a truly royal welcome. It is true that music brings people together.

Long may you continue to spread music and friendship wherever you go.

My very best wishes,

Alwyn

Alwyn Humphreys is a celebrated Welsh conductor and arranger who conducted the famed Morriston Orpheus Choir for 25 years. He figures in the International Who's Who in Music and has been acclaimed worldwide.

In constant demand as a guest conductor in his native Wales and abroad, Alwyn has been a regular visitor to Australia. He was created an MBE in the Queen's 2001 New Year's Honours List for services to music in Wales. In July 2006 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Hull recognising his "outstanding contribution to the art and practice of choral music in this country and across the world." .

OMVC is privileged to have the patronage of this distinguished and accomplished musician.

 

 

The late Deidre Penhall

The late Deidre Penhall

Deidre Penhall died in early 2018 and will be sadly missed by the Orange Male Voice Choir.  Her husband, Norman, continues as our Patron.

The late Deidre Penhall and her husband Norman have had a long association with OMVC. Deidre's lifetime love of music had seen her in regular attendance at the Choir's concerts over many years. Norman and Deidre have been great benefactors of the Choir and their generosity and support is truly appreciated.

 

 

 

A Message from Mayor Reg Kidd

A Message from Mayor Reg Kidd

As the Mayor of our beautiful  city I also hold the very honoured role of Patron of the Orange Male Voice Choir.

The Choir has a very long standing history in Orange since its inception with Mr R L Gregory (a Welsh singer, conductor and leader) right through the decades to this present time.

The Choir continues to entertain thousands of folk locally, nationally and internationally. The dedication of your members and their obvious talent never ceases to amaze.

The Choir is such an important ambassador for Orange, and it gave me such pride to hand the Choir their current blazers back in 2008/2009. The white embroidered logo (City of Orange) and jacket are so very distinctive and always worn with such pride and passion which is reflected in every song.

“Friendship through song” is a very distinctive and factual motto of the Choir. A quote from the Choir’s formative years,  “The choir bids fair to be unsurpassed. It is cherishing certain ambitions.The day is confidently looked forward to and it is not far distant when Orange will figure largely in the music circles of the State” – a great prophesy that has come so very true.

 

Reg Kidd was born and raised in Orange and undertook university degrees at Sydney University, University of New England and Charles Sturt University. Reg has been a Councillor on Orange City Council for over 26 years and has served as Chairman of numerous Council Community Advisory Committees and represented Local Government NSW on many state-wide Advisory bodies (Catchment Management Authority, Landcare NSW, NSW Weeds Advisory Committee to name a few).

After a long career in agricultural and horticultural education he commenced an Agricultural Consulting business.

Reg served as Mayor in 2008/2009 and recently was appointed Orange’s first popularly elected Mayor.

A strong community advocate and passionate about regionalisation, Reg works tirelessly to encourage sustainable growth for Orange. He is a life member of the Australian National Field Days (member for the last 43 years), a member of Orange Botanic Gardens (since their inception in 1979), Director of the Orange Community Training and Education Committee (OCTEC) since 1984 and a member of many other community organisations.