Under the leadership of former Chairman and chorister Michael "Mick" Bishop, the choir are undertaking a project to create a history of Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir (AOMC). We are looking to gather information and artefacts that will help us compile a dossier that will be used to aid the generation of this project outcome. The choir themselves have a small library of information, artefacts and photographs along with letters and correspondence from years past. Unfortunately, this information is limited and gaps need filling to create a more comprehensive review.
The Book Team are interested in receiving whatever information, photographs, stories, artefacts and memories you may hold or have been involved with since the choir launched in 1908. Each of these members will be happy to talk to you also should you be up for sharing such information.
We have created a questionnaire for choir members and wants to extend this to receive similar feedback from anyone outside the choir or who have had any dealings with the choir historically. The questions are laid out below and if you can answer any of them through an email, Mick would love to hear from you. An email address is supplied at the end of this page.
Mick is an amateur historian and by his own admission spends many hours sifting through historical information both local and wide reaching and has a parallel passion for ancestry. Aided by fellow choir members, particularly Fred Hatton and Phil Hill, they hope to put something back into the choir archives before this great institution is lost. Losing our history is a serious threat and this project was recently conceived based on the passing of long standing choir member, Mr Bill Bard.
If you have anything that can help us at the choir, please share it with us. Don't forget that we are also always on the look out for new male members so come along and join a great institution.
1. What is your Name?
2. Where do you live (now or in the past that's associated with Abertillery)?
3. What is/was your profession and where did you work?
4. Whether you're in the choir or have been a past member?
5. If so, what section did you sing in (Tenor, Bass, Baritone)?
6. Why did you join the choir?
7. Do you remember any particular member, past or present?
8. Would you be willing to participate in sharing stories and memories?
9. If so, What anecdotes, stories, photographs, press cuttings, audio recordings, videos or memorabilia could you contribute towards the projects?
10. Would you be willing to be interviewed?
Answers can be supplied to the book team via email to email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you!