IN last week’s Bugle we printed some pictures sent in by Jenny Hughes of Hailsham, East Sussex, that showed her parents, Norman and Olive Plimmer, in costume for several amateur operatic productions in Wolverhampton in the 1930s.
Jenny had found the pictures among a box of old photographs left after her mother passed away and these are two more.
Norman and Olive were members of the Wolverhampton Trinity Amateur Operatic Society that was based at Trinity Methodist Church in Chapel Ash. Our first photograph shows Norman and Olive as part of a choir and Jenny thinks it may be Trinity Amateur Operatic Society’s choir. Olive is on the third row from the front, eighth from left, while Norman is at the far left of the fourth row.
We have no date for the picture, but assume it was taken in the 1930s and the photographer was A.B. Hart of 10 Worcester Street, Wolverhampton.
The Trinity Amateur Operatic Society is still active today, performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan and in April 2013 staged The Sorcerer and next year plans to perform HMS Pinafore.
Our second picture takes us forward in time around 20 years to 1952. It shows the Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir, of which Norman Plimmer was a member.
Norman sits fifth from left on the front row and the only other person Jenny can name is Bernard Kind who sits sixth from right on the front row.
The Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir is still going strong and this year marks its 70th anniversary. They staged a platinum celebration concert at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, in July, when they were joined by the Newport (Salop) and District Male Voice Choir and the Warley Male Voice Choir, both of which also celebrate their 70th anniversaries in 2013.
On Sunday, 15th September, the choir held a 70th anniversary thanksgiving service at St John’s in the Square, Wolverhampton, and their next concert is at Holy Trinity Church, Ettingshall on Saturday, 21st September. This will be followed by a RNLI charity concert at Tettenhall Wood United Reformed Church on Saturday, 28th September.
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