AGM July 2019: Trustees’ Report

The Orpheus Singers
Registered Charity No: 1137448
56, Walsingham Road,
Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 4AJ

 

Trustees End of Year Report 2018 – 2019

 

The Trustees:

Margaret Tickle, Marion Orchard, Linda Martin, Kathleen Curtis, Mo Harding, Chris Welbourne and Pat Allen.

The Trustees of the Orpheus Singers are responsible for all choir matters relating to the Charities Commission and the Data protection Act.

Any queries should be directed to the Vice Chairman of the Charity who has accepted the mantle of responsibility for the administration procedures used to record and keep information.

Purpose

The choir shall study and practice choral music under the direction of our Musical Director, David Clark in order to foster public knowledge and appreciation of such music by means of public performance. We will also assist and support such charitable institutions or purpose as the committee from time to time determine.

We have received £3034.54 through donations in buckets and selling tickets for concerts which has meant that we have been able to donate over £5100 to charitable causes during the financial year 1 May 2018 – 30 April 2019. These donations have included £851.27 to the Salvation Army; £1210 in support of a school in Nepal; £1255 to be divided between the RAF Benevolent Fund and the Royal British Legion and £1831.36 to the Cyclone Idai Appeal.

Income for the choir comes from membership subscriptions and organising fundraising concerts. Outgoing monies are spent on purchasing music, choir running costs and putting on those concerts. Where there has been a surplus of income following a charity concert we have donated the surplus to that charity.

Public Benefit

The organisation has clear regard to the public benefit of its charitable status:

  • Planned full year of concerts for the local community and further afield.
  • An open invitation for ladies wishing to join our choir, our current membership ranges in age from 25 to 85 years, so all are welcome.
  • We welcome enquiries from members of the public who may wish to organise a concert for their charity or organisation.
  • As a registered charity, the concerts performed throughout the year will enable significant funds to be raised for a variety of local, national and international charities.

The Trustees would like to say a huge thank you to the Committee and to our Musical Director David Clark, Assistant Musical Director Melody Wallace and accompanist Janet Walker and all the members who help and support our choir behind the scenes. Finally to all the ladies who give their time and support to come together and sing, we could not do this without all of you.