Amateur Choir with Professional Standards

The 2019/2020 season sees Harry Bradford join Thames Philharmonic Choir as Music Director. Harry, who has already established a reputation for choral conducting with Genesis Sixteen and at Cambridge University, follows in the footsteps of the Choir's founding Artistic Director, John Bate, under whom the Choir has earned an enviable reputation for musical excellence and for the pleasure it brings to audiences, members and fellow musicians alike. 


The membership covers a range of age groups, and the combination of high standards and friendliness ensures a regular intake of good singers. Repertoire ranges over sacred and secular music from the Renaissance to the present day, including the large-scale choral-orchestral classics. The Choir performs locally, in central London, and elsewhere in the UK and Europe.

Founded in 1964, Putney Bach Choir and Richmond Choral Society were soon performing together, then becoming the John Bate Choir in 1975. Professional orchestras and international soloists were engaged and central London concerts began in the South Bank and Cadogan Hall. The Choir’s present name was adopted in 1995.

A Choral-singing Evening Class

is held Tuesday evenings, 7.30-9.45pm, alternate weeks in Putney and Richmond. We work hard at singing, and learning the music, but the rehearsals are also rewarding, fun and sociable.  


While completing a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, Harry Bradford was awarded the Sir Thomas Armstrong prize and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. He read music at Cambridge University and was a choral scholar in the choir of King's College under the direction of Sir Stephen Cleobury. He has participated in masterclasses with leading choral conductors, including Paul Brough (BBC Singers), Simon Halsey (City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus), and Neil Ferris (BBC Symphony Chorus). Harry is the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018–19, receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan; and the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral. 


Thames Philharmonic Choir singing at Cadogan Hall, November 2018


James Orford is currently the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral having recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours. He is an active performer, giving recitals and concerts across the UK and works extensively as a choral accompanist, including inter-nationally. In September, he will begin his Postgraduate Course at the Academy as one of five recipients of the Academy’s distinguished Bicentenary Scholarships.