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.
Our repertoire ranges from Allegri's Miserere to Verdi's Requiem. We have performed Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in London and Konstanz. We performed Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Cadogan Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Our soloists range from students completing their studies at the Royal College or Royal Academy to established singers including Yvonne Howard, Neil Jenkins, Kathryn Harries and Edward Grint. We have been accompanied by leading organist, Stephen Disley, Sub-organist at Southwark Cathedral and Ben Costello, an established music director, singing coach and accompanist.
Based in SW London, with a membership representing all age groups, the Choir gives three major concerts during the year in well-known London concert venues. It also regularly sings at services in cathedrals throughout the country and, in London, at Southwark Cathedral.
A weekly choral singing masterclass
We work hard at singing and learning the music, but rehearsals are rewarding and fun. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening at St Margaret's Putney - a Covid-19 secure venue - from 7:30 - 9:45pm. They are also live streamed via YouTube.
Harry Bradford, Music Director
A prize-winning conductor and choral director, Harry has an MMus with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music. He was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 and is co-founder and conductor of Recordare, a vibrant and versatile choir of Genesis Sixteen alumni. In 2009, Harry was a BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year. He subsequently read music at the University of Cambridge and was a choral scholar in the choir of King’s College under the direction of the late Sir Stephen Cleobury. At King’s, Harry was Music Director and arranger for the scholars’ close harmony group, The King’s Men. He remains active as a singer and has worked with Tenebrae, Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus, London Choral Sinfonia, Siglo de Oro and Britten Sinfonia Voices. As well as his position with Thames Philharmonic Choir, he holds permanent positions with the North Herts Guild of Singers, Stanmore Choral Society and the Argus Media Office Choir, and directs his close harmony group, the Chetwynd Consort.
James Orford, Accompanist
James Orford is currently the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral and a Postgraduate Student at the Royal Academy of Music, having completed his undergraduate degree at the Academy with first class honours. He was the recipient of the Duchess of Gloucester’s Award for Exemplary Studentship and has been awarded one of the Academy’s distinguished Bicentenary Scholarships. He recently completed eighteen months as the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, having previously held Organ Scholarships at Truro Cathedral, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and King’s College, London. James also works as a choral accompanist and has collaborated with many professional and amateur choirs; currently he is the accompanist for the London Pro Arte Choir as well as TPC. An accomplished pianist, James regularly performs with both instrumental and vocal soloists, most notably Susan Bullock CBE and Ian Bostridge CBE.