Welcome to the Thames Philharmonic blog, where members and the professional musicians we sing with share choral tips and experiences

August 3, 2018

I’m not a practising Christian and some of my friends have voiced surprise that I enjoy going on a Cathedral residency quite so much. They ask me why I like it, seeing as it’s really going to church five times in a weekend. In a recent BBC4 programme about different Requiems, they posed the question: do you have to believe in God to enjoy a piece like Mozart’s Requiem? and maybe my friends really ask me the same question. I’ll try to explain why I think you don’t have to be...

April 21, 2018

I love singing with other people and it’s one of the main reasons why I enjoy being in the choir so much. Sure, there’s safety in numbers, but I also adore how our individual alto voices blend into one sound, how we work together to get a piece right and how we support each other to get through the parts that might be a bit tricky.

So why am I here singing the solo alto part in a quartet, where everybody can hear every note that comes out of my mouth?

It’s a choir fund-raiser...

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