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June 16, 2019

A celebration of English music (and a little Gershwin) marked the passing of an era on 15th June with Artistic Director John Bate’s farewell concert with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, which he founded 55 years ago, known for many years as the John Bate Choir. 

The programme was an interesting choice for a choir that has cemented its outstanding reputation on the glorious wealth of the Austro-German musical tradition.  Germany was not absent from the proceedings, however, as...

March 12, 2019

A beautiful pair of contrasting works constituted the programme for the Thames Philharmonic Choir’s recent captivating concert at All Saints’ Kingston upon Thames.  The splendidly restored medieval parish church provided the perfect setting for Duruflé’s deeply religious Requiem (Op.9).  Steeped in the French Catholic tradition – the composer had a distinguished career as assistant organist at Notre Dame and in other leading churches – the work has a haunting beauty which w...

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