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July 28, 2018

There is not any Musicke of Instruments whatsoever, comparable to that which is made of the voyces of Men,, where the voyces are good, and the same well sorted and ordered- William Byrd, 16-17th century organist and composer. 

That just about sums up the sound members of Thames Philharmonic Choir are making at Chichester Cathedral this weekend, 27-29 July. And we're singing William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices at the 11am service tomorrow, Sunday.  There's no English 17th-C c...

April 21, 2018

Theo Golden, the 19 year old counter tenor who sang the exquisite solo part in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, with Thames Philharmonic Choir at Cadogan Hall in March, actually hails from the diocese of Chichester.  Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write a work for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Chichester in the 1960s. Theo is in his first year of studying music at Durham University, but his local paper, the Midhurst & Petworth Observer,  picked up his story from...

April 4, 2018

Cadogan Hall was filled to near capacity for the Bernstein, Barber & Mozart concert on 10 March - the largest audience from outside the choir in our 10 performances there. The only Cadogan Hall concert that sold more tickets overall, was the very first one, when most of the tickets were sold through choir members, as, explained secretary Sylvia Walker, “they were very, very enthusiastic.”

Most tickets were sold to the general music-going public through Cadogan Hall, which, s...

February 27, 2018

 - So wrote composer Kevin Jones in his review of the Choir's last performance of Mozart's Requiem in May 2006. Thames Philharmonic Choir sang this "mellow and awe-inspiring work" with "musical precision, ease and relaxed commitment..." he continued.

"John Bate’s direction secured an exceptional transparency of sound and textural subtlety sustained throughout the entire performance; dramatic precision balanced by lyrical serenity." There was "a freshness and subtlety to...

February 21, 2018

​​Listen out for the harps in the performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at Cadogan Hall on 10 March. "The two harps play throughout the piece as an integral part of the orchestration but feature particularly in the middle movement accompanying the counter tenor solo in the words of the 23rd Psalm," explained Thames Philharmonic Choir director John Bate.

Bernstein apparently wrote the harp score first, before he added orchestra and choir. In performance rehears...

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