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November 16, 2019

Soloists for our Christmas Cracker concert are particularly looking forward to performing Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai.

Soprano Claire Ward says she "absolutely loves Haydn". She has sung this work just once before and is really looking forward to singing it again. She is a keen performer of baroque music and is also delighted to be singing Vivaldi for the first time on 7 December.

Claire recently made her debut at the Oxford Lieder Festival singing settings of fables from th...

October 31, 2019

It's October, and we've started rehearsing Christmas music for our December concert – our first with our award-winning new Music Director, Harry Bradford. And Harry's enthusiasm for the music and conducting means we're having fun! “I love the thrill of conducting a group of willing and responsive singers, of shaping the music and feeling the energy that’s released from communal music-making,” says Harry. This excitement and enthusiasm comes through at our weekly rehearsals,...

June 4, 2019

Accompanying Thames Philharmonic in arrangements of songs from the shows by Gershwin will allow Ben Costello's talent for musical theatre to shine at the Kingston concert on 15 June. It's also something he loves: "I fell into musical theatre (MT) very early in my career, and I've been on the MT faculty at Laine Theatre Arts for seven years now. I also regularly visit Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Trinity College (John's alma mater), so lots of my former students are...

May 16, 2019

Kingston programme features favourite English composers and songs from the shows

Thames Philharmonic's Kingston Summer Concert will bring together John Bate, stepping down after 55 years with the Choir; his former Kingston University student and the Choir's accompanist for the past three years, Ben Costello; and one of the UK's leading organists, Stephen Disley, sub-organist at Southwark Cathedral. The concert will also feature Baritone soloist Dan D'Souza, a former member o...

February 24, 2019

We are fortunate to have established some very special relationships with soloists who have sung with the Choir over the years. For our March concert, John Bate's special 'swansong' concert, he has taken particular care in choosing a group of soloists whom he particularly enjoys working with and knows will function well as a group – "particularly important in Haydn's Nelson Mass", he says.

For mezzo Yvonne Howard it will be the fifth occasion on which she has sung with Thame...

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