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February 8, 2019

When John Bate lifts his baton at All Saints' Church, Kingston on 9 March it will be for a very special occasion, as he steps down from his role as Artistic Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir this summer. Although this is his penultimate concert with the Choir, it is the one which he regards as his ‘special’, swansong concert, with two of his favourite works: Duruflé's Requiem and Haydn's Nelson Mass.  

The two pieces convey a sense of light and shade, which will be refle...

October 21, 2018

"A mighty plea for peace." This is how John Bate, Artistic Director of South West London's Thames Philharmonic Choir, describes Britten's War Requiem which the Choir will perform on 10 November at Cadogan Hall. "This makes it particularly appropriate to mark the centenary of end of the First World War. It is a great challenge to all who perform it, but a wonderful experience, as it is also for those who listen." A leading light on the London choral music scene, this will be...

September 14, 2018

"The autumn musical calendar will be heavy with remembrance to mark 100 years since the Armistice…" wrote Neil Fish of The Times in his review of last Thursday's Proms performance of Britten’s War Requiem. It was a magnificent occasion with the Huddersfield Choral Society, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus and RSNO Junior Chorus, the latter providing the distant boys' voices from the gallery way above us.

A number of Choir members were at the Royal Alber...

May 13, 2018

Renaissance and 20th-century music from England and France.

Listen to fine music written for the Catholic Church but which raised a few eyebrows when first written at All Saints Church, Kingston, on 9th June.

The Choir will perform Fauré’s Requiem, which was dismissed by the resident curé of Paris’s famous Church of the Madeleine, where Fauré was organist, as an unwanted novelty, and a Mass by William Byrd that could have landed its composer in gaol. 

William Byrd (c...

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