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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...

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...

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...

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...

January 7, 2019

Waiting in the cold dark at the bus stop at 7.15 last Sunday morning, I had my doubts – why did I agree to sing today? Then a member of the Kew Urban Dawn Chorus (probably a robin) burst into song and reminded me. I love singing! Sure enough, by the end of the day I was truly wrapped up in a blissful, dizzy cloud of ardour, having sung my heart out.

On this Epiphany Sunday a fairly small group of us (depleted, sadly, by a few last minute illnesses) from Thames Philharmonic C...

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