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Welcome to the Thames Philharmonic blog, where members and the professional musicians we sing with share choral tips and experiences

...is Oscar Hammerstein II, who, with Richard Rogers, produced Broadway hits such as Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.  Hammerstein was a great fan of the English choral tradition and a regular visitor to Southwark Cathedral. On his death in 1961 he bequeathed a sum of money to fund two choir boys, and to this day, the beneficiaries are known as the Hammerstein Chanters. There’s a plaque to Hammerstein in the Harvard Chapel, which in turn commemorates another...

1. To hear us sing! Thames Philharmonic Choir members are singing at 11am Eucharist and 3pm Evensong while the resident choir has a break. Music includes: Stanford Justorum Animae; Goss, O Taste & See; Wood, Mass in F; Sumsion Magnificat
2. Stirring sermon in a sacred place where people have worshipped since the 7th C

3. Shakespeare memorial – a 1912 alabaster statue of the reclining Bard clutching a sprig of rosemary (he used to hold a quill, but this was repeatedly stolen)...

February 5, 2017

Unusual musical works get a hearing thanks to surprise bequests

A rarely sung masterpiece by Ralph Vaughan Williams is to be performed at Cadogan Hall on 1st April. The bold move by Thames Philharmonic Choir to put on a lesser-known work is thanks to a bequest by distinguished Civil Servant, human and gay rights champion, and former Choir member, the late Ian Buist, and a generous grant from the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

The haunting oratorio Sancta Civitas was much...

January 21, 2017

Thames Philharmonic Choir members will be accompanied by ‘a sound of astonishing magnificence’ from ‘one of the finest organs in the country’ when they sing the Sunday services at Southwark Cathedral on 12th February. While the resident choir has a break, we will be singing anthems and motets by Wood, Goss, Stanford, and the 16th-century composer Viadana…and a setting to responses by our own artistic director John Bate.  Choral Eucharist at 11am and Evensong at 3pm. For the...

October 2, 2016

Festive food for body and soul in Kingston upon Thames on 10 December

For a double measure of Christmas spirit, warmed by a cup of spicy Glühwein, step straight from a German-style Christmas market into the church for a classic seasonal concert with full choir and orchestra.

The market is inspired by Germany’s largest Christmas market in Berlin and aims to become the largest town centre Christmas event in the UK. The concert, with the Thames Philharmonic Choir and Thames Fest...

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