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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 22, 2018

'Playing the violin in Mozart’s last masterpiece is always a special mission for me; it makes my life richer and happier, and reminds me that music is simply necessary for our life.'- Hungarian violinist Nandor Szederkényi, who will lead Thames Festival Orchestra in their performance of the Requiem at Cadogan Hall on 10 March with Thames Philharmonic Choir. The concert also includes what Szederkenyi calls 'miracle music’ which can leave ‘no human being untouched’ – Samuel B...

February 20, 2018

​​Singing Hebrew in Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms is a challenge for the 99 percent of the Choir that doesn't speak the language. It doesn't matter that we don't understand the words and must master unfamiliar stresses, vowel sounds and sibilance. The result is wonderfully satisfying - for  the rhythms and resonance of the words are an integral part of the music - that's why Bernstein used the language of his Jewish faith - even though the Work was written for an En...

HERE'S THE LEAFLET ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT CONCERT - Share it by email, Twitter and Facebook with all friends,family, organisations interested in choral music. Also see related post ALL ABOUT BERNSTEIN MOZART 

January 16, 2018

Here's the press release for our next concert:

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A young Jewish counter tenor is to sing in Hebrew in a work by Leonard Bernstein to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth. Theo Golden, a 19-year-old music student, will sing what he describes as the “incredibly atmospheric” counter tenor part in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, at Cadogan Hall on 10 March, with the Thames Philharmonic Choir. It will be Theo’s first sol...

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