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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...

August 30, 2017

Your Choir Needs You! We're on a recruiting drive, and every member can help us find new singers.  A regular influx of new members keeps a choir fresh, alive... and financially viable. 

Recruiting leaflets (see below) will be at the first rehearsal of the term on 12 September, for members to take and hand out to their friends, music teachers, local churches, libraries, schools and other institutions. Put your choral thinking caps on and imagine who might be interested,...

August 19, 2017

Members of the Thames Philharmonic Choir sing the Sunday services at the mighty and magnificent Winchester Cathedral on Sunday 20th August. Howells (not howls!) Communion Service and an anthem by Charles Wood in the morning;  In the evening a setting in D by George Dyson, and a jolly 16th-century anthem by Batten. The photograph (from the Cathedral guide book) is of the choir stalls, not the most comfortable of seating, but beautifully carved by early 14th-century Norfolk m...

Composer William Byrd gives an irresistible reason for joining a choir (see his quote below) , and I'm sure would recommend Thames Philharmonic Choir in particular, where the voices are 'well sorted and ordered' by our leader, John Bate. The Choir often sings anthems by Byrd when they take over choral services at cathedrals such as Southwark (10th October), Peterborough, Winchester (this weekend, 20th August), and Exeter, when the resident choirs have a break....

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