Amateur Choir with Professional Standards
The 2019/2020 season sees Harry Bradford join Thames Philharmonic Choir as Music Director. Harry, who has already established a reputation for choral conducting with Genesis Sixteen and at Cambridge University, follows in the footsteps of the Choir's founding Artistic Director, John Bate, under whom the Choir has earned an enviable reputation for musical excellence and for the pleasure it brings to audiences, members and fellow musicians alike.
Our repertoire ranges from Allegri's Miserere to Verdi's Requiem. We have performed Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in London and Konstanz. We performed Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Cadogan Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Our soloists range from students completing their studies at the Royal College or Royal Academy to established singers including Yvonne Howard, Neil Jenkins, Kathryn Harries and Edward Grint. We have been accompanied by leading organist, Stephen Disley, Sub-organist at Southwark Cathedral and Ben Costello, an established music director, singing coach and accompanist.
Based in SW London, with a membership representing all age groups, the Choir gives three major concerts during the year in well-known London concert venues. It also regularly sings at services in cathedrals throughout the country and, in London, at Southwark Cathedral.
Choral-singing Evening Class
We work hard at singing and learning the music, but rehearsals are rewarding, fun and sociable. The new term starts on Tuesday 10 September in Putney from 7.30-9.45pm, and then alternate weeks in Putney and Richmond.
Thames Philharmonic Choir singing at Cadogan Hall, November 2018
HARRY BRADFORD, MUSIC DIRECTOR
While completing a Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music, Harry Bradford was awarded the Sir Thomas Armstrong prize and the prestigious DipRAM award for an outstanding final recital. He read music at Cambridge University and was a choral scholar in the choir of King's College under the direction of Sir Stephen Cleobury. He has participated in masterclasses with leading choral conductors, including Paul Brough (BBC Singers), Simon Halsey (City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus), and Neil Ferris (BBC Symphony Chorus). Harry is the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018–19, receiving mentoring from Harry Christophers CBE and Eamonn Dougan; and the Alec Robertson Scholar at Westminster Cathedral.
JAMES ORFORD, ACCOMPANIST
James Orford is currently the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral having recently completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music with first class honours. He is an active performer, giving recitals and concerts across the UK and works extensively as a choral accompanist, including inter-nationally. In September, he will begin his Postgraduate Course at the Academy as one of five recipients of the Academy’s distinguished Bicentenary Scholarships.