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Thames Philharmonic has appointed rising star Harry Bradford as its new Music Director, with effect from September. Harry follows in the footsteps of founding Conductor John Bate, who retires after 55 years in the role.
Harry read music at Downing College, Cambridge, and was a choral scholar in the choir of King's College. Active as a conductor and singer at Cambridge, he has gone on to study choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music under Patrick Russill. He is conducting a number of choral groups, most notably Genesis Sixteen, where he is this year's Conducting Scholar receiving individual tuition from principal conductor Harry Christophers CBE. In 2018, as the youngest participant, he won third prize at the DIMA International Choral Conducting Competition in Romania. Harry is also a viola player, a keen scuba diver and an ardent Arsenal FC fan.
"I am very excited to be appointed Music Director of Thames Philharmonic Choir. The Choir is widely recognised as one of the finest amateur choirs in South West London and it is a great honour to be invited to step into the shoes of its founder conductor, John Bate", says Harry.
"The Choir is delighted to have appointed Harry Bradford as its new Music Director", says Wendy Gairdner, TPC'S Chairman. "We were very pleased that the Choir's reputation attracted 29 applications from a range of talented candidates. Harry stood out as the best and his appointment has been strongly endorsed by Choir members, with whom he rehearsed. The Choir has been enormously successful under John Bate, who had led the Choir for more than 50 years. With John's retirement, we look forward to an exciting future under Harry's leadership."
John Bate will conduct TPC at two Kingston concerts before the end of this, his last season: one on 9 March when the Choir will perform the Duruflé Requiem and Haydn's Nelson Mass and the second on 15 June with a programme of English music. He will also lead the Choir in its residency at Winchester Cathedral in July.
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In the Thames Philharmonic Choir, we sing a wide range of choral works, from anthems and oratorios to secular pieces dating from the 17th to 21st centuries, working towards three concerts a year with professional soloists and full orchestra. We are one of the few London choirs to do regular residencies, during which we sing the choral services, at cathedrals throughout the country.
30 April Summer term starts - Granard School
30 April 'Come and Sing' rehearsal - Granard School
15 June Summer Concert - Kingston Parish Church
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