Thames Philharmonic Choir
The 2019/2020 season saw Harry Bradford and James Orford join Thames Philharmonic Choir as Music Director and Accompanist respectively. A prize-winning conductor and choral director, Harry was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 and is co-founder and conductor of Recordare, a vibrant and versatile choir of Genesis Sixteen alumni. He has also acted as course director for ‘Requiems at Home’ run by the Self-Isolation Choir in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.James is currently the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral and has also acted as accompanist to the Self-Isolation Choir. Harry and James are both alumni of the Royal Academy; Harry has an MMus with distinction and James obtained a distinction in his MA in Performance.
The Choir's 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; and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Cadogan Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. The membership covers a range of age groups, and the combination of high standards and friendliness ensures a regular intake of good singers. Membership is by audition and new members – who are always welcome – may join at any time. Full-time students may join free of charge.
Rehearsals are currently on Zoom until we can return to in-person rehearsals at St Margaret's Church Putney. Previously we were experimenting with different ways of rehearsing with over 50 rehearsing in person and some rehearsing from home via our TPC YouTube channel. This was also useful as a catch up for members during the week.All in-person rehearsals take place in a Covid-19 Secure venue and are backed up with procedures outlined in an industry approved amateur choir risk assessment, and all government guidelines applied. Find out more at www.thamesphilharmonicchoir.co.uk
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