That's the principle of Thame Choral Society, a group of 40 to 50 mixed-voice singers who perform a wide range of choral music from renaissance and baroque to the present day.
Formed in 1960 by Geoffrey Chaplin, then headmaster of the newly-opened Wenman School, it is Thame's longest-running choral group. The non-audition choir is welcoming and friendly and invites anyone wishing to find out more to come to one of their Wednesday evening rehearsals in Haddenham.
Dates for your diary:
6 September 2017 - Start of Autumn Term
27 September 2017 - AGM
11 October 2017 - Committee Meeting
9 December 2017 - Christmas Concert
3 January 2018 - Start of Spring Term
20 January 2018 - Quiz Night
10 February 2018 - Workshop
21 April 2018 - Spring Concert
25 April 2018 - Start of Summer Term
16 June 2018 - Summer Concert with Oxford Welsh MVC at Haddenham
Rehearsals are underway for our Christmas Concert but we welcome new singers at any time so come along to one of our Wednesday evening sessions to experience singing with us. You won't be asked to audition but our director, Helen, is always pleased to help you decide what your comfortable range is if you're not sure.
The items for the Christmas Concert are taken from the following books:
Carols for Choirs, Volumes 1 and 2 (OUP)
Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams (Stainer & Bell)
Hallelujah Chorus by Handel (Prout or Watkins Shaw editions by Novello)
Zadok the Priest from Handel's Coronation Anthems (Novello)
The King Shall Rejoicefrom Handel's Coronation Anthems (Novello)
Missa in C (Spatzenmesse) K220 by Mozart (Barenreiter Urtext)
Oxford Book of Flexible Carols (OUP)
All of the above are provided for use at the rehearsals. Most are free but a small charge of £2.00 is made to offset some of the cost of any music that we have had to hire. If you would like to purchase your own copies for future use, the publisher is given in parentheses and you can order them from sites such as Amazon and Musicroom. Details of how to find the rehearsal venue is on our Contacts page and check out our Links page for pointers to the scores and examples of performances you can hear online.
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