That's the principle of Thame Choral Society, a 50-strong, mixed-voice choir that performs 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 at Haddenham Methodist Church starting at 7.30 pm.
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We are rehearsing Faure's Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine this term and continue to sing Mozart's Solemn Vespers which we began in the Autumn Term. It doesn't look like we will be able to perform these pieces in a concert this term, but we continue to sing and socialise every week on Zoom. Do join us - rehearsals will be on Zoom until we can sing together again - hopefully in the summer.
The pandemic doesn't stop us from making beautiful music! Here is our virtual Christmas collaboration with Towcester Choral Society: O Holy Night.
Earlier in 2020 Thame Choral Society worked with Oxford Welsh Male Voice Choir and Towcester Choral Society to bring a Smile to your face!
Our 60th Anniversary
The season which began in September 2019 was the 60th year of singing for Thame Choral Society and we chose two very different items for our Christmas and Spring concerts in this anniversary year.
On 7th December 2019 at St Mary's Church in Thame we performed the Mass in D Major, Op. 86 by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, together with some Christmas carols and seasonal songs.
In April 2020, again at St Mary's in Thame, we planned to sing one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire, Messiah by Handel. We last performed it at our 50th anniversary concert with Director Colin Spinks and it seemed fitting to revive this iconic work, this time with orchestral accompaniment, for our 6oth. However, following the outbreak of Coronavirus and subsequent introduction of lockdown restrictions, choral rehearsals and performances were cancelled across the UK - and sadly, we were forced to cancel Messiah. We do hope that we will be able to put this event on at a later date, and await news from the government regarding when this might be a possibility.
In the meantime, we have been keeping ourselves busy singing together via the wonders of the internet. Our weekly Zoom rehearsals are featuring a wide variety of songs from many different genres, and we have welcomed members of other choral societies to sing along with us. Do contact us if you would like to join us in whatever form our choir is able to take at the time.
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