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.
Click below for a membership form to join Thame Choral Society
We will be holding our popular 'Come and Sing' weekend workshop on Saturday 8th February at Haddenham Community Infant School. This year, we are delighted to be performing Handel's Messiah in April as part of our 60th anniversary celebrations. The workshop will therefore focus on this piece and will be lead by our fabulous Musical Director, Helen Swift. Download your registration form and more details below.
Saturday, 8 February 2020 Choral workshop of Handel's Messiah at Haddenham Community Infant School
Saturday, 25 January 2020 Choir Quiz Night at Haddenham Community Infant School
Saturday, 18 April 2020 Performance of Handel's Messiah at St Mary's Parish Church, THAME
Saturday, 20 June 2020 A Night at the Movies concert, venue to be confirmed
Preparing for our 60th Anniversary
The new season, which begins in September, is the 60th year of singing for Thame Choral Society and we have chosen 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 are performing the Mass in D Major, Op. 86 by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák together with some Christmas carols and seasonal songs, and then on 18th April 2020, again at St Mary's in Thame, we are singing 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.
Then, in a complete change of style and following the success of our In the Mood concert this summer, we are presenting A Night at the Movies on Saturday, 20th June 2020, possibly making a return visit to St Mary's, Haddenham, although this has yet to be finalised.
So, all in all, we're preparing for a wonderful year of choral singing from the baroque period to the present and we invite everyone, past and present members, old and new, with and without experience, who enjoys singing (particularly Handel's Messiah!) to join us for our free Come and Sing evening, when we will be exploring the Dvořák Mass and singing some favourite carols, on Wednesday,4th September 2019 at the Methodist Church in Haddenham starting at 7.30pm. Refreshments provided. You can expect a very warm welcome!
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