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
25 April 2018 - Rehearsals start for Summer Concert
16 June 2018 - Summer Concert with Oxford Welsh MVC at Haddenham
The Elijah rehearsal schedule and the page/bar numbers for the Novello score are now available on the Members' Page.
Spring is beckoning...
... and rehearsals for Mendelssohn's Elijah are well under way. This major work in the choral repertoire was premiered in 1846 at Birmingham Town Hall. The oratorio, which depicts events in the life of the prophet Elijah taken from 1 Kings and 2 Kings in the Old Testament, is generally performed by four soloists (although representing several different characters in the narrative), a chorus that comments on the proceedings in the manner of the chorus in Greek drama but also represents at times the dramatic and fiery voice of the people, and a romantic period orchestra of symphonic proportions. Much of the writing for chorus is in the usual four mixed parts but there are also sections for eight-part chorus and three-part women's choir.
Elijah was well received at its premiere and has been popular with audiences and choirs ever since for its combination of melodrama, stirring choruses and tuneful melodies. Rehearsals began on Wednesday, 3 January 2018 at our usual venue, Haddenham Methodist Church, but there's still time to join us for the performance in April.
FINALLY... as part of our new season, we extend a warm welcome to ALL singers to our all-day open workshop on Elijah on Saturday, 10 February 2018. Information and a booking form for TCS members is available on the Events page but if you are not already a member you'll still be welcome at this exciting event under the leadership of our Director, Helen Swift. Click HERE to download a booking form, which also gives full details of the timings and directions to the venue.
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 that will appear shortly.
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