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About Us

In 2019, Harry Bradford became the Choir's Music Director, having already earned an enviable reputation both domestically with Genesis Sixteen and at Cambridge University, and internationally as a finalist in the prestigious Eric Ericson Award for choral conductors. At the same time, James Orford became our regular accompanist. As of Spring 2022, James is acting Head of Organ and College Organist at Eton College, and is the Interim Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. 

Although severely impacted by Covid 19, the choir maintained regular online rehearsals using pre-recorded learning tracks; we also made a virtual choir recording of Victoria's motet O Quam Glorisum. We have subsequently performed Monteverdi's Vespers at Cadogan Hall, originally planned for 2020, with period instruments provided by His Majesty's Sagbutts & Cornetts.

We have performed Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace in both London and Konstanz; and Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Cadogan Hall to celebrate the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. Our concert soloists range from exciting young professionals completing studies at the top London conservatoires to some of the UK’s most established oratorio soloists including Yvonne Howard, Edward Grint, Mark Dobell and Alex Ashworth. 

 

We are committed to developing young singers and musicians and, in 2021, we established the inaugural Choral Scholarship Programme to support aspiring young singers with their choral training. As well as being section leaders for the Choir, the scholars often take step-out solo roles in concerts (including at Cadogan Hall) and give recitals throughout the year. You can find out more about the scheme here and register your interest.

We have a long-standing relationship with the Symphonic Choir of the historic City of Konstanz on the German-Swiss border, with regular exchanges between the two choirs. Our most recent visit to Konstanz was in May 2023. We also have a cathedral residency each Summer, for example in July 2021 it was at Portsmouth Cathedral; in 2022 it was at Norwich Cathedral, and this year it was at Lichfield Cathedral. You can see the YouTube recordings of the Choral Evensong and Choral Eucharist Services here.

​We work hard at singing and learning the music and rehearsals are rewarding and fun. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday evening at St Margaret's Church Putney from 7:30 - 9:45pm, with occasional Wednesday rehearsals when approaching a concert. St Margaret’s rehearsals are also live streamed via YouTube.

Harry Bradford
James Orford
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Harry Bradford, Music Director

A prize-winning conductor and choral director, Harry studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Cambridge. He was the Genesis Sixteen Conducting Scholar 2018-19 and is co-founder and conductor of the young professional choir, Recordare. In October 2021, Harry was a finalist in the prestigious Eric Ericson Award for choral conductors and has since been contracted by the MDR Radio Choir in Leipzig and the Swedish Radio Choir. 

 

He was a course director for Requiems at Home run by the Choir of the Earth (formerly the Self-Isolation Choir) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He remains active as a professional singer and has worked with Mogens Dahl Kammerkor, the Hanover Band Chorus, London Choral Sinfonia, Tenebrae and Britten Sinfonia Voices. 

James Orford, Accompanist

is acting Head of Organ and College Organist at Eton College, and the Interim Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. This follows two years as the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral, and previously the Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral. In 2021, his debut solo album – a complete organ transcription of Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico – was released on the Linn Record Label. 

 

James also enjoys a busy schedule as an accompanist, both on the organ and piano. He has recorded CDs with the London Choral Sinfonia, and the Chapel Choirs of both the Royal Hospital Chelsea and King's College, London. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, obtaining top marks in both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and was awarded the Duchess of Gloucester's award for exemplary studentship. 

Community engagement

TPC plays an active role in the life of our community, supporting, among others, The Royal Hospital for Neurodisability, Regenerate-Rise and the Doverhouse Lions Youth and Disability Football Club.

Rehearsals Information

Rehearsals take place every Tuesday from 7.30-9.45 pm at St Margaret's Church, Putney Park Lane, SW15 5HU

 

For information about joining, click here.

Rehearsals information

History of the Choir

The Choir’s formation and development is synonymous with John Bate who was founder, in 1964, of both the Putney Bach Choir and the Richmond Choral Society. In 1975, the two choirs merged and subsequently became well-known in South West London as the John Bate Choir. In 1995, it adopted the name Thames Philharmonic Choir.

 

The Choir has given more than 200 performances in the Boroughs of Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth. It has also performed at central London venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall. The Choir twice won the National Choral Competition held at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1995, the Choir was one of twelve from all over the UK invited to take part in the VE Day 50th Anniversary celebrations in Hyde Park; this involved a performance with conductor Sir David Willcocks in front of HM The Queen and some 40 Heads of State. Short tours abroad became a regular feature of Choir life, and in the 1980s a performing partnership with the Symphonic Choir of the historic City of Konstanz on the German-Swiss border was established. In the 1990s, regular summer cathedral residencies began, and in recent years Cadogan Hall has become the Choir’s central London venue of choice.  

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