Thame Chamber Choir was officially "launched" in 1999, having been started by former members of The Thame Singers. Under the direction of Roger Moon, the choir attracted new members through advertising and by word of mouth. Since its inception as a new choir, TCC has gone from strength to strength, always expanding its repertoire and constantly striving to improve its performance, whilst at the same time taking enormous pleasure in rehearsing glorious music in good company.
In January 2007, Duncan Aspden was appointed as Musical Director, and so the process of learning and improving is now continuing under his expert guidance. TCC brings together many of the best singers from Thame and the surrounding area. Our number includes professional musicians, singing and music teachers, former Cathedral lay clerks and ex-choral scholars from many cities. They blend their voices with others drawn by a passion for excellent choral singing.
Thame Chamber Choir's repertoire has included substantial works by Bach, Bernstein, Charpentier, Dvorak, Faure, Handel, Haydn, Kodaly, Liszt, Mozart, Rossini, Schutz and Vivaldi, as well as shorter works by a wide variety of composers from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century.
Many concerts take place in St. Mary's, the beautiful fifteenth-century church in the heart of Thame. Others are in surrounding villages. Further afield, the choir has sung in Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; Peterborough Cathedral; Wells Cathedral and Bath Abbey.
Singing is fun! Thame Chamber Choir has been sharing a love of making music with our local community since 1999. In 2010 we launched Thame Children's Choir (TCC2) offering the same, high- quality singing experience to children aged 8-14 and recently, it seems that members of TCC are attempting to ensure the future of singing in Thame by producing, er, TCC3? No fewer than 5 babies have been born to members of the choir in 4 years! Other members have children who are with TCC2 or who are singing in the adult choir alongside their parents. TCC's next presentation is during the Thame Arts & Leisure (TAL) Festival on Sat 19th October featuring music and readings on the theme of "The Seven Ages of Man". Use these vouchers to come in for only £5! Visit the concert page for more details or phone 01844 215680. Both choirs are also actively recruiting at the moment so if you (or your children) are interested, please get in touch, before, during or after the concert.
Members of TCC and their friends at this year's quiz in Thame's Barns Centre. This event has become an annual favourite and provides a crucial boost to our budget. This year, Rob and Fiona Daniels hosted, ably standing in for Sue and Philip Boyle (who nevertheless prepared the quiz materials) and in the face of unexpected technical difficulty, provided us with a wonderful evening?s entertainment.
As well as performing regular public concerts, the choir can be hired to sing at your event. We currently comprise about 30 singers. If you want a smaller group, this can be arranged. Contact us for details.