Meet a few members of Thame Chamber Choir
Here, some members of the choir were asked to describe the choir and previous concerts in their own words..
Ruth James Alto
I have been singing with TCC since 2010, having had a break from singing for about 10 years whilst getting my career and family off the ground. Prior to that, I sang (from the age of 7) in my Dad's church choir, Leeds University Chamber Choir and Pembroke College Chapel choir before joining the Bach Choir in London. It is be hard to say which has been my favourite concert to date but, if pushed, I would plump for "St John's Passion". Not only were we joined by the mesmerizingly talented Ben Hulett, TCC felt (to me at least) as though it had negotiated treacherous vocal and linguistic terrain and reached the pastures beyond in triumph. The two hours a week spent with the TCC represent a break from the everyday demands I face as a lawyer and as a somewhat chaotic mother of two young children: there is nothing like trying to concentrate on breathing, pitch, rhythm, consonants, dynamics and line to clear the head of domestic and work concerns. Given we sing at least 4 concerts a year and a wide range of styles, my repertoire has increased more over the last 5 years than it has over the previous 20. I suspect my heart will always remain, however, with Byrd, Purcell and Bach.
Teresa Richards Soprano I
I live in Haddenham with my husband and toddler daughter (plus one on the way). I work for Boots as an investigation and audit manager so singing for me is a total break from the day job!
I've been singing with the choir since 2011. I hadn't sung for about 10 years when I joined TCC. I'd done lots of singing as a child, in various Berkshire youths choirs and school choirs, before singing with Schola Cantorum of Oxford and then with various Cambridge choirs, while I attended university there, including Kings College Singers and Trinity Hall chapel choir. When we moved to the area and I wanted to get back into singing and so I searched for a really good choir where I could also meet some lovely local people. I've never looked back!
I love being in the choir, the camaraderie with other members and working together to make something truly beautiful. This is why I especially like it when we sing 'scrambled' as you can truly feel like you are inside the music. I have also made some superb friends and before having children I really loved popping to the pub after rehearsals for a drink.....now I pop to bed, in favour of sleep!
My favourite concert with the choir has to be Bruckner Mass in E minor. ThIs was a wonderful piece I neither knew, nor had sung before and it was absolutely fantastic singing with the orchestra as well. Some of the piece, especially parts with the exposed horns sent real shivers down the spine.
My favourite music....goodness that's a tricky one! I like music that really challenges me, tricky but beautiful lines, and interesting harmony. I love singing early music such as Palastrina, Gabrieli and the like, but I also adore singing slightly more modern, quintessentially English music such as Vaughan Williams and Britton.
We are actively seeking a bass
Contact Sue on 01844 215680 (evenings) or via email.