Thameside Harmony Chorus is a women’s a cappella group now in its 30th year. Its musical focus is on 4 part close harmony arrangements which are a pleasure to sing as well as to listen to. Based in Hampton at the White House Community Centre, TW12, we are ready to give performances in many different venues in the West of London area.
We have performed for private functions, care homes, in churches, for community events or celebrations, hospitals and other places where musical entertainment might be required. Please use ‘Contact Us’ for more information if you might be interested in booking us or in joining us to sing. New members or any women interested in trying out this type of singing are always welcome to come and see what it’s all about and give us a try.
See us in performance on YouTube performing at Hampton Court during the 500 years anniversary celebrations there.
We are members of LABBS or Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers and some of the music we sing come from the Association’s polecat songs. On occasions we join in with LABBS activities like their education days or with other barbershop choruses that allows us to sing together because we all know the same polecat songs. These occasions are always great fun as well as educational.
Currently in our repertoire for Autumn 2018 are such songs as:
San Francisco Bay Blues
It Don’t Mean A Thing
Under The Boardwalk
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley
Plus many others, traditional and contemporary.
New participants will be invited to audition after a period of gradual acclimatising in the chorus for a few weeks and when they feel ready to do so. There is no set time for this to happen and it will held privately with the MD and the support of 3 other voices from the different voice parts to ensure that the voices fit together well and the person is comfortable in their delivery with others. There will be a simple voice test at the start to make sure you are in the right voice range. Section leaders are always on hand to offer support, tips and assistance. Once you become a member of the chorus, you will have full access to all the music in the current repertoire, both teach tracks and sheet music.
Women joining us are voice matched to one of four parts – Tenors, Leads, Baritones and Bass, which despite the names, is a range from high to low female or soprano 1 to Alto 2 voices, a part for everyone. Teach tracks and sheet music are given so participants can learn their parts. Reading music is not a requirement but enthusiasm, an ability to sing a tune and willingness to learn, is. Of course it’s a challenge but there is always the support of others singing in your part and singing harmonies with others is a huge part of the enjoyment and fun of this genre of singing.