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Celebrating 30 years of singing in harmony, Thameside Harmony chorus had its grand concert on June 3rd at the YMCA White House Community Centre in Hampton.
A warm and friendly audience of family, friends, past members and general community joined our supper concert and were treated to a full repertoire of old familiar songs along with some more recent additions like Bohemian Rhapsody, It Don’t Mean a Thing and Happy, the latter being sung with Magna Carta who ably assisted with numbers of their own.
Thameside welcome new voices to take it forward into the future with a free 6 week Come And Sing course in September 2017. Click on the poster for further details.
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30th Anniversary of Thameside Harmony Chorus
This year marks 30 years of developing the chorus and it has obviously grown from about 7 members in the beginning to about 18-20 over the last few years. It also happens to be the 40th anniversary of LABBS to which we are affiliated. Wednesday 9th March 2016 saw a celebration of the chorus birthday and the passing on of LABBS’ Beacon of Harmony as it traveled round the UK, relayed from chorus to chorus.
Shirley Davis, one of the original members recently retired, remembers the history of THC.
“Our first MD was Zena Smith who was very keen and taught us a lot about barbershop. And she could sing all the parts! Right from the start she encouraged us to do sing-outs and the very first was for Kingston Welsh Society which was daunting as we only had about 7 members. Meeting at the White House in Hampton now is a relief after some of the venues we used to use which could be noisy, smelly or freezing. We’ve been to many LABBS competitions and sung in many different places since then such as Care Homes, Kingston May Merry, Richmond, Hounslow and Croydon Music Festivals, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, Hampton Lighting –up Parade, concert in various churches, xmas fund raisers on Richmond Station, Hampton Court to celebrate its 500th year as well as some private functions.”
Strawberry Hill House sing-out
On Saturday 5th March a small number gathered at Strawberry Hill House to provide pre dinner entertainment for a private party. The request came at very short notice and members had to organise themselves quickly to be able to attend. It’s a fabulous house with a real historic presence. But what versatility had to be applied to the actual performance! Finally settled in the main room where invitees gathered for pre-dinner drinks, the room quickly became really noisy and it was against this backdrop that Thameside Harmony belted out their numbers as best they could – there was no room for soft subtleties. Yet some great harmonies were achieved above the hubbub in the room. It would be an interesting and resonant place to sing in at quieter times.
Three people from THC – Jasna Vantur MD, Yvonne Mahoney and Fiona Weatherhead chorus members - all attended LABBS Harmony College this year in their the 40th year anniversary of LABBS. In 2016 all education for directors, quartets, music teams and chorus members will be catered for at one special event – Harmony College – created by the LABBS Education and Judging Committee led by Education Director Debi Cox and developed by Nickie James.
Several guest educators were booked to work with chorus members, quartets and individuals, including Sally McLean – recently appearing as a judge for the Naked Choir – Sandy Wright presentation guru, chorus director and judge extraordinaire and last but not least the enormously successful Doug Harrington who brought a wealth of creativity and experience to the college.
Jasna, Yvonne and Fiona looked forward to this event and got really excited to join with others in singing this year’s chosen work – the Bohemian Rhapsody.
Thameside Ladies Barbershop Group then
Thameside Harmony chorus now
Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers
...leading the way in harmony
Thameside Harmony Chorus is seeking a new MD who understand the barbershop genre to lead a committed and enthusiastic group of about 18 members with inspiration and drive and ability to motivate.
We celebrate our 30 years in existence and need someone to take us forward into the future with renewed energy.
We meet in Hampton for rehearsals every Wednesday night.
Please contact our Chair Christine for further information on 07799 441 774 or use the contact information on this site.