History







Thameside Harmony chorus was set up in 1986, initially with 7 members for the purpose of singing both for pleasure and to fund raise for a variety of charitable organisations in the local area of the chorus.











 

Two years later the chorus applied to become and was accepted as a member of The Ladies Association of British Barbershop singers (LABBS for short).  This organisation is a national one and exists to promote excellence in this form of choral singing


Over the years Thameside Harmony has been fortunate to have many talented and inspiring Music Directors, some of whom have even arranged songs just for us. We have also rehearsed in diverse places, such as an Old people’s home, the Dukes Head pub in Hampton and the Rivermead hall, before we settled at the White House in Hampton.



We have sung at many interesting venues over the years including Petersham Nurseries in Ham, the retired actors’ home Brinsworth House in Twickenham, the elegant Trumpeter’s House in Richmond, Barnes Fair and the Hampton Carnival. We were also delighted to have the opportunity to sing at the prestigious Hampton Court Palace Festive Fayre and we were also selected to sing at the Hampton Court 500th anniversary celebrations, where we joined with many different choirs from the local area to perform a specially composed piece by Richard Swan.  Have a listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQTqs8NoCaM

















In 2016 we staged our own 30th anniversary concert at the White House in Hampton.  For this occasion we joined with our brother chorus Magna Carta to perform the Pharrell Williams favourite "Happy"  An afternoon tea concert in 2019, which was held in Thames Ditton, was enjoyed by an appreciative audience mainly made up of local elderly residents. It was so popular they have asked us to repeat the event.


We have entered a variety of competitions throughout our history. For example, in 2007, we entered the LABBS convention and won the Red Rosettes Award for coming Top of Division 3. We have also regularly competed in and won our section at the Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival.


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