Twickenham Choral

TCS, with over 100 voices, has been impressing audiences for nearly 100 years both in the UK and abroad. As well as performing the great choral classics TCS has worked with many living composers giving several UK premieres.

Christopher Herrick has been the choir’s conductor since 1974. In that time he has led the choir’s development, working with them to perform a huge range of repertoire alongside top-class instrumentalists and vocal soloists in concerts locally as well as in Westminster Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Guildford Cathedral and in many exciting European venues.

Our partner orchestras are the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists.

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Critics' corner

  • At St Martin-in-the-Fields: The standing ovation said it all. Apparently this was unique in the recent history of Brandenburg concerts in St Martin’s, so you should be very proud along with your fellow music makers – the wonderful band and the specially good line up of soloists.
  • At Cadogan Hall: We took this opportunity to hear the Honegger’s Christmas Cantata, an old favourite, very rarely performed in London, and were bowled over by the performance by Twickenham Choral. This was a fabulous evening…A great start to London classical musical life in 2020! ...read more.

TCS on the BBC

In February 2017 we featured on Radio 3's Meet my Choir slot. You can listen here.

TCS in rehearsal

Christopher rehearsing

COVID-19 SPRING UPDATE

For a whole year now, other than a short period in the autumn, we have been singing together – but apart – from our kitchens, bedrooms and office cubbyholes.

Now, at the beginning of spring, our plans focus on singing together in person as soon as we get the government go-ahead. Top of the list is concentrating on our vocal health, and when we resume rehearsals under the same roof we will continue to bring our voices back into shape and regain our confidence.

Our summer term will therefore end with a flourish on 3 July at Teddington’s Landmark Centre not with a full-scale concert but an Open Rehearsal, a treat for ourselves, the sounds of glorious English anthems – Purcell, Gibbons, Tallis, Byrd, Tomkins and others, and maybe our exhilarating Centenary commission, Wild Musick, by Roxanna Panufnik – soaring up into that special space.

Then, from the autumn term, with new spirit we plan to embark on rehearsals for concert performances of CPE Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus on Saturday 11 December.

And then comes our Centenary! The exciting programme includes Bach’s B minor Mass, Mozart’s C minor Mass, and two new commissions – Iain Farrington’s Jazz Cantata as well Roxanna Panufnik’s Wild Musick. In March, we head to Cadogan Hall for Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the very first work ever sung in concert by the Twickenham Musical Society, as it was then, exactly one hundred years ago.

Even before we get back to normal rehearsals, prospective new members are welcome to contact joining@twickenhamchoral.org.uk, and the website will be kept up to date as the weeks proceed and restrictions are eased.

We are always interested in hearing from anyone who would like to support the choir financially or even by offering other assistance.