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 JANUARY UPDATE

At the beginning of 2021, unbowed, we are pleased to continue with weekly Thursday rehearsals on Zoom, including preparations for our Centenary Gala Concert in April 2022. The focus is on our commission by Roxanna Panufnik of her lovely setting of Wild Musick, words by fellow Twickenham resident Alexander Pope. Alongside, we are enjoying 16th and 17th century pieces by Golden Age English composers, including Purcell, Byrd, Gibbons and Tomkins, in the hope that we may air these in concert before too long. None of our learning will be wasted!

As soon as we are able, we plan to resume blended rehearsals, some of the choir distanced and well-ventilated in our usual rehearsal venue, with the other singers participating from home by live-streaming, in the firm expectation that our summer concert at the beginning of July should be able to go ahead.

2022 is our Centenary! The exciting programme, just a year away, includes Bach’s B minor Mass, Mozart’s C minor Mass, another new commission – Iain Farrington’s Jazz Cantata – and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, which was the very first work ever sung in concert by the Twickenham Musical Society, as it was then. The Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square will be the venue for Elijah, and all the other concerts will be performed locally.

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.