Formed in 1970 Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus (LWFC) has always been connected with Lord Williams’s School in Thame although adopted its current name in 1990. Concerts were originally held in the school but now take place at the Thame Leisure Centre (formally the Arts & Leisure Centre).
The choir has had numerous fantastic leaders and in 2004 we welcomed our present conductor John Gibbons. John’s musical knowledge and background is impressively wide, with interests ranging from composing to conducting with a special interest in 20th Century English music. Not only did John bring his expertise but also the Ealing Symphony Orchestra who have served as our concert accompanists ever since. See – http://www.ealingso.org.uk/. Our rehearsal accompanist is the very talented Rowena Gibbons.
Under John Gibbons’ direction, the choir has gone from strength to strength. In recent years we have sung not only standard choral pieces such as Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria but also some challenging compositions from 20th century composers such as Walton, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Hovhaness. And our international trips have continued with a second trip to Paris, a visit to Lille and, more recently, Haarlem in May 2015.
The Choir is now a registered charity which allows us to recoup some monies through the Gift Aid scheme and maintain subscription fees at a competitive level.
Do come and listen to our concerts – or if you would like to sing with us come along to a rehearsal: we are a friendly society and we do not hold auditions for members!
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