tamesischamber choir
John Cobb

Joined Tamesis in September 2003 and plays organ.

I was a founder member of Tamesis after I heard about a new chamber choir starting up in Reading. After moving to the Reading area I'd been singing with a choral society, which was great, as I sang a lot of the big choral works with orchestra and met my wife, but was looking for a smaller high-standard choir with less of a practice commitment. Tamesis fitted the bill exactly, and I've been a member ever since! Yes, you have to re-audition every year, but that means the standard remains high, and there is a lot less "note bashing" than in other choirs. The choir changes each year (and even each term), but the people are always friendly. There are drinks and biscuits in the break at each rehearsal with time to chat to others, and visits to the pub after rehearsals and concerts. The other thing I love about Tamesis is that it gives me the opportunity to accompany the choir on the organ sometimes, which means I have an incentive to practice! I started singing as a chorister at a church in Gloucester, and was taught organ by my Dad. I was also Organ Scholar and later Choral Scholar (Music Director) of Exeter University Chapel Choir while studying there for my degree in Computer Science.