Nov 06 2011

All About the Harrow Philharmonic Choir

The Choir was founded in Autumn 1959 with Isobel Baille as its Patron. By Autumn 1960, Ludwig Koch was the President, a position he held until Isobel Baillie took over. This was from March 1968 until she left the neighbourhood in June 1973. Philip Langridge then held the presidency until May 1978; in November 1978 Dame Janet Baker agreed to be our President and has supported us in this position ever since.

The number of members in the choir has varied over the years, but generally stands around 80 at the moment.

We have always made a collection for a local charity after our Christmas Carol Concert and on 4 occasions our whole concert has been devoted to a charity. The Children’s Society in 1968 and several items for the Harefield Heart Transplant Trust, a concert in the presence of the Princess Royal. In April 1998, a very lively Opera Gala with Claire and Desmond Rayner as comperes was presented in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Most recently, in November 2000, we gave a concert in aid of the “Michael James Trust” which supports young musicians.

The choir has a full diary of engagements which you can view here. You can learn more about the choir on their website here.

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