Thames Chamber Orchestra

The Finest Chamber Orchestra in London

The Thames Chamber Orchestra is a busy chamber orchestra based in London, UK. It is made up from some of the finest musicians who join together to make music of the highest calibre.

The Thames Chamber Orchestra was formed by Michael Dobson in 1962 to take part in a series of concerts in the 14th century Parish Church at Kingston-upon-Thames. The orchestra soon became widely known through its many BBC broadcasts both from the studio and from its public concerts.

The TCO has appeared at the festivals at Windsor, Norwich, Fishguard, Nottingham, Cambridge, Pershore, Madley, and at many other venues in this country and abroad, including several visits to the Flanders Festival.

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Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall

Keith Marshall began his musical education as a chorister at Birmingham Cathedral. He read music at Caius College Cambridge, where he was a Choral Exhibitioner. Having gained MA Hons in music, Keith went on to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Recital Diploma – the Academy’s highest award. He was a First Prize winner in the opening “Croft Original” competition and was subsequently awarded the Academy’s Shinn Fellowship.

Keith Marshall has pursued a highly successful and broadly based freelance career as an oboist, performing on a regular basis with Britain’s most prestigious symphony and chamber orchestras at many of the world’s most important venues and music festivals. Playing for extended periods with both the English Chamber and Philharmonia Orchestras, he has performed at the Salzburg and Edinburgh Festivals, the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.

Keith Marshall has often appeared as soloist with the Thames Chamber Orchestra, playing concertos in both the Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls, and at other venues throughout the United Kingdom. He has also given numerous solo recitals on BBC Radio Three and made a recording of Finzi’s “Interlude” for oboe and string quartet on the Hyperion label. He has also recorded wind octets by Mozart and Myslivicek with Harmoniemusik of London for Virgin Classics.

In 1994 Keith Marshall was appointed Director of the Thames Chamber Orchestra. He conducts a regular series of concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields, at numerous festivals throughout the United Kingdom and at many London venues including St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall.

Keith has conducted the TCO in the presence of HRH Princess Alexandra on several occasions and these gala performances have included works such as Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos and symphonies by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert.

He works on a regular basis with the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, and repertoire includes most major works by Bach, Handel and Mozart. Their performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems was broadcast from St John’s Smith Square on Classic FM.

In 2009 Keith Marshall was invited to conduct at State Opera Rousse, Bulgaria, and in the last year he has directed highly acclaimed performances of Don Giovanni and La Traviata.

In January 2011 he had the honour of conducting a New Year concert in Salzburg with Austria’s Wallersee Philharmonie.


Performances 2017-18

Thames Chamber Orchestra
- a concert of remembrance with readings

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 19:30

  1. Serenade for Strings in E minor Op 20 - Sir Edward Elgar
  2. Farewell to Arms Op 9 - Gerald Finzi
  3. Concerto for organ, strings and timpani in G minor Francis Poulenc
  4. Adagio for Strings Op 11 - Samuel Barber
  5. Sinfonietta No 2 Op 65 - Sir Malcolm Arnold

The Thames Chamber Orchestra performs a programme of music for Remembrance Day with Michael Papadopoulos as soloist in Poulenc's Organ Concerto, and Paul Hopwood singing Finzi's Farewell to Arms. Other works include Elgar's much loved Serenade for Strings, Samuel Barber's Adagio, and Sinfonietta No 2 by Malcolm Arnold. The music will be complemented with readings and poems presented by the Vicar of St Paul's Knightsbridge - Alan Gyle. This is an evening for contemplation that will both fascinate and entertain.


Mozart's Requiem by candlelight
Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge

Thursday November 23, 2017 at 19:30

St Martin-in-the-Fields, London

  1. Divertimento No 1 in D, 'Salzburg Symphony' Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  2. Serenade for Strings in E minor Sir Edward Elgar
  3. Ave verum corpus Camille Saint-Saëns
  4. Geistliches Lied Op 30 - Johannes Brahms
  5. Christus factus est Anton Bruckner
  6. Requiem Mass in D minor Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Keith Marshall conducts the Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, Thames Chamber Orchestra and an outstanding group of young soloists in what promises to be a truly memorable performance of Mozart's haunting Requiem Mass. The orchestral music includes Elgar's much loved Serenade for Strings and Mozart's effervescent Salzburg Symphony in D. Three other choral works, Geistliches Leid by Brahms, Bruckner's Christus factus est and Ave verum corpus by Camille Saint-Saëns are sung by Christ's College Choir, directed by David Rowland.


Thames Chamber Orchestra
a concert of remembrance with readings

Saturday November 11, 2017 at 19:30


Some recordings we have made:

Baroque Concertos

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St Matthew Passion




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