Thameside Clarinet Choir


What is a clarinet choir? Very briefly, it is an 'orchestra' of clarinets but is more akin to a vocal choir in that the sounds made by the different sizes of clarinet blend together rather than being contrasted as with an orchestra. Of all the woodwind instruments, the clarinet has the biggest range of notes, and produces a variety of tones throughout its playing compass.

It is most suited to large ensemble music not only because the warm tone of the clarinet blends together well, but also the clarinet family embraces a huge range of notes, normally from around Bb nearly three octaves above middle C on the piano, down to Bb at the bottom of the keyboard, more than three octaves below middle C.

A Clarinet Choir can be as small as 3 Bb Clarinets and a Bass Clarinet, but a Full Choir could be scored for:
(Ab Clarinet), Eb Clarinet
1st Bb Clarinet, 2nd Bb Clarinet, 3rd Bb Clarinet
1st Alto Clarinet, 2nd Alto Clarinet, (Basset Horn)
1st Bass Clarinet, 2nd Bass Clarinet
Contra Alto Clarinet, Contra Bass Clarinet

The Thameside Clarinet Choir is a well-established and friendly group which meets to play on Thursday evenings for 10 weeks during term time. We welcome new members so if you play any of the clarinet family of instruments from Eb to Contrabass and would like to play with a friendly and informal group you need to look no further!

The Choir is based in Hampton, in South West London, UK. We rehearse mainly for our own pleasure but have performed occasional concerts, especially for various charities. Information on these concerts can be found on the page History. Our repertoire embraces all kinds of music from Albinoni to Zingarelli including some swing and light music.  The library of over four hundred and fifty pieces comprises both original compositions and arrangements.

Further information about the choir can be found on this website. If you would like to find out more about Thameside Clarinet Choir, please contact the Musical Director, Martin Hinckley.