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
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