Thanet Festival Choir

The Thanet Festival Choir (TFC) is a mixed choral group (male and female voices) of around 100 amateur singers. Based in the Isle of Thanet, East Kent, we regularly perform concerts to bring our music to the wider community. Although we do perform the occasional lighter concert, which might be Opera Choruses, Gilbert and Sullivan or Songs from the Shows, we tend to stick to traditional Choral Music (Messiah, Creation and Fauré Requiem amongst many others).

Would you like to sing with the choir?

We are an adult choir, but we welcome young people over the age of 16 provided that they are accompanied at rehearsals by a parent/guardian or other appropriate adult. Our membership is drawn from a wide range of musical abilities. Some of us have many years experience of singing in choirs, whereas others are relatively new to the joys and challenges of choral singing.

What is important is a desire to learn about singing and music, a commitment to our Wednesday evening rehearsals, a willingness to do some practice at home and, above all, a genuine desire to sing. If you would like to come and join us then  click here to find out more, or contact us.


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Listen to us singing


 ‘Surely he hath borne our griefs’ from Messiah  (2016)
‘Hallelujah!’ from Messiah (2016)
‘He smote all the first-born of Egypt’ from Israel in Egypt (with the Seventy Chamber Choir of Thanet, 2017)


Remember to get your tickets for ‘St Paul’

We’ve really enjoyed the rehearsals for our next concert, Mendelssohn’s St Paul. It’s a fantastic work, reminiscent of the great Bach Passions and of Mendelssohn’s other great oratorio Elijah. There are lots of dramatic moments and rip-roaring choruses, contrasted with some gorgeous chorales and beautiful arias. We have outstanding Soloists, an excellent 29-piece orchestra, and […]

Welcome to our new President

We are pleased and proud to welcome Stephen Alder as our new President. Stephen has extensive experience in oratorio and recital, and has sung in most European countries, as well as China, Japan, USA, Israel, Brazil and Argentina. He has sung frequently with the BBC Singers, and also with most period instrument groups in the […]

Tickets for ‘Saint Paul’ now on sale

Following on from our memorable performance of Elijah in 2014, we are delighted to present Saint Paul, written when the composer was in his twenty-sixth year. The oratorio tells the story of  various events in the life of St Paul, with an integrated scheme of recitatives, arias and thrilling choruses telling the story of the […]

What's it like to sing in a choir?

New to singing or out of practice? Come along for an evening and have a go. Click here for more details

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