Tiffin Boys Choir
Tiffin School ~ an outstanding state school at the forefront of Music education
Since its foundation in 1957, Tiffin Boys’ Choir has occupied a unique position in the choral world with all its members being at Tiffin Boys, aged 11-18. The choir has worked with some of the greatest conductors in the world – Solti, Tennstedt, Maazel, Haitink and Pappanoto name a few.
The Trebles frequently perform at the Royal Opera House, including in 2010-11 Tannhauser and Hansel and Gretel, whilst also recording for EMI, Chandos, LPO Live and broadcasting on BBC TV and Radio.
May 2011 sees the Trebles performing Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Philharmonia under Lorin Maazel at the Royal Festival Hall, continuing with Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra the following week.What is not widely known is the choir belongs to a State School – Tiffin School in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.
The boys are not selected for musical ability; rather it’s an expectation of the school that every boy sings and does so with passion and commitment.
The Boys’ Choir represents the pinnacle of a school culture where singing is celebrated and it is normal for the boys both to play rugby and sing.
The boys and staff of the school are very proud of the choir, which is the only choir of this prominence within the music profession belonging to a State School and without a church foundation.
Previous members of the choir can be found throughout the music profession, including in the choirs of King’s and St. John’s College Choirs in Cambridge.
The Australia Tour
The choir strives to undertake international tours and these have been embraced in recent years.In 2010, the choir, upon invitation, toured Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Touring provides an invaluable educational experience for the boys themselves, singing as a group to the highest level of their ability to large appreciative audiences. This alone is us an experience to be treasured.
This summer, the choir has been invited to tour Australia, visiting Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The choir will be hosted by some of the leading private schools in the country and will be working with the choirs of those schools in addition to giving concerts in leading venues each day.
To help promote the choir to a wider audience within the UK, we are holding a Gala Performance of The Fauré Requiem at St. James’s, Piccadilly on 28th May 2011. click here for more information
Tickets are available for purchase now CLICK HERE
Funding the Choir
Boys at the school come from a wide range of social-economic and ethnic backgrounds and the quality of music education they receive does not come cheap to all. As a state school, the core National Curriculum and Sixth form is fully funded but there is only a small amount remaining from the state to endow the important extra –curricular provision.
It is a fantastic opportunity for the choir to go on tour, across to the other side of the world. Whilst vast fund-raising activities continue at the school and with the boys being actively involved for innovative ideas, we do need to cast the net wider than the boys’ immediate contacts.
This is where you may be able to help us, whether making a kind donation on the choir’s Justgiving site, taking an advertisement in the Gala Concert and tour brochure or through connecting us with a trust fund.
You can find details of other concerts and events on the choir’s website: http://tiffinboyschoir.com and we anticipate major press interest both in the UK and Australia as we endeavour to show the outstanding quality of what can be achieved by children in the state sector.
We do hope you will be able to support us in this ambitious but incredible venture.