Robert Patterson is delighted to direct The Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society. A passionate choral director, Robert has much experience working with choirs having previously been the director of Rushmoor Choir, The Canterbury Singers and Voces Petrensium. As Director of Music at Putney High School, he directs four school choirs. As well as a music degree from Cambridge, Robert holds the highest performance diploma of Fellowship in both solo organ (FRCO) and solo piano (FRSM). As an organist, he has held positions at Hampton Court Palace, New College, Oxford and Winchester Cathedral, and from 2005 – 2008 Robert was the principal Organist at Canterbury Cathedral where he played for the daily services, tours, recordings and broadcasts. As an organ continuo player, he has performed on numerous professional recordings including J S Bach St Matthew Passion, St John Passion and B Minor Mass. As a pianist, he has given solo recitals and is the pianist in the Putelie Ensemble. Alongside music, Robert has a WSET level 3 in oenology, and remains deeply interested in the study of wine.
Tom Fetherstonhaugh is a conductor and instrumentalist, and divides his time between organ, piano and conducting. As a pianist he has recently performed the complete Beethoven Violin Sonatas in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, playing live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the project. Upcoming performances include the Oxford Chamber Music Festival and a documentary about violinist George Bridgetower for BBC 4.
Alongside his keyboard work, Tom is the founder and conductor of Fantasia Orchestra, a dynamic group of young musicians; they perform a wide range of repertoire with an emphasis on contemporary music. Tom recently graduated with a first in Music from Merton College, Oxford, where he held organ and academic scholarships. He is currently studying orchestral conducting with Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music.
Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society
Fulham and Hammersmith Choral Society (FHCS) was formed in 1951 and has grown into an ambitious 100-strong choir. Membership is open to all singers with or without a lot of choral experience.
We aim for high standards and strong singers are always valued. It is not necessary to read music and there is no formal audition required. If you are not sure which voice part you are best suited to then our Musical Director can advise you.
The Choir performs three concerts each year, performing a variety of styles and in a range of venues in the local area often joined by professional orchestras and soloists. We also support local communities by singing at a variety of events and raising funds for charities.
Each year we organise an away day giving the choir the opportunity to sing in a new setting and enjoy a little more sociable singing experience. The choir is run by a team of committed volunteers from within the choir. FHCS is a social choir.
We regularly gather for a drink after rehearsals and we also hold a number
of social evenings each year.
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