History

Reading Barbershop Harmony Club is one of the four founding clubs of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). Back in 1974, some like-minded men sat around, including our own Gerry Holland,  and decided to set up a society that mimicked the society in the US. At that time it was called the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America Inc (SPEBSQSA), later renamed the Harmony Society (thank goodness).

Reading gave themselves a performing name of the Berkshire Barbershoppers, but soon renamed themselves Thames Valley Chorus. 
 

Travelling

The choir has undertaken many trips abroad,
 
TVC on tour
Year Destination
1992 Dusseldorf - Germany
1998 Dusseldorf - Germany
1999    Anaheim, California - USA
2001 Netherlands
2004    Dusseldorf - Germany
2007 Krakow and Warsaw - Poland
2009  Rive del Garda - Italy
2010 Pezenas - France
2011 Sligo - Republic of Ireland
2015 Dusseldorf - Germany
2017 Cork - Republic of Ireland
 

 


















 

Competitions

TVC has participated in every British Association of Barbershop Singers Convention since they started in 1975. A number of videos of our performances over the years are available below.
 
Convention Performances
Year / Venue Songs
1986 - Harrogate When the Showboat Came to Town - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
1995 Gone - Vaudeville Song
2003 - Harrogate Birth of the Blues - Lover Come Back
2006 - Harrogate Top Hat - If You Love Me
2011 - Llandudno That's Life - Raining in My Heart
2014 - Harrogate Who'll Take My Place - I Can't Give You Anything But Love
2015 - Llandudno If I Love Again - Love Me
2016 - Harrogate I'm On My Way - Brother Can you Spare a Dime
2019 - Bournemouth I've Been Working On The Railroad - Brother Can You Spare a Dime

 
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