Tees Harmonic was originally known as Billingham Oratorio Choir and was founded by John Beagle in 1978 to give local musicians a voice in this area of what was then Cleveland, north of the River Tees. The first annual concerts were of Handel’s Messiah until in1981 they performed Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle”, coupled with “Liebeslieder Waltzer” by Brahms. Under John’s direction, the Choir performed works by many composers such as Beethoven, Poulenc, Faure, Schubert, Rutter and Mozart.
Despite his retirement as director in 1989, John remained as chorus master for the preparation of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Parry’s “Blest Pair of Sirens”, which was guest conducted by Malcolm Goldring.
Following this, the Choir was Directed by several excellent Musical Directors.
In 2015 the new name Tees Harmonic was chosen. The change reflected the fact that the Choir were no longer based in Billingham and also were not always performing the big works associated with the term “oratorio”.
In 2016 the Musical Director retired and, in early 2017, the decision was taken by the Committee to officially “wrap up” the Choir.
Remaining funds were donated to charity.