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Our concerts

We have a full and varied programme of concerts coming this year. Please do sign up for our regular email (below) to receive reminders about our concerts, details of discount ticket offers and news of other events we are involved with.

Saturday 7 July 2018 7:30pm

Fauré: Requiem
Duruflé: Requiem
Debussy: Trois Chansons
Saint-Saëns: Two songs

St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

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  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Zoë Brookshaw soprano
  • Andrew Ashwin baritone
  • Charles Andrews organ
  • David Temple conductor

Fauré Requiem (with organ): In his seven-section requiem, the French composer Fauré distilled some of the most beautiful melodies he ever composed. Filled with rich, soulful melodies, it was praised by many other composers – not least Saint-Saëns, who thought it divine. It was performed at Fauré’s own funeral in 1924.
Duruflé Requiem (with organ): Duruflé’s longest and most substantial work was composed in 1947. Like Fauré, Duruflé chose to break away from the operatic and highly dramatic requiem settings of Berlioz and Verdi. He sought to focus his setting not on visions of hell and damnation but on images of rest and peace.

Debussy Trois Chansons: Les Trois Chansons by Debussy are from a 1908 collection. Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder! is a shimmering love song; in Quant j’ai ouy le tabourin a languorous melody meanders above quick percussive-like vocal accompaniment, and the energetic Yver, vous n’estes qu’un vilain scolds winter for its cruelty.

Saint-Saëns Two Songs: Calme des nuits is one of Saint-Saëns’ shorter part songs and is a beautiful, ethereal piece. Les fleurs et les arbres is more lively and full of contrasting dynamics and rhythm.

Tickets £12, £14, £20, £25, and £5 for under-18s and students, are available from St John’s Smith Square Box Office either in person (Mon-Sat: 10am to 5pm, 6pm on concert days)
or by phone on 020 7222 1061, or online at www.sjss.org.uk/ or by clicking the button below.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7:30pm

Bliss: Morning Heroes
Britten: Ballad of Heroes
Gurney: A Gloucestershire Rhapsody

Watford Colosseum
Watford WD17 3JN

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  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • BBC Concert Orchestra
  • Samuel West narrator
  • Ben Johnson tenor
  • David Temple conductor

Bliss composed Morning Heroes, a choral symphony for orator chorus and orchestra, as a tribute to his brother Kennard Bliss and all those who died in the First World War. This is a moving work of remembrance, composed by someone who had experienced the war’s horrors personally, which contrasts the harsh realities of war with the more romantic images described in classical texts. It has been talked of as one of the finest choral works of the period.

Britten was well known as a pacifist but he actually composed his three movement Ballad of Heroes as a tribute to honour the fallen British members of the International Brigade who had fought in the Spanish Civil War. Two of the movements are settings of poems by W.H.Auden who had fought with the Brigade. Its musical contrasts echo the uncertainties of a time when growing hostilities were leading to the Second World War.

Poet and composer Ivor Gurney who fought in the First World war, wrote A Gloucestershire Rhapsody in 1919 when he was giving voice to the contrast of his experiences between the Flanders trenches and the beauty of the landscape of his native Gloucestershire.

Tickets will be available soon.

Sunday 16 December 2018 6:00pm

Christmas Concert

Haileybury College Chapel
Hertford SG13 7NU

Haileybury Chapel at night

  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Charles Andrews organ
  • David Temple conductor

The festive season comes round again and we will be celebrating with our annual concert of traditional Christmas music. It is our privilege to sing glorious works in wonderful venues throughout the year, but we all have a special love of Christmas in Haileybury College Chapel because it is always a magical occasion. As ever it is a family event with audience carols, and the Chorus will sing a range of Christmas music old and new. David Temple will conduct, and the Chorus will be accompanied by Charles Andrews.

Tickets will be available from November 2018.

Saturday 2 March 2019 7:30pm

Elgar: The Apostles

St Albans Cathedral
St Albans, Herts

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  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • David Temple conductor

Tickets will be available from December 2018.

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