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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 14 April 2018

Britten: Saint Nicolas
Michael Hurd: Music’s Praise
The Phoenix and the Turtle
Jonah-Man Jazz

St John’s Smith Square, London

[image: Saint Nicolas]

  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo
  • Ben Johnson tenor
  • Aldenham School Choir
  • London Orchestra da Camera
  • David Temple conductor

Benjamin Britten composed many works that feature children among the participants. Saint Nicolas, his cantata about the life of the patron saint of children, seamen, voyagers, and scholars, is one of those works. Using a text by Eric Crozier, it chronicles several of the saint’s most celebrated life events and captures both the innocence and reverence of the memories of Saint Nicolas.

Michael Hurd was an acknowledged authority on British music; He composed sixty published scores and wrote twenty books on music, along with many articles, reviews and broadcasts. Conductor and composer Jonathan Willcocks wrote:
Unlike many contemporary composers, Michael Hurd writes music that is immediately attractive both to performers and audiences.
…his work is overtly intended to express and interpret literary and musical ideas in a manner that will be accessible to the many.

This concert will launch a recording of Michael Hurd’s choral music on the Lyrita label and our programme features three of his popular works:

Music’s Praise, a setting of texts by Shakespeare and Pope, was commissioned by the Stroud Festival and was first performed by the Festival Choir with the Orchestra da Camera in 1968.

The Phoenix and the Turtle, a setting of Shakespeare’s metaphysical poem, where Michael Hurd uses the juxtaposition of mezzo-soprano voice with largely homophonic choral writing to probe gently at the edges of tonal harmony.

Jonah-Man Jazz is one of several highly entertaining and imaginative ‘pop’ cantatas written by Michael Hurd, that has proved an invaluable source of musical material for performers of all ages.

Tickets £12, £14, £20, £25 are available from St John’s Smith Square Box Office either in person
(Mon-Sat: 10am to 5pm, or 6pm on concert days)
or by phone on 020 7222 1061,
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TW Logo ColourHertfordshire Chorus are grateful to Taylor Walton Solicitors for their support of our concerts.

Saturday 7 July 2018

Fauré: Requiem,
Duruflé: Requiem,
Saint-Saëns: 2 Songs
Debussy: Trois Chansons,

St John’s Smith Square, London


  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Charles Andrews accompanist
  • David Temple conductor

Tickets will be available from March 2018.

TW Logo ColourHertfordshire Chorus are grateful to Taylor Walton Solicitors for their support of our concerts.

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