Who we are and what we do
Hertfordshire Chorus is known for commissioning new music, high-quality yet passionate singing, tackling difficult, rarely performed music as well as much-loved and well-known pieces and is one of the UK’s finest symphonic choirs. Under the musical direction of David Temple our members give their all to singing, believing in the sheer joy and power of music to bring people closer together.
We perform not only in Hertfordshire, frequently in St Albans Cathedral, but also in major venues such as the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St John’s Smiths Square and the Sage Gateshead.
Our repertoire is hugely varied and has included Glass Songs from Liquid Days, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Janacek Glagolitic Mass, Poulenc Gloria, Stravinsky Song of Psalms and John Adams Harmonium, critically acclaimed performances of Elgar’s The Kingdom and The Apostles as well as successful new commissions Codebreaker by James McCarthy and Ode to a Nightingale by Will Todd and an appearance at the London Jazz Festival singing Rio Amazonas by jazz pianist and composer Roland Perrin.
Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple MBE one of the country’s foremost choral directors, founded and continues to conduct Crouch End Festival Chorus. Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000, he has been instrumental in building the choir to a very high standard of performance.
In 2016 David conducted Hertfordshire Chorus in a recording of Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale and James McCarthy’s Codebreaker with the BBC Concert Orchestra, released on Signum Records in 2017 to enormous critical acclaim read here. Recent concert highlights were a performance of the Chorus’s latest commission, Rio Amazonas by Roland Perrin, in the 2017 London Jazz Festival. Other concert highlights with Hertfordshire Chorus include critically acclaimed performances of Elgar’s The Kingdom and The Apostles in St Albans Cathedral as well as frequent visits to Sage in Gateshead. David is a great supporter of up-and-coming composers. In addition to Codebreaker and Ode to a Nightingale, commissions with Hertfordshire Chorus include Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, which has received well over 100 performances all over the world.
David has worked with many eminent conductors including Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Sallonen, Semyon Bychkov and Edward Gardner, preparing choirs for major performances. With Crouch End Festival Chorus he has just completed a recording of Bach’s St John Passion for Chandos Records.
Not only involved with traditional classical music, David has collaborated closely for many years with Ray Davies, Oasis – and more recently, Noel Gallagher – as well as Goldfrapp, Travis, Bombay Bicycle Club and Basement Jaxx.
Recording work includes music for the BBC’s Doctor Who at Air Studios and soundtracks such as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Prince Caspian and The Awakening. David has also prepared both of his choirs for concerts with Ennio Morricone, Andrea Bocelli, Hans Zimmer and Procol Harum.
Hertfordshire Chorus accompanist
Charles Andrews is Accompanist of Hertfordshire Chorus and London Pro Arte Choir. He studied at the Royal College of Music with the aid of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. The RCM awarded Charles the Harold Darke Memorial Prize for organ.
Charles was Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street from 2011-16. Before studying at the RCM, he held the Michael James organ scholarship at Rochester Cathedral.
Recently Charles has appeared as a soloist at Christopher Summer Festival, Vilnius and the International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol in Slovakia. He has given the first performances of works by David Briggs and Philip Moore. His plans for the near future include returning to Slovakia to perform in summer 2018.