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.
Our repertoire has included Glass Songs from Liquid Days, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Janacek Glagolitic Mass, Poulenc Gloria, Stravinsky Song of Psalms and John Adams Harmonium.
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.
Hertfordshire Chorus accompanist
Charles Andrews is Accompanist of Hertfordshire Chorus and Eltham Choral Society. 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 performed at Newbury Spring Festival with the London Symphony Chorus, Bridgewater Hall with Roger Sayer, and Christopher Summer Festival, Vilnius. He has given the first performances of works by David Briggs and Philip Moore.
In 2017 Charles will perform in the International Organ Festival of Ivan Sokol in Slovakia.
Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple courtesy of Paula Ram Photography
David Temple https://www.davidtemple.co.uk/ 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 June, 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, due to be released on Signum Records in 2017. 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. His next project will be a new work by Roland Perrin entitled Rio Amazonas, to be premiered in 2017.
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.