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Our next concerts

We have a full and varied programme of concerts in our 2017-18 season which you can see below. Please do sign up for our regular email (click here) to receive reminders about our concerts, details of discount ticket offers and news of other events we are involved with.

What’s on: classical concert in Harpenden, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford, St Albans, Watford, London.

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Saturday 7 October 2017 – 7:30pm

St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Herts AL1 1BY

James McCarthy: Codebreaker

Will Todd: Ode to a Nightingale

(choral symphony No 4)

  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Zoë Brookshaw soprano
  • London Orchestra da Camera
  • St Albans School Chamber Choir
  • David Temple conductor

This special concert features two glorious and memorable pieces of music, both commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and now recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Signum Records, one of the leading classical recording companies in the UK. The concert coincides with the release of the resulting CD and both composers are expected to be present.

Tickets priced from £12 to £25, £5 for children under 18, are available now at the St Albans Cathedral Box office either in person during box office hours,
or by phone on 01727 890 290,
or online at http://www.stalbanscathedral.org
or simply click the button below.

Codebreaker, by James McCarthy, is about the life of Alan Turing, one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, whose eventful and ultimately tragic existence had vast repercussions, the reverberations of which are still being felt today. He would have been a national hero for his efforts during the 1939-45 war, had that work not been subject to decades of national secrecy. Many people consider him to be the inventor of the computer, whose ideas set in chain the technological developments that have given us the digital world in which we live today. And yet his was a life shrouded in mystery. Codebreaker focuses on three key moments in Turing’s life; his relationship with his schoolboy friend Christopher Morcom, the war, and his final hours. The libretto for Codebreaker includes some of Turing’s own words as well as some beautifully pointed and moving extracts from the works of Wilfred Owen, Sara Teasdale, Edward Thomas, Robert Burns and, most poignantly, from Oscar Wilde’s ‘De profundis’.

Codebreaker has recently been given four performances in the USA and Hertfordshire Chorus is very pleased to welcome members of the two choirs involved in those concerts, Nashville in Harmony and One Voice Chorus from Charlotte, who are coming to take part in this performance.

Ode to a Nightingale, by Will Todd, is a wonderful setting of John Keats’ famous poem, which pulsates with romantic imagery and emotion – death, fantasy, love, hope and despair all embraced in rich and beautiful language. Like the poem the music has different moods. There are soft harmonies and more urgent ones, quiet reflective moments and massive climactic gestures. Keats’ short but emotion-filled life pours off the page in the eight stanzas of the poem and the effect of reading them leaves you with a sense of being on an amazing and emotive journey through fantastical places and ideas, coming finally to rest on the realisation of mortality.

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Hertfordshire Chorus are grateful to Taylor Walton Solicitors for their support of this concert.

Sunday 12 November 2017 – 3:00pm

Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Roland Perrin: Rio Amazonas

Brazilian Songs arr. Roland Perrin

  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Roland Perrin Trio
  • Blue Planet Orchestra
  • Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School choir
  • Rhodes Avenue Primary School choir
  • Coldfall Primary School choir
  • David Temple conductor

We are delighted to be a part of the EFG London Jazz Festival in the Barbican where we will be presenting an afternoon of Brazilian influenced jazz music featuring Rio Amazonas, an exuberant, exciting and thought-provoking mix of jazz harmonies, Brazilian grooves, baroque counterpoint and symphonic architecture which combine to provide a new category of contemporary music: classical music with a groove.

Tickets are available now from the Barbican Hall box office either in person, Mon–Sat: 10am–8pm, Sun & Bank Holidays: 11am–8pm,
or by phone on 020 7638 8891,
or online at http://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/
or simply click the button below.

Composer and pianist Roland Perrin was commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus to write Rio Amazonas, inspired by the Amazon River and region; its topography, its multitude of insects, the mystery of its remote tribes, and the experiences of the different people arriving from afar. Performed by a heady mix of jazz trio, massed choirs, and string orchestra, Rio Amazonas should leave audiences reflecting on the need for humanity to learn to dance with the natural world rather than trample it underfoot.

This concert will also feature five well-known songs by renowned Brazilian jazz artists Antônio Carlos Jobim, Rosa Passos and Ivan Lins, arranged for jazz trio and choir by Roland Perrin. Each song has been chosen to reflect the beauty and the cherishing of nature, and the meaning of belonging to a place, all echoing the sentiments of Rio Amazonas.

PRSF-logo-Medium-ResHertfordshire Chorus gratefully acknowledges the support of the
PRS Foundation for this concert.

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Sunday 17 December 2017 – 6:00pm

Haileybury College Chapel, Hertford Heath, Hertford SG13 7NU

Christmas Concert

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  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • David Temple conductor

As the festive season comes round again, Hertfordshire Chorus will be celebrating with its 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. It is always a magical event. 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 October 2017.

Saturday 17 February 2018 – 7:30pm

St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, Herts AL1 1BY

Beethoven: Mass in C

Mendelssohn: Hymn of Praise (Symphony No 2.)

Hertfordshire-chorus

  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • London Orchestra Da Camera
  • David Temple conductor

More details of this concert will appear soon.

Tickets will be available from October 2017.

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