Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple, is one of the finest large choirs in the country, with 130 members of all ages from across Hertfordshire, surrounding counties and London. We offer a high standard of music in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Our repertoire is very varied. As well as performing our own commissions, recent programmes have included Elgar's The Kingdom, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Berlioz’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music as well as Tippett’s A Child of our Time, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor and songs by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.
We sing in some of the top venues in the UK, with appearances in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Sage Gateshead, as well as concerts in and around Hertfordshire, including St Albans Cathedral.
We have a fund to commission new music, maintaining and developing choral singing for the future. We are particularly proud of the work we do with children and young people, to help encourage the next generation of choral singers and music enthusiasts.
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David Temple has been Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since September 2000. Under his direction the Chorus has performed a wide range of music, including several world premieres of Chorus commissions, the latest being James McCarthy’s Codebreaker - a work about Alan Turing, who broke German codes during the Second World War.
David’s musical life began when joined the London Philharmonic Choir as a tenor in 1972, where he performed with many great conductors, including Boult, Stokowski, Solti, Haitink, Tennstedt, Barenboim, Giulini and Rattle. David developed a passion for music which has driven him ever since. He became determined on making music his career and becoming a choral and orchestral conductor, co-founding Crouch End Festival Chorus in 1984. He remains its musical director.
Our accompanist Charles Andrews is Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street. He studied at the Royal College of Music with David Graham and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, with the aid of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. The RCM awarded Charles the Harold Darke Memorial Prize for organ.
He is also accompanist for Eltham Choral Society.