Who we are and what we do

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 varied; 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, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and The Sage Gateshead, as well as concerts in and around Hertfordshire, including St Albans Cathedral.

We have a special fund to commission new music, maintaining and developing choral singing for the future. We are particularly proud of the work we do with children, to help encourage the next generation of choral singers and music enthusiasts.

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conductor David Temple

Our musical director, David Temple, is renowned for his talent, inspiration and enthusiasm. He demands high standards of musicianship and whole-hearted commitment from us all and puts huge energy into every project. Through David’s wide choral experience we are constantly being introduced to stretching and enjoyable repertoire, both existing and newly-commissioned, which challenges both musicians and audiences to travel on new musical journeys.

David has been musical director of Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000. In May 2011 he conducted the Chorus in Brahms' German Requiem and the world première of Will Todd's Ode to a Nightingale at the Barbican. Other concert highlights include a critically acclaimed performance of Elgar's The Kingdom in St Albans Cathedral in 2010.

David's commissions with Hertfordshire Chorus include Will Todd's Mass in Blue which is performed all over the world, and Orlando Gough's Ice, which was premièred at the new Kings Place concert hall in January 2009. David makes frequent visits to The Sage, Gateshead - most recently in May 2012 with Hertfordshire Chorus featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Diamond Jubilee composer Will Todd.

Under the exclusive direction of David Temple, Crouch End Festival Chorus is now one of the UK's leading symphonic choirs. David has collaborated closely for many years with Ray Davies of the Kinks, including at the BBC's 2007 Roundhouse Electric Proms series, and in 2010 on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. David has also worked with Oasis, Goldfrapp and Travis; April 2010 saw CEFC's sixth concert with Ennio Morricone and in July 2010 David was chorus master for CEFC's appearance at the First Night of the Proms with Mahler's 8th Symphony.

Our accompanist, Charles Andrews, is Associate Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street. He studied piano and organ at the Royal College of Music with John Barstow, John Blakely, David Graham and Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, with the support of a Douglas & Kyra Downie Award. He was the recipient of the Harold Darke Memorial Prize for organ.

Charles is also Accompanist of Eltham Choral Society. Prior to his appointment at All Saints, Margaret Street he was Organist of St John's, Hyde Park, and held the Michael James organ scholarship at Rochester Cathedral. Charles often accompanies St Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London Symphony Chorus and Eltham College Boys Choir.

Recent concerts include Bridgewater Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Alban’s Abbey, and Christopher Summer Festival ‘Sacred Music Hours’, Vilnius. In 2013 Charles will give recitals in St Paul’s Cathedral and Winchester Cathedral. Charles Andrews and Roger Sayer premiered David Briggs Mosaïque for organ duo in November 2012.

Charles Andrews