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Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem – Hertfordshire Chorus to sing in Hatfield House, for Festival Finale

The Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival is now into its 7th year. The 2018 Festival celebrates ‘Brahms and Friends’ and will feature music by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The singers of Hertfordshire Chorus are delighted to have been asked to return again to sing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in the Finale concert on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 8pm.

Performers

The Chorus will take to the stage with a marvellous line up of internationally acclaimed performers –Ailish Tynan, Soprano,Ben McAteer, Baritone, the Faust Chamber Orchestra and conductor Mark Austin. 

Historic Location

The concert will take place in the Banqueting Hall of the Old Palace.  John Morton the Bishop of Ely built The Old Palace around 1485. The remaining wing contains the Banqueting Hall, which has most of its original roof timbers. Interestingly, many of them are peppered with gunshot. This is because when the building was later used as a stables trespassing sparrows were shot at as a discouragement.

Henry VIII bought the Palace in 1538 and his three children enjoyed a happy childhood there. Later Queen Mary kept her sister, Elizabeth I under house arrest at Hatfield.

Hertfordshire Chorus has been privileged to sing at Hatfield House on many occasions over the years. History right on our doorstep!

You can read more about this concert and buy tickets here.

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Hertfordshire Chorus at Hatfield House

A little taste of Brahms in the Marble Hall

 

About our engagement

Hertfordshire Chorus has been asked to sing in the final concert of this year’s Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival in September – the third time we have been invited in the seven years of the Festival. 

The choir at the festival in 2017 singing Haydn’s Creation

The Festival was launched in a special concert in the Marble Hall at Hatfield House recently and a small group of singers sang an extract from Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem as a taster for the performance of the full work in the Festival itself.  The concert also featured fabulous performances by some of the people who will be appearing in the Festival, including cellist and Artistic Director of the Festival Guy Johnston, acclaimed tenor James Gilchrist and amazing pianists Anna Tilbrook, Tom Poster and Melvyn Tan. 

Accompanying the post-concert reception

The choir then entertained all the guests with some unaccompanied singing at a reception held in the Long Gallery – “.. beautiful contributions to the evening ..” was just one of the plaudits we received and we now look forward to September and the main event in what is a very high quality four-day Festival.

The Festival

The theme for 2018 is Brahms and Friends. This year the festival will run from 20th September with the finale on the 23rd. The reputation of the festival has grown significantly in the seven years since it began. Music is high quality and played in atmospheric surroundings.

Hertfordshire Chorus 2018 concert calendar

We have some fantastic concerts in 2018 including a reflection on WW1 at Watford Colosseum with BBC Concert Orchestra, Sam West as narrator, to be broadcast on BBC radio 2. Read about our other 2018 concerts here.

 

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