War Horse – BBC Radio 2
Hertfordshire Chorus was very pleased to have been asked to sing in a special performance of War Horse – The Story In Concert for BBC Radio 2 in the special venue of Coventry Cathedral on Friday 18th May 2018. The concert was part of Coventry’s Big Weekend Fringe Festival and was recorded for later broadcast. It also featured acclaimed actors Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow and the wonderful BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of conductor David Charles Abell.
The story of the book and the play
War Horse has been a huge success in recent years. The story is by now well-known – at the outbreak of World War One, Joey, Albert’s horse, is sold to the army and sent to France, where he experiences the conflict in the trenches, is bought and sold many times before ending up in No Man’s Land. Albert never forgot his beloved horse and enlists to follow him to France, with both of them returning at the end of the War.
The book was written by Michael Morpurgo in 1982 but it was not until it was adapted for the National Theatre in 2007 that it really made an impact. It reached an even wider audience through the 2011 film directed by Steven Spielberg.
The concert version
The concert version, for choir, orchestra, soloist and narrators was written by Adrian Sutton and was performed in 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall.
To be broadcast on Radio 2
This concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 Friday November 2nd at 7.30.
Listen to Devonshire Carol, recorded live at Coventry Cathedral
Our 2018 season
The choir has an exciting series of concerts, one highlight of which will be another partnership with the BBC Concert Orchestra to remember WW1 with Britten’s Ballad of Heroes, Bliss’s Morning Heroes and Ivor Gurney’s A Gloucestershire Rhapsody.
See our concert calendar here.
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 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.