A Choir Unwrapped – from the tenor section
Good choral tenors are worth their weight in gold. They are a rare breed and often sing with several choirs who need their talents.
Hertfordshire Chorus has been lucky enough to attract some of the best amateur tenors available, both male and female. They come to us for a number of reasons – quality of the singing, variety of concert programmes, great venues and a regular rehearsal schedule.
Quality of the singing experience
The audition process really helps maintain quality and the singers appreciate the benefits this brings. Hertfordshire Chorus is also fortunate to have Charles Andrews as their regular accompanist. It is important to have someone who understands what a choir needs during rehearsal. His skill allows the choir to learn fast and reach new levels of performance.
Variety of repertoire and great venues
Hertfordshire Chorus sings a very wide range of music in a great selection of venues. In the last five years the Chorus has performed at The Sage in Gateshead, The Albert Hall, King’s Place, St John’s Smith Square and The Barbican. We are regulars at St Alban’s Cathedral.
Tenors are an important part of the fabric of any piece. The Hertfordshire Chorus team loves the challenges the music throws them. The tenor line often carries the melody and it is important to have a solid team who are up to the mark. The classical and modern works Hertfordshire Chorus performs are wide-ranging – the tenors get a good work out.
Hertfordshire Chorus singers get around! This includes recordings of commissions, providing backing for world-renowned artists like Ray Davies and Noel Gallagher. We also perform regularly at the Rochester Castle Proms and have provided ethereal sounds for rock and thrash metal bands. The choir has a regular wedding choir that contributes to choir funds as well as providing a view of the latest in matrimonial fashions.
The musical philosophy
Hertfordshire Chorus has a world class Musical Director in David Temple MBE. The seasonal programmes he creates are designed to be exciting for singers as well as for the audience. He has commissioned major new works such as Codebreaker by James McCarthy and Ode to a Nightingale by Will Todd. This enthusiasm for new challenges ensures that Hertfordshire Chorus stays at the top of the choral tree.
David has a special connection to the tenors. ‘Singing in a top class choir is an amazing experience – but singing tenor is even more special. I am biased as I am one!
Come and join us!
If you have a good tenor voice, have reasonable sight reading skills and want to be part of an exciting and dynamic choir then come and try us out. Main rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings between 7:30pm and 10:00pm. There are additional all day workshops and rehearsals depending on the current programme. Follow the link to find out how easy it is to become a member of our team.