Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

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 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 ... Read More

History of a new commission – Michael Hurd The Phoenix and the Turtle

History of a new commission – Michael Hurd The Phoenix and the Turtle

The Canterbury Singers performed Michael Hurd's Music's Praise for their annual concert in the Chapter House in Canterbury Cathedral in 1973. Chris Godfrey is a bass who has been singing in the choir for 50 years. When the Musical Director, Anthony Stutchbury, chose the piece for a concert, Chris wrote to the composer to ask him if he would like to attend. As Michael Hurd lived in Liss, a two hour drive from Canterbury, Chris's wife, Janet, offered to provide him with a meal and a bed for the night. On the day of the performance a green MG sports car drew up and a youngish chap dressed in smart casuals, got out. Chris was surprised. 'I wasn't sure what a ... Read More

Michael Hurd recording launches

Michael Hurd recording launches

How do you launch a recording of lovely music written by a little-known composer like Michael Hurd? By singing it in a concert of course! So we're really pleased to launch this recording on the label Lyrita Recorded Edition at a concert in St John's Smith Square on the 14th April 2018.   How this recording came about This was another new experience for Hertfordshire Chorus. The British Music Society approached us about recording five works by British composer Michael Hurd.  Michael Hurd died in 2006, aged 77 after 50 years composing a wide variety of music.  The BMS established a charitable trust to administer a legacy from his estate, with the aim of fostering and encouraging recordings and performances of his music. ... Read More

A Choir Unwrapped – From the Tenor section

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. 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 Royal Albert Hall, King's Place, St John's Smith Square and The Barbican. We are regulars at St Alban's Cathedral. Tenors are an ... Read More

David Temple awarded MBE

David Temple awarded MBE

David Temple, Music Director of Hertfordshire Chorus, has been awarded an MBE for services to music in the New Year’s Honours list. On hearing of the award David said “I am both proud and thrilled to receive this award - and I would like to dedicate it to all who have supported me throughout my career both on the concert platform and behind the scenes.” David Temple is one of the country’s foremost choral conductors, who founded and continues to direct Crouch End Festival Chorus. Musical Director of Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000, he has been instrumental in developing the choir to a consistently high standard of performance. His enthusiasm for commissioning new choral music and supporting young composers has resulted ... Read More

A Choir Unwrapped – From the Bass Section

A Choir Unwrapped – From the Bass Section

To sing bass with a top ranking choir requires a good voice, a loyal heart and a sense of humour. The Hertfordshire Chorus bass section has a deep, rich sound and an enthusiasm for the wide-ranging and challenging repertoire the choir is called on to perform. Team work is paramount and this section sticks together even when the going is tough. Basses In the Royal Albert Hall David Temple MBE, the Chorus’s musical director, has a keen ear and a passion for excellence. This inspires all voice sections to ensure they are constantly improving. There are no passengers here. Rehearsals are fun but no easy ride. David is meticulous and demands the best from all. At the beginning of the evening, ... Read More

Codebreaker and Ode to a Nightingale CD launch October 6th

Codebreaker and Ode to a Nightingale CD launch October 6th

We were absolutely delighted that our CD reached number 7 in the Specialist Classical Charts in the first week of sales and equally delighted with this fantastic review in Gramophone "This important release should be in every keen choral singer’s Christmas stocking." Read the whole review. Gramophone Review. In addition to Gramophone, we had a wonderful review by Rob Cowan in Classical Ear. Read it here Classical Ear. The story In 2009 we commissioned Will Todd, who wrote the highly successful Mass in Blue for us, to write a setting for Ode to a Nightingale for one of our Patrons, Rod Jones. We launched it in the Barbican in 2011 and sang it again a few years later because we ... Read More

Open Rehearsal 13th September 2017

Open Rehearsal 13th September 2017

In June 2016 we recorded two of our recent commissions, Codebreaker by James McCarthy and Ode to a Nightingale by Will Todd, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, produced by Nigel Short and published by Signum Records. We'll be launching the CD at our concert on the 7th October and are inviting experienced singers to join us on 13th September for the second rehearsal of these two fabulous and accessible pieces.

Hertfordshire Chorus adds to Michael Hurd discography

Hertfordshire Chorus adds to Michael Hurd discography

Another new experience for Hertfordshire Chorus. The British Music Society approached us about recording five works by British composer Michael Hurd. Michael Hurd died in 2006, aged 77 after 50 years composing a wide variety of music. The BMS established a charitable trust to administer a legacy from his estate, with the aim of fostering and encouraging recordings and performances of his music. He is perhaps best known for his Jonah Man Jazz, sung by countless schoolchildren over the years. Asked to not only record the five compositions, we were also to project manage the recording! No small task. Organising the project Music Director David Temple and Operations Director Robin Seaman set about organising the long list of things that ... Read More

Neverlight Album Released

Neverlight Album Released

Neverlight launched Nova Red on the 23rd June and it sounds fantastic. Amanda Farrell has a powerful rich voice and if you like metal then this should be on your shopping list! Neverlight describe themselves and Nova Red "Amanda and Josh Farrell formed Neverlight in 2013 in an effort to share their journey with cancer and perhaps to provide a touchstone for others as they travel their own paths. Nova Red is a literary rollercoaster ride of dark progressive metal, and it is a distilled culmination of their journey thus far.  Feel the frustration, the anger, the loneliness, and the painful goodbye, the lust, the joy, the temptation and the final triumph". Buy the album Buy the album on iTunes or ... Read More

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