Nothing beats the exciting sound of live choral music.

Our popular concerts feature high quality singing of classical and contemporary choral music in some of the best venues. The Chorus sounds truly wonderful when you hear them perform music live – the way the composer wanted it to be heard.

Come to our next concert and see how that feels.

Next Concert

4.00pm & 6.00pm
Sunday 19th December 2021

Haileybury College Chapel
Hertford Heath
Hertford SG13 7NU

David Temple conductor
Rufus Frowde organ and piano

Hertfordshire Chorus is delighted to be able, once again, to share the music of Christmas in the beautiful surroundings of Haileybury College chapel.

The programme will be a mixture of old and new arrangements of our favourite carols. There will of course be opportunities for audience participation!

This year, to increase COVID security, we will hold two concerts, each with a smaller choir and reduced audience, at 4pm and 6pm.

Tickets will be available from 1st November
on www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk/tickets

Front and balcony £15
Back and sides £10
Children and students £5

Hertfordshire Chorus is privileged to once again support the work of the Willow Foundation.

7.30pm Saturday 26th February 2022
St Albans Cathedral
St Albans AL1 1BY

David Temple conductor
London Orchestra da Camera

This concert celebrates the music of two of our greatest romantic English composers.
Two rarely performed works, Elgar’s The Black Knight, and Parry’s De Profundis are accompanied by more familiar works by the two composers.

Elgar described The Black Knight, Op. 25  as a ‘symphony for chorus and orchestra’. Written in 1889–93  and first performed in Worcester in April 1893, it tells the story of the intrusion of a mysterious stranger into a king’s court with disastrous and gruesome results. The libretto borrows from Longfellow’s translation of the ballad Der Schwarze Ritter by Ludwig Uhland, itself based on an earlier German work telling of events surrounding the second marriage in 1285 of the Scottish king Alexander III, hence the medieval British setting.

Its four dramatic scenes correspond to the four movements of the classical symphony. There are no soloists, and the action is described by the chorus.

 

Described by Vaughan Williams in a letter to Sir Adrian Boult in 1948 as Parry’s finest work, De Profundis was composed in 1891 and first performed at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford in September of the same year. Parry set Psalm 130 ‘Out of the depths have I cried unto three, O Lord’ for soprano and twelve part chorus.

The first performance was described in the Musical Times as having “noble imaginings and exalted emotions…Men of varying tastes and judgement conceded to one another that in its way a great thing had been born into the world”.

Rarely performed since then, we are delighted to be able to bring this neglected masterpiece to a wider audience.

Tickets will be available from
www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk/tickets

 

 

 

3.00pm Sunday 1st May 2022
Sage Gateshead. NE8 2JR

David Temple conductor
Mark Anyan conductor
Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson soprano
Ashley Riches bass
Orchestra North East

Hertfordshire Chorus and Newcastle Choral Society are delighted to bring you this combined concert, featuring one of the great choral works by Vaughan Williams and the northern premiere of the critically acclaimed Codebreaker, written by James McCarthy, one of our most talented contemporary composers.

Tickets will be available from
Sage Gateshead Box Office: 0191 443 4661

boxoffice@sagegateshead.com

£25, £20, £5 under 18s and students

A Sea Symphony

After a short brass fanfare, the choir declares “Behold, the sea itself!”. So begins A Sea Symphony, which conjures a vision of panoramic horizons and brave voyages, using atmospheric poetry by Walt Whitman. The combined choirs, under the baton of David Temple, will bring all the drama and poignancy of one of our favourite choral pieces to this performance.

Codebreaker

For Codebreaker, the choirs will be under the baton of Mark Anyan, conductor of Newcastle Choral Society. Commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus in 2012, the music is dramatic, emotional and memorable. Codebreaker charts the life of Alan Turing, famous for breaking the German’s Enigma code during World War Two which possibly shortened the war by two years.

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