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We believe that nothing beats the exciting sound of live choral music.
Hertfordshire Chorus sound truly wonderful when you hear them sing music the way the composer intended it to be heard – live!
Come and hear us at our next concert to see what we mean.

Saturday 2 March 2019 7:30 pm
St Albans Cathedral

[Image for Duke Ellington: Sacred Concert, Bruckner: Mass in E minor]

  • Zoë Brookshaw soprano
  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Blue Planet Orchestra
  • David Temple conductor

Duke Ellington’s celebratory Sacred Concert is a spectacular blend of gospel and jazz music with traditional choral singing and reverential tone of European liturgical music. Although he is best known for his jazz arrangements, Duke Ellington described his Sacred Concert work as “… the most important thing I have ever done.

Bruckner’s Mass in E minor is certainly one of the most beautiful and powerful works ever composed for a choir and wind instruments. It is Bruckner’s second mass and he scored it exclusively for wind instruments in the orchestra because the performance space for the Mass’ intended premiere was outside Linz Cathedral. It is arguably his first masterpiece and it illustrates his unique style which combines the simplicity of Italian Renaissance polyphony with romantic style harmony and powerful combinations of vocal and instrumental texture.

Tickets £25, £20, £14, and £10, children and students £5, are available from the Cathedral Box office
in person (Mon-Sat 10am to 4:45pm, Sat 3:45pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm)
by phone 01727 890290
or online www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/music/
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Sunday 28 April 3:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Southbank Centre, London

James McCarthy: One Giant Leap (world première)
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Barber: Adagio for Strings
  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • Coldfall School Choir
  • Eagle House School Choir
  • London Orchestra da Camera
  • David Temple conductor

One Giant Leap, our most recent commission by James McCarthy, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission and reflects on the significance of the moon landing for all mankind. One Giant Leap is for large chorus, children’s choir and symphony orchestra and it conveys the spirit of adventure, the sense of risk and the danger of the Apollo mission.

The other works in our concert are also associated with the moon. Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music begins with the words “How sweet the moonlight …”. Barber’s Adagio for Strings was played at funeral of US President John Kennedy in 1963, the president who initiated the Apollo program to the moon. In Toward the Unknown Region, Vaughan Williams used the Walt Whitman poem Darest Thou O Soul which talks of man’s spiritual journey into the unknown.
“Darest thou now O Soul, walk out with me toward the unknown region, where neither ground is for the feet nor any path to follow?”

Tickets £12, £16, £22, and £26, children and students £5,
are available from the Southbank Centre box office in person (9am to 8pm, 7 days a week)
by phone 020 3879 9555
or online www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/127435-one-giant-leap-2019
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Saturday 6 July 2019 7:30 pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

A Night at The Opera
opera choruses and arias
  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • David Temple conductor

Saturday 19 October 2019 7:30 pm
St Albans Cathedral

Mendelssohn: Elijah
  • Hertfordshire Chorus
  • David Temple conductor

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