Join us

Hertfordshire Chorus is an auditioned choir and we are always looking for good singers to join us. We welcome singers of all ages and backgrounds, so anyone can audition.

We are passionate believers in the physical and mental benefits of choral singing. If you’re looking for a high quality friendly choir, look no further. Don’t just take our word for it, read our reviews and read our blogs from the bass and tenor sections.

With the relaxation of the Coronavirus restrictions you are once again welcome to attend a couple of our regular Wednesday rehearsals, followed by an in-person audition with our Musical Director David Temple MBE.

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As our rehearsals are socially distanced we are limiting numbers. If interested in attending, contact us at membership@hertfordshirechorus.org.uk.

Passionate about singing

Click on the video to hear from some of our members and our Musical Director David Temple about what it is like to sing with us.

From our bass section… ‘My wife tells me I’m a lot happier since I joined Hertfordshire Chorus… We are fortunate to have the opportunity to sing with such a wonderful choir without having to travel into London. Hertfordshire Chorus is really on a par with the best in the country.’

Rehearsals

Coronavirus did not silence us. We are pleased to say we have now moved back to in-person rehearsals.

Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm to 10pm in Welwyn Garden City.

We are always keen to give good new singers the opportunity to join us so, if you are interested, why not audition?  Auditions are currently in person with our Musical Director, David Temple, but if necessary we will revert to holding them online. Read more about auditions

Always willing to innovate, we offered online auditions throughout the coronavirus pandemic. They were so successful that we recruited nine new singers . The photo shows seven of our new singers, auditioned online, at one of our first open-air rehearsals with our Musical Director David Temple.

Would you like to sing with us?

Maybe you’re coming back to singing after a break. Maybe you sing with a chamber group and would also like to experience singing with a large choir.  Many of our singers enjoy singing in more than one choir.

By auditioning for Hertfordshire Chorus you will have the opportunity to become part of the future of one of the country’s finest large choirs.

Read more about auditions and how to apply

 

Repertoire

We have a reputation for exploring a wider range of music than most large symphonic choirs. Over the last twenty years we have sung jazz in Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert and commissioned three jazz pieces, Will Todd’s Mass in Blue and Roland Perrin’s Songs from the Cage and Rio Amazonas. We were recently hired to sing Porgy and Bess in Poland.


We perform music written for choirs large and small, from the Rachmaninov and Monteverdi Vespers, to Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass  and Mahler’s massive Symphony of a Thousand. Our musical range includes pop music cover versions of Beach Boys singles, opera choruses in outdoor venues, musicals such as West Side Story and War Horse in Coventry Cathedral, and some of the most challenging classical choral music of the twentieth century, such as John Adam’s Harmonium.

As well as our own concerts, our members are asked to sing in other exciting events. Recently we’ve sung in an open-air concert in front of a Norman castle, in a concert performance of War Horse for the BBC and recorded tracks in the studio for an American metal band.

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‘I’ve actually heard them live and they are fantastic

Sara Mohr-Pietsch
BBC Radio 3

2000px-bbc_radio_3-svgHeadshot, Sara Mohr-Pietsch, BBC Radio 3

Click below to listen to our ‘Meet My Choir’ slot with Sara Mohr-Pietsch on BBC’s The Choir. Tenor Iain McLaughlin explains what makes Hertfordshire Chorus interesting to join – and why Benedict Cumberbatch came to the premiere of our commission, Codebreaker.

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