One Giant Leap – James McCarthy perspective

One Giant Leap – James McCarthy perspective

Inspiration and the desire to strive for a seemingly impossible goal can come from the most unexpected of places. Could anyone imagine today a President of the United States, or the leader of any country at all for that matter, unifying a nation behind a rallying cry for the spirit of adventure? John F Kennedy did just that in a speech in Houston, Texas, in September of 1962: ’Why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may as well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? We choose to go to the Moon!’ We CHOOSE to go to the Moon. It can sometimes feel to us today that we are living ... Read More

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival

The Hatfield House Chamber Music Festival is now into its 7th year. The 2018 Festival celebrates 'Brahms and Friends' and will feature music by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann. The singers of Hertfordshire Chorus are delighted to have been asked to return again to sing Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem in the Finale concert on Sunday 23rd September 2018 at 8pm. Performers The Chorus will take to the stage with a marvellous line up of internationally acclaimed performers –Ailish Tynan, Soprano,Ben McAteer, Baritone, the Faust Chamber Orchestra and conductor Mark Austin. Historic Location The concert will take place in the Banqueting Hall of the Old Palace.  John Morton the Bishop of Ely built The Old Palace around 1485. The remaining wing contains the Banqueting Hall, ... Read More

Forty Years On – David Temple MBE

Forty Years On – David Temple MBE

David Temple MBE has been Musical Director for Crouch End Festival Chorus since 1984 and for Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000. But his musical life started long before that. 'My conducting adventure all began 40 years ago on July 1st 1978. I had been with the London Philharmonic Choir for 5 years and wanted to have a go at waving the baton.' David was a teacher at Goldbeaters Primary School and had identified a need for investment in musical instruments. He decided to put on a concert to raise money towards this cause. He chose the date, booked a slot at St Alphage's Church in Burnt Oak and set about finding performers. 'I had already used my long-suffering school pupils as ... Read More

War Horse Coventry Cathedral

War Horse Coventry Cathedral

Hertfordshire Chorus was very pleased to have been asked to sing in a special performance of War Horse – The Story In Concert  for BBC Radio 2 in the special venue of Coventry Cathedral on Friday 18th May 2018.  The concert was part of Coventry's Big Weekend Fringe Festival and was recorded for later broadcast. It also featured acclaimed actors Juliet Stevenson and Simon Callow and the wonderful BBC Concert Orchestra under the direction of conductor David Charles Abell. The story of the book and the play War Horse has been a huge success in recent years. The story is by now well-known – at the outbreak of World War One, Joey, Albert’s horse, is sold to the army and sent to ... Read More

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

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