Hertfordshire Chorus
Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano
Jamal Aliyev, cello
Osama Kiwan, muezzin
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple, conductor

‘I am delighted that David Temple, a brilliant choral conductor and his excellent Hertfordshire Chorus have recorded this version for SIGNUM Records.  I am sure this will be a welcome addition alongside my version for full orchestra.’
Sir Karl Jenkins

The Armed Man – A Mass For Peace, composed by Sir Karl Jenkins, is one of the most popular classical pieces in the world. Until now there has been only one recording, made over 20 years ago of the full score version which requires a large orchestra. In order to make the work more affordable to choirs and others, there is an ensemble version for fewer players. This new recording is the first to have been made of the alternative, reduced version scored for a smaller orchestra. The excellent arrangement does not lessen the impact of the work; still a big sound with driving rhythms, thundering climaxes, fearful moments and tender, memorable melodies.

David Temple has worked with Sir Karl on many live performances and brings his own interpretation to this moving and thought-provoking work.

Nova! Nova! Joy to the World!
23 favourite carols arranged for choir by Louis Halsey

Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple, conductor
Rufus Frowde, organ

‘What I love about Louis Halsey’s arrangements is that they are both tasteful and simple, allowing the beauty of each carol to shine through. We are thrilled to share these with a wider audience with this new recording.’
David Temple Musical Director

Read more about recording The Armed Man

Christmas carols have a universal appeal stemming from the tradition of music being played, sung, rearranged and rewritten by different generations in many different countries and over a number of centuries.  Louis Halsey’s Nova! Nova!, a collection of new arrangements of many of the most well-known and beautiful carols from as far back as medieval times, represents perhaps the largest collection of carols by a single composer for many years.  Hertfordshire Chorus and David Temple have recorded 23 of these carols in this beautifully presented new collection, including English, German, French, Czech, Basque, Welsh and Irish melodies.

James McCarthy Codebreaker
Will Todd Ode to a Nightingale

Hertfordshire Chorus
Julia Doyle, soprano
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Temple, conductor

Recorded at Watford Colosseum in June 2016 and launched on 7th October 2017 at a concert in St Albans Cathedral.

Read more about these important Hertfordshire Chorus commissions

Having entered the Specialist Classical charts at number 7, this CD builds on our reputation for commissioning and performing some of the very best in contemporary choral music. In our first recording with Signum we are joined by the BBC Concert Orchestra for a two CD set featuring James McCarthy’s Codebreaker (an exploration of the life of the pioneering computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing) and Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale (setting the famous poem by John Keats).

Michael Hurd
Choral Music (Volume 2)
& Complete Solo Songs

Recorded in 2016 at St Jude-on-the-Hill, London, with the London Orchestra da Camera and Marta Fontanals-Simmons, this CD was commissioned by The British Music Society and launched in April 2017.

‘Throughout their programme the Hertfordshire Chorus prove to be splendid advocates for Michael Hurd’s music’
John Quinn  Music Web International

Read the full review

Listen to sample tracks here

Choral Works

This Day to Man
A Song for St Cecelia

The Phoenix and the Turtle
Music’s Praise
A Choral Cantata

Solo Songs

Four Early Songs
The Night Swans

Carmina Amoris
The Day’s Alarm
Three Songs of Robert Graves
The Ride by Night

Will Todd
Mass in Blue

The original recording of this hugely popular work by contemporary young British composer Will Todd.

Hertfordshire Chorus
Bethany Halliday, soprano
Will Todd Trio (Will Todd piano, Gareth Huw Davies double bass, Jim Fleeman drums)
Members of Aurelian Symphony Orchestra
David Temple, conductor.

Price £10.

Mass in Blue was commissioned in 2003 by Hertfordshire Chorus and written for Will Todd’s wife, soprano Bethany Halliday.  Since that time the work has become firmly established in the choral repertoire. Mass in Blue is an upbeat jazz setting of the latin mass text for soprano soloist and SATB chorus.

‘a complete triumph for all concerned with a truly memorable performance which filled the Abbey with tremendous sounds
John Manning  Herts Advertiser

On Christmas Night

16 Christmas favourites, including Sussex Carol, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, Coventry Carol, In Dulci Jubilo and many more.

Hertfordshire Chorus
Robert Carlin, tenor
Malcolm Hicks, organ
David Temple, conductor.

Price £11

‘Christmas concerts are always a highlight of the Hertfordshire Chorus calendar. We are delighted to offer you a selection of our favourite Christmas music to enjoy at home throughout the festive season. Most of these beautiful carols will be familiar, but the last track – Hodie! – may be new to you. It was composed for Hertfordshire Chorus by one of our singers, Steve Block. It has already become a firm favourite with the Chorus – we know you will love it too’.
David Temple 

Sacred Music

Sacred choral works by Bruckner, Tallis, Lassus and Rachmaninov

Hertfordshire Chorus
Susan Graham Smith, organ
David Temple, conductor.

Recorded live at Haileybury College Chapel
Hertford Heath. July 2002

Price £5.

Locus Iste
Os Justi
Ave Maria

Spem in Allium

Missa Bell’ Amfrit’ altera

Bogoroditse Devo
Kvalite imya Godpodne

Morning Heroes


Investiture Antiphonal Fanfare
Prayer of St Francis of Assisi
Morning Heroes

Brian Blessed, orator
Hertfordshire Chorus
Harlow Chorus
East London Chorus
The London Philharmonic
Michael Kibblewhite, conductor

Recorded in 1992 for Cala Records

Available on music streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music