The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace
The first recording of Karl Jenkins’s ensemble version.

Michael Beek BBC Music Magazine

This is the first recording of the ‘Ensemble Version’ of Jenkins’s 2000 Mass for Peace, essentially an arrangement by him for reduced orchestral forces. There’s no lack of heft here, though, and what is perhaps lost in scale here and there is made up for by the Hertfordshire Chorus’s vocal weight and attack. Occasionally spine-tingling.


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Gerald Fenech Classical Music Daily

David Temple and his team are up against stiff competition but the performance is one of the most moving I’ve heard in recent times, and his dramatic emphasis of the score is compelling throughout.

Although Jenkins composed this mass a quarter of a century ago, its message for these turbulent and dangerous times is all too relevant. A fine album of a masterpiece that is still crying out to be heard. Sound and presentation are top-drawer stuff. Warmly recommended.

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Nova! Nova! Joy to the World
23 carols arranged for choir by Louis Halsey
Recording published on Signum Records

Geoff Brown Times Arts section

Offering 23 familiar carols in straightforward arrangements by the choral music veteran Louis Halsey, here is the only album in this list that practically encourages listeners to join in… Seeking a thoroughly unpretentious Christmas album avoiding high art and corporate industry tinsel? Here it is. ★★★★☆

The Royal School of Church Music

…an attractive CD of many familiar Christmas hymns and carols in arrangements by Louis Halsey for choir and organ… Hertfordshire Chorus give spirited and committed performances of this repertoire. Their diction is clear and crisp, the dynamic contrasts are excellent and their command of French and German is impressive.


For a beefier selection of mainstream seasonal fare, turn to Hertfordshire Chorus’s gloriously full-throated Nova! Nova! Joy to the World!, a selection of carols from across the British Isles and Europe… directed with a combination of sensitivity and palpable enthusiasm by David Temple.

The Arts Desk

…a generous selection of traditional carols, very well-sung by a good amateur chorus… If I lived in Hertfordshire, I’d be knocking on David Temple’s door asking to join this choir.

It’s good to hear Stille Nacht in the original German, Temple’s singers marvellous in the richly harmonised second and third verses. Noël Nouvelet, beautifully sung, was new to me, and it’s good to hear Il est né, le divin Enfant and Quelle est cette odeur agréable? delivered in idiomatic-sounding French. Hajej, nynej, Ježíšku is another highlight, better-known here as the Rocking Carol. Halsey’s Coventry Carol is delectable and Here we come a-wassailing swings.

A lovely collection…


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Michael Hurd Choral Music Volume 2 & Complete Solo Songs
Recording published on Lyrita Records

John Quinn  Senior Editor Music Web International

‘Throughout their programme the Hertfordshire Chorus prove to be splendid advocates for Michael Hurd’s music. The singing gives great pleasure and they sound to be enjoying themselves. And why not, for this is most attractive music that sounds enjoyable and rewarding to sing. The choral writing is consistently effective and full of appealing melodies and harmonies. David Temple has clearly prepared his choir very thoroughly and he conducts the performances very well.’

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Andrew Achenbach  Gramophone Magazine

‘Mezzo-soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons shines in The Phoenix and the Turtle, a 1974 treatment of Shakespeare’s metaphysical poem as durable as it is engaging. Completed that same year, This Day to Man bears the subtitle of ‘Six Hymns to the Nativity’ and sets texts by five relatively little-known poets from the 16th and 17th centuries: both No 4 (‘Fairest of morning lights appear’ from Thomas Pestel’s A Psalm for Christmas Day Morning) and No 5 (‘Sweet baby, sleep’ from George Wither’s Hallelujah, or Britain’s Sacred Remembrancer) distil a fireside glow that genuinely warms the cockles. Last, but not least, comes the festive A Choral Cantata, written in 1991 for the Southport Bach Society and (once again) full of heartfelt, readily assimilable inspiration. Needless to report, the indefatigable David Temple secures splendidly alert results from his Hertfordshire Chorus and London Orchestra da Camera.’

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Karl Jenkins The Armed Man and Shruthi Rajasekar Sarojini
St Albans Cathedral

Hertfordshire Chorus bring a wonderful sense of engagement to their striking programme of two contemporary works, each representing something of a fusion between different musics and different styles.

The Chorus gave a supremely committed and enthusiastic performance, their enjoyment of the work palpable throughout… it was their contribution which made the evening so striking.

Standing ovation for ‘scintillating’ Hertfordshire Chorus at Game Music Festival 2022

The Philharmonia and Herts Chorus were scintillating. Gareth Coker- Composer Ori and the Will of the Wisps.

The second part of the concert welcomed the Hertfordshire Chorus, whose talent was simply magical. Darren Edwards – The Xbox Hub.

The Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Hertfordshire Chorus took the Royal Festival Hall and made it simultaneously whimsical and dramatic, intense and calming. Congratulations to all involved. James Law – Managing Editor of GFinity.

The second part was amazing… You guys gave us all SO many goosebumps. Formidable performance! Audience reviews

Elgar The Black Knight and Parry De Profundis
St Albans Cathedral
Neil MacKenzie Welwyn and Hatfield Times

‘Chorus makes a profound impression.

The Hertfordshire Chorus under David Temple’s direction sang with dramatic clarity…’

Gershwin Porgy and Bess at the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans
Polskei Radio

‘To conclude the Festival, the South of the US, where the action of Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” takes place, was not lacking. The concert version of the piece resounded in the successful interpretation of the soloists, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and the outstanding Hertfordshire Chorus, all under the direction of Wayne Marshall. Indira Mahajan created the part of Bess, while tenor Ronald Samm was perfect as an actor and a vocalist.’

Taking a bow after Morning Heroes with BBC Concert Orchestra and Sam West

Britten Ballad of Heroes and Bliss Morning Heroes
Watford Colosseum
David Wilby  Chairman of the Arthur Bliss Society

‘The performance of Morning Heroes more than met our hopes and expectations. What a brilliant choir you are — so incisive, confident and expressive and all round plain musical and, with the BBC Concert Orchestra, I don’t expect to hear a better live performance anywhere. The hall has just about perfect acoustics and it is understandable that it is in demand as a recording venue.’

James McCarthy Codebreaker and Will Todd Ode to a Nightingale: St Albans Cathedral
John Manning Herts Advertiser

‘In many ways, the concert reflected the huge contribution Hertfordshire Chorus has made to modern choral music.

The Chorus together with London Orchestra da Camera gave a completely captivating performance. A tremendous and memorable performance.’

James McCarthy Codebreaker: Barbican Hall
James McCarthy takes a bow at The Barbican with Hertfordshire Chorus david Temple and Ruth Jenkins-Robertson
BBC Music Magazine Online

‘A deeply moving work that showcases the composer’s ability to craft sumptuous melodies and build powerful climaxes with a full chorus and orchestra…this was a powerful concert that will stay with me for quite some time.’

Financial Times Online

‘It is heart-on-sleeve, sometimes unashamedly so, with a passion that is intoxicating.’

Benedict Cumberbatch

‘I gripped the side of my seat trying not to weep. And failed… Deeply moving to all those increasingly familiar with Turing’s story and profoundly beautiful, illuminating and touching to those who are to discover him through this piece. A humanising communion with the spirit of a beautiful man. This is a wonderful, personal tribute and unique perspective on an extraordinary man and his tragic story.’

Elgar The Kingdom: St Albans Cathedral
Martin Bird  The Elgar Society Journal

‘Put simply, it was the finest performance of The Kingdom that I have ever heard, or can ever hope to hear… this was the real Elgar, and a performance of The Kingdom of which everyone involved can be immensely proud.

In David Temple there was, for once, a conductor who actually took notice of the directions Elgar has given in his score, and the result was a revelation. I went armed with pencil and notepad, expecting to be dutifully critical, but these were discarded within a few minutes as the force of Elgar’s inspiration took hold.’

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Elgar The Kingdom: St Albans Cathedral
John Manning  Herts Advertiser

‘The Chorus’s ‘first class’ performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom at St Albans Cathedral.’

‘The members demonstrated just what a well-drilled choir should be able to do.
It presented excellent diction and, under its musical director David Temple, presented fine colour and dynamics… Hertfordshire Chorus’s performance of The Kingdom was a great success.

Even though it was 90 minutes without a break, time flew and all those (involved) can be proud of their achievement.’

Tippett A Child of our Time: St Albans Cathedral
John Manning  Herts Advertiser

‘The performance in St Albans Cathedral, with the Chorus under its musical director David Temple and soloists soprano Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson, mezzo Jessica Costelloe, tenor Paul Hopwood and bass Graeme Danby together with the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra, was completely absorbing.’

‘The overall performance from the choir and the orchestra was as good as anyone could wish with fine intonation and great care with the often difficult music.’

Holst Hymn to Jesus, Berlioz Te Deum, Tallis Spem in Alium: Royal Festival Hall
Helen Wright  MusicOMH

‘A truly inspirational evening…The whole programme was a delight… Hertfordshire Chorus suggested to me last year at the Barbican, in a spectacular performance of the Mass In Blue they commissioned from Will Todd, that they can hold their own against any choir in the land. This year at the Royal Festival Hall my view was confirmed.’