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Nothing beats the exciting sound of live choral music.

Our popular concerts feature high quality singing of classical and contemporary choral music in some of the best venues. The Chorus sounds truly wonderful when you hear them perform music live – the way the composer wanted it to be heard.

Come to our next concert and see how that feels.

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7.30pm Saturday 19th October 2024
St Mary’s Church
Hitchin SG5 1DW

Vespers
Sergei Rachmaninoff

Tudor anthems by Byrd, Philips,
Weelkes, & Tomkins


Jules Hammond
alto
Robert Carlin tenor
Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple conductor

£20, £15, £5 children and students

 

One of the most challenging pieces in the a cappella repertory, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental Vespers is regarded as the last great crowning achievement of Russian Orthodox choral music, a masterpiece from a composer at the peak of his creative powers.

Rachmaninoff ‘s love of Orthodox Church music began at the age of ten, when accompanying his devout maternal grandmother to the churches of St Petersburg. During the winter of 1914-15, following Russia’s disastrous Battle of Tannenberg, Rachmaninoff was filled with a desire to create a work true to the spirit of those fondly remembered Orthodox services. The work was composed in less than two weeks and premiered in 1915.

Rachmaninoff loved his Vespers above all his other works. He wove every human emotion through its movements; praise, meditation, penitence and, finally, proclamation.

Radiant, impassioned and rooted in a deep and heartfelt faith, the first performance of the Vespers gave the composer ‘an hour of the most complete satisfaction’, bringing him profound consolation in the depths of the First World War.

6.00pm Sunday 15th December 2024
Haileybury College Big School
Hertford SG13 7NU

Christmas at Haileybury

A festive feast of carols for all the family


Rufus Frowde
organ & piano
Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple conductor

£15, £10, £5 children and students

 

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