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.

Photo by Mark Green

7.30pm Saturday 9th July 2022
West Road Concert Hall
Cambridge CB3 9DP

Hertfordshire Chorus
Blue Planet Orchestra
David Temple conductor
Zoë Brookshaw vocals

Roland Perrin’s songs from the cage for choir and big band was commissioned by Hertfordshire Chorus and was premiered in April 2002.

The gritty text is taken from poems by the ‘laureate of American lowlife’ Charles Bukowski (1920 – 1994) whose subject matter is the seedier side of Californian life.  The music is essentially jazz-based but with influences ranging from JS Bach to Duke Ellington, via Stravinsky.

Between 1965 and 1973, the jazz maestro Duke Ellington wrote what he described as the most important music he had ever written: three enormous works that combined elements of jazz, classical music, choral music, spirituals, gospel and blues. He called them his Sacred Concerts and they were performed throughout the world in churches and cathedrals – but the size and scale of these works means that they have rarely been performed since in their original form.

Sacred Concert is a compilation of the three works, taking the spirit of the piece and its desire to speak to people from all walks of life – from Ellington’s loyal fanbase to stoic churchgoers who perhaps wouldn’t expect to find themselves at a ‘jazz’ concert – and is performed here with big band, choir and soprano soloist.

£20, £16, £12, £5 (school children and students)

7.30pm Saturday 22nd October 2022
St Albans Cathedral
St Albans, Herts AL1 1BY

Nirmala Rajasekar veena & voice
Tanjore Murugaboopathi mridangam
Hertfordshire Chorus
David Temple conductor

In the historic setting of St Albans Cathedral we are pleased to present two compelling choral works urging us to look towards a better and more peaceful future.

The Armed Man

Subtitled a ‘Mass for Peace’, this well-known modern choral classic was composed by Karl Jenkins for the Royal Armouries Museum’s Millennium celebrations and was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Loved by both audiences and choirs, this powerful work has a deep emotional impact. Charting the growing menace of a descent into war, and interspersed with moments of reflection, it shows the horrors that war brings and ends with the hope for peace in a new millennium.

 

Sarojini

Composed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence, this stunning world premiere uses texts from Sarojini Naidu’s poetry to celebrate her legacy; her political contributions, artistic prowess, advocacy of women’s rights and her impact on India’s fight to be free from British rule along with her hope for a better future.

Composer Shruthi Rajasekar was named a “Rising Star” by the BBC Music Magazine in 2020 and chosen by The Guardian as a composer “who will enrich your life”. She specialises in music that draws from her unique background in the Carnatic (South Indian classical) and Western classical styles. Performed across North America, Europe, and Asia, Shruthi’s music has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners. 

We are delighted to be able to perform Shruthi’s exciting new work with two of the greatest living exponents of Carnatic music, Nirmala Rajasekar on veena and Tanjore Murugaboopathi on mridanga.

£30, £24, £19, £10, £5 (school children and students)

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