Hertford Choral Society has a number of sets of music in its library that are available for hire. The list is kept on the gerontius.net website which also offers a wealth of information about choirs.

To find your way to the Hertford Choral hire library (and to be able to request music for hire), click on the following link to the gerontius hire section : http://www.gerontius.net/findscores.shtml

When you get there, look for the 'Owned by' box, click on the downward arrow in that box and a list of all the choirs who have music for hire will appear. Highlight 'Hertford Choral Society' then press 'Find scores' (you may have to scroll down to find it) and wait for the list to appear!

Our librarian also has access to around 300 other sets of music so if you have any queries about the HCS library or other pieces of music, please contact the Librarian directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HCS shop has lots of exciting things to buy, please take a look:

Hertford Choral Society - a history: 1938-2018

This publication, researched and written by two choir members, documents the music, fun and friendship that has been the hallmark of the choir for 80 years.  For the first time, information about its conductors, musical achievements and many aspects of life on the inside of a choir are brought together in a fascinating read.

Their Sound Is Gone Out

This 2016 CD from HCS featuring a representative selection of our repertoire, with accompaniment from percussion, accordions, organ and piano.

 

Food and Music Recipe Booklet

This limited-edition A5-sized collection of members’ favourite recipes, together with their musical recollections, provides a lovely record of some of the inspirations behind Hertford’s longest-standing choir!

 

Choral Singing Guide

The author’s intention in producing this booklet is that it will help you enjoy your singing – and it is important that you do. Singing is the stuff of life and can enrich a life beyond measure.

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In celebration of its 80 years of history, HCS has been working in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire Heritage Hub (http://www.herts.ac.uk/heritage-hub) on two innovative projects recording and documenting its long history and contributions to the cultural life of the county:

Hertford Choral Society – a history: 1938-2018: This publication, researched and written by two choir members, documents the music, fun and friendship that has been the hallmark of the choir for 80 years.  For the first time, information about its conductors, musical achievements and many aspects of life on the inside of a choir are brought together in a fascinating read.

The publication was part-funded by a generous grant from the University Heritage Hub and is available to purchase at £12 (including p&p) from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The choir has also been working in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire’s Oral History team by recording some of its 135 members and its musical director, talking about their experiences of the choir. The University trained nine choir members to interview fellow singers and the result – a first for a UK choir -  is an engaging oral history, contained in 30 separate interviews, of life inside a choral society.  The recordings can be heard via http://www.herts.ac.uk/heritage-hub/oralhistoryarchive/hertford-choral-society

TEXTS / TRANSLATIONS

From Brahms Ein Duetsches Requiem:

Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!

Meine seele verlanget und sehnet sich nach den Vorhöfen des Herrn; mein Leib und Seele freuen sich in dem lebendigen Gott.

Wohl denen, die in deinem Hause wohnen, die loben dich immerdar.
How amiable are they tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.


Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Herr Zebaoth!

Meine seele verlanget und sehnet sich nach den Vorhöfen des Herrn; mein Leib und Seele freuen sich in dem lebendigen Gott.

Wohl denen, die in deinem Hause wohnen, die loben dich immerdar.

How amiable are they tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee.

 

Psalm 84:1,2,4

 

Stabat mater dolorósa
juxta Crucem lacrimósa,
dum pendébat Fílius.

Cuius ánimam geméntem,
contristátam et doléntem
pertransívit gládius.

O quam tristis et afflícta
fuit illa benedícta,
mater Unigéniti!

Quae mœrébat et dolébat,
pia Mater, dum vidébat
nati pœnas ínclyti.

At the Cross her station keeping,
stood the mournful Mother weeping,
close to her Son to the last.

Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
all His bitter anguish bearing,
now at length the sword has passed.

O how sad and sore distressed
was that Mother, highly blest,
of the sole-begotten One.

Christ above in torment hangs,
she beneath beholds the pangs
of her dying glorious Son.

How to survive and make progress in choirs that use sheet music and vocal scores

The author’s intention in producing this booklet is that it will help you enjoy your singing – and it is important that you do. Singing is the stuff of life and can enrich a life beyond measure.

This is a wonderful beginner’s guide – it is not so much about showing you how to read music, but more about following the musical map and recognising the road signs. There is quite a lot you need to know about being a member of a choir, whether or not you are a music reader and this little book will more than point you in the right direction if you are completely new to this kind of singing – equally, it will serve as a reminder for those who have sung in a choir for some time. All the sections are really useful and full of good advice. There is also a handy glossary to de-mystify many of the terms you may encounter.

Derek Harrison is a singer and conductor of wide experience and all his advice is thoroughly practical and reliable, written in an easy-to-read style!

NEWLY REVISED : 2nd Edition

Available for £5.00 plus £1.00 P&P from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contents include:

  • So what about being able to 'read music'?
  • Signs are better than words
  • The pencil
  • The 'voice part'
  • Reading the map
  • What is the conductor doing?
  • Why should I watch him/her?
  • Hired versus owned copies
  • When to mark the score
  • What markings to use
  • What is going on in rehearsals?
  • What to do between rehearsals
  • A note on 'note-bashing'
  • Glossary

Review

Derek Harrison's intention, that this will help you enjoy your singing, is really important: after all, singing is the stuff of life, something which has enriched my life - all my life - beyond measure.

If you're looking for a beginner's guide, look no further!

Remember the words of that great 16th century English composer William Byrd, who said: "Since singing is so good a thing, wish all men would learn to sing."

That goes for women too! Read it, learn from it and enjoy!

Brian Kay
Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, Musical Director of the Leith Hill Musical Festival and the Burford Singers, broadcaster and former King's Singer

Hertford Choral Society spent a weekend in June 2016 recording for our latest CD - Their Sound Is Gone Out -  is now available, priced £10. 

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Musical Director: Derek Harrison

A list of the tracks on the CD is given below, with numbers at the end denoting the accompanist(s):

1.       Libertango (Astor Piazzolla [1921-1922]: arr. Watson/Harrison) 1

2.       A Babe Is Born (German traditional; harmonised Johann H. Schein [1586-1630]; words translated G. R. Woodward)

3.       A Lullaby Of The Nativity (Richard Blackford [1954- ]; text Anon, 15th century) 2

4.       Wie Lieblich Sind Deine Wohnungen (from Ein Deutsches Requiem: “How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings”) (Johannes Brahms [1833-1897]; Psalm 84: 1, 2, 4) 2, 3

5.       Afton Water (Scottish folk song: arr. John Rutter [1945- ]) 2

6.       La Mer (Charles Trenet [1913-2001] words & music) 4

7.       The Keel Row (Northumberland folk song: arr. John Rutter [1945- ]) 2

8.       Their Sound Is Gone Out  (from The Messiah) (G. F. Handel [1685-1759]; Romans 10: 18) 2. 3

9.       Hallelujah (from The Messiah) (G. F. Handel [1685-1759]; Revelations 19: 6, 16 & 11:15) 2, 3

10.   The Banner Man (Herbie Flowers, Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway: words and music) 4, 1

11.   Dies Irae (from Requiem: “Day of wrath”) (W. A. Mozart [1756-1791]; text from the Requiem mass) 4

12.   Dona Nobis Pacem (from Mass in B Minor: “Grant Us Peace”) (J. S. Bach [1685-1750] text from the Mass) 3

13.   Stabat Mater (D175) (Franz Schubert [1797-1828]: 13th century Catholic hymn verses 1-4) 3

14.   Ave Verum Corpus (“Hail true body”) (W. A. Mozart [1756-1791] 14th century hymn) 4

15.   Once As I Remember (Italian carol arr: Charles Wood [1866-1926]; G. R. Woodward)

16.   African Noel (Ronald Kauffmann [1949 - ] words and music) 1

17.   Merrily The Angels Sing (Marc-Antoine Charpentier [1643-1704] arr: Harrison from Te Deum; Sheila Dorling)

Accompanists: 1 Graham Instrall (percussion); 2 Susan Graham Smith (piano); 3 Peter Jaekel (piano, organ); 4  Accordion5

The cover design was chosen through a competition amongst HCS members and their friends and family, with members having the opportunity to vote for their favourite design at an exhibition of all of the entries at the society's AGM. The winning design was by Katharine Servant is a writer & artist who lives in the north Essex village of Steeple Bumpstead. She graduated in illustration & printmaking 1973 from the College of Art in Dundee and is a member of East Anglican Watercolourists and The Embroiderers' Guild.  Katharine is pictured here or the right with her friend and HCS member Chris Stewart Taylor (left).

Food and Music have a long association: food and wine have inspired works of music as well as influenced the creative processes of composers!

To celebrate this union, the Hertford Choral Society has produced its own ‘Food with Music’ Recipe Book and you can download and listen to a 3 Counties radio interview from Christmas 2014 about it here

This limited-edition A5-sized collection of members’ favourite recipes, together with their musical recollections, provides a lovely record of some of the inspirations behind Hertford’s longest-standing choir!

Spiral-bound, with a practical wipe-clean cover and imperial/metric conversion table on the back cover, they make a great birthday present or Christmas stocking filler!

Contents include 45 delicious recipes for starters, meat, fish and vegetarian meals, desserts, biscuits, cakes, chutney, accompanying wines… and breakfasts!

Copies are available - while stocks last! - by sending a cheque for £6.00 per copy (includes postage) made payable to ‘Hertford Choral Society’ to:

Frances Green
12 Waterdale
Hertford
SG13 8DU

 

Any queries should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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