Hertford Choral Society is proud to bring outstanding soloists, orchestras and musicians to Hertford for our concert performances. Many of these are individuals and groups with established professional reputations. However, we are also delighted to promote younger musicians in the earlier stages of their careers and we have a (growing) list of the talented individuals and groups with whom we have had the very great pleasure to work.

Singing Day, Saturday 23rd April 2016

10:0am - 4:00pm Presdales School, Ware, SG12 9NX

Open Singing Day led by Benjamin Goodson and Derek Harrison.

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Saturday 19th March 2016

7:30pm - 9:45pm All Saints' Church, Hertford, SG13 8AE

Hertford Choral Society with Adrian Thompson (tenor), Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo-soprano), David Wilson-Johnson (baritone) and the Chameleon Arts Orchestra.

Elgar's Dream of Gerontius Workshop, Saturday 27th February 2016

9:30am - 4:30pm Richard Hale School, Hertford, SG13 8EN

Annual pre-concert Workshop led by Derek Harrison and with lunch time talk from Simon Baggs.

Christmas Sparkle, 12th December 2015

A Christmas Celebration for all the family, Hertford Choral Society with Elizabeth Bass (harp), Mill Mead School Choir and Christopher Muhley (piano/organ).

Handel's Messiah, 7th November 2015

Hertford Choral Society with Natasha Page (soprano), Ian Aitkenhead (alto), Mark Chaundy (baritone), James Gower (bass) and the Hertfordshire Baroque Soloists.

Peter Jaekel studied at the Royal Academy of Music. For seven years he was chapel organist at Bradfield College. In 2007 he was appointed accompanist to Crouch End Festival Chorus and he regularly deputises for the London Symphony Chorus and London Philharmonic Choir. He has worked with some of the world’s finest conductors including Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Jurowski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Edward Gardner. He has held appointments as organist at Tiffin School and St Paul’s Knightsbridge. Away from classical music Peter has performed as pianist with the Ben Sanders Scottish Country Dance Band throughout Britain and abroad.

Peter is in huge demand as a piano accompanist, (most recently collaborating with the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and the saxophonist John Harle) and as a vocal coach for contemporary music. His repertoire includes operas by Jonathan Dove, Stephen McNeff and Tansy Davies. He has been principal repetiteur for Eastern Opera and has worked for European Chamber Opera.

He has given performances of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass and Arvo Part’s Credo with Crouch End, Handel Organ Concerti and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony, and has appeared at the Swaledale, Ryedale, Brighton and Deal festivals. Recently he has performed the piano part in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with Crouch End at the Barbican and he has just returned from a tour to Italy.

Peter was accompanist to HCS from 1998-2013 and is delighted to be back playing with HCS this evening and renewing many old friendships.

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