HCS rehearse weekly at Sele School, Hertford and were joined by Accordion5 for a warm-up ahead of the June concert.  It was quite an experience!

 

(photo courtesy of June Crew)

(photo courtesy of June Crew)

(photo courtesy of June Crew)

On Saturday 18th April, Hertford Choral Society in conjunction this year with The Sele School, Hertford,arranged Raise your Voice 2015. This event, now in its second year attracted 118 delegates to a thoroughly energetic day, consisting of two workshop sessions led by the composer, educator, music director, recording artist and judge on BBC TV "The Choir", Ken Burton. The music that held our attention varied from African American folk songs through to a session of improvised composition via the opening chorale to the St Matthew Passion by JS Bach in full four part harmony; all without a black dot in sight. In fact the only black mark on the day, if there was one, was the weather outside.......it was far too sunny!

Ken Burton with part of the HCS team that made the day such a success.

(photo: Emma Turner)

(photo: Emma Turner)

(photo: Emma Turner)

Our Musical Director, Derek Harrison, in conversation with Ken Burton.

(photo: June Crew)

Join us for carols

Singers from Hertford Choral Society are helping to enhance the festive season supporting "Carers in Hertfordshire" at two events.



On Saturday afternoon 6th December 2014, between the matinee and evening performances of the current pantomime at Hertford Theatre, the mini-choir were to be found singing carols in the foyer cafe.  They also sang plenty of traditional carols at the Barge pub on Saturday 20th December 2014 in the early evening, which was enjoyed by all.

Merry Christmas

and

a Happy New Year!

The photo above is evidence of HCS in its first appearance at the Hertford Music Festival which this year was known as the Musical Mystery Tour held on Sunday 24th August, 2014.

The lucky customers of Cafe Rouge and other passers by in Parliament Square were entertained for 30 minutes with a range of pieces including Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Parry's "Jerusalem".

Thanks can go to Festival Director Kev Saunders for the invitation - can HCS come back next year please!

The interloper pictured below in the striped blazer has been identified since the event as a certain Charles Spanner visiting the town from Kent where he is the Director of the Dover Community Youth Choir. Thanks then to Charles for adding "weight" to the choir's rendition of "I vow to thee my country"! Some comment was heard about there being "a spanner in the works".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For part of our performance we found ourselves singing against the entertaining sound of the Hackney Colliery Brass Band. Some negotiation initiated by one of our choir members (see picture below) resulted in "quality air time" for both sets of participants.

Richard Hale school was the venue on 2nd March 2013 for the Hertford Choral Society (HCS) Spring workshop as the choir welcomed eminent guests from the world of classical music Michael Berkeley, Anthony Payne and Jane Manning.

Michael Berkeley is President of HCS and was visiting Hertford during a momentous week for him when it was announced that he will be made a Lord for his services to music. A composer as well as presenter of Private Passions on Radio 3 for the past 15 years, Michael Berkeley interviewed Anthony Payne, who completed Elgar's 3rd Symphony to great acclaim, on the subject of the hugely popular oratorio, Elijah. HCS members were also fortunate to hear Jane Manning, international concert and opera soprano, recount her love of Elijah, which began as a young girl singing in the chorus while her father filled the lead role of the eponymous prophet.

As a footnote, Michael Berkeley has been commissioned to write an anthem for the enthronement in March of the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The workshop concluded with a rehearsal of the complete oratorio as part of the preparation by HCS for a performance at All Saints Church in Hertford on Saturday 23rd March 2013, please see here for a review of this concert.

Pictured above with Michael Berkeley (centre) are Anthony Payne and Jane Manning on his left on his right are Derek Harrison and Jane Turner who are Musical Director and Deputy Chair of HCS respectively.

The panel of guests entertain HCS members with their informative discussion on the oratorio Elijah written by Felix Mendelssohn and first performed at the Birmingham Festival in 1846.

(Photographs by Stephen Turner)

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Come and sing with HCS from September

We will start rehearsing on Tuesday 3rd September, and then every Tuesday at Sele School, Hertford, SG14 2DG for the first concert of our 2019-20 season. It is on Saturday 2nd November 2019 when we will be performing Schubert's Mass in A Flat together with Chilcott's Dances of Time.

New members are very welcome to join, whatever your level of experience. You have the opportunity to join Taster Rehearsals free and, if you decide you would like to sing with us, you can do so for a term for a Taster Fee of £20, including music. HCS is a non-auditioned choir, you can find out more about a typical rehearsal here. If you are interested in coming along and singing with HCS, please contact our Membership Secretary, Trish Goldsmith, on 01992 589730 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Don’t hesitate to ask any question at all.

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