Are you up for joining a chamber choir?

HCS is setting up a chamber choir, led by Manvinder Rattan to rehearse and perform interesting and challenging repertoire suitable for a smaller group of singers.  Operating under the umbrella of HCS, membership will be separate to membership of HCS and will be subject to a short audition. We are aiming for a choir of around 30 voices, approximately 10 sopranos, 8 altos, 6 tenors and 6 basses.

The repertoire will be broad and varied, from the early Renaissance to contemporary, sacred and secular, a cappella and accompanied. Performances will be local and further afield. Planned performances include evensong in London in early March, followed by a performance in the Hertfordshire Festival of Music on 5th June (Britten’s Choral Dances from Gloriana). Future opportunities might include weddings, our own concerts and singing trips.

Rehearsals:

Rehearsal days will take place one Saturday per month in Hertford (10am to 4pm). Dates for 2022 are:

22 January

19 February

12 March

23 April

21 May

11 June

9 July

24 September

15 October

12 November

Singers will be expected to learn their part between rehearsals so that rehearsal time together is spent working on the interpretation of the music and creating a professional sound.

Costs:

Singers will cover the cost of rehearsals and music, and we anticipate performance income in due course. Singers will be expected to pay approximately £250 during the first year for 10 rehearsal days, payable as a lump sum in January or per quarter. A student discount will be available.

Auditions:

Short auditions will be held during December/early January 2022:  friendly, informal meetings with Manvinder Rattan (either in person or via Zoom). You will be asked to sing one song of your choice which you know well and which is in your voice range.  You will not be expected to sight-read; the most important skills are whether you are able to sing in tune and whether your voice is likely to blend well in a small choir. You will receive feedback and tips following the audition. If you are not quite there yet, we will want to encourage you to work on your singing technique and audition again later in the year, subject to spaces available in the choir.

Audition dates are:

  • Tuesday 30th November at Sele School in Hertford, between 6pm and 7.20pm
  • Wednesday 1st December via Zoom, between 5pm and 7pm
  • Tuesday 4th January at Sele School in Hertford, between 6pm and 7.20pm

If none of these are possible for you, please speak to us to arrange a separate time.

To sign up?

Please follow this link and complete the form: sign up to Hertford Chamber Choir.  PLEASE express your interest by 23rd December, so that we can complete the audition process with a view to starting rehearsals on 22nd January.  

For further information, email Trish Galloway (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).