We’re guessing that, if you’re reading this page, you’re looking for some helpful information to help you decide whether joining a choir and/or joining HCS specifically is the right thing for you…so here’s some more information:

Who are we...?

  • We’re a large friendly community choir of mixed ages with over 120 singers across the four main voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass)
  • Our members come from ALL over Hertfordshire
  • We don’t hold auditions and we don’t expect members to be able to read music – we have resources and support in place if you have no musical background
  • We are led by professional musicians - Derek Harrison (Musical Director) and Sue Graham Smith (Piano Accompanist)

What do we do…?

  • We rehearse each Tuesday evening at Sele School in Hertford and usually stage four concerts each year (November, December, March and June). Concerts are usually held at All Saints’ Church, Hertford…. But not always…

  • We sing a wide range of music – Beatles to Bach, folk songs to Fauré, Mozart and modern!
  • We work with different local schools and support outreach and charitable activities for the wider benefit of our community
  • We don’t just perform concerts; we hold workshops, social events, arrange training, etc.
  • Members say that our choir is of great value socially to them… lifelong friends are made and the atmosphere is relaxed and fun

What do we ask of our members…?

  • We ask members to put in a regular commitment.  This means attending a minimum of 75% of rehearsals in order to sing in a concert, plus looking over/listening to the music in between rehearsals
  • We run the choir with the help of members.  We know it’s not always possible for everyone to give time over and above that needed for the singing, but we ask that members help whenever they can… whether it’s making cakes, helping distribute concert publicity, organising the church on concert day, serving on the committee etc.

 

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2017-18 Concert Season

 

This summer HCS are singing at St Albans Cathedral.  Please click through to find out more details and how to buy tickets:

Saturday 9th June 2018: Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony with the Chameleon Orchestra, at 7.30pm, at St Albans Cathedral, St Albans

See the review of our first concert of this season: Saturday 11th November 2017: Mozart Requiem, McDowall Magnificat

Read about our It's Christmas concert with Abel Smith School Choir, Hertford  which we held on Saturday 16th December 2017

We had a magnificant spring concert on Saturday 24th March 2018: Rutter Requiem, Bernstein Chichester Psalms and Janacek Otcenas, with organ and harp

Latest News

Sing with Hertford Choral - Summer 2018

Rehearsals start in Hertford in April 2018 for our Summer Concert which will be on Saturday 9th June 2018 at St Albans Cathedral when we will be singing Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.

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 or 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.

We look forward to welcoming you to HCS! Click here for more news from Hertford Choral Society.

Vacancy for Accompanist

Hertford Choral Society needs to recruit an accompanist from the start of the 2018/19 season as the current post-holder is relocating away from Hertfordshire.

You can find details and how to apply here. The deadline for applications is Monday 21st May 2018.

HCS celebrates its 80th birthday next season; what better time could there be to join us!

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