A typical rehearsal - let's have a go at describing one of these!

We always rehearse at the Sele School in Hertford every Tuesday evening during term time.   The School is a great location with a big hall and plenty of parking.

Members arrive any time from about 7pm to catch up with friends, buy raffle tickets etc and get ready for the rehearsal proper to start at 7.30pm.

We start with about 10 minutes of voice exercises - these are sung as a group, or in the different voice parts - and the aim is to warm up the vocal chords.  We'll also do a little stretching just to relax into the evening of singing ahead.

And then we start rehearsing whatever piece(s) we are to perform in our next concert.  Our Musical Director will work out in advance of each rehearsal what he wishes us to focus on and this gets published so that everyone can come prepared.  One essential piece of equipment for any rehearsal is a 2B pencil - to mark up the music score with the conductor's instructions. Rehearsals are always accompanied by piano music, expertly played.

 

At about 8.30pm we stop for 15 minutes break. refreshments are provided (cold drinks and biscuits) but members can bring their own drinks and bottles of water.  That's when the Chairman talks through notices making sure all members are up-to-speed with what is happening and what is planned - and the raffle is held. It's a great time for making new friends and catching up with existing ones.

Then we resume singing, finishing at about 9.45pm.  We have a rota for helping to clear the hall after rehearsals - it spreads the load if everyone plays a small part and doesn't take long (but it isn't compulsory for members who cannot stay beyond the end of the rehearsal).

You can find concert dates for the present season here.

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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

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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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