Herts Chamber Member, Hertfordshire Chorus, has some busy and very exciting times ahead of them in the next few months.
The band of the Coldstream Guards’ second album, entitled “Pride of the Nation”, has just gone on sale and is sure to be a top seller. The first track on the CD is Zadok the Priest and the choir singing it is Hertfordshire Chorus. Musical Director David Temple said of this recording, “ It is very gratifying that the quality and sheer energy of the singing of Hertfordshire Chorus is recognised in this way.”
This is just one of many activities for the Hertfordshire Chorus this spring. On Good Friday on BBC Radio 2 the Choir is featured in a special broadcast “At the foot of the cross” recorded in St Albans Abbey which includes the choir performing Faure’s Requiem as a centrepiece for the programme. The programme is being presented by Aled Jones.
Hertfordshire Chorus commissions many new works and on 11th May in the Barbican in London they perform their latest commission based on Keats’ poem Ode to a Nightingale. This has been composed by well known composer Will Todd whose ‘Mass in Blue’ was commissioned originally by Hertfordshire Chorus and which has been the subject of more than one hundred performances over the past few years. The programme also includes Brahms ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’. At the end of May the Chorus can be heard in Brussels Cathedral with a mixed programme of music as part of their spring tour to Belgium. The summer programme includes a “Proms” style concert in the grounds of Rochester Castle and a performance of Monteverdi Vespers at Thaxted. Busy times indeed and these activities may be an ideal opportunity to treat staff and clients to an evening with a difference. Patron packages come in all shapes and sizes and can include not just tickets to concerts but also pre- and post –concert receptions, meet the Musical Director, even attend a rehearsal to see what goes on. To find out more about concerts and the choir visit http://www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk/ .