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Hereford Chamber Choir was founded in 1983, and currently consists of around 32 mixed voices. The choir performs about 6 concerts each academic year in venues across Herefordshire, including an annual concert at Hereford Cathedral. We perform a wide variety of music from the choral repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from the Renaissance to newly commissioned works. The choir also enjoys singing for services at cathedrals, and spent a weekend singing the services at Bristol Cathedral in February 2019.
Currently we have limited vacancies. However, our musical director, Simon Harper, is always willing to hear from potential new members who enjoy singing choral music to a high standard. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 – 9.15pm at Holy Trinity Church, Whitecross Road, Hereford. An informal audition with the musical director will take place after attendance at a couple of rehearsals.
On Saturday 8 February 2020 the choir hosted a highly successful choral workshop which was open to anyone. 53 people enjoyed a morning of singing music inspired by angels, including Tudor composer Thomas Weelkes’ joyous motet Gloria in excelsis Deo, and William Harris’ exquisite double-choir anthem Faire is the heaven. If you enjoy singing and would like to come along to our next choral workshop then do contact us.
Gaudete! Music for Advent and Christmas
On 11 December, the choir teamed-up once again with 'Cafe at All Saints' for a lovely evening of food and music at All Saints Church in Hereford. The choir presented an eclectic programme of old and new Advent music to a sell-out audience. If you missed this event, the choir returns to All Saints for another evening of food and music on 28 March 2020 - see our Concerts and Tickets page for more details.
Carols in the Cloisters
On 5 December, the choir performed its annual fundraiser in aid of Save The Children in the glorious setting of College Hall in Hereford Cathedral. A delightful programme of Advent music was interspersed with readings from professional actor Tim Bannerman.
Two Souls in One
On 9 November the choir gave the first performance of Robert Peate's new composition Two Souls in One alongside the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble and professional actors Tim Bannerman and Lizzie Brailsford (narrators). The programme also included Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Holst's Hymns from the Rig Veda. The concert was a tremendous success, and saw one of the largest audiences the choir has seen. This concert was kindly supported by the RVW Trust, the Elmley Foundation, Herefordshire's a Great Place, and the Royal Academy of Music. The choir will perform Two Souls in One in London on 22 Ferbruary 2020.
Musical Emotions workshop. September saw our Musical Director, Simon Harper, lead a workshop for singers from across the county on the theme of emotion in music, focusing on choral works from the 16th century.
Italian Splendour. Our flagship concert of the year - Italian Splendour - took place on 7 June as the choir were joined in Hereford Cathedral by the Central England Camerata and soloists as they performed the best of Italian Baroque including Handel's Dixit Dominus and music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli. It was an outstanding concert, and many thanks to the hundreds who turned out, and to the Friends of Hereford Cathedral who helped to support the evening.
Summer Concert. Our summer concert took place in early July in the glorious setting of the Bishop's Palace in Hereford Cathedral. The concert featured some of the best of British choral music from the 13th Century to the present day. It was also an opportunity for our Friends of Hereford Chamber Choir to get together and chat over a glass of wine. Photos of the event, and more information on our 'Friends' scheme, can be found on our 'Friends scheme' page.
Bristol Cathedral. Singing services at Bristol Cathedral during the last weekend in February was a musical and social success. The premiere of composer Edward Pullin's Preces and Responses was a particular highlight.
Photo credit Derek Foxton and Gordon Taylor
For all future concerts visit our 'Concerts and tickets' page.
Hereford Chamber Choir's 2020 season of concerts is well underway.