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Area: Hertfordshire

www.open-concerts.co.uk/berkhamsted/

The Category Berkhamsted is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Berkhamsted which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- The Castle Choir

 

Category:Berkhamsted

www.open-concerts.co.uk/bishop-s-stortford/

The Category Bishop's Stortford is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Bishop's Stortford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bishop's Stortford Band

- Bishop's Stortford Sinfonia

- Rhodes Bishop's Stortford

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/cheshunt/

The Category Cheshunt is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Cheshunt which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Cuffley Operatic Society

- EHOS

- Loughton Folk Club

 

Category:Cheshunt

www.open-concerts.co.uk/harpenden/

The Category Harpenden is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Harpenden which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Harpenden Pipe Band

- Kings of Herts Chorus

 

Category:Harpenden

www.open-concerts.co.uk/hatfield/

The Category Hatfield is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hatfield which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Hatfield & District Music Festival

- Mid Herts Centre For Music & Arts

- St Albans Rehearsal Orchestra

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/hemel-hempstead/

The Category Hemel Hempstead is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hemel Hempstead which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Hemel Hempstead Singers

- Just A Cappella

 

Category:Hemel Hempstead

www.open-concerts.co.uk/hertford/

The Category Hertford is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hertford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Hertford Symphony Orchestra

 

Category:Hertford

www.open-concerts.co.uk/hitchin/

The Category Hitchin is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hitchin which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Hitchin Light Orchestra

 

Category:Hitchin

www.open-concerts.co.uk/letchworth-garden-cit...

The Category Letchworth Garden City is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Letchworth Garden City which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Baldock and Letchworth Blues, Folk and Roots Club

- Baldock Community Orchestra

- Baldock Festival

- Letchworth Chorale

- Letchworth City Chorus

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/rickmansworth/

The Category Rickmansworth is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Rickmansworth which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Lemon Tuesday

- Northwood Volunteer Band

- Rickmansworth Players Choir

- Watersmeet

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/st-albans/

The Category St Albans is a subset of Hertfordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with St Albans which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- St Albans Organ & Keyboard Club

 

Category:St Albans

www.open-concerts.co.uk/stevenage/

The Category Stevenage is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Stevenage which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Gordon Craig Theatre

- Knebworth Community Chorus

 

Category:Stevenage

www.open-concerts.co.uk/watford/

The Category Watford is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Watford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- One Voice Watford Community Choir

Phoenix Concert Band [Radlett]

 

Category:Watford

www.open-concerts.co.uk/welwyn-garden-city/

The Category Welwyn Garden City is a subset of Hertfordshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Welwyn Garden City which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Chiltern West Gallery Quire

- Welwyn Garden City Male Voice Choir

- Welwyn Harmony

 

www.oldtimetim.com/alwac.htm

‘A unique series of eclectic Sunday afternoon acoustic music concerts ... The musicians featured in the concerts are not using electric instruments, but are using the natural sounds of their instruments and voices. The performers chosen reflect our own liking for traditional music (and more recent music composed in a similar style). Depending upon the act we may use amplification to ensure that they can be heard thoughout the concert hall, but volumes are kept as low as possible.’

 

Category:Folk Clubs

benslowmusic.org

'Whether your musical taste is for classical, jazz, popular, or folk, Benslow Music has a music course to suit you. Throughout the year expert tutors lead friendly, supportive residential and day courses. There is something for every level from near-beginner to advanced, and we regularly welcome guests from their teens to their nineties. Our beautifully cooked food will sustain your energies and our friendly staff will do all they can to make you feel welcome ... Throughout the year Benslow Music hosts a series of concerts across many genres including classical, early, folk and jazz.‘

 

www.berkhamstedartstrust.org.uk

‘Formed to encourage and promote the arts in Berkhamsted. It comprises over twenty Arts Organisations based in the local area which promote arts events open to members of the public ... “The Arts Diary” was first published in 1985 to co-ordinate a Spring Arts Festival and has expanded since into its present annual form. While most of the events take place within Berkhamsted, the Diary contains information about events outside Berkhamsted that are arranged by member organisations primarily for Berkhamsted residents. These events are usually events which cannot be held locally because suitable facilities are not available.’

 

www.berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

'Firmly established as one of the premier jazz venues in the South East of England, attracting the finest musicians. We are always pleased to receive visitors ... We have about 250 members, who receive significant discounts on ticket prices, and we are always pleased to welcome new members. Our belief is that jazz is for enjoyment and we wish to encourage listeners to all the different elements that jazz comprises. We are neither a "Traditional Jazz" club, nor a "Modern Jazz" club; we try to include as many facets of jazz as possible in our programme.'

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

www.berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

Formed in 1954: 'The Society has enjoyed programmes from many famous artists over the years - these include Natalie Clein, Lesley Garrett, Steven Isserlis, Emma Kirkby, Freddy Kempf, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lenehan, John Lill, Tasmin Little, Lawrence Power, Raphael Wallfisch, Kathryn Stott and innumerable string quartets and other recitalists. Another highly valued feature of the society are the excursions to venues in London to hear orchestral concerts, or visits to other venues such as Oxford and Milton Keynes. These start from Berkhamsted in comfortable coaches and are usually planned for 4- 6 times a year'.

 

www.bsus.co.uk

‘Our members are at all levels and we even have one or two experts. You can come for some or all of the session but it can be overwhelming for absolute beginners/learners. Therefore we’ve introduced lessons and separate sessions for them at our home ... We also play local fetes and festivals, private parties and we organise several charity gigs each year.’

 

Category:Ukulele Clubs

www.broxbournearts.org.uk

'Offers activities and events which are not usually provided by the Borough of Broxbourne's Leisure and Entertainments programme. It also represents the arts interests of individuals and member groups and negotiates with the Borough, so that the arts community may enjoy greater recognition and leisure facilities on a par with the provision for sports.'

 

www.cadenzasummerschool.org.uk/_.htm

Cadenza is open to anyone over eleven, including school pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates and amateur adults, and delivers solo and chamber lessons, usually half and half, but the balance can be varied by request. Older students in pre-formed ensembles often wish to focus on advanced chamber coaching and to enjoy the late night mixed staff/student chamber scene. Conversely every year students reach the final stages of competitions like the BBC, and need to focus on their solo work.' Held Mid July.

 

www.dhrupadmusic.org.uk

Have organized an Annual Summer School together with evening Concert aiming ‘to spread awareness, interest and education in Dhrupad, a unique and ancient form of Indian classical music. We are keen to create opportunities for teaching, mentoring, and training in Dhrupad at all levels of ability ... The nature of Dhrupad music is spiritual, seeking to induce feelings of peace and contemplation in the listener rather than just entertain’. Held Early August.

 

www.hcmmusicacademy.co.uk

'Music education has been taking place at HCM Music Academy’s premises, in Baldock Street, Ware since December 1986 ... Today HCM operates as a music academy at its original premises in Ware as well as teaching in several schools across the East Hertfordshire area ... We only select the best tutors here at HCM Music College. Not only are they qualified in education and well versed in the ways people of all ages learn, they’re also passionate about music - and really know what they’re talking about.'

 

www.hertfordmusicclub.co.uk

‘Founded in 1940 by Thomas Barber to promote music in Hertford. Meeting at the world’s oldest Friends Meeting House still in use, we stage and host a wide variety of live classical concerts from both local and world renowned artists.’

 

www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk

‘Hertfordshire boasts a vibrant classical music culture, with thriving choirs and non-professional orchestras in almost every town, a renowned music education service, and excellent concerts in venues across the county throughout the year. HFoM celebrates this by bringing new visitors and friends to this beautiful part of England - especially the county town of Hertford - with performances by world-class musicians whom audiences might usually need to travel to London or other cities to hear.’ Held Mid June.

 

www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk

‘One of the largest Local Authority Music Services in the country with over 560 teachers and 25,000 pupils across the county ... It is the Lead Partner for the “Hertfordshire Music Education Hub”.’

 

Also indexedHertfordshire Music Education Hub

hertsjazz.co.uk

‘We've been presenting jazz since 1969 and continue to maintain only the highest standard of performers each week, both national and international ... Herts Jazz Club members enjoy reduced admission prices to around 40 gigs per year plus more at the Herts Jazz Festival.’ The Club moved from Welwyn Garden City to St Albans in early 2018.

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

www.hertsjazzfestival.co.uk

Annual Festival, first offered in 2011, runnng over an early Autumn weekend, and organized by Herts Jazz. Held Late September.

 

Category:Jazz Festivals

www.hoddesdonmusic.org.uk

‘For over seventy years the club has been organising classical music recitals for Hoddesdon and the surrounding areas. Concerts are held seven times a year ... The season starts in September and runs until May.'

 

www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/letch.html

Fortnightly evening meetings, October - March (but one meeting in December): ‘Where Music Matters’.

 

www.musicatstansted.co.uk

Our Mission Statement  'music@stansted gives people of all ages in the Stansted area the chance to enjoy live music performed by international artists and young rising stars, as well as providing an occasional platform for talented young local musicians'. Four concerts per year between October and March.

 

www.musicale.co.uk

'A centre of musical achievement since 1977 ... The Musicale Leisure Centre offers opportunities to play in bands and orchestras with all genres of music from classical to popular on offer and concerts take place three times a year ...'

www.ncmc.org.uk

'Summer residential course for String Players aged 10 -18 (Grade V+) ... The course is unique in its accent on all-round musicianship and personality. Its aim is to develop both playing technique and ensemble skills through the medium of chamber music. To achieve this there is a high ratio of teachers to students.' Held Early August.

 

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/northherts/

‘The Society usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Concerts start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.’

 

octagon-music.weebly.com

'Our aim is to present a broad spectrum of music played by top class artists and we have built a reputation for choosing young performers of great promise who have gone on to distinguished careers. We encourage our audiences to be adventurous in their musical tastes so we hope the programme offers something for everybody and the opportunity to try something new.'

 

radlett-music-club.weebly.com

‘Since 1936 the Clubhas been presenting artistes of the highest quality and programmes with a wide variety of interest. Our informal concerts are all held at the Radlett Centre, with its excellent seating, attractive bar for coffee or drinks, and easy free local parking. Seats are unreserved so you can choose your favourite spot to sit. You are welcome to come and pay at any individual concert or become a season-ticket member, Members are also of course entitled to attend our Annual General Meeting, with entertainment and refreshments. We would be delighted if you would join us and support your local music club.’

 

www.creativeroyston.org

Creative Royston is a group of volunteers in Royston, Hertfordshire (UK) whose aim is to celebrate and encourage local creativity all year round and give locals the opportunity to experience both professional and amateur work first-hand. Its main focus is Royston Arts Festival which covers art, craft, music, dance, drama, new writing and a whole lot more. Typically, the festival features about fifty events, including performances, exhibitions and workshops. Many of these are run independently by local clubs and societies.’ Festival held Late September.

 

Category:Arts Festivals
Also indexedCreative Royston

www.sarrattfestivalofmusic.co.uk

‘Takes place every year over the last two weekends of September in Sarratt Village Hall, Hertfordshire and since its inception in 2000, has gone from strength to strength, attracting the very best in high-profile, eclectic musical talent and highlighting Sarratt as a vibrant, thriving village community ... We believe in the value of top quality musical performances and maintain that great art lifts the spirits and binds us together as a community. To maintain our principles of accessibility and a warm welcome to all, ticket costs are kept at an affordable level and the Festival welcomes faces old and new alike.‘

 

www.herts.ac.uk/study/schools-of-study/creati...

'Music at the University of Hertfordshire is vibrant, and our students are successful. Shape your future in music, with guidance from top industry personnel. All our tutors have extensive professional experience and teach with enthusiasm and commitment on our cutting-edge courses ...'

 

Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire

organfestival.com

'Arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists. For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.' Held biennially Mid July [2019] - but supplemented by a Saturday Organ Concert Series in between.

 

stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk

St Albans Organ Theatre has a fascinating collection of unique self-playing musical instruments and is one of the top theatre organ concert venues in the UK ... The self-playing instruments range from musical boxes and hand-turned Organettes to four large dance organs including the biggest one ever made, the 121 key Decap Organ – named “England’s Pride” by the Belgians when it came to England in the 1960s ... There are also regular concerts given by top-named theatre organists and special events including Christmas specials and Vintage Afternoon Teas.’

 

www.stevenageartsguild.org.uk

'Founded in the 1950's to encourage, to sustain and to co-ordinate the artistic endevours of the people of Stevenage. The Arts Guild has a wide range of members -from the performing arts, choirs and orchestras to floral arts, photographic societies and locomotive societies. This web site aims to provide information on the services that the Arts Guild provides and listings of events and contact details for the various groups.'

 

www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/stevenage-music-...

Part of Hertfordshire Music Service: ‘All performing groups rehearse a wide variety of music, and give regular concerts at the Centre. Groups from the North Herts Music Schools may also have the opportunity to perform at outside venues such as the Gordon Craig Theatre. Experienced staff work to develop instrumental skills through listening and playing as part of an ensemble’.

 

trms.uk

'Principal aim to promote music in all its aspects by organising concerts and recitals not only by established, talented performers but also aspiring youngsters. TRMS organises an annual programme of around six evening and four lunchtime chamber concerts at local venues.'

 

www.watfordfestival.co.uk

‘Was established over 70 years ago and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest and most respected in the UK. It aims to encourage people of all ages to perform in the areas of Music, Speech and Drama by providing an opportunity to perform before an adjudicator and an audience. The Festival is held in February and March every year. It is a competitive festival and there are classes for both children and adults available ...  Each year the Watford Festival of Music, Speech and Drama holds a piano competition in memory of Christopher Duke, who lived in Watford and who died in December 1996 at the age of 26.‘

 

Also indexedWatford International Piano Competition

www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/watford-school-o...

One of a score of Music Centres across the County of Hertfordshire. Individual lessons plus participation in a range of music groups, as well as Music Therapy Services: ‘We work with children, adults and community groups throughout Hertfordshire. Referrals can be made directly to us by parents and carers, by adults who may self-refer or by professionals involved with these client groups. Our team aims to support the people involved with the vulnerable children and adults with whom we work and we aim to liaise closely with those involved with our clients‘.

 

www.wgconcertclub.org.uk

'Founded in 1944 by Dorothy Hess, an esteemed piano teacher in the town. Not only had she many friends and acquaintances of renown in the chamber music world who were willing to come to play, but she had a talent for discovering young artists of great musical ability whose fees were still within the Club’s means. As far as possible, this is a practice the Club has aimed to continue ... Each year we arrange a series of six chamber music recitals which take place between October and May ... We have been able to engage high quality professional artists, many with international reputations, because of the financial support the Club has received from a number of external organisations, to whom we are extremely grateful.'

 

www.westonmusicsociety.org.uk

'Promotes four or five chamber music concerts a year by professional musicians in our small friendly parish church. At least two concerts are given by classical guitarists, often of international stature. Other concerts are deliberately varied and include baroque, string groups and singers. Audiences of about 100 are seated '"in the round" with good sight lines. Tickets include programme and interval drink.'

 

abbeygateway.org

‘An amateur orchestra in St Albans that performs regular concerts of major works, and offers a more relaxed musical experience at a much lower cost than larger orchestras in the area. We have a policy of welcoming all ages and a wide range of abilities from St Albans and beyond. This leads to a varied mix of musicians which produces fresh and stimulating results. Abbey Gateway Orchestra is different to most amateur orchestras in that we don’t just perform full concerts every term, we also mix up workshops and community events, developing a large repertoire of pieces which we perform more than once over the course of the year.’

algss.org.uk

‘Has performed the G&S operas annually since its foundation in September 1950. We have remained firmly based in the village of Abbots Langley, although now our members come from a much wider area. Gone are the days when, as quoted after the very first production, “You could meet the whole cast by walking up and down Abbots Langley High Street”. As well as our main annual production, we always try to perform each year in our home village with a concert or small production in the local village hall.’

 

Category:Watford

www.alorchestra.org

‘We are an amateur symphony orchestra based in Abbots Langley with players drawn from the village and surrounding area. We normally give three concerts each year ... We don't believe there are many villages that have their own symphony orchestra full of committed and talented players, under a professional conductor. Abbots Langley does!‘

 

www.aeoliansingers.org.uk

'We usually have four concerts a year. Typically the Easter and October/November concerts are classical and the Christmas and Summer concerts less formal. Concert venues are usually in Hemel Hempstead, where we can be accompanied by a variety of instruments including piano, organ, harp or small orchestra. Occasionally we join forces with other choirs ... to allow us to perform larger scale works.'

 

www.amadeuschamberorchestra.org.uk

'Amadeus has performed in and around St Albans for 40 years, establishing itself as the leading chamber orchestra in the area ... Players from the area, including many music teachers as well as talented amateurs, meet several times throughout the year, giving their services free in order to make music together. The orchestra varies in size from 25 to 50 players, depending on the repertoire being performed.'

 

www.amicicantate.org.uk

‘Bishop's Stortford-based choir originally made up of parents and friends of students in the renowned Cantate youth choir. We were formed in 2005 at the request of many music-loving parents who wanted to come together for occasional rehearsals and sing together in the Cantate spirit ...  Amici Cantate is an open access choir with no entry auditions or entry requirements. Of course, it helps if you have a sense of humour and love to sing some sometimes challenging music.‘

 

audentiorsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

‘Founded in 2019, we are an amateur orchestra that plays 3 concerts per year of ambitious repertoire to a professional standard in Watford and the surrounding area ... As well as 3 concerts per year, we also have plans for Chamber Music ensembles within the orchestra, and various outreach schemes for schools and the local community ... We invite any enthusiastic and vibrant players of a grade 8+ standard to join us ... We are extremely committed to maintaining an easy-going, sociable and accessible environment, which is why, as a general rule, we will not audition applicants.’

 

www.facebook.com/Berkhamstedchoral/

'100-strong mixed voice choir ... Our usual schedule is to perform three main concerts a year, in May, September and December. We also present concerts on tour every summer, generally in mainland Europe,'

 

www.singwithbscs.org.uk

'The premier choral group performing large scale choral works in Bishop's Stortford. We perform two or three concerts each year, with orchestral or keyboard accompaniment and sometimes in conjunction with other choirs. Though our repertoire has sacred as well as secular music, we are independent of any religious organisation.'

 

braughingsing.com

‘A community choir based in Braughing in Hertfordshire ... The choir sings music in a variety of styles and is open to all ages and abilities. There are no auditions and you do not need to be able to read music. The only requirement is plenty of enthusiasm!  Braughing Sing members are encouraged to attend regularly so that the choir can progress together and reach a good standard for performances. However the main aim is to have fun and enjoy ourselves getting to know new music and improving our sound.‘

 

www.bridgewater-sinfonia.org.uk

'Berkhamsted's own local orchestra. Formed of local professional musicians, the orchestra has been enriching the cultural life of Hertfordshire since 1997 ... The orchestra draws on the wealth of professional musicianship in the locality and also aims to offer performing opportunities for young student musicians on the threshold of their careers ... Offers symphonic concerts of the highest calibre, covering a wide spectrum of styles and periods, the great classics as well as unfamiliar and new works especially by British composers.'

 

www.busheysymphony.org.uk

’Since 1975, the BSO has been bringing live, high quality orchestral music to Bushey. In the early days the orchestra was financially supported by Hertsmere Council, but like so much arts funding, this was cut several years ago. We currently promote a series of five concerts per year and have an annual turnover of approximately £25,000. Over recent years, concerts have become extremely costly events to mount; music societies are finding sufficient funding a major challenge at the moment and the Bushey Symphony Orchestra is no different ... (There are) a number of ways in which you might support the BSO - please consider doing this and help us plan a bright and exciting future for this wonderful orchestra.'

 

www.cantate.co.uk

Founded in 1994 in Bishop’s Stortford: ‘Cantate is divided into three distinct groups which perform on their own and in combination with the other groups. Each choir performs at least one concert a term and sometimes more, depending on the demands of the season. Most rehearsals take place on Sundays during the school term, though occasionally there are Saturday and mid-week rehearsals ahead of performances ... The Senior Choir is often asked to perform on a national stage, and is a partner choir for Gabrieli ROAR – a training scheme run for some of the finest youth choirs in the UK.’

 

Also indexedGabrieli ROAR

www.carillonchamberchoir.org

‘A leading chamber choir based in St Albans consisting of experienced and accomplished singers from across Hertfordshire. Historically we worked with a range of conductors and have built up a large repertoire of sacred and secular music of all periods from early to modern ... We are keen to hear from experienced, enthusiastic singers interested in joining us ... The choir sings either a cappella or accompanied – by, for example, organ, chamber orchestra or brass ensemble. There are regular opportunities for members to sing solos ... We normally perform five concerts a year.’

Category:St Albans

chilternchamberchoir.com

‘Founded by its director Adrian Davis in 1976, and draws its singers from Berkhamsted and the surrounding towns and villages. They share a passion for singing and perform at least three main concerts each year in St Peter’s Church, mostly with orchestra or organ accompaniment. Though they have outgrown their original chamber choir size, their standard is enviably high and they enjoy a fine reputation both locally amongst their numerous supporters and in many places outside Britain as well. The Choir’s impressive repertoire ranges from music of the 12th century to contemporary works, often including works written specifically for the choir by Adrian Davis.’

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.chilternchoir.org.uk

Founded in 1980: ‘Based in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, has about 70 members from Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Watford, and the wider Chilterns area ... The Choir performs three to four concerts each year.’

www.chipperfieldchoral.co.uk

‘Founded in 1947, we have about 100 members who come from Chipperfield and the surrounding area. Our repertoire is wide and varied. Every year just before Christmas there are traditional Christmas Concerts in the wonderful setting of St Paul’s village church in Chipperfield. In the spring, the concert features a major work given in a larger venue and in the summer we return to St Paul’s for a concert of lighter music.’

 

facebook.com/choironfire/

‘A youth choir for 11 years and above ... Fire Starters Choir for 7 - 10 year olds ... We believe that singing is for everyone, and that if you add a bit of movement and an element of fun, you get a musical performance which is engaging for both audience and performer. We launched our community youth choir on 10th September 2015 and have 50 young people join us each week for our sessions.’ 

chorleywoodchoral.co.uk

‘We are a large, mixed-voice choir of committed and enthusiastic singers of all ages and backgrounds, united by a love of music and choral singing. Our musical heritage in Chorleywood goes back over 100 years! We perform a wide range of choral music and welcome anyone who loves singing – no auditions are necessary. We stretch ourselves to produce great music, with three performances a year, and we always have great fun in the making.’

 

chorleywoodmusic.com

‘We are a locally based orchestra, welcoming all ages over grade 6 (including those who haven’t played for some time) ... We choose enjoyable and accessible music to play – changing our selection of pieces regularly to keep it interesting for everyone involved ... Our only sources of funding are membership fees, ticket sales and donations. In order to run the orchestra, we have regular expenses – the hire of a rehearsal venue, hire of music and other costs. If you would like to support what we do in the community, please consider making a donation.’

 

www.dacorumcommunitychoir.org

'We aim to give members the opportunity to sing together in a choir, perhaps for the first time, singing a wide repertoire from classical, world music and folk to gospel and pop. You don’t need to be able to read music to take part – it’s all explained as we go along ... Unlike many other choirs, we rehearse during the day, providing a chance to sing for those who are unable to join an evening group. Our membership therefore reflects a wide range of the community, from students, young parents, those not working during the morning, to those who are retired. There are no auditions – all adults are welcome.'

www.uharts.co.uk/about-us/de-havilland-philha...

‘Formed in 1969 as The Hatfield Philharmonic we are the resident orchestra at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield ... The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra is a friendly group of musicians made up of talented amateurs, music teachers, and semi-professionals ... Generous support from UHArts, the University's Community Arts programme enables us to perform up to 7 concerts a year in the University's award winning Weston Auditorium.‘

Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire | Weston Auditorium

www.feliciopera.com

‘We are a company of over 40 singers and instrumentalists. We perform fully-staged operas’  ... Aim is ‘to encourage and promote vocal classical music, especially opera, through creative professional performance in local communities – primarily Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, and also elsewhere in the UK where appropriate – making it accessible in language, venue and price; through such events, we aim to raise funds for local, national and international charities’.

Category:Opera Companies

www.felicitas.org.uk

'Originally formed to sing a cappella music from the 16th and 17th centuries, both sacred and secular, the choir has extended its repertoire to include a wide range of works, accompanied and unaccompanied, from the late mediaeval period to the 21st century. With over 20 singers, the choir has recorded four CDs, made a number of TV appearances and besides singing in its local area, in particular Waltham Abbey, has toured in Paris (Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur), Tuscany (Florence and Pistoia), Budapest, Barcelona, Krakow and Edinburgh.'

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.fleetvilleswingband.co.uk

‘We are a friendly, welcoming band of musicians from the local area & welcome new players of all ages who enjoy swing, jazz and big band era music.‘

 

Category:St Albans

www.gardencitysingers.co.uk

‘We are a friendly choir based in Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, UK. Formed in October 2014, we hold regular events throughout the North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire community. Musically, we perform from a wide range, including songs from musical theatre, choral classics, sacred pieces and pop songs, so there is bound to be something to suit all tastes ... We meet weekly In Letchworth to learn 3 and 4 part harmonies for all the different sorts of music. We learn by practice, with music reading not required. Our motto is Friendship through Singing, but we produce lovely sounds too!‘

www.greenroomproductions.co.uk

‘Strives for innovation and inspiration in musical theatre, by staging newly released productions and giving a fresh interpretation to classic shows ... The company has staged several premieres ... Through our productions we hope to demonstrate that non-professional theatre can be as impressive and enjoyable as shows on the West End stage. We have an active membership of around 50 performers, supported by our production and front of house teams and over 100 Friends of Green Room ... The company presents two musicals a year at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar.‘

 

www.hardyngechoir.org

'Hardynge is the ancient name for Harpenden, dating from when it was a farming hamlet growing wheat for the nearby manor of Wheathampstead. The choir's name and logo symbolise these enduring connections. The Hardynge Choir started in 1966 and continues to provide a challenging outlet for singers wishing to perform mostly the mainstream Choral Society repertoire. The choir currently has 70 to 80 members. There are no formal individual auditions for entry or ongoing membership. We believe that singing should be taken seriously and worked at hard, but above all it should be fun and open to as many people as possible. Three or four concerts are given each year, usually with professional orchestras and soloists.'

www.harpendenchoralsociety.org

‘A highly regarded amateur choir with a membership of approximately 90. With four concerts each season and an annual open workshop we aim to share our appreciation of choral music, performing in venues in Harpenden and the surrounding area with professional orchestras and soloists.’

musicmakerschoir.wordpress.com

‘Amateur group of 36 adult members whose ethos is to enjoy making music. With the help of excellent professional Music Directors the choir has developed into a popular local choir with a considerable following at its concerts ... Our musical tastes cover many genres and styles: from the old to the new, part songs to oratorios, sacred and secular. Music Makers performs alone and with other choirs, unaccompanied or with professional soloists, orchestras and actors.’

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.harpendenmusicaltheatre.com

‘HLOS has been staging shows for over 60 years. We are all amateurs who enjoy singing, dancing or acting (or all three!) and we are always keen to welcome new members. As well as those on the stage we also welcome those who would like to help in the many jobs which have to be carried out behind the scenes, and we always acknowledge that those who work with the stage crew as well as the many other behind-the-scenes jobs, are just as important as those on the stage if a show is to be a success ... At the society's Annual General Meeting in July 2017, it was agreed to change the name to Harpenden Musical Theatre Company, to reflect the wider variety of Musical Theatre available and to appeal to the modern day audience.‘

 

Also indexedHarpenden Light Operatic Society

www.hatfieldwelwyncommunitychoir.com

'As a choir, we are open to all age groups, there is no audition and you don't need to be able to read music. We welcome people of different levels of experience, from those who say they are "tone deaf" to those who are confident singers ... We sing pieces from simple rounds to four part harmony; traditional and modern from all over the world ... Whatever we do, we try to make it FUN  ... We love to perform and enjoy singing at a host of venues across the community. If you would like us to perform for you at your event we would be happy to oblige but please give us several months notice.'

 

www.hemelhempsteadband.com

‘The full brass band of 25 players regularly performs at a variety of public and private functions such as: carnivals, fetes, park bandstands, church events, sports meetings, weddings, shopping centres, Remembrance Day parades, and its own concerts, mostly within easy reach of the Dacorum district of Hertfordshire.‘

 

www.hemelsymphonyorchestra.com

‘The Hemel Symphony Orchestra came into existence in the autumn of 2018. Most of its members had previously played in the Dacorum Symphony Orchestra, which for various reasons closed at about the same time. The DSO had a long history going back over forty years and we are pleased to acknowledge its legacy.’ Planning to present four concerts per annum.

 

www.hertfordchoral.org.uk

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 ...’

www.hdos.org.uk

‘Since our first production "Of Mice and Men" at the Corn Exchange in 1919 we have captivated our audiences with a wide range of theatre from hard hitting dramas and lavish musicals right through to our annual pantomimes. HD&OS caters for all ages. There is something in our programme for everyone. We provide opportunities for everyone to get involved too - on and off stage. Those members who are aged between 9 and 17 are well looked after by our Young Idea section.’

 

www.hertsbigband.co.uk

'Formed in 2003 after various members of the Hertfordshire Concert Band were lamenting in the pub that there were no local big bands we could join to play big band music we had previously played in bands when we were younger. After some discussions we realised we had enough players to form a band, and so the Hertfordshire Big Band was born ...'

 

Category:Big Bands

www.hertfordshirechamberorchestra.org.uk

‘HCO is an amateur orchestra of a very high standard. Each performance is led by an experienced professional player, and the orchestra works with a diverse range of distinguished guest conductors and directors. We promote our own concerts three times a year, each of which is prepared intensively over a residential rehearsal weekend. We also accompany choral societies.’

 

Category:Hertfordshire

www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

'An auditioned choir and always looking for good singers. We have singers of all ages. If you’re looking for a high quality friendly choir, look no further ...'

 

www.facebook.com/HertsChoir/

‘For mixed voices aged 7-21 and is for those that want to have fun and learn new skills at the same time. The rehearsals include popular songs, music from the shows, and many more styles, and will help with learning to read music as well as learning to sing in new and different languages. We gather members from all areas of Hertfordshire so whether you are in Hitchin, Stevenage, Letchworth, Welwyn, Ware etc you are welcome to come along. Due to demand we are also accepting members from Luton and Bedfordshire.’

 

www.hertfordshireguitarorchestra.com

‘A group composed of high standard amateur and professional guitarists. It was founded in 1993 by Tom Parsons to develop ideas he had for creating a unique sound by composing and arranging music to be performed by a large group that combined classical guitars with electric and bass guitars. The orchestra developed rapidly into a regularly performing concert group with a surprisingly big sound and a wide-ranging repertoire spanning classical, rock and world music that made for a very listenable and highly entertaining concert programme.’

 

www.hertsphil.org.uk

'Formed in 1994 by a group of amateur musicians who wished to make orchestral music of the highest standard together. Since then, the orchestra has grown to comprise a group of some hundred musicians who, between them, perform around 6 concerts annually, in a variety of venues throughout Hertfordshire. The orchestra represents the best of Hertfordshire, and draws its players and audiences from all over the County and beyond.'

 

www.hitchinband.co.uk

Hitchin Band is ‘a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule’ ... Hitchin Youth Band ‘began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public performance opportunities for young brass players’ ... Hitchin Community Brass started in 2017 ‘to offer a playing opportunity for brass players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience’.

 

hitchinchamberorchestra.org

'A friendly string orchestra based in Hitchin aiming to present high standard concerts in the town’s lovely venues. Music played covers a wide variety of different styles and genres and the orchestra often collaborates with guest instrumentalists and singers ... Our orchestra's membership is drawn locally from North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire with a mix of accomplished amateur players, professional instrumental teachers, and a core of freelance musicians who lead the sections.'

 

www.hitchinsymphony.org.uk

‘Formerly known as Hitchin Concert Orchestra, was founded in 1929 by Mary Ibberson at the Rural Music Schools Association. The orchestra was for many years run as an evening class at North Hertfordshire College but, when the College authorities decided in 1997 that artistic ventures such as the orchestra were no longer financially supportable, it became a self-governing body and changed its name. The orchestra’s motto is “Promoting Live Music” and its aim is to promote live orchestral music in the Hitchin area by providing audiences with symphonic concerts performed to a high standard and to serve as a concert platform for local musicians, whether orchestral players or soloists.’

 

www.justsingcc.org.uk

Founded 2010: ‘We are a community choir currently based in Stevenage and have a membership of over 60. We are non-auditioned and are a friendly bunch! Come and join in! ... Before you know it you'll quickly learn all types of songs, from classical to pop classics, from folk to rock and roll via musicals. What's more, you'll learn all about breathing and vocal technique’.

Category:Stevenage

kingslangleychoir.co.uk

Formed 2008: ‘We are an A Cappella choir with a reputation for strong melodic singing delivered through layered harmonies. The choir’s repertoire embraces a wide range of popular music - pop, gospel, folk, traditional, international and more ... Enjoyment of the Choir is such that membership is consistently at or near full. However enquiries from anyone interested in joining are always welcome’.

 

Category:Hemel Hempstead

klmtc.org

‘Formerly known as KLLOC, is a small and friendly amateur theatre group that performs one show a year in the village of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. Performances are held at the Kings Langley Community Centre, built for the purpose of Music and Theatre. There is a licensed bar, tiered seating, orchestra pit and a very warm welcome.’

www.leasingers.co.uk

'It all started in 1960 on the 08:20 commuter train from Harpenden to St Pancras, when a chance meeting between music enthusiasts sparked the idea of forming a small four-part choir based in Harpenden. On 21 September 1960 seven singers – two each of sopranos, altos and basses and just one tenor (‘twas ever thus!) – met at the house of Clive Bright, conductor of the Harpenden Salvation Army Band. The Lea Singers were born, named after the river at the heart of the local community ...'

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

lcbb.org.uk/Wordpress/

‘Formed in 2010 by a group of professional brass players, teachers, and community members with the aim of providing Ledbury with a brass band to represent and support the area both in local events and further afield ... Come and join this very friendly bunch of enthusiastic musicians as we embark on a sensible summer engagement schedule [2017] complemented with our first ever contest. Exciting times are ahead for this band ...’

letchworth-sinfonia.webs.com

‘We are a friendly and popular amateur chamber orchestra ... Performances take place each January and June, and we are always on the look out to grow our forces ... Can you help Letchworth Sinfonia? From putting up posters, to graphic design and social media, there are lots of ways you might be able to help us. Please visit our joining in page ...’

 

www.nhgs.org.uk

Founded 1968: ‘An amateur choir performing several times a year in local venues and abroad. The choir's repertoire ranges from major oratorio to smaller choral works, opera choruses and Gilbert & Sullivan ... We are a friendly non-auditioning choir open to all comers from whatever background who want and are able to sing. Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with members living in Hertfordshire and the neighbouring counties of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, NHGS is one of the best-known and best-supported choral groups in the area with a membership of about 140 singers and an ever-growing reputation for high standards of music making’.

 

www.orpheusnorthherts.com

'Founded 1969 ... Our repertoire includes music in many styles, from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary pieces composed by members of the choir. We also let our hair down with rousing renditions of lighter songs, traditional spirituals and popular standards. A friendly and light-hearted group covering a wide age range, we take our music making seriously but have fun doing it.'

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.pbgs.org

‘Putteridge Bury G&S Society, or PBGS for short, is a NODA affiliated amateur operatic society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, but also performing operetta and musicals. Affectionately know as Putt, we have been performing quality musical shows in South Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire since 1971.’

 

Also indexedPutteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society

www.pbchoral.org

‘Established in 1961 ... contributing to the artistic and cultural life of Potters Bar and the surrounding area. With a repertoire ranging from Verdi to Gershwin, Mozart, Handel, JS Bach, Sir Arthur Sullivan and many other composers, the PBCS enjoy singing a wide variety of choral works, oratorio, part songs, opera and lighter music. Most importantly, the emphasis is on having fun!‘

www.quorumsingers.org.uk

‘A local community singing group, and we have been entertaining audiences in the area for over twenty five years, raising thousands of pounds to support both local Hertfordshire and national charities ... It’s fair to say we have a mixed repertoire. We sing both secular and religious music, folk and traditional music, a capella and accompanied. We’re not big into show-music, but we crack out some pop music now and again.’

www.radlettchoir.org.uk

‘The choir sings a diverse range of choral music, from the great oratorios like Messiah, to famous pieces of choral music by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn, to pieces by renowned composers like John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. We also enjoy exploring neglected early music and other unusual and interesting areas of choral repertoire, as well as highlights from the operatic, folk and contemporary worlds.’

 

Also indexedRadlett Choral Society

www.roystonchoralsoc.org.uk

‘Formed in 1974 ... We aim to be accessible, friendly and informal, but we do take seriously our desire to perform to the best of our ability ... We perform four concerts per year, in November, December, around Easter and in the summer.’ Open Rehearsals are ‘your chance to “have a go” and it's the time most new people join the choir. They happen in Autumn, Spring and Summer. While we hope most people will come back, there's no pressure to do so. If you decide to leave the choir at any time, please return all borrowed music straight away ... There are no auditions to join the choir, but we do expect people to be able to sing the same notes as the person next to them!’

sochoirs.wordpress.com

‘The Choir from the Unsung Town ... Our aim is very simple, we are a fully inclusive choir that welcomes anyone of any age that has a connection to the community of South Oxhey ... As long as you live or work within the Three Rivers District, can make 80% of our rehearsals and be in your seat ready to start singing by 7pm each Tuesday, you could be singing as part of lots of exciting opportunities in the future! Fancy it? ... We sing a wide variety of music from popular classics to classical pop.’

 

www.stalbansbachchoir.org.uk

‘One of the finest large choirs in Hertfordshire. Since our inaugural concert in 1924 we have performed a wide variety of major choral works ... We engage soloists and orchestras of the highest calibre but also have a tradition of engaging young singers, many of whom have since developed international careers. We are privileged to perform in the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, as we have since the inception of the choir ... We give three major concerts each season, in November, at Easter and in July, with two additional concerts every Christmas in aid of charity.’

 

stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk

'St Albans Chamber Choir has been a major contributor to the musical life of the St Albans area and further afield for nearly 60 years, delighting audiences with music from the last six centuries and winning awards for its innovative programming ... Extensive repertoire and a cappella performances are the Choir’s hallmarks ... The Choir continues to explore new repertoire, often bringing its audience little known compositions ranging from modern performances of early works to new commissions from contemporary composers.'

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.stalbanschamberopera.org.uk

‘SACO was founded in 1987 ... to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in the area, and to involve young people in performing and attending opera. The company has a good reputation for providing first class music theatre on a small budget and is virtually self-supporting. An annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues.’

 

Category:Opera Companies

www.choralsociety.com

‘One of the leading amateur choirs in Hertfordshire, singing to a high standard in beautiful concert venues around the city and surrounding area. With about 100 members, we perform up to five concerts a year, including one in St Albans Abbey, with superb professional soloists and the critically acclaimed Orchestra Nova, our regular performance partner ... The Choral Society gave its first performance in December 1944 and has sung a substantial part of the choral repertoire during its long history ... We are also well known for our contemporary repertoire ... Entry into the choir is by a voice test.’

 

saso.org.uk

'Its members include professionally trained musicians, teachers and music college students. The orchestra is developing into one of the UK’s leading non-professional ensembles. We present a full season of large-scale concerts in St Albans and the surrounding region. These include major symphonic repertoire, concertos with leading soloists, an annual New Year concert in St Albans Abbey, weekend workshops, and chamber orchestra programmes.'

www.stevenagechoral.org.uk

‘A mixed voice choir with around 70 members of all ages and abilities. No audition is necessary to join our choir and we welcome anyone who wants to sing to come along and "give it a try" ... We pride ourselves on a varied and interesting musical repertoire ... We perform with both amateur and professional soloists using amateur/professional orchestras and bands for accompaniment ... The Choir is committed to outreach work and we try to work with different groups in the community each year.’

 

stevenageladieschoir.co.uk

'We are a choir of about 70 members of ages ranging from 16 to 90. We sing a wide variety of music from Eva Cassidy to show tunes to Mozart ... and normally hold four concerts a year. There are no auditions necessary in order to join the choir and we welcome new members throughout the year. If you are thinking about joining then please come along to any rehearsal or to our new members' evening which is held annually.'

Category:Ladies Choirs

www.stevenagesymphony.org

'A friendly amateur orchestra comprising musicians from across Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. We typically perform 3 concerts a year. The aims of the orchestra are to provide quality performances of classical music for local people, and to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of the music for its members.'

www.3valleymvc.org.uk

'We sing a wide variety of music, including popular songs, hymns, old favourites, songs from the shows, songs from the world of opera, and traditional male voice choir items. There are regular monthly concerts for charitable purposes and we have an active social programme which includes wives and girlfriends.'

 

www.tringchoral.org.uk

‘Whilst the Society focuses principally on the main classical choral repertoire, from time to time it has commissioned new works. The Society also, on occasions, joins with other Choral Societies and Schools to perform major works, at such venues as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall. The Society has an enviable local reputation for the consistently high quality of its concerts. Professional soloists are always engaged ... The weekly rehearsals ... are a well-balanced blend of discipline and informality: demanding, but enjoyable. There are three regular concerts a year: at Christmas, Easter and one in the Summer, with some additional events for special occasions.’

www.voixdevivre.org

‘This Hertfordshire based amateur chamber choir has performed a broad range of challenging repertoire to critical acclaim, from Palestrina to Poulenc and Scarlatti to Schoenberg.’

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.warechoral.org.uk

‘Founded in 1902 and currently has over one hundred members ... The Choir performs the major oratorios with soloists and orchestras of national repute. We give concerts locally and occasionally in London.’

www.wareoperatic.org.uk

‘An award-winning society presenting a range of high-quality musicals, operettas, and concerts throughout the year. Our productions require chorus members, principal singers, dancers, a production team, backstage crew, front of house, make-up, props, and many others. We welcome any new members at all levels of experience and from all age groups. We stage one musical a year in March, a summer concert/review in July, and a cabaret in November. If you don't want to be in a production, then why not come along and be an audience member?‘

watfordphilharmonic.co.uk

‘The Watford Philharmonic Society was established by Sir Henry Wood (of BBC Proms fame) in 1935. Today we are one of the largest amateur societies in the UK combining choir and orchestra ... We perform 4 or 5 full-scale concerts each year, mainly at the Watford Colosseum. We also participate in a number of local events, often raising money for charities ... Our repertoire encompasses major choral and orchestral works both classical and modern.’

 

www.watfordsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

Founded 2007: ‘Watford's Premier Orchestra performing large scale orchestral works ... We have close links with the Purcell School in Bushey and the Watford School of Music, giving our most talented local young musicians a platform to showcase their talents to the wider community’.

 

www.watfordyouthsinfonia.com

‘An energetic student-led youth orchestra, founded in 2014 by its conductor and artistic director, Daniel Hogan. The orchestra has grown from a small chamber orchestra to a wealth of 100 regular members, with the talented musicians coming from local youth orchestras, the junior and senior conservatoires, and venturing from universities all over the country to come and play. Ever since, its aim has been to perform works considered incredibly ambitious and brave – pieces which therefore its members may not have had the chance to perform before.’

 

www.wgcms.org.uk

Established 1921: ‘Today we put on around 4 concerts a year. We are open to all and welcome singers and musicians, as well as those who come to our concerts. Unusually we are both an orchestra and a choir, rehearsing separately but performing together’.

Also indexedWelwyn Garden City Music Society

allsaintshertford.org/concerts.php

‘We run a weekly Wednesday lunch time series Soundbites ourselves’ ... Heavenly Harmonies  are monthly ‘Short Choral Classics featuring well-loved classics of religious choral repertoire explored through word and song’ ... Our church is also used regularly for concerts by other organisations such as Hertford Choral Society, Hertford Symphony Orchestra and Hertfordshire Festival of Music.’

 

Category:Churches
Also indexedSoundbites | Heavenly Harmonies

www.watfordbigevents.co.uk/bandstand-timetabl...

‘We've a jam-packed summer season of FREE world-class live shows for you to enjoy at our BIG Bandstand in Cassiobury Park. We'll have a different band performing every Sunday from 2-4pm, playing everything from jazz to ukulele - and of course, lots of traditional brass bands too. The free live shows will continue right through the summer and into the early autumn.’

 

www.stalbanscathedral.org

'Music has been integral to the liturgy and central to the life of the Cathedral for centuries. This strong musical tradition is continued today with a Cathedral Choir of boys and male lay-clerks, an Abbey Girls' Choir, parish and young people's choirs and an orchestra ... The revolutionary design of the Cathedral Organ and the inception of the International Organ Festival and Competition by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music), raised the profile of choral and organ music at the Cathedral, and consolidated the worldwide reputation of the Cathedral's musical foundation.'

 

 

Category:Cathedrals

www.stmaryspb.org.uk/music.html

'St Mary's is a popular venue for concerts in Potters Bar ... Our free Lunchtime Concerts have been running for more than 25 years and offer a popular programme of varied music and a light lunch on the first Tuesday of each month (lunches from noon, recital starts at 12:30, with lunches resuming afterwards).' In addition, local choirs and orchestras can use the Church for performances.

 

Category:Churches

www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

'St Peter's is at the heart of Berkhamsted's thriving cultural scene and a leading supporter of the arts in the town. Our programme of musical events includes lunchtime recitals, organ recitals and evening concerts featuring both local artists and international soloists - all in the beautiful setting of our historic church.'

Category:Churches

oldtownhall.co.uk

‘Built in 1852, a buzzing arts space full of entertainment for everyone: Art Comedy Dance Film Families Music Theatre.’

www.walthamabbeychurch.co.uk

'Waltham Abbey has a rich musical heritage dating back to the foundation of the monastery. One of England’s most famous composers, Thomas Tallis, was a young organist here when the foundation was dissolved. More recently it was the church where William Cummings adapted Mendelssohn’s music to fit the words of Charles Wesley’s Hark! The herald angels sing ... There are numerous concerts and recitals at the church. "Music for Lunch" is presented on many Saturdays through the year and is free of charge. Other concerts are given from time to time by the choir and the choristers, and the church also serves as a venue for other organisations seeking a wonderful place to make music.’ The organ now comprises a combination of a 1953 Walker instrument and a 2019 re-design, repair and rebuild by Mander Organs.

 

watfordcolosseum.co.uk

‘A 1,309 seat venue in the heart of Watford and is home to the best live music and entertainment outside London ... Watford’s premier concert venue is world renowned for its acoustic qualities ... The acoustics were analysed by an acoustics company in 2009, who reported that the size and "shoebox" shape of the hall, the flat floor, and the materials used in construction, allow for pleasant reverberation and good sound quality and clarity, such to make the hall among the best in Europe.’

 

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