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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 has just returned from a weekend singing services at Bristol Cathedral.
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.
Hereford Chamber Choir has had a very busy 2019 so far! A successful Choral Workshop in February was followed by the first annual event of the newly formed Friends of Hereford Chamber Choir. The Dean of Hereford Cathedral provided effortless entertainment from his memoirs, and £700 was raised for the choir.
Singing services at Bristol Cathedral during the last weekend in February was a musical and social success. The premiere of composer Edward Pullin's responses was a particular highlight.
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.
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.
Photo credit Derek Foxton and Gordon Taylor
"Two Souls in One" composition workshop - FREE
22 October 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Holy Trinity Church, Hereford
Led by composer Robert Peate, this workshop is open to all but will be of particular interest to GCSE, A Level and university music students, choral singers, and anyone with an interest in composition. Robert Peate will explain how he composed 'Two Souls in One', an exciting new work for choir, harps and narrator.
Places are free, but limited. Click on the link to book tickets, or visit our 'Concerts and tickets' page for more details.
Next concert : "Two Souls in One"
Saturday 9 November 2019, 7:30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Hereford
Hereford Chamber Choir and the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble will give the first performance of a new work by local composer Robert Peate. 'Two Souls in One' is a musical narrative on the lives of St. Katherine and Hypatia, reflecting their extraordinary connectivity and relevance to the 21st Century. The programme will also include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Holst's Hymns from the Rig Veda. This concert is kindly supported by the RVW Trust, the Elmley Foundation, Herefordshire's a Great Place, and the Royal Academy of Music.
Click on the link to book tickets, or visit our 'Concerts and tickets' page for more details.
Musical Emotions: Choral Workshop
Saturday 28 September 2019, 10 am to 1.30 pm, Holy Trinity Church, Hereford
Join Hereford Chamber Choir for a morning of singing on the theme of human emotions expressed in music, led by singer and conductor Simon Harper. Repertoire from 16th Century Britain and Europe by Lassus, Guerrero and Ramsey. Advance booking essential. Admission £12, £10 for members and Friends of Hereford Chamber Choir, free for students. Click on the link to book tickets, or call 07769 289076.
Future events. For more information visit our 'Concerts and tickets' page.