NORTH HERTS GUILD OF SINGERS
We are a happy and successful choir which has been going strong for more than 50 years. Based in Hitchin, we are one of the best-known and best-supported choirs in the area.
Earthquakes, whirlwinds and a full house - Elijah
It's always exciting to have a packed venue for one of our concerts, especially when the audience is as involved and enthusiastic as the one we had on November 25 for Mendelssohn's Elijah. There was barely a spare seat in St Mary's, Hitchin, for the two-hour performance which ended with a roar of appreciation for our superb musicians, the Beaufoy Sinfonia, and our four outstanding soloists Sophie Benfield, Maya Colwell, Philippe Durrant and Johannes Moore. Our thanks to them, and as always to music director Harry and rehearsal accompanist Colin for guiding us through a demanding but thrilling term. Now it's on to Christmas carols!
We have lots lined up for 2024, but the most exciting thing is that we are to sing the Bach mass in B minor in the spring. In March 2020 we were all but ready to perform this amazing work when we had to cancel, with less than a week to go. Sadly, many things were cancelled for everyone, but we are now really looking forward to having another go. Four years on it’s likely that our MD, Harry Bradford will have some new ideas as to how he wants the performance, which will be interesting…. We have already booked our friends, the period baroque orchestra, Musica Donum Dei, who were due to play for us in 2020.