NORTH HERTS GUILD OF SINGERS


The North Herts Guild of Singers is 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.


SINGING AT HOME

We have now completed a full season of virtual rehearsals over Zoom, plus a few weeks from last season too. During this past summer choir members rehearsed a selection of madrigals, partsongs and great cathedral anthems, and made a new virtual recording which is now available under About/Listen, along with two from last year; one of these was made in the autumn term, when the choir performed Joseph Haydn’s oratorio ‘The Creation’ to pre-recorded learning tracks created by professional singers just for us, with music laid down on piano by our accompanist Colin Spinks. Then at the end of term we were joined by friends and family members for a wonderful Christmas concert and produced a virtual recording of a popular carol in a less familiar version.

During the spring term we sang the  Mozart Coronation Mass, Haydn's Te Deum and the Durante Magnificat, and enjoyed a sing-through of all the music at our last rehearsal of the term.

We are now keeping our fingers crossed for Real Life to begin again in September...


 

WHy not come to one of our concerts?

We hope to be back singing and performing before too long. Our original programme has had to change. In March 2020 we were to sing Bach's great work, the B Minor Mass, accompanied by a baroque orchestra and some fine young soloists. It may be we'll have another go at that before too long. July last year was to bring Rossini's Petite Messe Solonelle (with piano and harmonium) and after that the diary was sadly a bit bare!

Until normal service can resume, the choir has been having weekly online sessions with our MD and our accompanist. We are still together as a choir and learning new ways of making music until we can sing together in the same place.



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