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  • Soloist update for Rossini
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 15 Jun 2024
    Grace Hope-Gill is unfortunately unable to perform and we are grateful to Daisy Livesey for stepping in as soprano.

    Our congratulations to Matt Cooke, (tenor) who has just got married! He is now Matt Sotillo-Cooke.
  • Bach, by popular demand
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 22 Apr 2024

    Well, it was worth waiting for... After a four-year delay and a challenging rehearsal term, we at last brought JS Bach's B Minor Mass to a packed St Mary's Church in Hitchin.
    Our inspiring musical director and the spirited playing of period baroque orchestra Musica Donum Dei kept the choir energised throughout a demanding performance, which was enriched by the glorious voices of Emilia Bertolini (soprano), Hera Protopapas (mezzo), Simon Carter (tenor) and Daniel Vening (bass).
    It was wonderful to share this magnificent work with so many people; we are grateful for the generous donations towards choir funds, and thank everyone involved in putting on the concert.
  • Bach B Minor Mass Workshop
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 12 Feb 2024
    Our workshop on the Bach B Minor Mass was a great success, and earned high praise from the many guest singers who joined us for a tough but rewarding morning at Christchurch. Thanks as ever to the brilliant leadership of Harry Bradford, supported magnificently at the piano by James Orford, and to the volunteers who provided all the cake!
  • Harry Bradford ARAM
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 3 Feb 2024
    Congratulations to Harry, who has been named in the Royal Academy of Music's list of Associate Honours for 2023-24 in recognition of his significant contribution to the musical landscape
  • Harp 1 - Tractors 0 : another Christmas win
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 4 Jan 2024
    To be a successful soloist at the Guild's Christmas concert, apparently it isn't enough to be supremely talented - you also need to be able to compete with dozens of hooting, tooting farm vehicles trundling past the church at the most sensitive moments...

    For the second year in a row our concert at Walsworth Road Baptist Church clashed with the festive tractor parade, and our wonderful professionals came through the ordeal with (Christmas) bells on. Royal harpist Alis Huws, tenor Alexander Hume and Colin Spinks at the organ were more than equal to the challenge, and our conductor Harry Bradford controlled proceedings in his usual unflappable style from a podium which he declared to be even higher than last time. With a number of other rival attractions in town on the same evening, the audience was modest but spirited, joining in energetically with the congregational carols and offering wholehearted applause. Our grateful thanks go to everyone involved.
  • Thank you for your support
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 4 Dec 2023
    Herts Young Carers, the charity for our Elijah concert, raised £332.77 from interval refreshments and wish to thank everyone who donated.
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