News and recent events
Recital by Simon Harper and Eleanor Perks
Music Director Simon Harper (tenor), accompanied by Eleanor Perks (piano), gave a wonderful song recital in aid of The Friends of Hereford Chamber Choir at Holy Trinity Church on Saturday 25 September 2021. An audience of around 100 came to hear Simon perform Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, Fauré’s Cinq Mélodies de Venise, and songs by Britten, Finzi and Schubert. Thanks to Simon, Eleanor, the helpers, and to everyone who attended - it was a lovely evening.
Return to singing!
Music Director Simon Harper led two hugely successful choral workshops on Saturday 10 October 2020 at Holy Trinity Church in Hereford. 45 singers from the Herefordshire area sang at one of the two workshops, some for the first time since March! Thanks to Simon for his expert direction. Feedback was so positive that another workshop on the choruses from Handel's Messiah is being planned. For more details visit our Choral Workshop page here.
On Saturday 8 February 2020 the choir hosted a highly successful choral workshop. 53 local singers enjoyed a morning of singing music inspired by angels, including Tudor composer Thomas Weelkes’ joyous motet Gloria in excelsis Deo, and William Harris’ exquisite double-choir anthem Faire is the heaven. Our next choral workshop is scheduled for Saturday 10 October 2020, although this is provisional. If you enjoy singing then we would love to see you! Check our Tickets and Concerts page for more details and updates.
Gaudete! Music for Advent and Christmas
On 11 December 2019 the choir teamed-up once again with 'Cafe at All Saints' for a lovely evening of food and music at All Saints Church in Hereford. The choir, conducted by Simon Harper, presented an eclectic programme of old and new Advent music to a sell-out audience.
If you missed this event, the choir will return to All Saints soon - see our Concerts and Tickets page for more details.
Two Souls in One
On 9 November 2019 the choir, alongside the Royal Academy of Music Harp Ensemble, professional actors Tim Bannerman and Lizzie Brailsford (narrators), and conducted by Simon Harper, gave the first performance of Robert Peate's composition Two Souls in One. The programme also included Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and Holst's Hymns from the Rig Veda. The concert was a tremendous success, and saw one of the choir's largest ever audiences. Kindly supported by the RVW Trust, the Elmley Foundation, and the Royal Academy of Music.
September 2019 saw our Music Director, Simon Harper, lead a workshop for singers from across the county on the theme of emotion in music, focusing on choral works from the 16th century. Our next choral workshop is scheduled for Saturday 10 October 2020, although this is provisional.
If you enjoy singing and would like to come along then we would love to see you! Check our Tickets and Concerts page for more details and updates.
Our flagship concert of the year - Italian Splendour - took place on 7 June 2019 as the choir, conducted by Simon Harper, was joined in Hereford Cathedral by the Central England Camerata orchestra and soloists to perform the best of Italian Baroque including Handel's Dixit Dominus and music by Monteverdi and Gabrieli.
It was an outstanding concert. Many thanks to the hundreds who turned out, and to the Friends of Hereford Cathedral who hosted and supported the evening.
Our 2019 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.
Singing the services at Bristol Cathedral during the last weekend in February 2019 was a musical and social success. The choir, conducted by Simon Harper, sang Evensong on the Saturday evening, and the Eucharist and Evensong services on the Sunday. The premiere of composer Edward Pullin's Preces and Responses was a particular highlight. The choir also enjoyed a fabulous meal at the Riverstation restaurant on the waterfront on the Saturday evening.