Hertfordshire Chorus

Hertfordshire Chorus About our choir

Hertfordshire Chorus, directed by David Temple, is one of the finest large choirs in the country, with 130 members of all ages from across Hertfordshire, surrounding counties and London. We offer a high standard of music in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Our repertoire is varied; recent programmes have included Elgar's The Kingdom, Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Berlioz’s Te Deum and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music as well as Tippett’s A Child of our Time, Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor and songs by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.

We sing in some of the top venues in the UK, with appearances in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and The Sage Gateshead, as well as concerts in and around Hertfordshire, including St Albans Cathedral.

We have a special fund to commission new music, maintaining and developing choral singing for the future. We are particularly proud of the work we do with children, to help encourage the next generation of choral singers and music enthusiasts.


We're always looking for new singers to join Hertfordshire Chorus. We have singers of all ages and are particularly pleased that a large number of younger people have joined us in recent years. Students can take advantage of much reduced subscriptions and concessionary rates are also available for those in receipt of state pension or JSA. If you're looking for a friendly, quality choir, read on - or click on the leaflet image below to download more information.

We usually rehearse on a Wednesday from 7.30-10pm at Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Woods Avenue, Hatfield, Herts AL10 8NL. Click here for a map. You are welcome to come along to any regular rehearsal, but please check with us first as sometimes the venue changes.


Our musical director, David Temple, is renowned for his talent, inspiration and enthusiasm. He demands high standards of musicianship and whole-hearted commitment from us all and puts huge energy into every project. Through David’s wide choral experience we are constantly being introduced to stretching and enjoyable repertoire, both existing and newly-commissioned, which challenges both musicians and audiences to travel on new musical journeys.

David has been musical director of Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000. In May 2011 he conducted the Chorus in Brahms' German Requiem and the world première of Will Todd's Ode to a Nightingale at the Barbican. Other concert highlights include a critically acclaimed performance of Elgar's The Kingdom in St Albans Cathedral in 2010.

David's commissions with Hertfordshire Chorus include Will Todd's Mass in Blue which is performed all over the world, and Orlando Gough's Ice, which was premièred at the new Kings Place concert hall in January 2009. David makes frequent visits to The Sage, Gateshead - most recently in May 2012 with Hertfordshire Chorus featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Diamond Jubilee composer Will Todd.

Under the exclusive direction of David Temple, Crouch End Festival Chorus is now one of the UK's leading symphonic choirs. David has collaborated closely for many years with Ray Davies of the Kinks, including at the BBC's 2007 Roundhouse Electric Proms series, and in 2010 on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. David has also worked with Oasis, Goldfrapp and Travis; April 2010 saw CEFC's sixth concert with Ennio Morricone and in July 2010 David was chorus master for CEFC's appearance at the First Night of the Proms with Mahler's 8th Symphony.

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A Summer Miscellany with Hertfordshire Chorus / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-07-13T00:00:00Z">Sat 13 Jul 2013</span>A Summer Miscellany with Hertfordshire Chorus / Sat 13 Jul 2013

Hertfordshire Chorus with Charles Andrews piano David Temple conducting Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia Modern works by Barber Philip Glass...