Hardynge is the ancient name for Harpenden, dating from when it was a farming hamlet growing wheat for the nearby manor of Wheathampstead. The choir's name and logo symbolise these enduring connections.
The Hardynge Choir started in 1966 and continues to provide a challenging outlet for singers wishing to perform mainstream choral works alongside inventive programming and the commissioning of new repertoire. The choir currently has over 60 members.
There are no formal individual auditions for entry or ongoing membership. We believe that singing should be taken seriously and worked at hard, but above all it should be fun and open to as many people as possible.
Three or four concerts are given each year, usually with professional orchestras and soloists.
Our next concert, Magnificat, our annual Christmas concert, will take place at St John’s Church, Harpenden, on Monday 18 Deceber 2022 at 8:00pm. It will include a selection of Marian music, carols for choir and audience, and festive readings. Marian music, venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary, includes much beautiful music for Christmas.
The concert is in support of the Charity Electric Umbrella who produce amazing live music experiences with learning disabled people.
St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society Concert
On Saturday 15 October 2022, Hardynge Choir, together with other members of the St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society, performed Haydn's The Creation to a very appreciative audience in St Albans Cathedral. The St Cecilia Society comprises the Aeolian Singers, The Hardynge Choir, Radlett Choir, St Albans Chamber Choir and the St Albans Symphony Orchestra. It was SASO's 90th Anniversay Year, so they had commissioned a new piece, Hartwood Wilding. The Creation was conducted by John Gibbons, Music Diretor of St Albans Chamber Choir, and Hartwood Wilding was conducted by the composer, James Francis Brown.
In his opening remarks, John Gibbons noted that Parts 1 & 2 of The Creation related to the creation of the world and all the living creatures, whilst Part 3 was about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, so it made sense to perform Hartwood Wilding after the interval, before Part 3 of The Creation. We were extremely fortunate to be joined in The Creation by three outstanding soloists, Inna Husieva -
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