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Registered Charity No. 1049352

Copyright 2017 Hardynge Choir

Honorary President: Sasha Johnson Manning

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 mostly the mainstream Choral Society repertoire. The choir currently has 70 to 80 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.

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Concerts

The King Shall Rejoice

On Saturday 18 March 2017 Hardynge Choir gave a superb concert to a very appreciative audience. The concert opened with a spirited performance of  Handel’s Coronation Anthem The King Shall Rejoice. This was followed by Boyce’s elegant Symphony No. 1, played by the strings of The Paean Orchestra. The first half ended with the choir singing Andrew Carter’s tuneful Musick’s Jubilee. This work sets verses by Andrew Marvell (Musick’s Empire), John Dryden (from A Song from St Cecilia’s Day,1687), and Alfred Tennyson (from Song of the Lotos-Eaters) to create a work in praise of music, some of which is hauntingly beautiful.

In the second half of the concert the choir sang the rousing Dettingen Te Deum which Handel wrote to celebrate the famous English victory over the French, and the last occasion when a British monarch, in this case George II, led his troops into the field.  Brass featured fairly strongly in this work and the three trumpeters made a glorious, triumphant sound.  The choir was joined by five fabulous soloists; Ildikó Allen, Soprano; Jenny Bacon, Soprano; Bimbi Shaw-Cotterill, Mezzo; Martin Hindmarsh, Tenor; and Angus McPhee, Bass. Angus had first sung with us in 2001 as one of the Pickled Boys in Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata.

A New Love Song, only Ha’pence a Piece from Wheatley's Cries of London, reproduced from The Gentle Author's Cries of London.