About The Hardynge Choir

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.  

Three or four concerts are given each year, usually with professional orchestras and soloists.

Rufus Frowde joined us as Music Director in May 2011, and The Hardynge Choir celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016.

The Hardynge Choir has been a member of the
St Albans St Cecilia Festival Society for many years, and has enjoyed the opportunities to sing large scale works in St Albans Cathedral.

The Hardynge Choir is grateful to the Williams Church Music Trust for generous financial help, and for the support of many valued programme advertisers.


We are unusual among successful large choirs in that there are no formal individual auditions for entry or ongoing membership.  We believe that singing should be taken seriously with commitment and effort, but above all should be fun and open to as many people as possible. The Hardynge Choir is proud of its many years of inclusive approach to membership.

If you’d like to join us please telephone Primrose Watts, Membership Secretary, on 01582 460092, or email


Hardynge Choir concerts and other activities are organised by a Committee whose Officers are elected at the AGM. The AGM is held before a rehearsal early in the Winter term each year.  Audited financial accounts are also approved by members at the AGM.

The administration of the club is governed by the


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