Registered Charity No. 1049352
Copyright 2016 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.
The Hardynge Choir opened its 2016 Christmas concert on Saturday 10 December 2016 with an exciting performance of Britten’s St Nicolas Cantata in St Nicholas Church, Harpenden. Philip Salmon was magnificent as St Nicolas. The Three Pickled Boys, sung by Sebastian Boxall, Jack Hadley and Cheuk-
In the second half of the concert the choir sang several carols, some with the audience. Also the strings of the Paean Ensemble gave a sensitive performance of The Holy Boy by John Ireland, probably his best known work. Once again Richard Hills gave an outstanding improvised organ solo on Christmas tunes, and he even managed to weave in Widor's Toccata: this caused much amusement for the audience and performers.
The highlight of the second half was the first performance of a new work Ring Out, Wild Bells written for The Hardynge Choir by our Honorary President, Sasha Johnson Manning. This is a delightful work.
Neil Buick wrote a complimentary review in the 22 December edition of the Herts Advertiser, enthusing that Ring Out, Wild Bells “was by far the most effective piece of the evening”.