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Copyright 2015 Hardynge Choir

Honorary President: Sasha Johnson Manning

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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 Lark Ascending

The Hardynge Choir gave a very successful concert to an appreciative audience on Saturday 28 March 2015. The concert opened with the choir singing Elgar’s rousing Give unto the Lord, with Richard Hills on the organ. That was followed by Handle’s Organ Concerto No. 13 (The Cuckoo and the Nightingale) with Rufus Frowde on the organ. The first half ended with another stirring Elgar work, Great is the Lord.

The second half of the concert opened with a beautiful performance of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending given by Nazrin Rashidova, Violin, and Matthew Woodward, Piano. Finally the choir and the Paean Ensemble, together with three fabulous soloists, Louisa Haggerty, soprano, Karl Gietzmann, countertenor and Angus McPhee, bass, gave a spirited performance of Purcell’s Come Ye Sons of Art.

Neil Buick wrote a glowing review of the concert, adding, "The concert was conducted brilliantly by Rufus Frowde, and all in all this was a wonderful concert and all concerned are to be highly praised.“

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