We’re a friendly crowd – although we are a crowd. We rehearse and socialise at least once a week for roughly ten months of the year and with around 200 members we can produce a mighty sound.
We encourage and help members to be the best singers they can be, both technically and vocally. We work with professional musicians and soloists, running workshops and choral training weekends so that people can polish their sight reading, learn new vocal techniques and spend time doing the thing they love – singing.
We have an enviable reputation for the quality of our performances and we exist to give local people a chance to sing with talented professionals and perform some of the most glorious choral music ever written.
But it’s not all work!
Every two years, we tour overseas – we’re off to Naples and Sorrento in 2017. In 2015 we journeyed to Lisbon to enthusiastic audiences who came to hear us in magnificent church venues and before that, in 2013, we were in Munich and Salzburg.
We regularly meet for a drink in the pub after rehearsals and we have an end of season event (bring your party piece) before we break for the summer. There are also opportunities to get involved in our community activities which include singing to the elderly, running a jumble sale to raise funds, bidding for lots at our occasional charity auctions and performing at local public social events.
Our private Members’ page gives members the opportunity to exchange messages with other singers in the choir, find information about rehearsals, other concerts and even suggest choral pieces for future programmes.
And then there’s the opportunity to volunteer. A choir our size takes a lot of organising, all of which is undertaken voluntarily so we encourage all our members to get involved. Whether you have a talent for handling the public, talking to music journalists or persuading local businesses to advertise in our programmes, or even just baking cakes for our rehearsals, you’ll find a warm welcome at HCS!
Want to find out more? Have a look at how you join us