The Hemel Hempstead Singers are encouraging people in the West Herts area to rediscover their singing voice and come along to its free taster rehearsals in January to join in and see if they’d like to be part of the choir.
The singers are a small friendly choir of around 25 people who give concerts in the local area.
They rehearse every Wednesday evening from 8 to 10pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Old Town, Hemel, and are having taster rehearsals on January 23 and 30. The music is varied, from the sixteenth century to the present day.
Musical Director Simon Pusey said: “For anyone who has made a New Year’s Resolution to do some more singing, or even for those who might not have thought about it, we welcome you to try out our free taster rehearsals in January.
We are a friendly informal group singing for pleasure, but aiming to achieve as high a standard as possible.
“We would welcome new members of any voice, and are particularly interested in enquiries from tenors and basses – men are always in short supply!
“We sing a wide range of music – at Christmas, we performed Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass and this spring, we will be singing Mozart’s Vespers. Although we don’t hold auditions some knowledge of sight reading is an advantage.”
One recently new member, Kathryn Stillman said:
“Although I work in London, and live in Hemel, I really wanted to join a choir local to my home. With the choir starting at 8pm, it meant I was able to get back from commuting in good time, and not be rushed to get to rehearsals.
“I had taster sessions at quite a few local choirs, and can honestly say that the Hemel Hempstead Singers were a lovely friendly group of people, who made me feel welcome from the start. The tea and biscuit break half way through also means we get the chance to chat and socialise. The rehearsals are just as much fun as the performances!”