Next event: Spring Concert 2022 - Handel's Messiah
Saturday, 2nd April 2022 at 7:30pm
Our Spring Concert - Handel's MessiahView details of next event »
We are a classical, auditioned choir of about 100 singers based in Harrow, Middlesex. Under our Music Director Simon Williams our repertoire includes works from 6 centuries of composition including the established choral masterpieces, modern works and newly commissioned music. Our President is Dame Emma Kirkby.
We perform 3 or 4 concerts each year with professional orchestras and soloists in some of the most prestigious venues in the area including the Elliott Hall, St Albans Cathedral, Watford Colosseum and the historic Speech Room of Harrow Public School. In addition, we undertake away-days in the UK and short tours to mainland Europe.
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Although we continued to operate very successfully during the worst of the pandemic, albeit virtually, we are now very much enjoying the resumption of in-person rehearsals. Here is a SHORT VIDEO from our Music Director, Simon Williams, talking about our recent activities and immediate future.
Our first performance of the new season was on Saturday 16th October and was a short, free concert dedicated to the people of Harrow, and particularly to the members and friends of the choir, whom we lost during the pandemic. Here is a SHORT EXCERPT.
Our Christmas Celebration concert was on Saturday 18th December in the magnificent and historic Speech Room of Harrow School - guest speaker: Timothy West. Our Spring concert will be a performance of Handel's Messiah on Saturday 2nd April 2022 - also in the Speech Room. Please see the EVENTS PAGE for more details
Meanwhile, if you would like to consider joining us, you are most welcome to come to one of our Monday evening rehearsals – St Alban’s Church Hall, Norwood Drive, HA2 7PF – commencing 7.45 pm. However, it is essential for the time being that you first make contact with our Membership Secretary so that we will know to expect you and so that you can be made aware of the various Covid-19 protocols and precautions that we still have in place for the time being. Our Membership Secretary is Olwen Moss - 020 8863 7830 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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There have been three main highlights so far to our 2021/2022 season. The first was the sheer pleasure of being able to resume 'in-person' rehearsing, which we did at the beginning of September after 18 months of 'virtual' rehearsing. The second was the short, extremely well attended concert that we performed at the end of October - dedicated to the people of Harrow, including our own members, whom we lost during the worst ravages of the pandemic. The third was our Christmas Concert on 18th December at the Harrow School Speech Room. It was unfortunate that our Guest Reader, Jane Asher, succumbed to Covid a few days before the event but we were delighted that Timothy West was able to step into the breach. It was a truly joyous occasion for everyone involved.View events
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We welcome new members and have a wide range of abilities. Some basic music-reading knowledge would be helpful but a willingness and aptitude to learn the music by virtue of regular attendance at rehearsals (and perhaps some homework) will usually suffice. In addition, we offer a range of opportunities for 'continuous improvement' under the banner of Harrow Choral Academy as well as willing and friendly support from more experienced members. Membership is free for anyone undegoing full-time education.Find out more