Herts & Soul in Concert
Come, See and Hear Us!
This is the ‘proof is in the pudding’ bit! We’d love you to see us, hear us, join us. So why not take a bite and come to one of our concerts? Singing brings us all together, and it is together as one big soulful, tuneful family that many of us have braved all that life throws our way. We support each other just as our audiences support us and the local community too. A concert is not a concert without the valuable contribution of those in the audience – we love our enthusiastic and generous fans!
2010 – 2022: 10(+2) Years of Herts & Soul!
In 2020 Herts & Soul was ten years old! And we were all set to have a bumper year of glorious Soulster singing and celebratory fundraising concerts and activities to mark our 10th anniversary. However, a certain global crisis put paid but it didn’t stop us! We’ve known for a long time that singing is therapeutic and that it triggers all sorts of positive vibes in the body. During such difficult times, when we were separated by distance and deprived of social closeness, it was imperative that we found a way to keep this positivity alive and the spirit of the choir community intact. And so, the ‘virchearsal’ (virtual rehearsal) was born!
Our virchearsals happened on YouTube every Friday night during Lockdown and they continued to give a nod to the normality which had been so absent. They also created of sense of community which helped to combat potential loneliness and mental health issues caused as a result of isolation, as well as providing a reassuring structure to the week.
10(+2) Anniversary Concert – Sunday 12 June 2022
And so after nearly three years’ absence from performing to an audience, we are delighted to say that we are back and in full and fine voice! We simply cannot wait to return to the stage for our 10(+2) Anniversary Concert which will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 12 June 2022 at South Mill Arts Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. The concert will be a fantastic assortment of favourite Soulster songs from the past twelve years including pop, rock, soul, choral and musical theatre (with maybe a little audience sing-a-long thrown in!). We plan to raise the roof and raise some more funds once again for Isabel Hospice. It promises to be as uplifting as it is celebratory and we’d love you to come and celebrate life, song and community alongside us!
Tickets are on sale now from the SMA Box Office on 01279 710200 or book online here. See you there!
Here We Come A-Soulsterin’
As covid numbers once again increased around Christmas, and with the safety of our Soulsters and our audiences at the forefront of our minds, the planned Christmas Concert once again took on a slightly different shape.
Having mastered the technology last year, creating another virtual – and magical – Christmas concert was second nature to our talented Musical Directors Susie and Peter! Here We Come A-Soulsterin’ was a little different to one of our ‘live’ concerts, but as ever with Herts & Soul concerts, it was an uplifting feast of energy and joy.
Over £1,000 raised!
And what’s more, we were more than a little bit pleased to be able to support Isabel Hospice once again. And with over £1,000 raised via our JustGiving page, it really was the icing on our choral Christmas cake!
Over the last two years Isabel Hospice has extended its care and support to also admit end of life Covid19 patients who can benefit from the palliative care support. The hospice is also offering bereavement support to all families who have lost a loved one to the devastating virus.
“We do so rely on the support of our local communities to enable us to continue to provide this vital and support to so many patients and their families,” said Renee Friend, Isabel Hospice’s Community Fundraising Champion, “and this has been doubly difficult during such challenging times when so many events have been cancelled. It is a joint effort; together we care.”
When Gareth Malone, Britain’s best known choir leader, showed his support for Herts and Soul during the early years of its growth by saying, “It’s great to see a choir such as Herts & Soul sitting at the heart of its community and supporting it so positively through the power of singing,” he wasn’t wrong! The benefits of their virtual Christmas Concert was felt by those watching, those taking part, as well as by those supported by Isabel Hospice. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Every donation was much appreciated, however large or small.
We hope you enjoy watching the concert as much as we did making it!
Summer 2018 – Herts and Soul Singin’ and Swingin’ with the Umbrella Big Band
The summer months in Soulsterville were spent immersing ourselves in the awesome, often nostalgic sounds of the Big Band era. We were privileged to join forces with Cambridge’s 15-piece Umbrella Big Band (www.umbrellabigband.co.uk) to present a concert of uniquely arranged big band, swing and jazz numbers.
Here’s how the Independent newspaper described the show which raised £2000 for our charity partner, Isabel Hospice:
Spring 2018 – Herts and Soul Choir sings the 60s and 70s
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 April 2018 Cat Barkley
Billed as ‘the choir that rocks the community’, Bishop’s Stortford’s popular Herts and Soul Community Choir will be turning back the musical clock this Sunday with a concert celebrating the best hits from the Swinging Sixties and Sizzling Seventies.
Not only did we have a choral ball (how couldn’t we with various Beatles, Freddie Mercury’s, Elvis’s, Boogie Wonderlanders, Dusty’s, Lulu’s and Cher’s amongst us?!), but we also raised over £1700 for our charity partners too.
Below are some photos of the concert…and a link to a wee video of us in action: