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?
Our We Are Family concert – the last concert that we held before the events of 2020 hit – was a fantastic evening where our repertoire of tunes was performed with gusto and passion. It was a particular favourite as it was a celebration of all things family, be it parents, siblings, partners, or the family that goes hand in hand with our Soulster community. 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. So if you came along, thank you for your valuable contribution – we love our enthusiastic and generous fans!
2010 – 2020: Ten 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. Four concerts were scheduled, together with appearances at the Bish Bash Stortford Musical Festival, the BSTC Remembrance Sunday Service, Isabel Hospital Lights of Love Service and UK Choir Festival. However, a certain global crisis may have temporarily put paid to that but it certainly hasn’t stopped our grand plans!
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 have been separated by distance and deprived of social closeness, it has been imperative that we find a way to keep this positivity alive and the spirit of the choir community intact. And so, the ‘virchearsal’ was born!
Our ‘virchearsals’ (virtual rehearsals), which have been happening on YouTube every Friday night since March, continue to give a nod to a normality which has been so absent recently. They also create of sense of community which helps when it comes to loneliness and mental health as well as providing a reassuring structure to the week.
Herts & Soul Virtual Christmas Concert
But with 40+ virchearsals already under our belts, the singing isn’t stopping there!
On Sunday 20th December, we released the Herts & Soul Virtual Christmas Concert, raising money for Isabel Hospice. We mastered the technology, recorded audio and video tracks at home, and the magical talent of Musical Directors Susie and Peter, created the first-ever Soulster Virtual Christmas Concert! We were so excited to be able to share it with our families, friends and the public, via our YouTube channel. It 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 £2,000 raised!
And what’s more, we were delighted to be able to support Isabel Hospice once again. And with over £2,000 raised via our JustGiving page, it really was the icing on our choral Christmas cake!
Over the last year 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 will be felt by those watching, those taking part, as well as by those supported by Isabel Hospice.
It’s not too late to make a donation to Isabel Hospice even though Christmas has come and gone. If you would like to do so, please visit the Herts & Soul JustGiving page. Any amount is appreciated; thank you.
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: