Harpenden Choral Society is springing into action for a concert on Saturday, March 23.

The concert, which marks the new spring season, begins at 7.30pm at High Street Methodist Church and will feature the famed Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Duruflé’s Requiem.

Under the baton of musical director John Andrews, vocal talents for this performance include soprano Eli Rolfe-Johnson, mezzo Sophie Dicks, tenor Alex Haigh, and bass Felix Kemp.

The choir will be accompanied by King’s Sinfonietta Orchestra with Richard Gowers on the organ.

Haydn’s Nelson Mass, composed during the Napoleonic Wars, harmoniously blends the voices of soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists with a chorus, interspersed with short solos and ensemble passages.

The composition, from 1798, reflects Haydn's optimistic outlook on life despite the turbulent times in which it was written.


Duruflé's Requiem, composed during the Second World War, uses Gregorian chant melodies throughout, and has parallels with Gabriel Fauré's Requiem written 57 years earlier.

The choral society dates back to 1975, and has around 75 members.

Tickets for the concert are £18 for adults and £8 for children and students, and can be purchased at Creature Comforts, Thompsons Close Café or online via ticketsource.co.uk/harpendenchoralsociety.