The Harmonaires Choir in Bishop's Stortford, was founded by Chris Humphreys and Josie Cowley (MEd Cantab) in late 2014. A school teacher, choral singer and classically trained soprano, Josie was keen to develop a tight SATB adult choir in Bishop's Stortford that wasn't exclusively a choral society, nor a rock/pop singing group. Her vision was to be able to have a concert that featured Tallis, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Rutter, Chilcott, Coldplay, Elbow and Take That. We wanted to do the lot! And we do, every single time we perform. Widely regarded for our eclectic and uplifting music, The Harmonaires Choir has quickly gained a reputation for the most engaging and uplifting choral concerts in the region.
Throughout the year we perform a minimum of 3 concerts, participate in a choral event (competition or festival), perform a lunchtime concert at various cathedrals within the region and manage to squeeze in some hired events such as Voices for Hospices, carolling for Christmas events and even weddings when we can. If you want to book us or work with us for a future concert, get in touch for hire fees.
We are always on the look out for new members. All we ask is that you try us on for size for a few weeks before having a voice check with Josie - an informal sing along together so Josie knows you're in the right section and sitting with the best combination of voices. Most of our members don't read music - we still do tricky stuff, but the learning is fun and there's bags of support to help get the notes in! After you've settled in, we will have a vocal health check to see how you're getting on.
We rehearse on Mondays 7.45-9.30pm at the URC, Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford.