Harpenden barbershop harmony chorus have busiest December schedule yet
PUBLISHED: 11:41 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:28 14 January 2019
A male barbershop harmony chorus from Harpenden were busy all December raising money for various charities.
The Kings of Herts took on six performances in five weeks, with five in the last two weeks, in aid of different charities including Rennie Grove Hospice Care, Macmillan Cancer Support, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Keech Hospice Care and Joy World Fund.
It was the group’s busiest Christmas schedule since 1983.
Chairman Peter Browell said it was hectic and challenging: “With 30 plus active members, we are a healthy size, but ensuring a strong presence at so many daytime and evening performances stretched us to the limit.
“It is one of the reasons we are always looking for new voices. I can’t praise the guys enough for their commitment.”
On two successive nights in late November, the kings performed alongside comedy, poetry, singing and dancing from the St Albans Company of Ten theatre group to audiences totalling 400 at the Abbey Theatre in aid of Rennie Grove.
That charity was also the beneficiary when the kings collaborated with Biggleswade all-female choral group The Amici Singers at St Peter’s Church, in a concert on December 6 hosted by BBC1’s Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes.
The kings then raised £171 at Christopher Place shopping centre on December 8 and £210 at Harpenden Station on December 14, both for Rennie Grove.
Next, a two-hour carol concert at London Luton Airport collected £190 for Macmillan Cancer Support on December 18.
Then, on December 22, the kings assembled again to sing at Burston Garden Centre in St Albans to raise £170 for the Cardiac Risk in the Young.
Peter said: “You don’t have to be able to read music to sing in a barbershop chorus and it offers a certainty of fun and friendship - and singing is of course now recognised as a wonderful therapy for life’s stresses and strains.
“Come and join us, chaps.”
In October, the group also raised £900 at St Mary’s Social Centre in Dunstable for Keech Hospice and a children’s orphanage and primary school on the outskirts of Mombasa in Kenya called Joy World.
Find out more about the kings at www.kingsofherts.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org