Musical Director

John Andrews was appointed as Musical Director in 2006. He has proved to be an inspirational conductor who makes rehearsals fun whilst working us hard. He has increased our repertoire,  musicality and enhanced our performances with the introduction of superb professional soloists from his wide network of contacts.  He has  conducted the National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, English Touring Opera and Opera Holland Park.
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Rehearsal Accompanist

Vivien Powles holds both an LTCL Performer’s Diploma and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment from Trinity College of Music, London.  As well as being Harpenden Choral Society’s rehearsal accompanist, she works as a ballet accompanist for The Louise Sheaves School of Dance in Harpenden and The Carter School of Dance in Hertford.  Vivien is also listed on the Royal Academy of Dance database to help RAD teachers and administrators find local pianists for training, exams or courses.   She works with singers, instrumentalists and dancers of all ages, specialising in examination accompaniment and recital work.

She sings regularly in cathedral services with The Royston Priory Singers and with Choir 18, a small group of singers who perform a wide repertoire in some of Europe’s most amazing buildings. She usually joins the sopranos of HCS in concerts when her keyboard skills are not required!