Hurst Green Singers was founded in 1961, when the Reverend John Bickersteth, then vicar of St John’s Church, Hurst Green, gathered together a group of singers to assist in a production of TS Elliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ performed by players from Oxford University. The singers continued to meet informally, encouraged by the vicar (who later became Bishop of Bath and Wells), and so Hurst Green Singers was formed with Richard Carter as its first conductor.
Len Maynard took over as conductor in 1975 and the choir began to perform larger works, frequently with an orchestra of local musicians.
Michael Barlow, organist, accompanist, singer and conductor, took over in 1985.
The Choir has varied in numbers over the years, but seldom has less than forty members and sometimes as many as sixty or more. There are no auditions and the choir always encourages new singers and offers a warm welcome to new members, whether soprano, alto, tenor or bass.