About Us

Diverse backgrounds and age range

The Lea Singers are a Harpenden-based chamber choir of 30 singers. Our aims are to achieve high standards of singing and performance, and to contribute to our local community. In 2014 we launched our Summer Singing Festival, to create an event where local singers meet, discover and sing together.

Our annual programme typically includes 6-8 concerts in the Harpenden area and further afield, a cathedral tour, open singing days and the occasional recording. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at St George’s School, Harpenden. We are known for good music making, varied repertoire including commissions, excellent soloists, interesting concert venues and loyal patronage of a range of local hostelries….

We come from a wide range of musical backgrounds and have a thriving interns scheme for talented singers from local schools.

Over our 50 year history, the Leas have sung under 12 permanent conductors and many guests, each of whom has made a distinctive contribution to our style and repertoire. In October 2016 we appointed Tori Longdon to take up the baton.

The Lea Singers are a registered charity. In 50 years, we have raised over £50,000 for local good causes.

“Memorable Leas Moments? Best concert: St John Passion under Madeleine Lovell in 2008… Altos singing Abba at a fundraiser… Spine-tingling cathedrals… New commissions. I’ll let you into a secret: I’m really proud of the Bingham.”

Karen Cardy (Alto)