Hesperos was dreamed up in February 2018, on a rainy evening in Battersea. The idea was to set up a new London-based choir, made up of a group of university friends who wanted to make music together. Our membership has since grown to welcome singers from different backgrounds, all linked by the same aim: to make choral music together to a high standard and to have fun doing it. Hesperos, the evening star of Greek mythology, alludes to a shared love of choral evensong, through which the founding members of the choir first met.
We enjoy discovering new music as well as revisiting pieces we have known and loved for a long time. Our repertoire varies from early polyphony to neglected 20th century composers and new commissions.
We are a chamber choir of eighteen or so dedicated singers. Others join our weekly rehearsals as often as they can, juggling their singing with a busy working life. We are all experienced singers who enjoy making music in a relaxed environment. Our music directors, Charlie Warren and Elizabeth Leather, share conducting duties.