Founder’s work has a place on Guild’s summer concert at Hitchin’s St Mary’s Church

John Railton, left, with the NHGS choir from the early 1970s.

John Railton, left, with the NHGS choir from the early 1970s. - Credit: Archant

Summer sounds will be filling Hitchin’s St Mary’s Church when the North Herts Guild of Singers stages a festival concert next week.

The Songs for a Summer Evening programme on Saturday, July 11, will feature five folk songs arranged by John Railton, the group’s founder – and noted musician, composer, conductor and teacher – who died two years ago.

Work by choral composer John Rutter and jazz pianist George Shearing is also included.

The choir, led by conductor Stephen Bullmore, has nearly 150 members drawn from three counties. Providing accompaniment on the night will be Colin Spinks (piano) and Alice Kent (double bass).

Tickets for the Hitchin Festival concert, which starts at 7.30pm, are £12 (£10 concessions and £5 for full time students) from the Hitchin Initiative offices in Churchyard or David’s Bookshop in Letchworth. You can also call 01462 790210, 01438 861185 or book online at

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter