Hitchin Festival Concert

Leader: Janet Hicks

Conductor: Dafydd Billinghurst

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church


Gustav Holst: Brook Green Suite

Ralph Vaughan Williams: ‘Rhosymedre’

Jean Sibelius: 2 Pieces from Kuolema, Op. 44

Gerald Finzi: Five Bagatelles – with soloist Alison Eales

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B flat major


Adult/Concession £8*. Accompanied under 16s free.

*Plus booking fee of 50p in person or 67p online.

How to Book


Tickets for Saturday 10 July are available to purchase from the Hitchin Festival box office in the following ways.




In person:  Hitchin Information (1A Churchyard), open Tue–Sat 11am–2pm

Covid-19 Precautions

  • All entry is by pre-bookings through the Hitchin Festival ticketing system, which asks for contact details and a name for each ticket. Please bring evidence of your ticket purchase (printed at home or on a mobile device) so names can be checked on entry. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

  • Please don’t attend the concert if you or anyone in your household are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or if you have been asked to self-isolate due to contact with a positive case. See the Hitchin Festival box office terms and conditions here.

  • Doors will open at 7pm. Please queue following social distancing guidelines and enter the church only when there is sufficient space. Entrance will be via the south door of the church only. If you use the Test & Trace Covid-19 app, please scan the QR code on entering the building.

  • Audience members must bring a face covering to wear at all times in the building (unless under the age of 11 or exempt for health/disability reasons). The face covering must safely cover the nose and mouth and fit securely round the sides of the face.

  • Socially distanced seating, singly or in bubbles, will be allocated on arrival by front-of-house stewards. Please move directly to your seat without socialising with other concertgoers.

  • If you require a cushion please bring your own as the church kneelers are currently not available.

  • The concert will last around one hour, with no interval. At the end of the concert please exit the church directly and maintain a social distance from other concertgoers.

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided at key locations.

  • There will be toilet access in Church House before the concert.




Concert in Memory of Paul Rooke

Leader: Janet Hicks

Conductor: Rowan Baker

7.30 pm

St Mary's Church


 Rutland Boughton: A Summer Night

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor – with soloist Fenella Humphreys

Paul Adrian Rooke: Saxophone Concerto – with soloist Alison Eales

Edward Elgar: ‘Enigma’ Variations, Op. 36


In Advance*: Adult £12 or Concession £10.

On the Door: Adult £15 or Concession £13. Accompanied under 16s free.

*Available until midnight on the Wednesday before the concert.

How to Book


Tickets for our concerts will available to purchase in the following ways.


In person:  Hitchin Information (1A Churchyard) or on the door (subject to availability)

From members:  Place an order with your orchestra contact

Ways to Save


Patrons’ discount:  Members of the HSO Patrons scheme are entitled to a saving of £1.50 when buying their ticket. Visit Support Us for full details of how to become a Patron.


Buy in advance:  Benefit from a discount of £3 per ticket when bought by midnight on the Wednesday before a Saturday concert, compared to on the door.


Concessions:  This rate is available to people aged 65 and over, full-time students aged 16+ and people who are registered disabled.


Children:  Accompanied under 16s are admitted free of charge.