Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus concerts 1999–2000

Saturday October 16th 1999, Sheffield City Hall

  • Beethoven: Symphony no.9
  • Bach: Suite no.3

Lynda Russell (soprano), Anne Mason (alto), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Hallé Orchestra, Nicholas Kraemer

"This is a chorus singing with a fervour we have rarely heard from them in recent years. Under their new conductor, Darius Battiwalla, they are rejuvenated and will certainly be the chorus in this part of the country with a bright new future." Yorkshire Post

"The last movement had a degree of excitement because the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus (singing without scores) was in good voice." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday December 11th 1999, Sheffield City Hall

  • Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Parts I, II, III, VI)

Jenny Saunders (soprano), Gaynor Keeble (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Jeremy Huw Williams (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Northern Sinfonia, Simon Halsey

Saturday December 18th 1999, Sheffield City Hall

  • Christmas Concert

Valerie Singleton (presenter)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Darius Battiwalla

Saturday April 15th 2000, Sheffield City Hall

  • Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia ona Theme of Thomas Tallis
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations

Michael George (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Hallé Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes

"Under their new chorus master, Darius Battiwalla, the Sheffield Philharmonic is the most improved choir in the area, their participation in Walton's Belshazzar's Feat suitably red-blooded." Yorkshire Post

Saturday May 20th 2000, Leeds Town Hall

  • Verdi: Requiem

Lynne Dawson (soprano), Louise Winter (mezzo), Bonaventura Bottone (tenor), Matthew Best (bass)

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky

"I thought that Saturday night's performance of the Verdi Requiem was one of the musical highlights of my life." Dr Fanny Waterman, letter to the Yorkshire Post