Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus concerts 2000–01

Saturday October 21st 2000, Sheffield City Hall

  • Elgar: Dream of Gerontius

Jean Rigby (alto), Julian Gavin (tenor), James Rutherford (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Hallé Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes

"Given the sort of performance it received under Owain Arwel Hughes on Saturday, with the Hallé Orchestra and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, the inspired vision of Cardinal Newman became vivid again." Yorkshire Post

"An exceptionally fine performance of Elgar's music drama with an astonishingly well-sung Gerontius from Julian Gavin at the heart of it. The Hallé were excellent throughout, the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus sang magnificently." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday December 16th 2000, Sheffield City Hall

  • Christmas Concert

Valerie Singleton (presenter)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Darius Battiwalla

Saturday January 26th 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Mozart: Requiem
  • Mozart: Overture: Magic Flute, Piano Concerto no.27

Yonty Solomon (piano)

Felicity Hammond (soprano)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

English Chamber Orchestra, William Boughton

"The major glory was the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus. Diction was exceptional, balance and tone colour excellent." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday March 10th 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Bach: Magnificat
  • Vivaldi: Gloria
  • Handel: Zadok the Priest
  • Handel: Concerto Grosso op.3, no.5

Carolyn Sampson, Libby Crabtree (sopranos), Michael Chance (countertenor)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Northern Sinfonia, Paul McCreesh

"Generally, the Phil were in splendid voice again. The good balance, rhythmic pliancy and projection in Mozart's Requiem in January was maintained." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday June 16th 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Vaughan Williams: Sea Symphony
  • Saint-Saens: Symphony no.3 (Organ)

Graham Eccles (organ)

Gail Pearson (soprano), Stephen Gadd (baritone)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Hallé Orchestra, Darius Battiwalla

"Darius Battiwalla conducted his first big works in Sheffield with seemingly revelatory results, especially in the Sea Symphony which appeared to have an awareness of its grandeur and expansiveness." Sheffield Telegraph

"The Chorus continued in good order, singing with conviction and clearly enjoying the work." Sheffield Star