Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus concerts 2001–02

Saturday September 29th 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Verdi: Requiem

Sandra Ford (soprano), Anne Marie Owens (alto), Dennis O'Neill (tenor), Orlin Anastassov (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Hallé Choir

Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder

"Throughout the choral singing was very fine, and with excellent clarity of diction, the hushed passages of the most beautiful quality." Yorkshire Post

"The combined Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Hallé Choir sang with excellent balance, diction and togetherness, and Elder got some splendid sounds from them." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday December 1st 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Handel: Messiah

Deborah York (soprano), Jean Rigby (alto), Mark Padmore (tenor), Michael George (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Hallé Orchestra, Harry Bicket

"Rarely can a Philharmonic performance of Handel's oratorio have been better than this. The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, in superb voice, sounded positively inspired." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday December 15th 2001, Sheffield City Hall

  • Christmas Concert

John Noakes (presenter)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Northern Symphony Orchestra, Darius Battiwalla

Saturday March 9th 2002, Sheffield City Hall

  • Mahler: Symphony no.2
  • Haydn: Symphony no.62

Lynne Dawson (soprano), Jane Irwin (alto)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Libor Pesek

"The chorus's hushed opening entry was magical, and throughout their brief appearance they were in fine form, bringing the work to a thrilling conclusion." Yorkshire Post

"The Philharmonic Chorus sustained the opening two verses of Klopstock's Resurrection Ode extremely well on their initial entry, singing with requisite power thereafter." Sheffield Telegraph

"This really caught the imagination of the City Hall audience. It was no surprise. Right from the opening bars you sensed this was going to be something special." Sheffield Star

Saturday April 6th 2002, Sheffield City Hall

  • Elgar: Spirit of England
  • Strauss: Metamorphosen
  • Sibelius: Symphony no.5

Cheryl Barker (soprano)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Hallé Choir

Hallé Orchestra, Mark Elder

"The 250 voices or so of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and members of the Hallé Choir made an exciting sound." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday May 11th 2002, Sheffield City Hall

  • Rachmaninov: The Bells
  • Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Glinka: Overture: Ruslan and Ludmilla
  • Khatchaturian: Spartacus

Igor Tchetuev (piano)

Louise Canon (soprano), Darren Abrahams (tenor), Roland Wood (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Dmitriev

"Combining the Sheffield and Leeds Philharmonic Choirs created the red-blooded power required for a thrilling performance of Rachmaninov's cantata The Bells" Yorkshire Post

"It was a fine performance, the combined Sheffield Philharmonic/Leeds Philharmonic choruses excelling in the Mussorgskyian choral writing of the third movement." Sheffield Telegraph

Saturday May 18th 2002, Leeds Town Hall

  • Rachmaninov: The Bells
  • Khatchaturian: Spartacus
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little (violin)

Louise Canon (soprano), Darren Abrahams (tenor), Roland Wood (bass)

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Dmitriev

Saturday July 20th 2002, York Minster

  • Beethoven: Symphony no.9
  • Britten: National Anthem
  • Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Festival Chorus

Orchestra of St John Smith's Square, John Lubbock