The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is South Yorkshire’s foremost large mixed-voice chorus. We regularly sing with leading orchestras including the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic, the Northern Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata, and with internationally renowned conductors such as Gianandrea Noseda, Nicholas Kraemer, Jacek Kaspszyk, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, David Hill, Ryan Wigglesworth and James Burton. We perform with Orchestra in Residence the Hallé and acclaimed soloists as part of the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall in Sheffield, and at other venues around the UK. We frequently collaborate with other large choirs such as the Halle Chorus, the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the Halifax Choral Society.
The Chorus was founded in 1935 as the resident choir for the new Philharmonic Society’s series of concerts in Sheffield City Hall. It was formed from two Sheffield choirs whose origins date back to the 1860s. After the Second World War the Chorus became closely associated with John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra, with whom the Chorus sang in many other cities to great acclaim. Read more about our history here.
The Chorus is a registered charity which appoints a group of Trustees to plan what the Chorus does. The purpose of the Chorus is ‘to advance the education of the general public in choral music by the regular performance of such music from the widest possible repertoire and such means as the Committee think fit’.
The Chorus is a proud member of Classical Sheffield, a local charity which acts as an umbrella organisation for classical music-making in Sheffield, and Making Music, a national charity which supports music-making individuals and organisations.