Partnership with Philharmonischer Chor, Bochum

Over the last few years, we have enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the Philharmonischer Chor of our twin city, Bochum, in Germany.

Most recently, we joined with them in a grand international celebration of song on Saturday June 5th 2010. The whole of the Ruhrgebiet (which includes Bochum) has been designated as European Capital of Culture 2010 and this musical extravaganza was part of the celebrations for this. Entitled Sing Day of Song, the event was the brainchild of Steven Sloane, Artistic Director of Ruhr 2010, Musical Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and well-remembered by many members of the Sheffield Phil as the conductor of a splendid Verdi Requiem in Leeds some years ago.

Sing Day of Song brought together choirs and singing groups from all over the world, many from towns and cities linked with their "twins" in the Ruhr region. Launched on German radio just after noon on 5 June, singers took part in musical events all over the Ruhr. Sheffield and Bochum Chorus members had spent the morning singing madrigals and traditional German songs in the Bochum shopping centre, including a never-to-be-forgotten rendition of two intertwined canons whilst going up the escalators!

Sheffield members again joined friends in the Bochum Chorus for the culmination of the event - over 60,000 people coming together to sing with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of "Maestro Sloane", in the international football stadium in Gelsenkirchen. A varied programme was performed (further details here), which included everything from Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and Verdi's 'Va Pensiero' to Lennon and McCartney's 'Let it Be' and the German traditional harvest canon 'Hejo!'. The event also featured children's, male and female vocal groups, opera diva Vesselina Kasarova, and Bobby McFerrin performing some of his very creative vocal improvisation. This unique event was broadcast on German television.

Find out more about our involvement in Sing Day of Song 2010:

2011

It is hoped that a number of the Bochum Chorus will be joining the Sheffield Phil at the grand celebration of the latter's 75th anniversary celebrations in the City Hall Ballroom on Saturday 18 June 2011. The choirs will perform a short concert together, and this will be followed by a spectacular party - something which members from both Choruses always enjoy!

Previous visits

2006

This began with a tour by members of their chorus here in July 2006, giving two concerts, in Sheffield and in Bakewell.

July 12th 2006, 7.30pm, All Saints’ Church Bakewell

  • Schubert: Mass in G major
  • Handel: Alexander’s Feast
  • Tippett: Four Negro Spirituals
  • and much more!

Amy Wood (soprano), Stewart Campbell (tenor), Benjamin Fawden (bass)

Neil Taylor (organ), Christian Nagel (piano)

Philharmonischer Chor Bochum

Harry Curtis (conductor)

PDF file of Bakewell concert poster, with more details

July 13th 2006, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral

  • Schubert: Mass in G major
  • Handel: Alexander’s Feast
  • Tippett: Four Negro Spirituals
  • and much more!

Amy Wood (soprano), Stewart Campbell (tenor), Benjamin Fawden (bass)

Neil Taylor (organ), Christian Nagel (piano)

Philharmonischer Chor Bochum

Harry Curtis (conductor)

PDF file of Sheffield concert poster, with more details

2007

In 2007, members of our chorus visited Bochum, and joined them in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem on Good Friday. Next year, we have again been invited to Bochum, to sing Orff’s Carmina Burana, in June 2009.

Friday April 6th 2007, Audimax Hall, Universität Bochum, Germany

  • Mozart: Requiem
  • Mozart: Fantasie f-moll für Orgel solo
  • Dupré: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra [Harry Curtis (conductor)]

Wayne Marshall (organ)

Violet Noorduyn (soprano), Anjara Ingrid Bartz (alto)
Robert Getchell (tenor), Thorsten Gümbel (bass)

Bochum Philharmonischer Chor, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Bochum Symphoniker, Wayne Marshall

Photos of our tour may be found here, here, and here.