Current Season

NEXT CONCERT – Saturday 9 June 2018, 7.00pm, Sheffield City Hall

ROSSINI Petite Messe Solonnelle

The 2017-18 season concludes with a return to the beautiful City Hall ballroom for a presentation of Rossini’s wonderful ‘Petite Messe Solennelle’, with acclaimed organist Jonathan Scott on harmonium, and the chorus’ previous accompanist Nigel Gyte on piano. The ‘little solemn mass’, written in 1863, will be performed close to the way Rossini originally scored it, for singers, soloists, piano and harmonium. Despite the name it is a fulsome work, the ‘petite’ referring to the original scoring for just piano and harmonium, which the composer always preferred.

The concert will include a solo piece for harmonium, together with a short talk about the instrument from Jonathan Scott, who, in addition to his career as an award-winning organist and pianist, is a specialist in music for the harmonium. Jonathan has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra of Opera North and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with solo appearances at the BBC proms and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. In collaboration with his brother Tom, Jonathan has released several recordings to great critical acclaim on the Scott Brothers Duo label, and the opportunity to hear him play in the beautiful City Hall ballroom is not to be missed.

Jonathan Scott, harmonium, Nigel Gyte, piano

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor

Charlotte La Thrope – soprano

Margaret McDonald – alto

Richard Rowe – tenor

Charles Murray – baritone

TICKETS (subject to booking fees) available online via the Classical Sheffield website / 0114 2 789 789 / in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office. / from members of the Chorus / on the door

2018-19 sees the Chorus presenting concerts in France and Germany as well as Sheffield.

We will be singing with the Northern Sinfonia, two other Yorkshire choirs and the world famous Black Dyke Band. We will be singing Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass and Messiah in Sheffield’s twin town of Bochum in Germany.

2018-19 season

12th to 17th July 2018 – Mini Tour in France

Members of the Chorus travel to France to sing ‘Le messe de deliverance‘ by François-Clément Théodore Dubois, a piece commissioned to commemorate WWII, in The Cathedral at Perigueux with L’ensemble Vocal de Périgueux and L’ensemble Vocal Arnault de Mareuil. Music Director Darius Battiwalla will play organ works as well as conducting the Chorus. Two further concerts in St Astier and Le Eglise de Excideuil will feature works by Arvo Pärt, Esenvalds Lielupe, Stanford, Parry, Rachmaninov and Saint-Saens.

Friday 9th November 2018, 9.15pm, Sheffield City Hall Ballroom

After Hours concert – ‘Beyond Wagner’

A choral treat to follow the Hallé concert, in the beautiful art deco City Hall Ballroom.

TICKETS (subject to booking fees) available online / 0114 2 789 789 / in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office / on the door

Saturday 15th December 2017, at 3pm & 7pm, Sheffield City Hall

Christmas Carol Concert

We join forces with the Black Dyke Band for the eighth year running for an intimate, heart-warming festive concert of carols and yuletide favourites. Take the whole family and sing along to beloved Christmas carols including local favourite ‘O Holy Night’ as well as some more contemporary choices, with world-class performers in the atmospheric setting of the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall.One of the most celebrated brass bands in history, the Black Dyke Band have toured the world to critical acclaim, won national and international competitions year after year and collaborated with a diverse range of famous musicians. Conducting them will be their esteemed Director of Music Dr. Nicholas Childs. Returning as host is BBC broadcaster Petroc Trelawny, now a firm favourite of the Chorus and with audiences of this irreplaceable fixture in Sheffield’s festive calendar.

Petroc Trelawney, presenter

Black Dyke Band, Dr. Nicholas Childs, conductor

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor

TICKETS (subject to booking fees) available online / 0114 2 789 789 / in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office / on the door

Thursday 7 February 2018, Bochum, Germany


Members of the Chorus will join the Bochum Choir to sing Messiah in English with the Bochumer Symphoniker in Sheffield’s twin city of Bochum, Germany.

8th – 10th March 2019

Classical Sheffield Weekend

The Chorus will present an hour-long concert of music by women composers across three centuries, as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival. Details to be finalised.

Saturday 6th April 2019, 7pm, Sheffield City Hall

Bach B Minor Mass

The Chorus will be joined by the Royal Northern Synfonia to sing Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass, widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history. For Hubert Parry, the B minor Mass was “the mightiest choral work ever written”, while for the organist and philosopher Albert Schweitzer it was “as enigmatic and unfathomable as the religious consciousness of its creator”. Assembled by Bach near the end of his life from his earlier settings of the Lutheran Mass, it is a work replete with great arias, uplifting choruses and thrilling orchestral writing, the trumpet lines being particularly stunning, and is a summation of the composer’s entire creative output. A remarkable experience is in store, under the spirited direction of Andrew Griffiths.

Andrew Griffiths conductor
Soloists to be announced

TICKETS (subject to booking fees) available online / 0114 2 789 789 / in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office / on the door

Sunday 9 June 2019, 3pm, Sheffield City Hall

The Holy FacePhilip Wilby, Paradise, Paul Mealor

The chorus is thrilled to be joined by the Halifax Choral Society and the Yorkshire Youth Choir to Sheffield to sing Philip Wilby’s The Holy Face, with a group of splendid soloists. The singers will be accompanied by the world-famous Black Dyke Band in this concert premiere of Philip Wilby’s new oratorio for three choirs, brass band and organ. Commissioned by Halifax Choral Society to celebrate their 200th anniversary, the work was written for orchestra and brass band accompaniment, and last season the three choirs premiered the orchestral version in Halifax, and recorded the brass band version with the Black Dyke Band. More details (preface from the vocal score).

Also on the programme will be Welsh composer Paul Mealor‘s new work ‘Paradise‘, which the Chorus premiered with Black Dyke Band in Manchester last season as part of the prestigious RNCM Brass Band Festival. Paul Mealor came into the public eye when his motet ‘Ubi Caritas et Amor‘ was performed at the Royal wedding in 2011, and Chorus and Band recorded ‘Paradise’ for what is likely to prove a very popular new CD to be released later in the year.

Halifax Choral Society 

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Yorkshire Youth Choir

Black Dyke Band, Dr. Nicholas Childsconductor,

Darius Battiwalla, conductor


See What’s On this week in Sheffield on the Classical Sheffield website