2018-19 sees the Chorus presenting concerts in 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 presenting little-known works by women composers, a challenging work by Schoenberg, Philip Wilby’s new oratorio The Holy Face, as well as Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass, and choral favourite Messiah in Sheffield’s twin town of Bochum in Germany.
Friday 30th November 2018, 9.15pm, Sheffield City Hall Ballroom
After Hours concert – ‘Beyond Wagner’
A choral treat to follow the classical concert in the main hall, to be held in the intimate surroundings of the beautiful art deco City Hall Ballroom. The Chorus will sing works written by composers heavily influenced by Wagner and which take further his musical legacy. There will be three Bruckner motets: Ave Maria, Os Justi and Christus Factus est, and Reger’s beautiful Nachtlied. Finally the Chorus will sing Friede auf Erden, an early work by Schoenberg that takes Wagner’s harmonic language and pushes it as far as it will go. Though not Schoenberg at his most modern (not atonal or in his ‘twelve-tone’ system), it is still one of the most challenging unaccompanied choral pieces in existence, an amazing piece of music that should sound wonderful in the City Hall ballroom’s lovely acoustic.
This concert was extremely successful; a very positive review appeared in the Sheffield Telegraph which you can read here.
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
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor
Please note that presentation of your Christmas concert ticket when booking for the Holy Face concert before March 2019 entitles you to a £5 discount – so save your tickets and book early!
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.
Sunday 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. The programme will also include Schoenberg’s Friede auf Erden. Tickets for this concert will be on sale in the new year, priced £5. However, weekend passes for the whole Festival Weekend are fantastic value and are now on sale on the Classical Sheffield website.
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
Please note that presentation of your B Minor Mass ticket when booking for the Holy Face concert before the end of May 2019 entitles you to a £5 discount – so save your tickets and book early!
Sunday 9 June 2019, 3pm, Sheffield City Hall
The Holy Face, Philip 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) and buy the recording.
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
Darius Battiwalla, conductor
Please note that there is a £5 discount available, on presentation of a ticket for either the Christmas concert or the B Minor Mass, making the Holy Face concert free for under 18s – so save your tickets and book early!
See What’s On this week in Sheffield on the Classical Sheffield website
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