Current Season

2017-18 sees the Chorus presenting ten concerts in Halifax, Manchester, Edinburgh, Middlesbrough and Sheffield.

We will be singing with the Manchester Camerata, Bruckner Orchester Linz, three other Yorkshire choirs and the world famous Black Dyke Band. We will be joined by a wealth of solo talent, including acclaimed organist Jonathan Scott, and award-winning mezzo soprano Anna Harvey, who was born in Sheffield.

Sunday 15 October 2017, at 7.30pm, Victoria Theatre, Halifax

The Holy Face, Philip Wilby

The chorus presents the world premiere of Philip Wilby’s new oratorio for three choirs, orchestra and organ, with the Halifax Choral Society and the Yorkshire Youth Choir under the baton of Jonathan Pryce-Jones. Commissioned by Halifax Choral Society to celebrate their 200th anniversary, the work was written for orchestra and brass band accompaniment, and the three choirs have recorded it with the world-famous Black Dyke Band. More details (preface from the vocal score).

  • Philip Wilby The Holy Face
  • Mendelssohn Psalm 114
  • Bruckner Te Deum Laudamus

North of England Classical Orchestra, Jonathan Pryce-Jones, conductor

Halifax Choral SocietySheffield Philharmonic ChorusYorkshire Youth Choir

Saturday 16 December 2017, at 3pm & 7pm, Sheffield City Hall

Christmas Carol Concert

We join forces with the Black Dyke Band for the seventh year running for an intimate, heart-warming festive concert of carols and yuletide favourites. Take the whole family and sing along to beloved Christmas music including ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Away in a Manger’, 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.

Hosting is broadcaster and horn-player Tom Redmond, whose irrepressible passion for music and experience presenting diverse concerts around the world promises to bring a unique sparkle to an irreplaceable fixture in Sheffield’s festive calendar.

Tom Redmond presenter

Black Dyke Band, Dr. Nicholas Childsconductor

Sheffield Philharmonic ChorusDarius Battiwalla, conductor

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Saturday 27 January 2018, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

World Premiere of ‘Paradise‘ by Paul Mealor

The Chorus again takes part in a world premiere, this time of Welsh composer Paul Mealor‘s new work ‘Paradise’, which will be presented in Manchester with the world-famous Black Dyke Band. 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 will be recording ‘Paradise’ for what is likely to prove a very popular new CD to be released later in the year.

Black Dyke Band, Dr. Nicholas Childsconductor,

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor

Saturday 3 February 2018, at 7pm, Sheffield City Hall

MOZART Requiem

Jean-Claude Picard, a young conductor praised for the intensity and flair of his performances, directs the  Manchester Camerata and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus in Mozart’s great Requiem. Unfinished at the composer’s death, it was completed by a star pupil; its origins are somewhat shrouded in mystery and intrigue. But whatever those origins really were, it remains a profound musical experience for audiences and performers alike. The four wonderful soloists include Sheffield-born Anna Harvey, a prize-winning mezzo soprano hailed as ‘simply wonderful’ by the New York Times and ‘remarkable’ by the Times.

The lighter side of Mozart is in evidence in his beautifully buoyant ‘Linz Symphony’. He wrote it in just a few days while passing through the Austrian city of its title. The concert opens with Arvo Pärt’s Da Pacem Domine for strings, based on his great choral prayer for peace, a work of serenity and quite astonishing beauty.

Manchester CamerataJean-Claude Picard conductor

Ailish Tynan soprano, Anna Harvey mezzo-soprano

Nicholas Mulroy tenor, Peter Harvey bass-baritone

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Saturday 20 April 2018, at 9.15pm, Sheffield City Hall

After Hours concert

The Chorus provides an extra choral treat to those attending the orchestral concert in the Irwin Mitchel Hall, by presenting a short, free ‘After Hours’ concert in the beautiful City Hall ballroom immediately after the main concert, accompanied by the Chorus’ new accompanist Rachel Fright on piano. The programme has yet to be finalised but will include ‘Zigeunerlieder’, a charming set of gypsy songs composed by Brahms in 1891.

Darius Battiwalla conductor, Rachel Fright piano,  TBA tenor

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Saturday 5 May 2018 at 7pm, Sheffield City Hall

MAHLER Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’

Markus Poschner, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, soloists and the joint forces of the Sheffield and Leeds Philharmonic Choruses perform Mahler’s truly epic ‘Resurrection’ Symphony. It promises to be an unforgettable experience.

The highly dramatic first movement portrays a superman’s titanic struggle with fate. The second and third movements offer contrast, the text of the latter describing St Anthony’s sermon to the fishes. Then, as the orchestra falls silent, the alto soloist enters in magical fashion, the voice of religious faith. Finally, voices, orchestra and organ combine in what could well be the most awe-inspiring vision of redemption and re-birth in all music.

The performance in Sheffield is the culmination of a short tour, with concerts in the Usher Hall Edinburgh on 29 April, and the newly-refurbished Town Hall in Middlesbrough on 30 April 2018.

Bruckner Orchester Linz, Markus Poschner conductor

Brigitte Geller soprano, TBC alto

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

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Saturday 9 June 2018, 7.30pm, Sheffield City Hall

ROSSINI Petite Messe Solonnelle

The 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 concert will include a solo piece for harmonium, together with a short talk about the instrument from Jonathan Scott.

Jonathan Scott, harmonium, Nigel Gyte, piano

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor

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