Christmas 2018

Saturday 15 December 2018, 3pm & 7pm, Sheffield City Hall Christmas Carol Concert
Christmas Carols in the City Hall

Make your Christmas special with this concert full of lively favourites and traditional carols, sung by the full Chorus accompanied by the world-famous Black Dyke Band in the City Hall. Chorus and band join forces 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 music including ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘Away in a Manger’. There is no sound quite like that of a rousing Christmas carol played by a brass band and almost 200 singers, and with audience participation it’s sure to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit! 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 BandDr. Nicholas Childs, conductor

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Darius Battiwalla, conductor


Carol Concert at St Mary’s Parish Church, Tickhill

The Parish Church at Tickhill near Doncaster has been presenting a much-loved Christmas Carol Concert for some years, and this year’s concert will be held on Thursday 20 December at 7.30pm. The concert includes carols old and new, led by members of the chorus accompanied by Honorary Life Member Daniel Gordon on the organ. There will be festive readings by Sue Morton and organ solos by Daniel, a previous accompanist of the Chorus. Tickets are available on the door, priced £10 to include wine and mince pies.

‘Awake Arise’ – our Christmas CD – an ideal Christmas gift

Our Christmas CD

We were delighted to offer our Christmas CD ‘Awake, Arise! A Yorkshire Christmas Carol Collection for Brass and Voices‘, recorded with the world-famous Black Dyke Band. This collection has a real Yorkshire flavour and includes some of the Sheffield carols, traditionally sung in Sheffield pubs over the Christmas period.

It also includes arrangements by the Chorus’s gifted Music Director, Darius Battiwalla, of such Christmas classics as Joy to The World and O Holy Night, a firm favourite at our annual Christmas concerts at Sheffield City Hall. Other favourites include I Saw Three Ships and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and the band playing the March from Tchaicovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the wonderful Sleigh Ride from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé.

Go to our Christmas CD page for further details and to order your copy of this rousing  festive collection of carols.

Brass band enthusiasts may be pleased to read about our most recent recording, of Paul Mealor’s beautiful work Paradise, which we performed with the Black Dyke Band at the Festival of Brass earlier this year. Copies available from the Black Dyke Band website.  Also recorded this year was Philip Wilby’s brand new oratorio ‘The Holy Face‘, featuring the Halifax Choral Society and Yorkshire Youth Choir as well as our own Chorus, accompanied by the Black Dyke Band. Read further details or contact Halifax Choral Society to order copies.

Carol Singing

Each year members of the Chorus volunteer to sing Christmas carols at a range of venues around Sheffield, and this year’s festive sing-alongs include:

Sunday 9 December 2018 – St Luke’s Festival of Light Service of Remembrance at Sheffield Cathedral. 2.00pm. About 30 members of the Chorus lead the carols at this moving annual remembrance service of carols and readings.

Wednesday 19 December 2018 – Sheffield Railway Station 4.15pm to 6.30pm. A two hour unaccompanied sing-along to greet travellers arriving at the station – and hopefully collect lots of money for Heart Research UK!

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