2018-19 sees the Chorus presenting concerts in Germany as well as Sheffield. We will be singing with the Royal 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 entitles you to a £5 discount – so save your tickets and book early!
Both concerts attracted large audiences – and more than one very positive mention of the Chorus in Petroc Trelawny’s show on BBC Radio 3.
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. Link to News item.
Sunday 10th March 2019 at 5pm, City Hall ballroom
Classical Sheffield Weekend
The Chorus will present an hour-long concert as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival, which has three themes – Women in Music, Future Makes and Music beyond Borders. The programme features four songs by Lili Boulanger, Hymne au Soleil and Soir sur la Plaine sung by the Chorus and Reflets and Attente by soprano Caroline Taylor, who will also sing Elegie by Lili’s sister Nadia Boulanger. Abendfeier in Venedig by Clara Schumann, Schone Fremde by Fanny Hensel and Rebecca Clarke’s Music, when soft voices die complete the line-up of works by women composers.
Schoenberg’s fiendishly difficult Friede auf Erden will be the Chorus’ tribute to a future maker from the past, and Yorkshire-born Frederick Delius’ To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water completes the programme.
The concert was a great success, as was the rest of the Classical Weekend festival. Link to Review of the concert in the Sheffield Telegraph.
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Darius Battiwalla conductor
Caroline Taylor soprano
Rachel Fright piano
Saturday 6th April 2019, 7pm, Sheffield City Hall
Bach B Minor Mass
The Chorus will be joined by the Royal Northern Sinfonia 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.
Royal Northern Sinfonia
Andrew Griffiths conductor
Fflur Wyn soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Ed Grint bass
Please note that presentation of your B Minor Mass ticket when booking for the Holy Face concert entitles you to a £5 discount – so save your tickets and book early!
The concert was a great success, gaining a very positive review in the Sheffield Telegraph which you can read here.
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 a very popular CD ‘Black Dyke Gold’ which you can read about and order from here.
Halifax Choral Society
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Yorkshire Youth Choir
Darius Battiwalla, conductor, organist for Cinema
Catrin Pryce-Jones soprano
Emma Stannard alto
Richard Rowe tenor
Jerome Knox bass
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 tickets for under 18s are FREE! Also note that there is a £5 discount available, on presentation of a ticket for either the Christmas concert or the B Minor Mass – so save your tickets and book early!
See What’s On this week in Sheffield on the Classical Sheffield website
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