Why not come along and join the chorus?

We have a passion for singing and aim to be inclusive

If you share our passion for singing, and want to enjoy singing with some of Britain’s leading orchestras, we’d be delighted if you were interested in joining us! Follow the links on the left for more information on how to join us.

We know that singing makes us feel great but now research shows how singing can actually improve your health. Science is also discovering how singing can treat illnesses from ashtma to Parkinson's, including prevent colds and flu.

Simply come along to one of our regular rehearsals 7-9pm on Tuesday evenings. We rehearse at King Edward VII [King Ted's] Upper School, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PW.


Access by car
There are two vehicle access points from Newbould Lane and from Glossop Road.
There is car parking on site; however as the Language College part of KES is also open on Tuesday evening, there will be competition for places. As they start after us, early arrivals should be OK; places for non-disabled drivers cannot be guaranteed of course. There is
substantial street parking on Clarkhouse Rd. and other streets nearby after 6.30. Disabled access using ramps and a lift is from the town end of the site off Glossop Rd.

Access on foot / by Bus
There are numerous bus services stopping at the bus stops on the roads surrounding the school (Glossop Road, Newbould Lane and Clarkhouse Rd) and a lot of services. For details of bus routes, go to: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
In addition to the access points from Newbould Lane and from Glossop Road, there is pedestrian access from the city end of Clarkehouse Rd.

Alternatively, contact Sally Turnbull, the committee member responsible for new members, on 01433 630970 or 07771 578233, or email newmembership@SheffieldPhil.org.

Frequently asked questions

I used to sing a bit. I learned to read music at school but haven't done much for years. I don’t think I’d be good enough now to cope.

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Being surrounded by others singing the same part helps improve your confidence quickly. And the weekly practice improves sight-reading skills enormously!

There is a lot of camaraderie within the sections of the choir and you will find your fellow singers very kind and supportive. You are part of a team, after all.

There is always a period of “note bashing” at the beginning of a new piece as many people are studying it for the first time. You’ll be amazed at how quickly a tune becomes fixed in your head.

Tuition tapes are available to hire through the choir for many of the more difficult pieces and lots of people use them and find them invaluable.

If you don't feel confident with reading music, additional support may be offered in the form of a series of workshops which are run over a number of weeks. The Chorus regularly runs series of workshops for men. Workshops are at our usual rehearsal venue, King Edward V11 Upper School in Broomhill and run from 6:30pm - 7pm, following which men join the main rehearsal with the support of an existing Chorus member.

For details of forthcoming workshops, contact Sally Turnbull, our New Members Officer, on 01433 630970 / 07771 578233 or email newmembership@SheffieldPhil.org.

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is always pleased to invite new members in all voice parts and is currently planning a similar workshop series for women in the run up to our Victoria Hall concert on 7th June. Watch this space for further details!

All members of the chorus benefit from the expertise of a visiting voice coach who attends occasional rehearsals to take the warm up session. In addition, individual members are invited to receive one-to-one vocal training.

I’m an experienced singer and musician. I think I’d find all the learning stages boring and being part of a large choir unrewarding.

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We have a number of people in the same position, and they are drawn by the high standard of the choir and the beautiful music we perform. Also, without the Phil, they wouldn’t have the opportunity to sing with orchestras such as the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, or work under the direction of great conductors like Mark Elder. It is hard not to feel privileged whilst under the leadership of such wonderful musicians, and every concert is unique and unforgettable.

We perform a lot of concerts during the season, both in Sheffield and elsewhere and are usually rehearsing more than one piece at a time. No-one finds rehearsals dull — there is always something new to learn in a piece of music.

If you have ever attended a concert at a venue such as the Bridgewater Hall or Sheffield City Hall when a large chorus is performing, you will understand the power created by 200 voices. With every missing voice the magic is reduced.

Many of our members sing with other choirs and are equally loyal to both. A few even have soloist roles elsewhere.

I’d like to join, but I just don’t have the time.

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A minimum of 75% attendance of the relevant rehearsals is required in order to perform in a given concert. Most people are unable to give 100% attendance, and the majority of members have families or work. There will always be a concert that you can’t attend. The main season is relatively short, and tends to run from September to June

Can I come along and give it a try?

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Yes, come to any rehearsal you like. You may prefer to wait until we are beginning a new piece so that you hear us all struggling together! Coming for the first time to a rehearsal where we are familiar with something may be off-putting.

Tell me more about the rehearsals.

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Rehearsals are held between 7.00pm and 9.00pm each Tuesday at King Edward VII [King Ted's] Upper School, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2P. On street parking is available and details of public transport links are on our Members page.

Is there an audition?

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Whilst we all appreciate that you might be a bit nervous, an audition is the normal way for a Music Director to assess the standard of your singing and to see if our chorus is right for you. We try to make the audition fairly short and as relaxed as possible. Prior to the audition you are welcome to attend a number of rehearsals giving a perfect opportunity for you to learn more about the music, the members and the fun we share.

All members of the chorus have been through the audition and we want to support and encourage new members. Rest assured it is not as bad as it sounds. Our Music Director, Darius Battiwalla has put together a few notes on what you can expect: click here for more information

Is there a cost?

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Chorus members are required to pay an annual subscription, and concessions for students and others are available. If you join the chorus partway through a season (after December) there will be a reduction on the full amount.