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Regular rehearsals

Rehearsals take place every week at 7pm, King Edward VII [King Ted's] Upper School, Glossop Road, Sheffield, S10 2PW.
Got a question about the choir or your membership? Email Anne Adams at administrator@sheffieldphil.org

Rehearsal schedule

Click here for Darius's rehearsal schedule.

Voice colours

During rehearsals, please check the voice colours of your neighbours when you sit down, and try to sit with colleagues whose voice is the same colour as your own. This will enable us to reap the positive benefits of voicing the chorus without the need for a formal arrangement. There's no need to try for the 'egg' shape at this stage - just sit in same-colour groups. There are lists on the notice board to enable everyone to check their voice colours.

Child of Our Time publicity

Please feel free to use the following information to help spread the word eg by email or social media, about our Child of Our Time concert. Many thanks to chorus member John Carlise.

On Saturday, 6th of May the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus will join forces with the Hallé Choir to perform the secular oratorio A Child of our Time, written and composed by the British composer Michael Tippett (1905 - 98). Tippett was a conscience objector, jailed for two months during WW2, while composing his oratorio, which was inspired by the assassination in 1938 of a German diplomat by a young Jewish refugee, and the Nazi government's reaction in the form of a violent pogrom (persecution) against its Jewish population - the Kristallnacht (see below).

Tippett used a traditional three-part oratorio format, structured in the manner of Bach's Passions, but with the poignant spirituals "Steal Away"; "Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Lord"; "Go Down, Moses"; "O, By and By"; and "Deep River" carrying out the role allocated by Bach to chorales. The cries for help of refugees are matched by the selfish calls for rejection, but Tippett then used "Deep River" as the finale in order to express the hope of a fresh spring after a long, dark winter.

Sheffield's own Ryan Wigglesworth (a former student at King Edward VII School) will conduct the Hallé orchestra, the Hallé Choir and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus with soloists Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano), Madeleine Shaw (mezzo-soprano), Joshua Ellicott (tenor) and James Platt (bass). Tickets are subject to booking fees and are priced at £21, £19 and £16, £5 for students & under 18s. Available online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk, through the ticket hotline on 0114 2 789 789, and in person at the Sheffield City Hall Box Office.

Kristallnacht resulted in the biggest refugee crisis the world had ever known, which has obvious resonance currently, exemplified in the recent exhibition Project Refuge/e, a facsimile of a refugee camp that came to South Yorkshire as part of a nationwide tour. Project Refuge/e was at the Sheffield Millennium Gallery from April 4th - April 9th.

Spotify playlists:

If you don't have your own recording, click on the lists below to listen to a recording of 'A Child of Our Time' (now updated to include the Sir Colin Davis recording):

 

Orchestral / conductors' rehearsals and concerts

Please check your email for all the latest updates and information or contact John Spence.

Fri 5 May - compulsory tutti piano rehearsal from 18.30 to 21.30 Sheffield City Hall.
Sat 6 May - compulsory tutti rehearsal from 14.00 to 17.00, as always for Saturday concerts.

10% Discount off all food & drink at Cafe Nero on Division Street for all chorus members on presentation of a voucher, available at the Stage Door upon arrival until 19:00, and in dressing rooms.
Car park - A £3.50 voucher deal for the Q Park on Rockingham Street is available for choir members. Please collect vouchers from the box office on the day of the concert, saying that you are a member of the chorus.

Current and future concerts seasons

Correct at the time of writing (23 April 2017) but please check your email for latest details. Non-compulsory electives in italics.

Sat 6 May 2017: Child of Our Time with Ryan Wigglesworth and Hallé and Hallé Chorus, City Hall

Thu 25 May 2017: Beethoven 9 with Leeds Philharmonic Chorus in Hull City Hall, rehearsal Mon 22 May 7pm in Leeds. 20 singers only; email Anne

Mon 3 & possibly 10 Jul 2017: Recording The Holy Face by Philip Wilby, with Halifax Choral Society and Black Dyke Band (rehearsal Mon 19 Jun in Halifax, instead of Tue 20 June)

Sun 15 Oct 2017 (note change of date): World Premiere of The Holy Face by Philip Wilby with Halifax Choral Society, orchestra TBA, in the Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Sat 2 or Sun 3 Dec 2017 Kelham Island Christmas Market. Day and time to be confirmed

Thu 14 Dec 2017 Sing for Your Heart Sheffield Station. Time to be arranged

Sat 16 Dec 3pm and 7pm, Christmas Concert with Black Dyke Band, presenter TBA

Sat 27 Jan 2018: Premiere of Paradise by Paul Mealor with Black Dyke Band, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Tutti rehearsal yet to be arranged but on a Monday evening in early Jan 2018, in Sheffield.

Mon 29 Jan 2018: Recording of Paradise with Black Dyke Band, Sheffield

Sat 3rd Feb 2018, Mozart Requiem, Manchester Camerata, City Hall

March or June 2018: Petite Messe Solennelle, City Hall ballroom (self funded concert)

Sun 29 April 2018 (Edinburgh), Mon 30 April 2018 (Middlesbrough) and Sat 5 May 2018 (Sheffield) Mahler Symphony 2, with Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the Bruckner Orchester Linz

All at Sheffield City Hall unless otherwise stated. Tickets available from City Hall Box Office on 0114 2789 789 or www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

Other chorus news and information

1911 Six month SPC world tour - do you have any more information?

Members might like to read some background information about the amazing 6 month World Tour undertaken by our predecessors, the Sheffield Musical Union, in 1911. The Chorus Master, Dr Henry Coward, took 200 singers to Canada and United States, from the east to west coast, then via Hawaii and Fiji to Australia and New Zealand before heading home via South Africa. At every stage the Sheffield Choir was welcomed by vast crowds and marching bands and their highly acclaimed concerts were attended by thousands, as they were widely considered to be the best choir in the world at that time! During the tour, they gave 134 official concerts, as well as numerous impromptu ones as the occasion demanded.

Some months ago we received a package of letters that a young lady, May Midgley, wrote home to her parents while she was away on the tour. Her letters are a detailed, lively, and entertaining insight into rehearsals, concerts, travel and daily life, and even include an account of their performances of Gerontius which Elgar himself conducted.

This tour would appear to be unique in British choral history and thus we have begun a research project, so that an account of it can be written in due course.

It would be wonderful if we could find a link to any of our current members, which is why we would like to enlist your help at this stage. We would value any information: anecdotes, family stories, memorabilia, photos etc. Some of the singers were recruited from other Yorkshire choirs and we are trying to make contacts here too.

This World Tour is a major event in our Chorus history and our research is uncovering some fascinating details. So watch this space!

If you have any links with the 1911 world tour, please contact Penny Webster (1st alto) at spc@harbourlights.info

Friends of SPC

Please pass on details to your friends and family. More info is on the Friends pages. A text-only version of the flier is available here and the membership form is here: pdf version / Word version

Twitter For any of you who use Twitter or other social media, don't forget to follow us and to retweet our posts, to help us build up followers in the Sheffield and wider music communities which will help sell tickets and recruit new members.

Start your Christmas shopping early (!) - Our Christmas CD is still for sale - Details here

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