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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

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.

Spotify playlists:

If you don't have your own recording, click on the lists below to listen to recordings of 'A Child of Our Time' (now updated to include the Sir Colin Davis recording), the music for our contribution to the Classical Sheffield, and Messiah:




Orchestral / conductors' rehearsals and concerts

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

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 (8 Nov 16) but please check your email for latest details. Non-compulsory electives in italics.

Sat 18 March: Contribution to Classical Sheffield Festival, 17 to 19 Mar 17, possibly singing The Holy Face, a new work by Philip Wilby
Sat 25 Mar 2017: Messiah 7pm Victoria Hall, period orchestra, sponsor Bill Smyllie
Sat 6 May 2017: Child of Our Time with Ryan Wigglesworth and Halle´ and Halle´ Chorus, City Hall
Mon 3 & 10 Jul 17: Recording The Holy Face by Philip Wilby, with Halifax Choral Society and Black Dyke Band
Sun 15 Oct 2017: World Premiere of The Holy Face by Philip Wilby with Halifax Choral Society, orchestra yet to be announced, in the Victoria Theatre, Halifax.
29, 30 April, 5 May 2018 NOT YET CONFIRMED Mahler 2 with a touring Austrian orchestra in Edinburgh, Middlesburgh and Sheffield.

See the Concerts page for details.

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

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

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

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