Chorus kicks off BBC Music Day

28 September 2019

Singers from the Chorus had a wonderful time singing on Fargate as part of Sheffield’s contribution to BBC Music Day on Thursday 26 September 2019.

The fourth Sheffield Makes Music was an official part of the BBC’s annual UK-wide programme of events celebrating the power of music to change lives, with free events scattered across the city centre from 11am-7pm. It was organised by the University of Sheffield in partnership with BBC Music Day and supported by Sheffield BID, Sheffield City Council, Orchard Square, Yellow Arch Studios and The Leadmill.

The Chorus kicked off the On Fargate event at 11am with a wonderful mix of choral works, including the Hallelujah Chorus, which they will perform with the world-famous Black Dyke Band at the Victoria Hall on 20 April 2020. Also on the programme will be Hail Smiling Morn, which the Chorus recorded with Black Dyke Band some years ago and which has become a favourite of both singers and listeners.

‘We were thrilled to contribute to the Fargate event’ said Chorus Chairman Paul Henstridge. ‘It was especially good to be part of a free event that enables passers-by to experience classical music outside the usual concert hall and alongside other types of music. As Classical Sheffield members we are always keen to take part in events that help to dispel the myth that classical music is stuffy and not for everyone’

Paul was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield just before the 11am kick-off, and soprano Anne Adams immediately afterwards. You can get a flavour of the performance from listening to Paulette Edwards back session from about the 1 hour 11 minute point on the schedule.