Free choral workshops…

…..and a welcome return for Handel’s Messiah

Sheffield, 8th October 2012

Handel’s Messiah will return to the City Hall in style on 15th December with the Manchester Camerata joining Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, conducted by Darius Battiwalla. The Messiah was an annual feature at the City Hall for many years and the Chorus is thrilled to be celebrating the City Hall’s 80th birthday with the return of this glorious, and ever popular, work.

To enhance the occasion further the Chorus is welcoming new singers in all voice parts and offering free places in a workshop series primarily aimed to encourage men who feel they would love to sing works of this kind but feel their music reading and vocal skills may not be quite up to this.

The free workshop series starts on Tuesday 16th October 2012; will run for 6 weeks and be taught by a professional music teacher at the Chorus’s new rehearsal venue, King Edward VII Upper School, Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2PW. These half hour workshops will run from 6:30 to 7pm at which point the men will join the main rehearsal under the wing of an existing chorus member; an ideal way to feel prepared for your audition. Full details of the workshop series is available at Previous workshops have proved very popular so please reserve your place as soon as possible by email to  , or by phone to Sally Turnbull 01433 630970 or 07771 578233.

The Chorus is always busy and, as well as the Messiah, forthcoming Sheffield concert dates will see it join the internationally renowned Black Dyke Band in the City Hall on 8th December for two Christmas concerts, perform the beautiful unaccompanied Vespers by Rachmaninov in the newly refurbished Cathedral of St Marie on 8th March 2013 and return to the City Hall on 2nd June 2013 to perform Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony.

So, if you are free on Tuesday evenings and would like to sing with the region’s most successful symphony chorus then please book your place quickly since demand is already high. Who knows? Following the excellent preparation you will receive for your brief audition, in just a few weeks time you may find yourself singing with gusto on the City Hall stage for the Messiah rather than under your breath in the audience.

Full details of the workshop, venue and Chorus can be found at

Download:  Press Release 8 Oct 2012

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