The Chorus

South Yorkshire’s foremost large choir

The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is South Yorkshire’s foremost large mixed-voice chorus.  We regularly sing with leading orchestras including the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic, the Northern Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata, and with internationally renowned conductors such as Gianandrea NosedaNicholas KraemerDavid HillRyan Wigglesworth and James Burton. We perform with Orchestra in Residence the Hallé and acclaimed soloists as part of the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall in Sheffield, and at other venues around the UK. We frequently collaborate with other large choirs such as the Halle Chorus, the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the Halifax Choral Society.

Prestigious performance venues 

Although we usually perform in Sheffield, we have participated in The Proms on a number of occasions, including the Proms in the Park event for the Last Night of the Proms in Heaton ParkManchester in 2005 and in a performance of Beethoven‘s ninth symphony (sung from memory) with the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for Prom 75. Since around 2006 we have developed touring and performance links with the Philharmonischer Chor Bochum, who are regular performers with the Bochumer Symphoniker and based in Bochum, one of Sheffield’s twin towns in Germany.

High quality professionals 

Our subscriptions pay for a professional Music Director, Darius Battiwalla, and accompanist Rachel Fright, both of whom give tremendous value to every rehearsal. Individual singers are professionally coached in rehearsals by Maggie McDonald (also voice coach to the Hallé Choir) every few weeks.  The actor Samuel West is our patron and Rachel Copley is our President.

New singers welcome

The chorus currently numbers about 180 singers, and always welcomes new members.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at King Edward VII Upper School, Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2PW.  We are a friendly choir and prospective members are very welcome to try us out before joining, which follows a short audition; re-auditions are every three years.   If you are interested, find out more on our New Members page.

How to support us

The best – and entirely pleasurable – way to support us is to come to our concerts. However, if you’d like to do more then do consider becoming a Friend of the Chorus. Find more details at ‘Support Us‘.