Black Dyke Band is to join forces with Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, along with choirs from France and Germany, for a mini tour of Yorkshire. The trip will culminate in a joint performance of Handel’s Messiah on St George’s Day, April 23, in the presence of the Lord Mayor.
Paul Henstridge, chorus chairperson, explained: “We are thrilled to be working with Black Dyke on this multi-national project. The brass Messiah isn’t performed very often, and it’s such a privilege to be able to sing it with one of the best bands in the world, fresh from its recent win at the Yorkshire Championships, and with our friends from France and Germany.”
The concert will feature arias being performed for the first time, with arrangements for brass being written especially for the performance. They include How Beautiful are the Feet, arranged by Chorus music director, Darius Battiwalla.
“Darius created this brass arrangement during the coronavirus lockdown and recorded it with Black Dyke and soprano, Catrin Pryce-Jones,” explained Chorus president Rachel Copley. “We’ve put the recording on our website so people can get a taste of what the brass Messiah sounds like.”
Tickets for the Messiah on Saturday, April 23 at 7pm, are available from the City Hall website.