Online Rehearsals

Online rehearsals 2020-21

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, rehearsals at King Edward’s Upper School were cancelled and transferred on line. In October 2020 the rehearsals were live with a group of 35 singers at the Wesley Chapel, Crookes, and on-line for everyone at home. During the second lock-down the rehearsals once more reverted to Zoom. Live rehearsals re-commenced on 25 May 2021 with rehearsals for the concert on 3 July for separate voice parts. They were expanded to all 80 or so singers from 22 June 2021.

Answers to your frequently asked questions about rehearsals

  • How come we’re no longer restricted to 30 people? Ministers have made clear that the ‘six singers only’ rule does not apply if a choir is preparing for a professional event, and Making Music and our insurers have confirmed this. Since we are doing the Faure at a City Hall concert in January 2022, all members who have been rehearsing live are allowed to rehearse together as long as we can socially distance them all (and follow all the other measures of course). This is why we have hired St Mark’s, ie, to provide the larger space required.
  • How do we know St Mark’s Church is Covid-secure? We have checked the venue’s own Covid-19 Risk Assessment, and Paul, James and Marianne made a site visit on Tuesday to confirm our singers can be accommodated with the required social distancing. We have used Making Music’s guidance (https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/news/england-step-3-guidance-choirs) as well as that from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
  • Will vaccine/test status be checked? We are requesting that people are either double vaccinated or have a negative lateral flow test on the day of the rehearsal, but we are trusting members to comply. We will continue to take everyone’s temperature on the way into the venue.
  • I’m not on the singing list. Can I come on Tuesday? Unfortunately not. Covid-19 safety precautions mean that numbers have to be controlled much more carefully, and limited to what is safe. Only those on the singing list may sing in the concert and attend the next two live rehearsals. We do hope everyone understands.
  • What about face coverings – and chatting? Face coverings must be worn until we start to sing – and we can’t stay to chat after the rehearsal.
  • What if I said I would sing live but I’ve changed my mind? It goes without saying that anyone who feels ill should not attend, and anyone who decides that singing live is too much of a risk after all may drop out at any time. However, please let our Membership Officer Marianne Grayson know if you are on the rehearsal list and are unable to make it, so she can arrange for a substitute as soon as possible.
  • Is it too late to sign the petition about the ‘six singers only’ rule? Not at all – it’s still worth signing – see the Making Music update below for details if you want to help.

It goes without saying that anyone who feels ill should not attend, and anyone who decides that singing live is too much of a risk after all may drop out at any time. However, please let our Membership Officer Marianne Grayson know if you are on the rehearsal list and are unable to make it, so she can arrange for a substitute as soon as possible.

Links to recorded online rehearsals:

Anyone who misses a Zoom rehearsal may ‘attend’ after the event by using the recordings below, following which an email to Membership Officer Marianne Grayson will ensure your attendance will be added to the register.

08 June 2021

01 June 2021

25 May 2021

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4 May 2021

27 April 2021 – Desert Island Discs

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Virtual Christmas Concert 2020 – rehearsal tracks

Arrangements for our virtual Christmas concert

NB: You can listen to the completed recordings via links at the bottom of this section.

Programme running order:

  • Resonet in Laudibus arr. D Battiwalla (Black Dyke Band, Darius Battiwalla organ)
  • Suo Gan (Susan Voss violin, Eira Lynn Jones harp; Darius Battiwalla organ)
  • Deck the Hall arr. Langford ( a cappella)
  • Gaelic Blessing John Rutter  (Rachel Fright piano)
  • Holly and Ivy (Rachel Fright piano)
  • Hark the Herald (Black Dyke Band, Darius Battiwalla organ)

Our new Patron Petroc Trelawny has very kindly agreed to provide a commentary, together with a festive poem or story.

You will find vocal scores and recordings at Preparing the Music

Guide Tracks for recording The Holly and the Ivy

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Alto

Tenor

Bass

Guide Tracks for recording Deck the Hall

Soprano

Alto

Tenor

Bass

Guide Tracks for Recording Suo Gan

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Alto

Tenor

Bass

Guide Tracks for Recording Resonet in Laudibus:

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Alto

Tenor

Bass

Guide Track for Recording Hark the Herald:

Guide Tracks for recording Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing:

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Bass

Recording Instructions 30102020

Recording Instructions16102020

Finished recordings:

Rutter’s Gaelic Blessing

Subscriptions

2021-22

At the AGM in November 2021, members agreed to increase the subscription fee to £144 (reduced rate £39). The fee should be paid from November onwards, preferably before the end of the year.

Everyone, no matter how they pay, needs to complete the Subscription Form, which has been placed online for the first time, at https://forms.office.com/r/K3C5YRe1DR. Please use the online form if you can; it captures your entries onto a spreadsheet which makes the record-keeping and accounting much easier for the Finance Officer. We have tested the form and you should find it easy to complete, but if you do struggle please see our new Finance Officer Jane Parkin at rehearsal. The bank details etc are at the bottom of the form.

Members should complete the form using their full names as recognised by HMRC, otherwise Gift Aid collection will be problematic. It really helps if you can enable Gift Aid, in which case please remember to complete the Gift Aid section on the form – though no problem if you prefer not to or can’t.

As outlined by out-going Finance Officer Graham Dawson at the AGM, there are still ongoing issues with setting up our new bank account, so fees paid by cheque or bank transfer will be payable to the HSBC account. Bank details are at the bottom of the online form. Both the HSBC and Coop bank accounts will have the same account name so cheques made out to Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus will fine (don’t forget to put your Chorus number on the back of the cheque).

Those paying by Standing Order have some decisions to make. Those who have a continuing monthly Standing Order (i.e. pay 12 times per year) could just amend the monthly amount to the HSBC account  for now. However, at some stage they will have to cancel it and set up a new Standing Order to pay to the new Coop bank account. Alternatively those paying by Standing Order could opt to wait a few weeks until the Coop Bank account becomes available, to save  themselves having to cancel one Standing Order in order to set up another.

If anyone has difficulty paying for any reason, then please contact Jane; her phone number and email address are at the bottom of the subscription form; her email is at the bottom of every weekly update and at Chorus Contacts 

Membership cards will be given to members who have completed forms and paid or arranged Standing Order payments. They will need to be printed first, so please bear with us as it’s not the easiest of operations. Your old card will still work for signing-in purposes.

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Rehearsal resources by composer

Bach

You Tube recording of the B minor mass at the Proms

You Tube B min mass with score – Kyrie 1

You Tube B min mass with score – Kyrie 2

You Tube B min mass with score – Gloria, Et in Terra Pax

You Tube B min mass with score – Gratias

You Tube B min mass with score – Qui Tollis (5 minutes 40 seconds in)

You Tube B min mass with score – Cum Sancto Spirito (4 minutes 30 seconds in)

You Tube B min mass with score – Credo

You Tube B min mass with score – Patrem Omnipotentem

You Tube B min mass with score – Et in Carnatus Est

You Tube B min mass with score – Crucifixus

You Tube B min mass with score – Et Resurrexit

You Tube B min mass with score – Confiteor, Et Expecto

You Tube B min mass with score – Sanctus

You Tube B min mass with score – Osanna

You Tube B min mass with score – Dona Nobis Pacem

B minor Mass mp3 files in ChoraliaB

B minor mass on BBC Radio 3

Cantata voice parts on Cyberbass

Cantata 140 Sleepers Wake voice parts on Cyberbass

Christmas Oratorio voice parts on Cyberbass

Motet voice parts on Cyberbass

St John Passion voice parts on Cyberbass

St Matthew Passion voice parts on Cyberbass

Brahms

Music: Brahmsschicksalslied

German Requiem voice parts on Cyberbass

Boulanger, Lili

YouTube: Hymn to the Sun by Boulanger

Christmas

Music:

Resonet in Laudibus

Hark The Herald Sop Descant

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Recordings:

Rutter Gaelic Blessing You Tube Cambridge Singers

Rutter Gaelic Blessing Tabernacle Choir

Suo Gan in Welsh – Bryn Terfel

Suo Gan spoken in Welsh by bass Dick Williams

Holly and Ivy (Gardner) – Huddersfield Choral Society

Silent Night arr Battiwalla on YouTube

Ring the Bells Tenebrae on YouTube

Translation:

Suo Gan translation

Coleridge-Taylor

Coleridge-Taylor’s Summer is Gone – performance with scrolling score

Coleridge-Taylor’s Summer is Gone – rehearsal tracks by voice part

Coleridge-Taylor’s The Lee Shore on YouTube – very clear

John Fletcher’s mp3 files by voice part for The Lee Shore

Delius

You Tube: To be Sung of a Summer Night on the Water by Delius

John Fletcher’s mp3 voice part rehearsal tracks for Delius To be sung on a summer night

Dove, Jonathan

Dove’s Seek him that maketh the seven stars on YouTube – Tenebrae 

Esenvalds, Erik

Esenvalds – Amazing Grace on YouTube

Esenvalds – Evening on YouTube

Faure

Rehearsal tracks and recordings:YouTube recording of Faure Requiem

Cyberbass rehearsal tracks of Faure Requiem

Choral Line rehearsal tracks of Faure Requiem (need to pay)

Chord Perfect rehearsal tracks of Faure Requiem

Choralia rehearsal tracks of Faure Requiem

John’s midi files of Faure Requiem

Fincham, Paul

Ring the Bells (Fincham) – SoundCloud version – voice parts very clear

Ring the Bells (Fincham) – video about the new carol

Ring the Bells Tenebrae on YouTube

Finzi

Finzi’s God is gone up rehearsal tracks – scroll down for all voice parts

Finzi’s Gone is gone up performance on YouTube

Gjeilo, Ola

Ola Gjeilo – Ave Generosa on YouTube

Ola Gjeilo – Tota Pulchra es on YouTube

Grieg

Grieg Hvad est du dog skjohn on YouTube

Grieg_1_for_upload – score with Norwegian underlay

Grieg – Ave Maris Stella on YouTube  and version with stave

Handel

Rehearsal notes for Messiah

Messiah Choruses on You Tube with score

Messiah Voice mp3 parts on Choralia

Messiah online parts on CyberBass

Dixit Dominus voice parts on Cyberbass

Israel in Egypt voice parts on Cyberbass

Zadok the Priest – YouTube

Hensel (Mendelssohn), Fanny

YouTube: Schone Fremde by Fanny Hensel

Lotti

Crucifixus score 

Crucifixus YouTube recording

Mahler

Mahler 2: You Tube recording of last movement with moving score

Mahler 2: You Tube recording with Leonard Bernstein

Mahler8choirnotes

Mahler 8 on YouTube

Mahler 8 mp3 voice parts on Choralia

Mahler 8 on Choraline 

Mendelssohn

Elijah voice parts on Cyberbass

Monteverdi

Beatus Vir score 

Beatus vir YouTube recording

Christe, adoramus te – YouTube

Cantate Domino – YouTube

Domine ne in furore tuo – YouTube

Mozart

Requiem voice parts on Cyberbass

Mozart Requiem score

Palestrina

Salve Regina score

Salve Regina YouTube recording

Parry

Tenebrae choir sing Parry’s Songs of Farewell on YouTube – fantastic quality

John Fletcher’s mp3 voice part rehearsal tracks for Parry’s Songs of Farewell

Choralia tracks for Parry My Soul there is a Country

Rachmaninov 

Music:

Rachmaninov Vespers movement 5

Rachmaninov Vespers movement 6

Rachmaninov Vespers movement 1

Rachmaninov Vespers movement 3

Rachmaninov Vespers movement 4

Rehearsal tracks and recordings:

Live performance of Rachmaninov Vespers on YouTube

Gorgeous version of Rachmaninov Vespers by a Polish ensemble

Recording of Vespers from USSR

Cyberbass tracks – Rachmaninov Vespers

Choral line tracks – Rachmaninov Vespers

Free downloadable midifiles for Rachmaninov Vespers

Rutter

GloriaYou Tube recording

GloriaChoralia mp3 tracks for each voice part

GloriaCyberbass tracks for each voice part

Rehearsal notes for Rutter Gloria

The Holly and the Ivy (Rutter) You Tube

Quem Pastores (Rutter) You Tube – Abbeydale Singers

Schoenberg

YouTube: Friede auf Erden by Schoenberg

YouTube Schoenberg Soprano 1 part

YouTube Schoenberg Soprano 2 part

YouTube Schoenberg Alto 1 part

YouTube Schoenberg Alto 2 part

YouTube Schoenberg Tenor 1 part

YouTube Schoenberg Tenor 2 part

YouTube Schoenberg Bass 1 part

YouTube Schoenberg Bass 2 part

Link to Schoenberg mp3 practice files in each voice part

Schumann, Clara

You Tube recording Abendfeier in Venedig by Clara Schumann

Shaw, Caroline

Music in Common Time – listen to the work on her website

Vaughan Williams

Dona Nobis Pacem voice parts on Cyberbass

O Clap Your Hands – YouTube

O taste and see – YouTube

Verdi

Music

Verdi Requiem score

Rehearsal tracks and recordings

Rehearsal Notes Verdi Requiem 8 Mar

Verdi Requiem on You Tube

Verdi Requiem Voice parts on Choralia

Verdi Requiem voice parts on CyberBass

Verdi Requiem voice parts on Chord Perfect

Guide to Verdi Requiem

Walton, William

Cyberbass: Belshazzar rehearsal tracks by voice part

Belshazzar: Choral Line CDs by voice part

Balshazzar downloadable voice part tracks on piano from another choir – bar numbers at end of each file name

Fantastic recording of 2019 Proms performance Of Balshazzar with Simon Rattle  (note how much the singers all watch the conductor!)

Equally great live recording 1994 Proms Balshazzar with Andrew Davies and Bryn Terfel (again, see how they watch!)

Sir Adrian Boult version of Balshazzar via Spotify

Wilby, Philip

CD of The Holy Face from Halifax Choral Society via link on our website at The Holy Face. 

Rehearsal notes for The Holy Face 2 Jun 2019

Singing Opportunities

Download the latest list of Come and Sing opportunities in our region, compiled by Phil Harrison. It lists opportunities to sing fantastic works with like-minded singers; link provided by chorus member John Morgan. Here it is: singing calendar August 2022

Weekly Updates

Scroll down for the weekly updates, which are uploaded at the same time as the email goes out (usually on Sundays).

Members who are not receiving the weekly update by email should check that:

  1. You have informed us of a change of email – by sending a message to to ensure that your details are amended on the Membership database.  You need to do this if any of your contact details change, please!
  2. Your email may be marking the update as junk and returning it to sender.  It may not even get as far as the Junk or Spam folder, unfortunately! To stop this, you need to add either or the whole domain “@sheffieldphil.org” to your “safe senders” list if you can. If you use Outlook, open an email from Anne (or Marianne), then on the Home tab, click “Junk”, then “Never Block Sender’s Domain”, like this:

If you don’t use Outlook then look up how to set up safe senders for your email, either in it’s help facility or on Google. All emails are likely to have similar systems.

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