What made you keen to take part in the Choral Celebration event?
We’re a group of young people that love to sing, and we relish any opportunity to share our enthusiasm of choral singing! The Choral Celebration is an opportunity to participate in a huge cultural event that will take choral music to a whole new audience.
Which elements are you most looking forward to?
We’re most looking forward to taking part with some other fantastic choirs from the city, and performing some classic songs.
What makes it a special event? What are the challenges?
The sheer number of choirs and voices coming together to make the event happen is very special. Singing these pieces without a conductor will be a challenge: it’s definitely not impossible, but it does make the task slightly more challenging!
When did you start singing, and what are some of your favourite singing moments?
I started singing at the age of 9, when I joined the chorus of my elementary school’s production of ‘Oliver’ in Canada; when I moved to England I joined my Junior School’s choir, and have been singing in choirs ever since. Last year, SingSoc invited our alumni to come back for our 15th Anniversary concert, where we performed Carmina Burana and a piece specially written for the event. Hearing all the voices come together was amazing and brought a shiver to my spine.
Tell us some more about your choir.
SingSoc is one of the biggest societies at the University and is open to all. We have well over 100 singers in three choirs led by two musical directors, and we cover a wide range of music from big choral works to more modern pieces, classical, secular and popular. We don’t audition: if you love to sing, you are welcome to join us!
Do you have any performances coming up?
We have two concerts in May: our small groups are performing Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, and then our Main Chorus features John Rutter’s Requiem. There will be full details on our website soon.
What else does the Singers’ Society get up to?
We take choral singing outside of our choirs by volunteering with local primary schools, running workshops based on themes like ‘African Singing’ and ‘Opera in a Day’. One of the schools we visited are taking part in our Main Chorus Concert in May!
Singsoc is online at http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/university-singers-society.html
Get free tickets for Sunday’s concert at www.sheffieldchoralcelebration.eventbrite.co.uk