The Phil tried to organise a musical event to celebrate the Tour de France, and we were really pleased when Fraser managed to organise this one! Singing with other enthusiastic singers from across Sheffield beyond the framework of a traditional choir – and doing so without a conductor - will be thrilling, and a great challenge!
I started singing as a young boy. I played and recorded ‘Puck’ in Britten’s opera ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ with the English Opera Group in the 1960s, and sang Mahler’s 8th Symphony in the Albert Hall with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Another highlight was Britten’s War Requiem in Sheffield City Hall last December.
The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is a large mixed-voice chorus of about 180 singers. We regularly sing as part of the International Concert Season at City Hall. We sing the ‘traditional’ choral works such as the Messiah, Creation, and Dream of Gerontius, and have also recently performed works like Rachmaninov’s Vespers and Britten’s War Requiem. Every year we have a very popular Christmas Concert, recently with the Black Dyke Band. Our concerts are always performed to a high standard by committed singers led by our professional Music Director, Darius Battiwalla, and professionally coached in rehearsals by the very experienced voice-trainer Maggie McDonald.
On Saturday 7 June we are putting on our own very exciting concert in Sheffield’s Victoria Hall entitled Everyone Sang: Music in Britain and Germany before and after 1914. This concert commemorates and honours Chorus member George Swindells (1919-2013), who sang bass with the Chorus from 1947 until the final few weeks of his life; the programme includes a short piece by local composer Max Taylor which has been commissioned in George’s memory. Other pieces include Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer, Holst’s Two Psalms, Finzi’s Requiem Da Camera, and the piece which gives the concert its title: a setting of Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Everyone Sang”, commissioned by the Chorus for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and composed by then Chorus member, Yaron Hollander.
If you’d like to join us, details are on the website. Or if you’d like to support us by becoming a ‘Friend’, the details are here: http://www.sheffieldphil.org/friends.php
Visit the Phil online at http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/sheffield-philharmonic-chorus.html
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