The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir
The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir is made up of students from the department of music and other departments throughout the University. The SATB choir has 34 members and performs several concerts annually, both at the University and elsewhere in the city, and also leads in the University's Service of Remembrance and the University Carol Service. The choir tour regularly and recent trips have included concerts in Dublin and London. During a recent tour to Paris the choir received a standing ovation at the end of a radio broadcast from Notre Dame de Paris, and they will be returning to Notre Dame in August 2016. They have collaborated with musicians from as far afield as Finland, and with leading musicians such as English Touring Opera and Sheffield Cathedral Choir. Ella Taylor is the choir’s Associate Conductor 2015-16.
Recent repertoire has included Mozart’s Coronation Mass and music by Tallis, Kodaly, and Parry’s Songs of Farewell, and works by Poulenc, Whitacre, Finzi and music from the Italian Renaissance Courts.
Mark McCombs is Director of Music at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Sheffield. He also holds the Sir Henry Coward Organ Scholarship at The University of Sheffield and studies Organ with Dr Simon Lindley. Mark directs the University Chamber Choir, and is studying for a PhD in choral and vocal composition. He is also Head of Choral Music at Cheadle Hulme School, where he directs the school choirs and provides vocal tuition. He held the joint Organ Scholarship between Sheffield’s Cathedral and University in 2013-14
In July 2011 he graduated from the University of Sheffield as a Bachelor of Music, majoring in the study and performance of 16th Century music in England.
In 2012 Mark was also short-listed for the NCEM Composers Award, and the University Chamber Choir continue to première his compositions. Mark is acknowledges the Charles Alan Bryars Organ Legacy and is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.