Formed in 1950, Sheffield Bach Choir, one of the longest-established choirs in a city profoundly rich in terms of cultural heritage was founded to revive public interest in the music of Bach.
On Saturday this week, 7th October, the Bach Choir’s opening concert of the season is at Sheffield Cathedral at 7.30. We’re presenting Haydn’s great masterpiece “The Creation” – a piece very rarely heard these days and one not performed for many years by the Choir and thus a work we felt truly “ripe for revival”!
Our final rehearsal earlier this week on Monday was enjoyable, fulfilling and highly successful. The Choir is delighted to be joined by a number of members of Doncaster Choral Society, reciprocating the invitation extended to the DCS singers to join the Sheffielders for Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” earlier this year in Doncaster.
There are spectacular movements illustrative of the appearance on earth of the various animals as well as one of the most extraordinary preludes in the whole of classical music – what Haydn entitled “The Representation of Chaos” from which everything unfolds.
We have three tremendous soloists from Harrogate, Leeds and York – Claire Strafford, Paul Dutton and Quentin Brown. Dr Simon Lindley, conductor of Sheffield Choir and a regular interpreter of Haydn’s delightful score will be on the rostrum directing the singers and Sally Robinson’s acclaimed National Festival Orchestra.
Each year we perform at least one major Bach choral work, along with Handel’s Messiah in December and, in addition, each season sees a minimum of three further concerts of diverse classical repertoire. Our concerts are held in Sheffield Cathedral, St Mark’s in Broomhill and occasionally we present at least one major Bach choral work, along with Handel’s Messiah in December and, in addition, each season sees a minimum of three further concerts of diverse classical repertoire.
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