Sheffield Bach Choir

A 60 strong SATB choir that performs works from the Baroque masters through to modern classics.

Sheffield Bach Choir is the choir of the Sheffield Bach Society, founded in 1950. Around 60 strong, under its conductor Simon Lindley it has built a reputation for musical excellence, with dynamic performances of works both by the Baroque masters and of modern classics. Recent performances have included such major 20th-century works as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as well as many choral “standards”. The choir maintains three of the major Bach choral masterpieces - Bach’s Mass in B Minor, St Matthew Passion and St John Passion - in its repertoire, regularly performing these magnificent works over a three-year cycle. The choir has commissioned works from leading composers such as Geoffrey Burgon and John Joubert, and members and officers are constantly exploring new works to include in concert programmes that range from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

The choir performs five or six main concerts in Sheffield each season, including a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Sheffield cathedral in early December each year. Alongside professional soloists, the choir performs with the highly regarded professional players of the National Festival Orchestra.

Among other events organised during each season, the‘Come and Sing Messiah’ has proved very popular. Social events such as 'bring a dish' buffets, carol singing, the President's celebration and the chorus dinner are, similarly, encouragingly supported. Recitals are given from time to time by our conductor and distinguished musician, Dr Simon Lindley, former Organist and Master of Music at Leeds Minster and Organist of Leeds Town Hall. Simon is, additionally, Conductor of St Peter’s Singers and Doncaster Choral Society. On occasion, Sheffield Bach Choir presents, and participates in, concerts outside Sheffield.

The choir is always keen to welcome new members. Singers who are interested in joining the choir are invited to join us for a few Monday rehearsals prior to an audition. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the choir by contacting the secretary or by visiting our website which also includes lots more information about the choir and importantly the programme for the coming season.

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