Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

The Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is a large mixed-voice chorus based in Sheffield.  The Chorus regularly sings with leading conductors and orchestras as part of the International Concert Season at the City Hall in Sheffield, and at other venues around the UK.  Most importantly, our subscriptions pay for a professional Music Director, Darius Battiwalla, and accompanist Rachel Fright, both of whom give tremendous value to every rehearsal. Individual singers are professionally coached in rehearsals by Maggie McDonald (also voice coach to the Hallé Choir) every few weeks.  The actor Samuel West is our patron.

The chorus currently numbers about 180 singers, and always welcomes new members.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at King Edward VII Upper School, Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2PW.  We are a friendly choir and prospective members are very welcome to try us out before joining, which follows a short audition; re-auditions are every three years.   If you are interested, do contact the New Members' Officer on 01433 630970 or 0777 157 8233 or
The Chorus was founded in 1935 as the resident choir for the new Philharmonic Society's series of concerts in Sheffield City Hall.  It was formed from two Sheffield choirs whose origins date back to the 1860s. After the Second World War the Chorus became closely associated with John Barbirolli and the Hallé Orchestra, with whom the Chorus sang in many other cities to great acclaim.  

There have been a number of really high points in the Chorus’s history.  The recording of The Dream of Gerontiusmade with the Hallé and Barbirolli nearly 50 years ago is still available; a few existing Chorus members took part in the recording.  The Chorus performed the Berlioz Te Deum in the Royal Albert Hall under Sir Thomas Beecham, Handel’s Messiah with Sir Malcolm Sargent, and Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony, with the composer himself conducting. More recently the Chorus has worked with a wide range of conductors and orchestras - and some outstanding soloists - performing some 'traditional' repertoire (Messiah, Mozart Requiem, Britten's War Requiem, etc.) as well as that of contemporary composers, including Wilby and Mealor. The Chorus has commissioned several new pieces in recent years, and Members have taken part in overseas tours and exchanges and performed at the BBC Proms. We have also made recordings for Chandos and for BBC Radio 3.  The Chorus also has its lighter moments, in particular our very popular annual Christmas Concerts with the Black Dyke Band.

In 2011 the Chorus launched The Friends of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.  More details are on the Friends page of the Chorus website, which is at  The website provides news of forthcoming concerts, reviews, details of recordings featuring the chorus, and a detailed history of the Chorus.

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