Two leading ladies up and coming in the world of professional music take centre stage at Sheffield Bach Choir’s concert of music by Bach and Mozart on Saturday 7 November at Sheffield Cathedral.
Clarinettist HELEN BYWATER is the soloists in Mozart’s evergreen clarinet concerto with the National Festival Orchestra under the direction of Bach Choir conductor Dr Simon Lindley. Dr Lindley says: “it’s a real delight to be able to include a concerto within a choral programme and all of us who admire Helen’s special gifts are delighted to be able to welcome Helen to this Autumn’s main concert.”
Another leading young musician (who hails from Sheffield and cut her musical teeth as a cathedral chorister – her father, Neil, is Cathedral Director of Music) is ELLA TAYLOR, soprano who leads the solo vocal quartet in the Mozart’s autumnal Requiem Mass with its dark colouring reflecting both the mood of the centuries old texts reflecting on mortality and perhaps the mood of the composer himself, for he was writing the piece on his death-bed…..
Ella studies music at the University of Sheffield and singing at the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie. She created a major impact, if not a sensation, as soloist in the Bach Choir’s critically acclaimed Messiah performance last December.
This concert is the fourth presentation in the Bach Choir’s 65th season. Unlike many of “pensionable” age, the enthusiastic members of SHEFFIELD BACH CHOIR have no thoughts of the prospect of carpet slipper existence by a home fireside!
Far from it – additional to the BACH AND MOZART GALA in November, their 65th season comprises a complete account of Handel’s Messiah at Sheffield Cathedral on Monday 7 December with Bach’s St John Passion at the same venue in March.