2020-21 – 71st Season Concerts

Due to the coronavirus and in line with Government guidelines, our final concert of the 2019-20 season had to be cancelled. Unfortunately the prospects of our 71st season being able to start in September are looking increasingly slender.

Sheffield Bach Society’s 71st concert season was planned to include plenty of Bach, with the St Matthew Passion at Easter and a feast of Bach featuring Darius Battiwalla on the organ in October; however the latter concert is unlikely to take place due to the coronavirus pandemic. We sincerely hope to be able to present the Matthew Passion at Easter. 

In contrast we had planned Honegger and Bernstein in November, also unlikely to be possible. We sincerely hope that we can go ahead with English greats Elgar and Vaughan Williams in June. Regular favourite Messiah – including the popular Come and Sing at St John’s Church, Norton – are unlikely to take place at Christmas, but we hope to present Messiah on a Monday during Easter 2021 instead.

This concert is unlikely to take place due to the cornonavirus pandemic.


Saturday 3 October 2020, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral


BACH: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring

BACH: Sheep may safely graze

BACH: Jesu meine freude

BACH: Orchestral suite in B minor

BACH: Cantata 118

BACH: Toccata & Fugue in D min

Darius Battiwalla – organ

The National Festival Orchestra conducted by Simon Lindley

This concert is unlikely to take place due to the cornonavirus pandemic.


Saturday 21st November 2020, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral

Honegger – King David

Bernstien – Chichester Psalms

The National Festival Orchestra conducted by Simon Lindley

This concert is unlikely to take place in December due to the cornonavirus pandemic. We are hoping to move it to Easter 2021.

Handel – MESSIAH

Monday 7 December 2020, 7pm, Sheffield Cathedral


Sheffield Bach Choir’s annual performance of Messiah alongside the National Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Simon Lindley, offers Sheffield music lovers a splendid opportunity to include a live performance of Handel’s wonderful oratorio in their Christmas preparations. 

Handel – MESSIAH


National Festival Orchestra conducted by Simon Lindley

Link to YouTube recording of Messiah

This concert is unlikely to take place due to the cornonavirus pandemic.

Monday 14 December 2020, 7.30pm, St James’ Church Norton

51--bLGry1LFollowing a very successful move to Norton last year, the choir’s very popular Come and Sing Messiah will once again take place in St James’ Church, Norton, Church Road S8 8JQ. This lively sing-along will exclude the passion-tide movements and is conducted by the choir’s President Professor George Nicholson, with Dr Simon Lindley on the organ. With mulled wine and mince pies in the interval, this will be a wonderfully festive evening. 

George Nicholson – Conductor
Simon Lindley – Organ

Saturday 6 March 2021, 7.30pm, Sheffield Cathedral

The John Dethick Memorial Concert

bach-statue-980x520-1The choir sings each of Bach’s most celebrated choral works in rotation every three years, and this year present the magnificent Matthew Passion. With an array of wonderful soloists, this performance is a must for local music lovers over the Easter period.


tba – soprano
tba – alto
tba – tenor
tba – bass

National Festival Orchestra conducted by Simon Lindley

Saturday 12 June 2021, 7.30pm, St Mark’s Church, Broomhill

  • Elgar: Psalm 29 Give unto the Lord
  • Elgar: Psalm 48 Great is the Lord
  • Elgar: TeDeum and Benedictus
  • Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
  • Vaughan Williams: Five English Folk Songs

Quentin Brown – bass

David Houlder – organ

Simon Lindley – conductor

We are delighted to be supporting the 2021 Broomhill Festival at this concert.

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