2020-21 – 71st Season Concerts

Due to the coronavirus and in line with Government guidelines, our final concert of the 2019-20 season has had to be cancelled. We hope to be able to start again with the 2020-21 season in September.

Sheffield Bach Society’s 71st concert season includes plenty of Bach, with a feast of Bach featuring Darius Battiwalla on the organ in October, and the St Matthew Passion at Easter. In contrast we present Honegger and Bernstein in November, and English greats Elgar and Vaughan Williams in June. Regular favourites include “Messiah” at Christmas – including the popular Come and Sing at St John’s Church, Norton, complete with mulled wine and mince pies.

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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

Saturday 21st November 2020, 7.30pm,
Sheffield Cathedral

Honegger – King David

Bernstien – Chichester Psalms

The National Festival Orchestra conducted by Simon Lindley

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

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

tba – Soprano
tba – Alto
tba – Tenor
tba – Bass

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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