Current Season Concerts

2021-22: Our 72nd season

Sheffield Bach Society is thrilled to be able to plan our 72nd concert season, following over a year of non-activity due to the coronavirus pandemic. We start rehearsals in September 2021, and are planning a slightly shorter season than is usual, given that we haven’t sung together for over a year – and the risks that still exist in relation to the pandemic.

However, the season includes a number of favourites, to celebrate the return to singing together – albeit with some restrictions still, and with great care.  We start by singing Rutter’s gorgeous Requiem in November, followed in December by our annual Messiah. At Easter we will present Bach’s magnificent St Matthew Passion, and we end the season with a lighter programme yet to be finalised for June 2022.

John Rutter – REQUIEM 
Saturday 13 November 2021 at 7.30pmSt Mark’s Church Broomhill
John Rutter’s Requiem is a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English, completed in 1985. Sheffield Bach Choir presents the version scored for ensemble rather than orchestra, featuring players from Sally Robinson’s wonderful National Festival Orchestra.

With up-coming soprano soloist Jane Burnell, regular visitor organist David Houlder and of course celebrated conductor Dr Simon Lindley, this will be a welcome return to choral music-making for the choir, in the lovely setting of St Mark’s Church, Broomhill.

Sheffield Bach Choir

Players from the National Festival Orchestra

Conductor – Dr Simon Lindley

Soprano – Jane Burnell

Organ – David Houlder

Handel – MESSIAH
Monday 6 December 2021 at 7pm 
Sheffield Cathedral
Completed in just 24 days, Handel’s Messiah is one of the most glorious and popular choral works. The Sheffield Bach Choir is thrilled to be able to present our annual rendition of Handel’s marvellous oratorio, accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra and conducted by Dr Simon Lindley. With four outstanding soloists, this is a concert that just can’t be missed!
Sheffield Bach Choir

National Festival Orchestra

Conductor – Dr Simon Lindley

Soprano – Ella Taylor

Alto – David Allsopp

Tenor – Joshua Ellicott

Bass – Peter Edge


Saturday 5 March 2022 at 7pm

Sheffield Cathedral

The St Matthew Passion was written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra. Setting the 26th and 27th chapters of the Gospel of Matthew to music, with interspersed chorales and arias, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest masterpieces of Baroque sacred music.

Sheffield Bach Choir is thrilled to be able to return to our traditional triennial rendition of this great work, especially poignant after the losses and tribulations of the coronavirus pandemic.  Dr. Simon Lindley will conduct a superb team of soloists, choir and orchestra in what promises to be a very special evening in Sheffield Cathedral.

Sheffield Bach Choir

National Festival Orchestra

Conductor – Dr Simon Lindley

Evangelist – Stephen Lilley

Christus – Ed Ballard

Pilate – Quentin Brown

Soprano – Debra Morley

Alto – Margaret McDonald

Bass – Alex Ashworth

Concert in June 2022 – details yet to be announced

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