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 an evening celebrating Bach’s brilliance, in June 2022.

One of the challenges in planning for concerts at the moment, is the uncertainty around venue capacity which may be subject to changes beyond the Society’s control nearer the date of the concerts.  To ensure this still means that tickets will be available for everyone who would like to come, you are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets on line if you can.

This means that if, sadly, the concert has to be cancelled due to on-going issues related to Covid-19, it is easier to notify existing ticket holders. Refunds can also be made more quickly and efficiently via WeGotTickets.  Please also note that as we get closer to the concerts if we are confident that the audience capacity can be safely increased, EXTRA tickets will be made available, which you will be able to see by checking the concert ticket link or on 

John Rutter – REQUIEM 
Saturday 13 November 2021 at 7.30pm
St Mark’s Church Broomhill                                                                                                        
Rutter flyer Nov 21John 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 David Houlder of the organ 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
Tickets £7, available from members of the choir, on the door, or by post – see Tickets

Handel – MESSIAH
Monday 6 December 2021 at 7pm 
Sheffield Cathedral
Messiah flyer Dec 2021Completed 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
Continuo – Alan Horsey
Soprano – Ella Taylor
Counter-tenor – David Allsopp
Tenor – Joshua Ellicott
Bass – Peter Edge
Tickets £16 and £13 (concessions)
Click here to book tickets for Messiah NB a modest booking fee will be charged

Monday 13 December 2021 at 7.30pm 
St James’s Church, Norton, Church Road, S8 8JQ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE CONCERT WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED AND WILL BE A GREAT EVENT! Please wear a face covering at all times except when singing – and when enjoying the wonderful mulled wine and mince pies! We look forward to seeing you there!
Come Sing flyer Dec 2021We are delighted to be able to invite you join us in our annual Come Sing Christmas Messiah event. Conducted by our President Professor George Nicholson, and with Tom Corns on the organ, this will be a fun sing through much-loved choruses from the Christmas and Easter sections of the work. With mulled wine and mince pies at the interval, this will be a super evening for everyone who likes a good sing!
Sheffield Bach Choir
Conductor – George Nicholson
Organ – Tom Corns
Tickets available from choir members and on the door. £10 including refreshments. Under 16s accompanied by an adult – FREE

Saturday 5 March 2022 at 6.30pm

Sheffield Cathedral

St Matthew flyer Mar 22The 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 – George Nicholson
Evangelist – Stephen Lilley
Christus – Ed Ballard
Pilate – Quentin Brown
Soprano – Debra Morley
Alto – Margaret McDonald
Bass – Alex Ashworth

Tickets £16 and £13 (concessions)
Click here to book tickets for St Matthew Passion NB a modest booking fee will be charged


Saturday 18th June 2022 at 7.30pm

St Marks Church Broomhill

Bach flyer June 22

A wonderful concert for Bach enthusiasts – a whole evening of works by this greatest of composers, including choral favourites Sheep may safely grazeCantata 118, Jesu Meine Freude and the ever-popular Jesu joy of man’s desiring.

The concert also features the brilliant Leeds Town Hall organist Darius Battiwalla, who will play some of Bach’s favourites for organ, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. This majestic work, probably the most famous organ piece in the world, was first made popular by Felix Mendelssohn and then by its use in a number of films, including Fantasia and Phantom of the Opera.

Majestic organ works and a series of beautiful cantatas accompanied by musicians from the accomplished National Festival Orchestra, all demonstrating the brilliance of Bach in the beautiful surroundings of St Mark’s Church, Broomhill – an evening not to be missed!

Sheffield Bach Choir

National Festival Orchestra Ensemble

Conductor – George Nicholson
Organ – Darius Battiwalla

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions)

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Alternatively you can get them from choir members, on the door on the night, or by post from: Box Office, 3 Tapton Mews, Tapton Crescent Road, Sheffield S10 5EA

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