Live Music Returns

After 6 month’s silence, Sheffield Chamber Choir is returning to St Marie’s Cathedral for their first post-lockdown concert.
The limited audience tickets are already sold out, but the concert will be live-streamed so anyone can enjoy a choir singing together again…

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Lockdown Recording

Since March, due to Covid 19 restrictions, St Marie’s Cathedral, like all church buildings, has been closed, but as it is a Catholic Cathedral, worship has been allowed to continue. We have been luck to have Shalom Media live-streaming daily mass through the Cathedral website, and, in the case of the Sunday Mass, and other significant feast days, on their own Media Channel.

The main masses have required recorded music, as much as we would usually sing. At the beginning, this was recorded by me with Cantor Silviu Cobeanu in the cathedral, but once Holy Week was out of the way, with many, many recordings needed to be done, I thought it would be good to involve the whole cathedral choir, and so, since Easter, they have all recorded, individually from their own homes, to prepared backing tracks, sung by Silviu, the hymns and psalms and other music required. This has been a steep learning curve for me, having to do all the preparation, and then editing and mixing, but has been a worthwhile task – keeping the singers connected with the cathedral, and also, providing interesting music for the services, making it seem as normal as possible for the many hundreds who watch the weekly Sunday mass.

I have begun to upload the recordings to SoundCloud and YouTube, and they are available at the links below in case anyone is interested in having a listen. Also, all the live-streamed masses are available to watch.

St Marie’s Cathedral Mass YouTube Channel

St Marie’s Choir recordings on YouTube 

St Marie’s Choir recordings on SoundCloud

The last concert I conducted…

The last concert I conducted before lockdown. Let’s hope we can meet again soon.

Sheffield Chamber Choir directed by St Marie’s Cathedral Organist, Robert Webb, invites you to a musical meditation, free to attend, in the stunning location of St Marie’s Cathedral on Friday 13th March, beginning at 8.00pm

Presented without interval, this short concert (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes) comprises John Stainer’s traditional Lenten work ‘Crucifixion’, with short motets by Lotti, Lassus, Victoria, Rossini and Bruckner interpolated.

With Organ: Paul Plummer; Tenor solo: David Watkin-Holmes; Bass solo: Daniel Sumner.

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Sterndale Singers next concert

Saturday July 6th  – 7.30pm Channing Hall

“Around the World in 80 minutes”

Listen to songs from across the globe , in a café setting.

Cocktails and other cold drinks available.

 

Follow in the footsteps of Phileas Fogg on a whirlwind trip around the globe in 80 minutes with choral music which is as varied as the scenery. We will be taking in Paris, Brindisi, Egypt, Japan, New York and other destinations along the way. The programme includes excerpts from musical theatre and opera, some folk songs, and as we finally dock in Liverpool, sounds of the Mersey.

Themed cocktails and soft drinks will be available.

Pack your bags, bring your passport and join us for this round the world extravaganza.

Tickets £10.00, Students £5.00, Under 16s Free, available from http://www.sterndalesingers.org.uk/

 

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Sheffield Chamber Choir’s next concert

St Marie’s Cathedral – Saturday 18th May – 7.30pm – FREE admission

Sheffield Chamber Choir returns to St Marie’s Cathedral under their director Robert Webb (very recenty appointed as St Marie’s Cathedral Organist) with an exciting programme of choral music.

Sheffield Chamber Choir returns to St Marie’s Cathedral under their director Robert Webb (very recenty appointed as St Marie’s Cathedral Organist) with an exciting programme of choral music.

The programme has been chosen to make the most of the marvellous acoustics of St Marie’s (often said to be the best in the city) and the superb re-furbished organ (under the expert fingers of organist Paul Plummer), and includes music by John Tavener, Edward Bairstow, William Byrd, Ola Gjeilo, Edgar Bainton, Herbert Howells and Sergei Rachmaninov.