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150 singers needed

EVER ambitious, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra will be taking on Beethoven’s Choral Symphony at the City Hall on April 6 and need a chorus to help them out in the mighty last movement.

So, calling all singers, 150 are being sought to get their collective voice together and raise the roof with Schiller’s Ode to Joy to the familiar strains Beethoven’s music.

Sheffield musician and conductor Robert Webb is getting the chorus together and rehearsing it prior to the performance at which four soloists, all with Sheffield connections, will be on hand to add an extra spark of inspiration

To take part email sheffieldbeethoven9@gmail.com with your name, choir (if applicable), voice part, and whether you require a copy of the music by February 24 as numbers are needed well in advance for staging purposes.

The only cost involved will be a hire fee of £3 for those needing a copy of the music for the work, which will be sung in German.

Two rehearsals before the day of the concert are planned, for Sunday, March 24 – 2.30pm-5pm; and Friday, April 5 – 7.30pm-9.30pm, and anyone who has not sung the work before should attend one or both.

On the day of the concert, the choir will meet at 2pm at the City Hall and rehearse in a downstairs room before joining the orchestra and soloists in the main hall, after which everyone takes a breather at 5pm to prepare for the concert at 7.30pm.

Tickets for the concert: £12, £10 concessions, £4 students, children, are available from the City Hall box office.