Arts Update: Chorus workshops

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SHEFFIELD Philharmonic Chorus will shortly be running further workshops for men interested in singing with them but who feel they would benefit from a little extra support.

Taught by a professional music teacher, they are aimed at providing a gentle introduction to the Chorus for men interested in singing with them and preparing them for an audition and participating in future concerts.

They will be held at the usual rehearsal venue, King Edward V11 Upper School in Broomhill, for six weeks from Tuesday, April 16, Participants will join the main rehearsal with the support of an experienced singer.

Paul Maddox, Recruitment Officer for the Chorus said: “This is the second series of men’s workshops to be run this year and we very much hope that it will be as successful as the first. If you’ve ever thought about singing in a choir but needed that little extra encouragement, this is an opportunity not to be missed” Anyone interested in the workshops or singing with the Chorus should visit: www.sheffieldphil.org, email comeandtryus@sheffieldphil.org or phone 07771 578233.

Mixed emotions

LAUGHTER and tears in equal measure are in store as The 53 Group present The Memory of Water at the Library Theatre next week.

Shelagh Stephenson’s play won the Laurence Olivier Award for comedy in 2000 and focuses on three sisters who gather in the family home on the eve of their mother’s funeral and are forced to confront their feelings for her and for each other. United by grief they may be but as is always the case when sisters get together, it’s not long before the bickering begins and the trio start to argue over their very different recollections of shared events.

The play explores the strains of family relationships and shows how the various incidents recalled have shaped who the sisters are today.

Performances are Tuesday to Saturday and tickets at £8 (£7 conc) are available on 2862740.

Tickets on increase

THIS year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival at the Showroom Cinema proved the best yet with organisers Heason Events reporting ticket sales up 29%. Now comes the first Best of ShAFF Film Night on April 27 at Castleton Youth Hostel. The programme will feature Crossing The Ice (winner of Best Feature Film at ShAFF, Best Film at Banff, Kendal and Vancouver festivals) and Journey On The Wild Coast (Spirit Of Adventure Winner at ShAFF, Best Feature at Seven Summit Festival, Best Of The Fest at Anchorage).

Sculptures on show

AN exhibition of sculpture in various forms, both wall-mounted and free-standing, by Simon Wiggleworth Baker opens at the Gage Gallery on Friday evening. Closing Time is the first in a series of upcoming shows organised by Kelham Island Arts Collective at the gallery at Lion Works in Ball Street, one of whose distinctions is the unusual opening hours it operates - from 4pm to 10pm. Closing Time will be on view every day until April 19.