ETO link up with Sheffield choirs

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Soloists from English Touring Opera will join local choristers in a concert of Bach’s Advent Cantatas at Firth Hall on Sunday.  

It marks the second collaboration between choirs in Sheffield and ETO in as many years after a successful concert of Handel’s Music for Vespers last year, and the first since ETO won the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera.

Part of Concerts at the University of Sheffield Autumn Season, it will feature ETO soloists with Sheffield Cathedral Choir, the University of Sheffield Chamber Choir and period orchestra The Old Street Band.

The repertoire is drawn from the Cantatas, or sacred songs, written by Bach for Advent, the four Sundays preceding Christmas.

The music includes the original setting of the famous chorale, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, which will be sung once in German, and then at the end of the concert in English. The audience are being asked to join in the singing of this final short section, as the congregations of Bach’s day would have done.  

ETO’s General Director James Conway said: “It’s a great pleasure to be working again with Sheffield Cathedral Choir after the success of Handel’s Music for Vespers last year, and to be collaborating with the University of Sheffield Chamber Choir for the first time. These wonderful cantatas by Bach are just as thrilling to perform or experience as an audience member – particularly in our final chorale when the audience can join in the singing!”

ETO’s Autumn 2014 season of music from the 18th century also includes performances at Buxton Opera House of Handel’s Ottone on Friday November 7 and Haydn’s Life on the Moon the following night.

ETO also returns to the Sheffield Lyceum with Puccini’s La bohème and Donizetti’s The Siege of Calais on March 30 and 31 next year. 

Tickets to Bach’s Advent Cantatas cost £4 - £12.