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May 1 24 - May 7 2014

MAKING MUSIC

Viva Voce: Sheffield-based chamber choir needs tenors and basses who have an enthusiasm for a capella singing, love of choral music, good sight-reading ability. Rehearsal night. Thursday

(2350328, email amanda.cowan4@gmail.com, www.vivavoce.org.uk)

ENDCLIFFE ORCHESTRA: friendly development symphony orchestra looking for string players, grade 5 and above (‘lapsed’ players welcome), rehearsals at Millhouses Methodist Church, Mondays, 7.30pm (www.endcliffeorchestra.org.uk).

Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus: offers a great opportunity to experience exciting classical music ‘from the inside’ alongside professional musicians and a large group of other enthusiastic singers and is always pleased to greet new members in all voice parts but particularly tenors and basses (www.sheffieldphil.org, 01433 630970).

THE BROOMHALL COMMUNITY CHOIR: led by the enthusiastic Steve Vickers. No previous singing experience needed, just an enjoyment of music. meets St Andrew’s, Upper Hanover Street, every Tuesday morning 10am-12. Mixed programme for Spring including some madrigals (£2 includes refreshments, 2620718, 07710 245 204).

Bents Green Singers: twice monthly singing group welcomes new members, with or without previous singing experience. Music ranges from traditional to popular, including songs from musicals. Meets alternate Tuesdays at Bents Green Methodist Church Hall 2.15 - 4.00pm. For more information phone 0114 2366318.

Sheffield Oratorio Chorus: Rehearsing for the coming season’s concerts in Ecclesall Church and other venues, new tenors and basses welcome – voice coaching offered, rehearsals in St Andrew’s URC Church, Upper Hanover Street, Wednesdays, 7.30-9.30pm, (enquiries to Carol Atherton 2589770, www.oratorio.org.uk).

Stannington Mixed Choir: looking for new members, particularly tenors and basses, regardless of ability and experience. No audition or need to read music, just enthusiasm to sing an exciting and varied range of music. Vocal tuition and music theory workshops offered. Call in at any rehearsal: Knowle Top Church, Stannington Road, Thursday, 7.30pm-9.30pm, or call (0114) 230 9576.

Sheffield Bach Choir: rehearsals at Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Napier Street, Mondays, 7.30–9.30pm, new members very welcome 07960 523911,, www.sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk).

Sheffield Chamber Orchestra: now in its 63rd year, the SCO is an amateur classical orchestra under professional Conductor George Kennaway and professional leader Ralph Dawson, minimum Grade VIII standard and orchestral experience required, the SCO works with renowned local and national soloists, with a focus on good fun, great music, and sell-out concerts, rehearsals Tuesday Evenings (visit www.sheffield-chamber-orchestra.org.uk for details).

The Sheffield Chorale: conducted by Neil Taylor (also Director of Music at the Cathedral), is a friendly mixed choir of about 50 voices which sings a wide range of music, accompanied and a cappella, from early music to modern part songs, and major choral works, they are looking for new singers, particularly tenors and basses who have some choral experience and sight reading ability (email info@sheffieldchorale.co.uk, 3279322, www.sheffieldchorale.co.uk).

Sheffield Harmony Chorus: four part harmony women’s chorus who sing a cappella looking for new members who love singing and having fun, rehearsals High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Mondays, 7.30pm-10pm. Visitor open nights first Monday of the month from March (Ruth, 07976 546463).

Escafeld Brass Band: friendly, non-contesting brass band is looking for new players in all sections, especially cornets, practices at St Andrew’s church, Upper Hanover Way, Fridays, 7.30pm-9.30pm (call Keef on 07954142842 or come down and meet them).

New Community Choir: experienced choir leader/arranger, all welcome (for more details, please email mail@grahamandeileenpratt.co.uk)

SOSA-XA! Sounds of Southern Africa Choir: led by Keitu Motlogwa, no auditions, no need to read music, but regular attendance required, Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, every Monday, 7.15pm to 9.15pm (£4 per week if paying for full term, reductions for students, raising funds for African arts projects, 07530070946 email:arts@semea.org.uk, www.sosa-xa.org.uk).

Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra: welcomes competent, enthusiastic string players Rehearsals at Victoria Hall, Tuesdays, 7.30pm (2304435, www.sheffieldphilharmonic orchestra.org.uk).

Meersbrook Park Church Operatic Society: friendly society looking for new members 3. Rehearsals, Fridays, 7.30pm (Jean Peck, 2550951).

The Peak Chamber Orchestra: seeks to increase its membership, especially in the String Section, meets at Methodist Church, Calver, Tuesdays, 7.45pm during term time (those who enjoy playing a wide variety of classical music can contact conductor Glyn Davies on 01433 630689).

Serenissima: new, dynamic S.A.T.B performance choir that has its sights firmly set on concerts, competitions, tours and most of all fun. Don’t worry if you are a little rusty about singing or reading music, just come along, Hillsborough Hotel, Langsett Road, Hillsborough, every Thursday, 7.30pm until 9.30pm (Stephen Vickers, musical director, 07875 671713 or email info@serenissima-uk.org.uk).

Big Band Music: trumpet or trombone players who would like join a rehearsal band playing music of the big band era can contact Alan on 2455632. Groups meet on Thursday evenings Friday mornings. Concord Youth Music, performance ensemble with brass, percussion, rhythm section plus team of dancers - excitement, music and movement for those seeking something different and a challenge. Croft House Settlement, Garden Street, Thursdays 7pm-9pm, Sundays, 2pm-5pm (all welcome to visit, 2491460, email rcs@concord.org.uk).

City of Sheffield Teachers Choir: singers new or experienced welcome at rehearsals, open to all not only teachers, St Mary’s Church Centre, Bramall Lane, Thursdays, 7pm-9pm (2302685/ 2745588).

Jacapella Harmony Singing Workshops: for everyone who loves to sing regardless of ability or experience, songs old and new from near and far, all taught by ear. NEW GROUP: Thursdays 1-3pm at Ecclesall Parish Hall, also Wednesdays 8pm-10pm at St. Andrews Hall, Nether Edge and Mondays 1-3pm at Ranmoor Parish Centre (£6/£4, Jacqui 07796 131611, jacapella@gmail.com, www.jacapella.co.uk).

Abbeydale String Orchestra: meets Wednesdays, St Oswald’s Church, Abbeydale Road, 7pm-9pm (all string players welcome, 2367037).

Opor Singers: Sharrow based community singing group, supportive and friendly environment, sings songs from a wide range of genres and cultures. No requirement to read music as everything is taught by ear, performs regularly at local events, rehearsals at Old Sharrow Junior School, Southview Road, Sharrow, Wednesdays, 6.30pm-8.30pm (oporsingers@gmail.com , http://www.myspace.com/oporsingers).

Drummers Alliance: tuition with renowned teacher Toni Cannelli, whose ex students play with the biggest names in the music business (2684678 or www.tonicannelli.com).

Chesterfield Parish Church Choir: looking to recruit boys around the ages of 6-12 years who live in the North Derbyshire area. Vocal tuition and coaching is offered, new starters receive training. The choir is also looking for singers of any age in the way of altos, tenors and basses, schoolchildren as well as adults, to sing wide range of music from Elizabethan to present day styles (Ian Brackenbury, Director of Music, 0771 928 3735 or 01246 272385).

Holmebrook Valley Singers: group who perform a range of well known easy-to-learn songs for all tastes are looking for new singers, no auditions or musical knowledge, just enthusiasm required, practice at Holmebrook Valley Centre, Chesterfield, every Thursday, 1pm-3pm (call Neil Jackson 01246 207269 or just turn up).

Bravo Productions: popular purveyors of Old Time Music Hall are looking for soloists and speciality acts to help keep the traditional English form of entertainment form alive (01909 567326).

Sheffield Accordion Club: welcomes accordion players from beginners to advanced, enthusiastic listeners also appreciated at club nights, HSBC Sports Club Pavilion, Limb Lane, Dore, third Tuesday of the month, 7pm (Ray 2466912 or John 2364134).

Norfolk Sparkle Community Choir: small choir who sing contemporary a cappella looking for new members of all ages, experience and abilities, Victoria Methodist Church, Stafford Road, second and fourth Thursdays of the month), 8pm for tea and refreshments, singing from 8.30-9.30pm (Joy French 2784865 or email joyfrench@hotmail.co.uk).

Singing For Fun: Handsworth Community Singers, open access, everyone welcome to sing or just listen, Handsworth Sports and Social Club, Hall Road, Handsworth, Mondays, 7pm-9pm (call June or Peter, 2540158).

Out Aloud: Sheffield’s gay choir, open to all members of the LGBT community, no musical experience needed with all songs taught by ear, meets Wednesday evenings during school terms from 7.15pm-9.30pm (sliding scale of charges, 07892 896806 or email info@outaloud.org.uk).

Sheffield Socialist Choir: who sing in support of radical social and political change here in Sheffield, in the UK and world-wide, singers required in all voices, both women and men, especially tenors and basses; repertoire is a potent mix of global rhythms and lyrics in many world languages. Rehearsals at St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane, Thursdays, 7.45pm (Ruth, 2899341 or 07913283307).

Lunchtime Singing: City Hall, Thursday, May 1, 8pm (£6).

A concert for Spring: . Saturday, April, 26. Doors are open at 7pm and the concert starts at 7.30 pm. Stannington Brass Band, conducted by Derek Renshaw, will be serving up an entertaining selection of music at a concert. Special guests for the evening are the internationally renowned Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir. Stannington Training Band will also showcase the talent of its up and coming brass musicians. Lomas Hall, Stannington. Tickets are £7.00

(£6.00 for concessions) and available from Stannington Hardware Shop or telephone 0114 2332821. For details of the band’s other engagements visit StanningtonBrassBand@btinternet.com.