Singer Sarah Leffler joins Sheffield’s Escafeld Chorale for concerts

Escafeld Chorale's associate soloist, Sarah Leffler
Escafeld Chorale's associate soloist, Sarah Leffler

Sheffield’s Escafeld Chorale is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with two special concerts at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, featuring singers who have taken part in the choir’s associate soloist scheme.

The scheme was set up in 2010 with the co-operation of Sheffield University Department of Music and offers a young singer the opportunity to work with the choir for a year and to receive financial support to further their development towards a professional career. 

Six former associate soloists, along with the current holder Sarah Leffler, a music student at the university, will be joining the choir for the anniversary concerts, the first of which is on Saturday (March 30).

The evening will feature 100 years of choral music, with pieces by Schubert, Fauré, Finzi and Britten. 

The summer concert on Saturday, July 6, will be a lighter programme showcasing a varied selection of some of the choir’s favourite music from the past five decades including a piece written by Sheffield composer Ron Law, who formed Escafeld Chorale in 1969.

At both concerts the choir, which now numbers around 70, will be conducted by their current musical director, Nigel Russell-Sewell.

*Ahead of Manchester festival Parklife’s 10th anniversary edition at Heaton Park on June 8 and 9, a special pre-festival event takes place in Sheffield at The Harley tonight, Thursday (March 28).

The pre-parties will kick-start the celebrations with a range of established acts from the festival bill set to appear.

All line-ups will remain unannounced until the week of show, with each party free to attend and hosted by JD Sports,who are giving away a pair of trainers at each gig.  

Live acts and DJs announced for the festival include Cardi B, George Ezra, Solange, The Streets, Migos, Khalid, Major Lazer Soundsystem, Christine & the Queens and Eric Prydz.