Chorale committed to local music talent

From: Roger Watkin

Chairman, Escafeld Chorale

Music lover regretted lack of support for local talent and referred specifically to MitRound’s new composer.

Please let Escafeld Chorale assure your readers that our choir, like other music groups, believes in encouraging local talent and is planning how to extend opportunities to a wider group.

We do support local composers in our concerts - Ron Law, Pete Dutton and Steve Draper in recent times while our concerts enjoy the skills of local instrumentalists.

We also support young musicians through our annual, Associate Soloist scheme. The 2011/12 incumbent is Rosie Williamson, whose second programme with us can be heard on March 24 at Holy Trinity Millhouses. Our first was Matthew Palmer, and our third will be known next week after we have auditioned applicants.

Of course Escafeld Chorale took part in Alight Twilight, a wonderful event which showcased a huge variety of local music endeavour and talent, including the premiere of an Olympic Tryptich by South Yorkshire composer and performer, Timothy Allen. 8-80 must have been the age range of those taking part, and North,S E and W Sheffield and Hallamshire were all represented.

Thank you Rachel Mallaband and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

We’d love to bring these young musicians more effectively to the notice of the public. There’s a large and growing audience wanting information about the richness of the full, live musical scene.

Something for the Telegraph to ponder here.