Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus go ahead with Christmas concert
‘Tis the season to be jolly, and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus are determined that this year will be no different.
They have had to be rather inventive, since their usual joyous concert with more than 200 performers musicians on stage and thousand-strong audiences at Sheffield City Hall would certainly not comply with the current social distancing guidelines.
“When I was asked to present the Chorus’s Christmas Carol Concert this December, I admit I was rather surprised, especially when I heard it would still include over 100 voices and the full Black Dyke Band,” said the choir’s new patron, BBC Radio 3 and Proms presenter Petroc Trelawny.
Chorus members and the Black Dyke Band were tasked by the choir’s music director, Darius Battiwalla, to record themselves singing and playing, so a virtual choir and band could be created.
The concert includes a version of 16th-century carol Resonet in Laudibus, arranged by Darius.
Petroc said: “In past centuries, people would have gathered in kitchens and round fireplaces to make music together, singing festive carols during dark evenings, so 2020 is just a high-tech version of some of the old traditions.”
The performance includes Welsh lullaby Suo Gan, Gaelic Blessing, Deck the Hall, The Holly and the Ivy and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
There’s a link to the concert at sheffieldphil.org in the Christmas 2020 section.
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