Sheffield Bach Choir gets its 2016-2017 season underway a little earlier than usual with Bach’s B minor Mass at Sheffield Cathedral on the 1st of October – but then, there is an ‘extra’ in it!
Messiah, actually! A second performance a Handel’s oratorio in the season!
The normal, annual outing still takes place on the first Monday of December, this year the 5th, and next April there is another performance, which will certainly not sound the same.
Taking place on the 8th of April, it virtually coincides with 275th anniversary of the first-ever performance of Messiah in Dublin on the 13th of April 1742.
Not that an attempt is being made at a ‘historically informed’ performance. On the contrary, it is a Come and Sing Messiah using Denis Wright’s astute 1946 transcription of the orchestral parts for brass band.
It is a celebration of the work’s 275th birthday!
Phillip McCann, no less, is assembling the brass forces and the Bach Choir’s illustrious music director, Simon Lindley is reported to be “terribly excited” over the performance.
Professional soloists, as always, will be on duty and tickets to sing or listen are priced at £10 – children £5.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the season there is another Handel oratorio between Bach and the ‘first’ Messiah, Israel in Egypt, on the 12th of November and a further work the choir also performs periodically, Mendelssohn’s Elijah on the 4th of March.
All the concerts are at Sheffield Cathedral, except the last one on the 10th of June, Music for a Summer Evening, which is again given as part of the Broomhill Festival at St Mark’s Church.
Further information at www.sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk