A new concert series in Sheffield is launched in May and unveils a new performance venue in the process, the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Whirlow.
The chapel, just off Ecclesall Road South, is part of Whirlow Spirituality Centre all that is left of Whirlow Grange Conference Centre, which closed its door in July 2014 after 60 years.
Officially, its name is Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit.
The Centre is run by a partnership of All Saints Parish Church, Ecclesall and Whirlow Grange Ltd, an organisation that continues as an educational charity following the sale of most of the land on which the conference centre stood.
In a joint statement John Stride, chair of the Whirlow Grange Trust, and Gary Wilton, vicar of All Saints, said: “The partnership, which oversees the development of the Spirituality Centre, sees this concert series as a perfect example of how we should be working together.”
“We also want to make this beautiful place more available for residents in the local Whirlow community for whom the Chapel was originally built in the 1960s.”
Despite the apparent audience targeting, however, everyone is welcome to the five concerts in the series between May and October when the grounds in which the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is set are most verdant. The more the merrier!
“With space for up to 50 people, we’ve realised the Chapel is an ideal location for intimate, chamber-style performances,” Joy Adams, chaplain to the Whirlow Spiritual Centre.
She added: “The series is intended to offer music that’s in tune with the reflective, meditative and affirmative style of this special place.”
The concerts, all beginning at 7.30pm, are given by locally known musicians, except one.
Friday, 19th of May – Hallam Sinfonia String Quartet: Brahms, Fauré and Haydn.
Saturday, 3rd of June – Lucy Phillips: violin and David Hammond: piano: Bach, Debussy and Arvo Pärt.
Friday 30th of June – Chloe Saywell: soprano, Matthew Redfearn: trumpet and Stephanie Pitts: piano: Baroque to Broadway!
Saturday, 23rd of September – Muskoka Wind Quintet: Poulenc, Haydn, Paul Patterson, Gershwin and Norman Hallam.
Saturday, 28th of October – Simeon Wood from historic Kirkburton, near Huddersfield: flute and other wind instruments: light classics, ballads and movie themes interspersed with humour.
Where known, details of individual works being performed can be found on the Calendar on the Classical Sheffield website: www.classicalsheffield.org.uk
You can discover more about the venue at whirlowspiritualitycentre.org/