Our 2016/17 season started with a concert featuring work by Bob Chilcott, one of this country's most eminent living composers and the guest leader of our 2016 workshop; his Salisbury Vespers is for multi-divided choirs with virtuoso brass and organ accompaniment. We welcomed for this occasion for the first time the Yorkshire consort Austonley Brass. The same combination was used for John Rutter's Gloria, one of his earliest and most exuberant works. Two anthems by Elgar completed the programme.
Our Christmas concert followed the same pattern as last year, showcasing some of Sheffield's best young singers.
Not performed by this society for many, many years, Bach's monumental St Matthew Passion represents the apotheosis of his art. With an array of high quality soloists and accompaniment from the Northern Chamber Orchestra, this is a concert not to be missed.
For the Summer concert we return to the twentieth century with Kodály's austere, neo-modal Missa Brevis, Britten's evocative Rejoice in the Lamb, set to Christopher Smart's particularly quirky text, and Gustav Holst's Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, a response to his liking of Hindu mystical writings.