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Christmas 2015

As usual, the Choir has a number of engagements in December from local carol singing to our own Christmas Concert. Details of these can be found below

11th December 2015

Members of the choir took part in University Carol Singing at St Andrew's URC, Hanover Way in Sheffield from 12:30 to 13:50pm where we supported the local carol workshops led by Worrall Male Voice Choirs Musical Director, Nigel Russell, and Assistant Musical Director, Stephen Vickers. Over 100 people attended each workshop where we sang through a number of familiar carols from "The Blue Book" and learned some less familiar ones. These workshops have grown in attendance over the last four years, starting in a room at the University, moving to Firth Hall and then St Andrew's. This was the first year people asked "when" the workshops would be rather than "if" they would be taking place - they are well and truly on the map now and we have been invited back to St Andrew's next year..

12th December 2015

The Christmas Season commenced on Saturday 12th December when some 60 people from Worrall and the surrounding area met with Choir members in Worrall Chapel for a Christmas celebration sing-a-long. It was an enjoyable afternoon lead by MD Nigel with Steve accompanying. Carols were from the Blue Book and several yet unsung carols were introduced and well received. Worrall Male Voice Choir plays a significant role in keeping the tradition of the local Sheffield carols alive for future generations and it was good to welcome people of all ages.

14th December 2015

The choir had 2 engagements on Monday 14th December. The choir made it's Christmas visit to Loxley Park to give a one-hour preview of the pieces that would be sung at the Christmas Concert to a full audience. The concert concluded with a communal sing of local and traditional carols from "The Blue Book". The choir then made its way across the valley and up the hill to the Peacock Inn at Stannington where we sang local carols from "The Blue Book" for just over an hour.

18th December 2015

Members of the choir took part in the second University Carol Singing event which was held at St Andrew's URC, Hanover Way in Sheffield from 12:30 to 13:50pm (see the report of last week's workshop for details).

18th December 2015

The second event of the day was the Choir's Annual Christmas Concert held at Wesley Hall, Crookes with guests Ecclesfield Handbell Ringers commencing at 7.30pm. Our President, Gerry Kersey compered the evening. The choir began the concert by singing "O come, O come, Emmanuel" with Ecclesfield Handbell Ringers (arranged by Hawryluk and Taylor), and "Joy to the World" arranged by Simmons. We concluded the section with "A medley of Christmas Carols (arranged by Haigh). Our Guests then performed 5 items including "Pop looks Bach" by Sam Fonteyn, arranged by Bradey, "Radetzky March" by Johann Strauss arranged by Mitchell, and "Schneewalz" also arranged by Bradey). The first half of the concert then concluded with five carols from the Blue Book, including 2 arranged for Male Voices by our MD, Dr Nigel Russell".

After a 15 minute interval, the Choir performed another 4 pieces, commencing with "Christmas Cracker" arranged by Wiltshire, "When a Child is born" by Zacar arranged by Simmons, and concluding with "The Carol Singers" by Hayes & Sterndale-Bennett arranged by McNamara. Our Guests then performed another 6 pieces, commencing with "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson (arranged by Bradey), and including "Carol of the Bells" arranged by Woods & Bradey, and concluding with "Jingle Bells" by Pierrepoint arranged by Bradey. There followed another 5 carols from teh Blue Book, including another arrangement for Male Choir by MD Nigel. This concluded with one of the many versions of "While Shepherds" to 'Sweet Chiming Bells' and "A Merry Christmas". after the final thanks, the choir sang the piece that traditionally closes our Christmas concerts - "Stuff the Turkey". And with that, the Choir's engagements for 2015 came to a close. The picture below was taken at the end of the nights proceedings

Taking the plaudits after the concert

The Choir and Handbell Ringers take a bow.

Last Updated:    Saturday, 2, January, 2016 at 3:41:29 PM