Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra Blog

Last Concert. November 12th. Ecclesall Parish Church.
November 2, 2011, 12:39 pm
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    Our recent concert was at 7.30 on Saturday November 12th in Ecclesall Parish Church. Click on “Concert Dates”, top left of home page, for the full program.

Elgar’s ‘cello concerto provides the core of the program and we are very happy to welcome our soloist, Anna Menzies.

Anna Menzies comes from Newcastle and studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School.  She has appeared across the UK and Europe as soloist and chamber musician, in performances ranging from concerto appearances to playing with The Who at the Royal Albert Hall. Also a composer, Anna was recently selected to have her chamber piece performed by the London Chamber Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square. She is currently finishing her Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she is grateful for the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and a Richard Newitt Award. She teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin school in London. 


New Committee
October 25, 2011, 12:47 pm
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Apologies to all for using the Blog once again for a business post.

Following the AGM we now have a new committee and a new constitution. Chairman: Frank Edenborough, Secretary: Bev Paul, Treasurer/Blog: David Oakley, String rep: Tania Whitfield/Debbie Bettles (jobshare),  Woodwind rep: Kathryn Hathaway, Brass/percussion rep: Pete Hulley, Concert Manager: Geoff Olner, Publicity: Wendy Maas. Rita Everatt continues as librarian and Helen Gibson takes on the role of membership secretary.

Good luck everyone!


2011 Program
October 13, 2011, 11:01 am
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Click on ‘Concert Dates’ (top left of home page) for details of this year’s program.

Apologies/New players/Rehearsal venue.
August 24, 2011, 11:37 am
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It’s been a busy summer and I must apologise for the lack of activity on this blog recently. Normal service will now be resumed!

The orchestra reconvenes on September 6th to start rehearsing our autumn programme which includes Elgar ‘cello concerto, Arnold Scottish dances and Grieg symphonic dances. Please excuse the uppercase but THERE IS A CHANGE OF VENUE for this rehearsal only. We will meet in Endcliffe Methodist Church (S11 8PR), conveniently located close to The Porterbrook pub on Ecclesall road at the usual time of 7.30. This is a ‘one off’. Future rehearsals will be at our usual venue, The Victoria Hall, opposite the stage door of the Crucible theatre.

I hope everyone agrees that we had a great season last year and are looking forward to another exciting year of music making. Feedback from the Botanic Gardens concert was fantastic.

If you are new to Sheffield and fancy playing with us, please read on. The wind and horn sections are complete, though there are often opportunities for bumps and deps. String players are welcome to come along to a rehearsal or two to see if we are the right orchestra for you; just turn up and make yourself known to the section leader. We are a friendly bunch! Please note that we keep the doors of the Vic hall shut during rehearsals to discourage vagrants so come a bit early when someone is available to open the doors. Also note the change of venue for our first rehearsal.

Watch out for future posts here.


Enlarged Committee
January 31, 2011, 9:41 pm
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Welcome to new committee members, Pat Kendall-Taylor, Roberto Meoni and Nicola Elam. Nicola will be representing the woodwind section on the committee, but any orchestra member can raise any issue with anyone on the committee.


2011. Rehearsal Venue.
January 5, 2011, 6:57 pm
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Welcome to 2011. After reading, marking, learning and I-Ding all comments and views, we will be staying at the Vic Hall for the time being. The matter will be kept under review. Meanwhile Nicola (Bassoon 1) has negotiated an even better parking deal at the underground park: see her for concessionary tickets (click on her comment below).

We had excellent feedback from the Christmas concert. Now it’s a question of getting to grips with the Bernstein. The music for Chen and He’s Butterfly Lovers violin concerto is on its way.

Happy New Year to all.


Next Year
December 14, 2010, 11:16 pm
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Happy Christmas to all. We start again on 4th January at the Vic Hall, 7:30. Tchaikovsky; Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev; March of the Capulets, Bernstein; West Side Story, Chen and He; Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. I don’t have a rehearsal schedule yet.

Thanks for reading the blog. I would dearly love to have some controversial copy to post. We get lots of hits, but few comments. I can post your rants, views, dreams and comments; or let you know how to do it yourself (very easy). Meanwhile, keep practising!