STEEL CITY CHORISTERS

We are an exciting and innovative choir of children and adults that sings in the cathedral tradition. We offer our choristers a first-class musical education and sing for a wide range of churches and other communities in and around Sheffield.

80+ performances for 40+ hosts
since September 2020

“Absolutely beautiful!”
Professor Brian Cox

“Steel City Choristers has rapidly developed very high standards…the musical education is excellent …I commend them without reservation.”
Hilary Davan Wetton – Artistic Director of the Military Wives Choirs

Steel City Choristers is a charity in Sheffield that believes in the power of music to change lives! We make high quality choral music more accessible and relevant so that more people can experience its beauty and enjoy its benefits.

We train boys and girls aged 6-18 to sing alongside elite adults in the cathedral tradition. We collaborate with a wide range of partners to co-create opportunities to sing. Sacred music makes up the majority of our repertoire, and church services the majority of our performances, but we also sing a variety of other music and at range of other events.

We also share our love of singing by offering free singing workshops in schools, churches and other community settings, and we love finding innovative ways of sharing choral music with new communities.  We would love to hear from you, or see you at one of our events.

Our story is told by Classical Music magazine.

“So many people were impressed with the quality and tone of your music. It is a phenomenal achievement to produce the standard of music you did, which was on a par with cathedral standards without the resources usually associated with a cathedral music foundation. You are all to be congratulated on the work that has been put in to create a choir that is has professional standards and with all choir members seeming to enjoy the experience so much.”
Revd Canon Michael Gisbourne, Canon Precentor, Ripon Cathedral

Our Values

Community

We value, trust and empower our people

Ambition

We work at the cutting edge, continually innovating in our pursuit of excellence

Resilience

We work hard to perform well as a team under pressure

Enjoyment

We have fun enjoying and sharing the joys of choral music!

Calendar

St Matthew Passion at St John’s Church, Ranmoor
Sunday 17 March 2024, 5.30pm

Good Friday service at St Marie’s Catholic Cathedral
Friday 29 March, 5:30pm 

Evensong at St John’s church, Hooton Roberts
Sunday 28 April, 4:00pm

Join us!

We offer children aged 6-18 a fun and rewarding musical education, training them to sing to the highest musical standards in the cathedral tradition alongside experienced adult singers. We are keen to hear from children who are looking to take their singing to a new level. Singing with us is subject to audition, and includes twice-weekly rehearsals, group music theory classes, fortnightly individual singing lessons and around 10 services, concerts or other performances each term as well as regular social activities. There are no fees to sing with us, but parents are encouraged to give as generously as they can to support the work of the choir.

We are also looking for adults who are good sight readers who could join us as either regular or occasional altos, tenors or basses. You will enjoy singing some of the highest quality choral music in Sheffield, while helping to give children the amazing opportunity of learning to sing as part of a vibrant choral community.

We rehearse at St John’s Church, Owlerton.

Juniors: Mondays 4.30 – 6.00pm
Choristers: Mondays 4.30 – 6.45pm and Fridays 4.30 – 6.30pm
Changing Voices: Fridays 4.30 – 6.30pm
Clerks (adults): Fridays 6.00 – 7.30pm (followed by the pub)

Express interest by emailing enquiries@steelcitychoristers.org.uk

Support Us

Please become our Friend and help us share the joys of choral music.

Our Friends follow our story and support our work. We are grateful for whatever financial support you are able to give – there is no minimum donation.

Our Friends enjoy an annual New Year’s event where they can meet and chat with our team and singers, and advance notice of dates in our monthly email newsletter.

News

Our first residential tour, to Ripon Cathedral – July 2023
We had lots of fun singing four services at the cathedral and staying at Holy Rood House in Thirsk.  

Our first service at Sheffield Cathedral – May 2023
We received a warm welcome as we sang choral evensong, accompanied by former Sheffield Director of Music, Neil Taylor.  

A weekend of music-making with Hilary Davan Wetton – March 2023
We had a fabulous couple of days with Hilary concluding with an informal performance at St Matthew’s Church. He said “Their’s is a story of vision and determination triumphing over adversity; I am proud to be associated with them.”

 

Our Funders

We are grateful for the generous support of:

Ecclesfield Welfare and Educational Charities