City Hall Christmas Concert (Evening)

Saturday, 14 December 2019

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Saturday, 14 December 2019



Black Dyke Band & Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus

Oval Hall | Sheffield City Hall Christmas Concert

Tom Redmond presenter
Darius Battiwalla conductor
Nicholas Childs conductor

Two musical forces reunite for a festive celebration featuring family favourites and sing-along carols at Sheffield City Hall's annual Christmas Concert.
This year's concert times are 2.00pm and 5.30pm. 

We welcome to Sheffield City Hall, the award-winning and internationally renowned Black Dyke Band, led by Dr Nicholas Childs, is one of the most celebrated brass bands in history and has toured the world winning international and national competitions. Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus is South Yorkshire’s foremost large mixed-voice choir regularly singing with leading orchestras and internationally renowned conductors, plus featuring as the resident choir in the Sheffield International Concert Season, and previously having participated in the BBC Proms on a number of occasions.

Presenting this year’s concerts is Tom Redmond, presenter, horn player and animateur specialising in music education. He’s a regular voice on BBC Radio 3 presenting live concerts, studio programmes and the BBC Proms. A wonderful concert for all the family to join in singing some of the most loved Christmas music old and new, experiencing a live brass band and chorus in the beautiful setting of the Oval Hall at Sheffield City Hall. 

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Get in the Know with...Nicholas Childs!

We recently caught up with conductor of the prestigious Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs, about the upcoming Christmas Concerts here at Sheffield City Hall

1)      Do you have a favourite Christmas piece for band? If so, what is it and why?  

My favourite Christmas piece is A Christmas Carol which we are playing in this year’s concert.  The title is the main theme from the blockbuster movie, A Christmas Carol but it also reminds me of the great classic featuring Scrooge, which epitomises Christmas.

2)      Where does the tradition of brass bands playing at Christmas time come from?  

Christmas time is a wonderful time to share with family and friends and of course many brass bands feature in so many local events it always seems a great way of bringing the community and friends together.  I am not sure whether there is a specific time, however Black Dyke has a history of 165 years and I am sure in 1855, and like this year, the band will be playing in their local village of Queensbury bringing family, friends and the community together.

3)      We’re really looking forward to reuniting Black Dyke Band and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus again for Christmas – what is your favourite part of this annual concert?

 Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Black Dyke symbolise the start of Christmas for me.  They bring wonderful music together and with the enjoyment and spirit of Christmas.  We have worked on many collaborations and I am looking forward in 2020 for the release on the Naxos label featuring John Rutter music, where the band and Chorus join together in Gloria.

4)      What can we expect from the band pieces that you are performing here on Saturday 14th December?

When you perform at City Hall Black Dyke promise you a journey into a Christmas extravaganza.  The music will speak for itself but a number of the band’s items have a special presentation that makes the music leap out with enjoyment.

5)      What’s coming up next for Black Dyke Band?  

In Black Dyke’s illustrious history they have been lucky enough to play at the BBC Proms, and as diverse as playing on the Pyramid Stage, Glastonbury.  Next year promises to be just as exciting, with over 40 concerts within the UK and Europe and of course our annual visit to Sheffield will be very special in our hearts.