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Escafeld began life as a small group of friends (the Fossdale Singers), and for many years, as the choir gradually grew in size, madrigals, part songs and anthems formed the mainstay of its repertoire. Once the choir was able to tackle larger-scale works, its repertoire increased significantly. We enjoy performing a wide range of choral music, from Palestrina, Byrd and Vivaldi, through Mozart, Haydn and Handel to Elgar, Parry, and Vaughan Williams, and Britten, Tippett and Rutter.
These are just some of the major works we have performed:
Bernstein, Chichester Psalms
Brahms, Ein Deutsches Requiem (in German)
Britten, St Nicolas and Rejoice in the Lamb
Charpentier, Te Deum
Elgar, From the Bavarian Highlands and The Music Makers
Faure, Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine
Finzi, Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice
Handel, Messiah, Zadok the Priest and The King shall Rejoice
Haydn, Creation, Nelson Mass and Te Deum
Lambert, The Rio Grande
Orff, Carmina Burana
Poulenc, Stabat Mater
Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
Ramirez, Missa Criolla
Rossini, Petite Messe Solennelle
Rutter, Requiem and The Sprig of Thyme
Schubert, Mass in G Major
Vaughan Williams, In Windsor Forest and Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Inevtably, much of the choral repertoire consists of sacred music, and such large-scale works tend to feature in our spring concerts, which often also involve young instrumentalists, mainly drawn from Sheffield University.
Our summer concerts are generally lighter in tone, and sometimes include music linked to a particular theme. These concerts have included opera choruses, excerpts from musicals, madrigals, and a wide variety of part songs.
At Christmas we generally give two concerts - one at Holy Trinity, Wentworth, and one in Sheffield (often at St Andrew's Psalter Lane). The Sheffield concert is often in association with a local charity. The tried and tested formula for Christmas concerts includes both music and readings, and seasonal refreshments are always served.
For more information about recent concerts, take a look at the Previous Concerts page.