Event in murdered Sheffield organist’s memory

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An award-winning choir is set to perform a concert in memory of murdered Sheffield church organist Alan Greaves.

A cappella chamber choir Choros Amici will sing The Bethlehem Star, which was written by Bob Chilcott and inspired by the late, much loved, musician of St Saviour’s Church in High Green, Sheffield.

Alan, aged 68, was killed as he made his way to the church to play the organ on Christmas Eve 2012.

A spokesman said: “Characteristically of Choros Amici’s pedigree, there’s plenty of light and shade in this programme from a choir who know how to entertain, move and enthral under the charismatic direction of Chris Mallinson, whipping his troublesome troubadours into shape.”

The concert will be a varied programme of Christmas music, with something for everyone to enjoy, on Saturday, December 5.

The spokesman continued: “Since its first meeting in 1992, Choros Amici – the ‘choir of friends’ – has always been a very special and individual choir.

“The singers, all friends of the musical director, come from all over England to meet for occasional rehearsal weekends to work hard, laugh hard and play hard.”

Since winning the BBC Sainsbury Choir of the Year in 2000, the choir has engaged in international competition including the Helsinki International Harald Andersen Chamber Choir Competition, in the Basque country Tolosa Choral Contest and in Torrevieja Habaneras y Polifonia Competition, and most recently at the City of Derry International Choral Festival up against choirs from Germany, Belarus, Sweden, Slovenia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Ireland.

The concert will be at St Mark’s Church in Broomhill from 7.30pm. Tickets are £9 for adults, under 16s free. Call 0114 2630140 or 07726313794, or email honeysmith63@hotmail.co.uk They will also be available on the door until sold out.

Donations will go to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal and refreshments served.