From raves to Requiem for chorus man

Thomas Mitchell
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HE is a one time rock and rave promoter who had never even heard of Mozart’s Requiem until just a few short months ago.

Now Thomas Mitchell, a physiotherapist of Broomhall, Sheffield, will this week sing the famous piece in front of an audience of hundreds after being inspired to join the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus by a friend.

The 34-year-old, who as a teenager organised dozens of rave parties and band nights, will make his first ever public performance as one of the 160-strong choir at the City Hall.

Nervous? Oh yes.

“I’m looking forward to a lot of goose bumps,” he laughs. “I never really understood classical music before and I’d never even heard Mozart’s Requiem prior my involvement with the chorus so it’s certainly a challenge but I passed the audition tests and I’m looking forward to it. I heard about the chorus through a friend and I was keen not to shirk a challenge.”

He will be joined in the chorus at City Hall by said friend, Ambrose White, 30, a charity consultant of Abbeydale, Sheffield, and Ian Owers, 64, a project manager of Manor, Sheffield.

Rachel Mallaband, chorus spokeswoman, said: “They’re all very accomplished.”

Mozart’s Requiem by the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus takes place Friday 7pm. Tickets on 0114 278 9789