Choir’s celebration of Christmas and Advent at cathedral

The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir, who are appearing at St Marie's Cathedral, Sheffield
The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir, who are appearing at St Marie's Cathedral, Sheffield
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University of Sheffield Chamber Choir, St Marie’s Cathedral

This Advent and Christmas concert is now an annual event.

This year’s concert is entitled From Darkness to Light and it will feature music by Tavener, Jackson, Howells, Laurisden and others.

The University of Sheffield Chamber Choir is entirely made up of students from the department of music and other departments.

The choir has around 30 members and performs several concerts annually, both at the university and elsewhere in the city, and also leads in the university’s Service of Remembrance and the official University Carol Service.

In 2013 the choir undertook its first international tour to Dublin, spending a week in residence at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

It has also collaborated with musicians from as far afield as Finland, and this autumn it teamed up with English Touring Opera and Sheffield Cathedral.

The choir has been directed by Mark McCombs since 2010, and for the 2014-15 season the associate conductor is Miriam McCombe.

Mark is director of music at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill.

He also holds the Sir Henry Coward Organ Scholarship at the university and studies organ with Dr Simon Lindley.

On moving to Sheffield in 2008, he was a choral scholar and then organ scholar at St Matthew’s, Sheffield.

In 2011 he graduated from the university with a BA in music.

The concert at the cathedral in Norfolk Row will take place this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Tickets: www.stmariecathedral.org or from the City Hall. They will also be available on the door.