Peak District singers heading to Sheffield

Tideswell Singers, taking part in the Choral Celebration of the Tour de France
Tideswell Singers, taking part in the Choral Celebration of the Tour de France
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Some members of The Tideswell Singers are venturing across the Peak District hills to take part in this Sunday’s Choral Celebration concert in the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield on Sunday (March 30) at 6.30pm.

The event celebrates the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.

Singer and conductor Carol Bowns talks about her choir’s involvement.

What made you keen to take part in the Choral Celebration event?

We love varied experiences. Singing with other choirs extends our repertoire and takes us to new venues. We celebrated the opening of the tunnels on the Monsal Trail by holding a Sing & Cycle event.

We will be repeating this on 22 June when the vintage cycling event, L’Eroica, comes to the Peak District, so it seemed right we should get involved with a choral event that is linked to Le Tour, perhaps the greatest cycling event!

Which elements are you most looking forward to?

Being part of a celebration that will enable other people can become aware of the special atmosphere that choral singing creates.

What makes it a special event? What are the challenges?

It will be very special to be part of an event that celebrates choral singing with similar-minded people who want to share the experience with the general public in the way that flash mobs do.

As a conductor myself, I am keen for my choir to experience the challenge of singing without a conductor and to appreciate the responsibility that each individual takes in creating the overall sound.

Personally, it gives me the chance to sing myself rather than conduct!

When did you start singing, and what are some of your favourite singing moments?

Singing was part of my family upbringing - my mother persuaded an adult choir to let me join even though I was below the minimum age! Out of a life of memorable singing experiences, one worth special mention was singing Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium in the Chapter House of York Minster.

Tell us more about the Tideswell Singers?

It has a strong community spirit with several family units crossing the generations. We sing world music, popular song arrangements, unaccompanied sacred music, and works by contemporary composers. As a small choir we often join with other choirs – we sang Britten’s World of the Spirit with Hallam Choral Society last year. We are hosting a Come and Sing Vivaldi Gloria in Tideswell Parish Church on May 10.

n Visit the Singers online at www.tideswellsingers.org.uk and on Twitter at @tideswellsing

n Get free tickets for Sunday’s concert at www.sheffieldchoralcelebration.eventbrite.co.uk