Sheffield City Hall’s hidden space

There was a unusual addition to the Christmas Concerts at Sheffield City Hall last weekend as the bespoke Angels' Chorus which has been unused for a number of years was opened up to filter through the ecclesiastical singing with outstanding effects.      The Angels' Chorus is a space above the large glass panelled dome which is attached to the ceiling of the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall. The venue plays host to some of the biggest, popular music acts of the 21st Century.
There was a unusual addition to the Christmas Concerts at Sheffield City Hall last weekend as the bespoke Angels' Chorus which has been unused for a number of years was opened up to filter through the ecclesiastical singing with outstanding effects. The Angels' Chorus is a space above the large glass panelled dome which is attached to the ceiling of the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall. The venue plays host to some of the biggest, popular music acts of the 21st Century.
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A disused nook of Sheffield City Hall has been opened up after 35 years, to improve the venue’s acoustics.

The Angels’ Chorus, a space above the large glass panelled dome attached to the ceiling of the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall, has previously remained unutilised for logistical reasons.

However Sheffield Philharmonic conductor and music director Daruis Battiwalla - one of the conductors for this year’s Christmas Concerts - decided he wanted to try out the concept on an unsuspecting audience.

Darius said: “Although I’ve been doing concerts at Sheffield City Hall for over 20 years, I had no idea the Angels’ Chorus space even existed until management showed it to me earlier this year.

“It’s amazing that the original builders had the idea to create a specific space for off-stage singing, and the way there are special tubes to connect the room to the ceiling of the Irwin Mitchell Oval Hall is unique.”