Cathedral music breakthrough

Silviu  Cobeanu, events and concerts manager at the Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield.
Silviu Cobeanu, events and concerts manager at the Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield.
Share this article
Have your say

Last year it’s been a very good season. We have established it as a very good venue for music, especially for choral music. We also managed to get the cathedral on the map with the two first-class acts The Sixteen and the Hilliard Ensemble.

The outcome of The Sixteen was that Harry Christophers was impressed by the beauty of the cathedral and its excellent acoustic. The Sheffield came after a concert at Lincoln Cathedral and he thought the acoustic was better than Lincoln. I promoted that concert as well. There were 1,400 people at it.

“Where before I used to struggle at getting important artists to come here, now I receive inquiries. It’s exciting after two seasons.”

Season three: the highlights range from the opening concert, special relationship with Sheffield Chamber Choir, conducted by Robert Webb. Most representative chamber choir in Sheffield. It’s the best. Professionals or people with a good understanding of music. I sing there.

They perform opening concert of season on September 20. Performing Allegre’s Miserere, Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin, Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater. He has been commissioned by Prince William to write pieces and his motet, Ubi Caritas, was played at William’s wedding to Kate Middleton.

November 7: the Tallis Scholars make their first appearance in Sheffield. The programme has been designed to mark the centenary of World War One, around Remembrance sunday, with the theme of war and peace.

The Tallis Scholars will start a series of concerts and events to mark WW1. It culminates in July 2016 with a concert to mark 100 years since the Sheffield Pals suffered terrific losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Silviu said: “We want to make it something really special.”

Silviu is doing an Advent music recital of Bach, accompanied by the cathedral’s organist Hugh Finnegan. He’s doing spiritual songs from Bach’s Schemelli Songbook. Articulated recital ??

Concerts take place every month.

He’s also working on collaborations with Music in the Round and and looking bringing sacred jazz concerts to the cathedral. “I’m testing them to see whether it works.” Good relationship with University of Sheffield music department.

In December, the annual concert with the university chamber choir will take place at the cathedral. silviu is also talking to the university chamber orchestra and big band about performing at St Marie’s.

“I am happy that we‘ve started to build up our audience which tends to be increasingly loyal. I’ll be looking this year to start coming up with better concessionary deals such as family tickets.

“Some of the concerts are designed for the cathedral audience, such as the Missa Criolla that marked the first year of Pope Francis, and some concerts are just designed for the general public and audience.

“My main hope is just to show the cathedral to everyone.”