Sheffield singers to perform in new film about famous Steel City band Pulp

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Common People from a Sheffield barbershop group have been chosen to perform in a new film about city band Pulp.

Sheffield Harmony singers will feature in a 90-minute documentary singing an a capella version of the Sheffield Britpop band’s anthemic song, Common People.

The film, entitled Pulp: A film about life, death and supermarkets will have its European premiere when it opens the 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest at City Hall on Saturday, June 7.

At the launch, members of the 50-stong group will serenade guests including Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and bandmates Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey and Mark Webber.

Elaine Carter, Sheffield Harmony president, said: “We are delighted to have a role in this wonderful new film and to have been invited to perform live at this prestigious and exciting event.”

Film director Florian Habicht invited the barbershop chorus to take part in his film. The collaboration began more than a year ago, with 24 chorus members taking part.

Members spent every waking moment rehearsing in the kitchen of Ruth Linden, the group’s public relations officer.

Filming took place at various locations including Park Hill flats, the Peace Gardens, on top of a bridge in Attercliffe, Manor Top and the steps of Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, scene of Pulp’s final gig in 2012.

Director Florian said: “Being surrounded by 20 sparkly ladies on a wintry Sheffield morning and hearing Sheffield Harmony sing for the first time was one of my favourite moments of the entire shoot.”

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