After a wonderful dress rehearsal with Bel Canto, Sheffield Music Academy string orchestra and soloists, the snow came down heavily around 6pm causing treacherous conditions on the roads. Choir members who had gone home to change were stranded in traffic pile ups  across the region due to ice on the roads. The young musicians from Sheffield who had been rehearsing until 5.45pm were at risk of being stranded in St Margaret’s for the night as the prospect of driving back to Sheffield safely looked highly unlikely.

The last minute decision to cancel the performance was very disappointing but the only sensible thing to do under the circumstances.

So – apologies to the handful of hardy audience members who braved the elements. This concert will be rearranged as soon as possible – preferably without snow!

Watch this space.


Despite the weather, the performance of Handel’s Messiah is going ahead and, after this afternoon’s rehearsal, is going to be fantastic! The string orchestra of Sheffield Music Academy is superb and with Clare Wheat (soprano) Joanna Gamble (contralto) David Watkin Holmes (tenor) and Peter Taylor (baritone) it surely has to be the best place to be tonight!

7.15pm start … tickets on the door!

£9 includes refreshments


It’s a big day today for our Musical Director, Robert Webb who will be celebrating his 50th birthday.

Celebrations began a little early at last night’s Bel Canto rehearsal with a few bottles of bubbly and a birthday cake.

Sending warmest wishes to Robert for a very happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead. One thing is for sure, it will be a very busy one, jam packed with music every single day!

Why not come along to Bel Canto’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on Sat 17th March with the young musicians of Sheffield Music Academy.

St Margaret’s Church, Swinton, South Yorkshire. 7.15pm  £9