Sheffield Viola Ensemble

Are you a viola player? Want to play in an all viola ensemble?!?

This viola ensemble is for adult players who want to get together to play great music, just for pleasure, in a friendly and supportive group. 

Rehearsals are relaxed and informal with an ethos of helping each other and sharing technical and musical advice in order to achieve the best outcome. We will work on a number of pieces each session in a variety of styles, including arrangements and original music for viola ensemble.  

The ensemble is open to adult viola players approximately Grade 5 standard and upwards (but do get in touch if you are keen and interested but unsure about your suitability). This is an ideal opportunity to gain experience in ensemble playing if you feel overwhelmed at the thought of orchestral playing, and offers a chance to meet like-minded people and get to know other viola players. There's nothing quite like the sound of an all viola ensemble!

Rehearsals are approximately once a month but there is no commitment to attend every rehearsal: come when you can! However, attendance must be pre-booked so that appropriate music and parts can be selected in advance. 

Rehearsals are led by local composer Jenny Jackson who is an enthusiastic amateur viola player. 

Current repertoire:

Gordon Jacob Suite for Eight Violas 

Palmgren Night in May & The Swan

Telemann Concerto No 1 in C

Brahms Hungarian Dance  

Palestrina Four Pieces for viola ensemble

Sancho Engaño Pizzipeezy

Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 

Fauré Pavane

Folk Music Album

Next rehearsal:

Saturday 8th September

10.00 – 12.00

Sharrow Performing Arts Space

Sharrow School, Sitwell Place

Sheffield S7 1BE

£10 / *£8 including refreshments

*concessions / students / British Viola Society (BVS) members

*Attendance must be pre-booked* BOOK HERE

More dates for 2018/19:

We meet on Saturdays 10.00 – 12.00 approximately once a month.

  • Sat 8th Sep
  • Sat 6th Oct
  • Sat 1st Dec

  • Sat 19th Jan
  • Sat 9th Feb
  • Sat 2nd March
  • Sat 6th April
  • Sat 11th May
  • Sat 8th June
  • Sat 6th July


We recently played a short pop-up concert on Saturday 19th May as part of the Classical Sheffield fringe festival. 


Please add your name to the mailing list if you would like to be notified of future rehearsals: