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:

Faure Pavane

Katrina Wreede Violas on a Roll

Sancho Engaño No 1 Dixie Doodle from Blues Suite for viola quartet

Mendelssohn Canon 

Palmgren The Swan

Gordon Jacob Suite for Eight Violas 

Telemann Concerto No 1 in C

Brahms Hungarian Dance  

Palestrina Four Pieces for viola ensemble

Sancho Engaño Pizzipeezy

Bizet L'Arlésienne Suite No. 1 

Folk Music Album

Next rehearsal:

Saturday 16th February

10.00 – 12.00

Sharrow Performing Arts Space

Sharrow School

Sitwell Place


S7 1BE

£10 / *£8 including refreshments

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

Attendance must be pre-booked  
***Please book by Weds 13th February***


More dates for 2019:

  • Sat 2nd March
  • Sat 9th March Classical Sheffield festival pop-up performance           (11.30am Sheffield Winter Garden)
  • Sat 11th May
  • Sat 8th June
  • Sat 6th July


We recently played a short pop-up concert on Saturday 19th May 2018 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: