Sheffield Viola Ensemble

Enjoy the sound of an all-viola ensemble! 

Play repertoire in a variety of styles, including arrangements and original music for viola ensemble. 

For adult viola players (approximately Grade 5 upwards).  Monthly rehearsals.

Next rehearsal:

Saturday 14th October
10:00 - 12:00  

Sharrow Performing Arts Space

Sharrow School

Sitwell Place


S7 1BE

Fee: £15

Attendance must be pre-booked  



More rehearsal dates 

(all Saturday 10:00 - 12:00)

  • Nov 18 
  • Dec 16

  • January (no rehearsal this month)
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 13 
  • May 11
  • June 15
  • July 13

Classical Sheffield Classical Weekend 23
Pop-up performance in Sheffield Winter Garden (Saturday 18th March 2023)

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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. 

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Beginner's Viola Group

...improve your note-reading in alto clef whilst playing a part in an all-viola ensemble...

Group sessions for adult beginner viola players (approximately Grade 1-3)

Sunday 13:00 - 13:45

(before First Position Strings workshops)

Discount for players that attend both Beginner's Viola Group AND First Position Strings

Click HERE for more information and to BOOK

Videos recorded remotely during 2020, with members of Sheffield Viola Ensemble & First Position Strings:

Merry Christmas! To celebrate the wonderful tradition of carolling in Sheffield, we have collaborated with 

First Position Strings to produce a virtual ensemble performance of one of the most well-known Sheffield carols; 'The Christmas Tree'. Hope you enjoy it!


August 2020: we decided to produce another virtual ensemble performance video! We're hopeful that next time we play together, we'll be in the same room! Here is the Jazz Waltz No. 2 by Shostakovich, recorded remotely, in collaboration with members of First Position Strings.


June 2020: a second virtual ensemble performance! As we were unable to meet up physically, due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, we collaborated with First Position Strings once again to create a performance of 'Hit the Road, Jack'; a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield. 


During the COVID-19 lock-down in April 2020, we collaborated with First Position Strings to create a virtual ensemble performance of Bach's Passiontide chorale, 'O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden' (O Sacred Head Now Wounded).