Sheffield Viola Ensemble

Next rehearsal:

Saturday 2nd October 10:00 - 12:00 

Sharrow Performing Arts Space

Sharrow School

Sitwell Place


S7 1BE

£10 / *£8 
*British Viola Society (BVS) members

Attendance must be pre-booked  
***Please book by Wednesday 29th September*** 


Rehearsals are COVID-secure:
  • masks must be worn (if you are able)
  • numbers are limited
  • well-ventilated room
  • players seated at least 2-metres apart
  • hand sanitiser station


More dates for 2021:

  • Saturday 6th November 10:00 - 12:00  
  • Saturday 18th December 10:00 - 12:00  




Some positive news! The UK Government has confirmed that we have met all the necessary criteria to progress to Stage 3 of the Covid Roadmap on 17th May. Therefore, we will be allowed to go ahead with our planned rehearsals on Saturday 22nd May and 19th June! If you would like to attend either rehearsal, please contact Jenny or complete the Booking Form. Do not send payment until your place is confirmed as numbers are limited.

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).


NEWS! A concert! 

Saturday 25th July 2020 ***CANCELLED***

12:00 - 12:45

St Matthew's Church, Carver Street, Sheffield 

Following on from our successful 'pop-up' performances in the Winter Gardens during the Classical Sheffield Weekends in recent years, we are happy to be working towards our first actual concert. Please keep the date free!

This lunchtime concert will be short and informal and there will be coffee and pastries on offer! What more do you want?!?

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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