Music at St John's


SJR – Events Guide 2019-2020
- download the PDF musical events diary for the academic year 2019-2020.

SEPTEMBER 2019 – JULY 2020:

For our Advent & Christmas 2019 and Lent & Easter 2020 programmes,
please see the links to the Events Guide above.

Orchestral Masses: 
6 October 2019, 2 February 2020
1 March 2020, 3 May 2020

World Music at Communion:
15 September 2019, 13 October 2019
8 January 2020, 9 February 2020, 17 May 2020, 14 June 2020

Evensong through the Ages:
29 September 2019, 17 November 2019
26 January 2020, 23 February 2020, 26 April 2020, 14 June 2020

 Choral Vespers by Candlelight for Advent:
3 December 2019, 10 December 2019, 17 December 2019

Choral Compline by Candlelight for Lent:
3 March 2020, 10 March 2020
17 March 2020, 24 March 2020

Sung Compline:
15 October 2019, 26 November 2019, 7 January 2020, 4 February 2020
7 April 2020 (Holy Week), 8 April 2020 (Holy Week), 12 May 2020

Ranmoor Arts Series:
2 November 2019, 7 December 2019, 30 April 2020
14 May 2020, 1 June 2020, 25 June 2020

Organ Masterworks:
7 December 2019, 11 June 2020

Director of Music: Dr Edward Barbieri
Organist & Associate Director of Music: Mr Derek Grover
Organist-in-Residence: Mr Joseph Hutchinson
Assistant Organist: Professor Julian Gunn
Junior Chorister Tutor: Dr Cathy Rhodes
Chorister Tutor:
Miss Georgina Hulse
Choral Scholar Tutor: Mr Francis Wells
Music Administrator: Mrs Marty Barbieri

Choral Foundation:
Junior Choristers, Boy Choristers, Girl Choristers, Choral Scholars,
Consort, Songmen, St John’s Singers, Schola Cantorum, Occasional Singers, All Age Choir

The Sheffield Festival Orchestra (Leader: Dr Anton Nikolaev)

Mr Mark Niedzwiedz

The Music Office may be contacted at:
E-mail –
Telephone – 0114 299 3160 (Messages only)

St John’s Church, Ranmoor has one of the most extensive, vibrant and comprehensive church-based music programmes in the UK combining both liturgical and secular music to create an all-encompassing and unique experience that appeals to all whilst continuing to build on an outstanding legacy. Our congregation describes music at St John’s as “magnificent” and “inspiring”.

Generally considered a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture, grandiose yet still intimate and with a fabulous acoustic perfect for music making, St John’s has had a thriving choral and music tradition that has been renowned since the church’s consecration in 1879. Today it remains one of the last non-cathedral musical foundations to offer music on an almost daily basis.

Functioning at the highest echelons of musical excellency, the choral foundation – consisting of the Junior Choristers, Boy Choristers, Girl Choristers, Choral Scholars, Consort, Songmen, St John’s Singers, Schola Cantorum, and the Occasional Singers – maintains the daily round of liturgies and special services, concerts and events, recordings, broadcasts and tours led by a management team of eight professional musicians, assisted by multiple support members.

In association with the Composer-in-Residence, who further complements the liturgical and secular artistic and musical experiences that St John’s has to offer, and in conjunction with the Orchestra-in-Residence (the Sheffield Festival Orchestra) as well as partnerships with other professional instrumental ensembles, there is a year-long series of concerts and events incorporated in the Ranmoor Arts Series including intimate chamber ensembles, brass bands, orchestral masses, jazz concerts, choral events by candlelight, organ masterworks and gala events with massed choirs and orchestra with international soloists as well as a full programme of events at Christmas and Easter for the whole family and to further enrich the cultural life of Sheffield and the wider area.

At St John’s we offer unrivalled opportunities to be part of our crack ensembles that work at the very highest levels for children as boy choristers or girl choristers (aged 5-13), choral scholars (aged 13-18), adult singers (at every level of time commitment and musical ability) and orchestral players.  Likewise, if you wish to support the music passively through becoming a Friend of Music, please contact us! To discuss the many opportunities, please contact the Music Office.

Choristers - Cherish an enormously valuable experience for the rest of your life. A choristership at St John’s unlocks the door to an extraordinary life for boys and girls who love singing. As full choristers they sing to professional standards, experience at first hand the unique treasure-house of the Anglican choral tradition, and benefit from a musical education which lasts a lifetime. Children aged 5 years upwards follow a carefully devised specialist programme of music theory lessons and individual and group vocal coaching, which launches them into many years of unparalleled musical opportunity.

Under its Director, Edward Barbieri, the choirs of St John’s, Ranmoor enjoy an exciting blend of liturgical music and concert performance as well as recording and touring. Choristers are paid for their time and commitment and receive the musical education of a lifetime! St John’s Ranmoor is looking for talented and enthusiastic boys and girls aged 5 to 12 to join their elite Boy and Girl Chorister schemes which form part of this internationally-famous choral foundation.

Choral Scholars - Young people aged 13 to 18 with an interest in choral singing are also invited to apply for our Choral Scholarships. These are for boys with breaking or changed voices (countertenors, tenors and basses) and for girl sopranos and altos. We welcome boys who are going through voice change, even if their range is very small in the early stages and we will help them to keep singing as they discover their adult range. The Choral scholars receive specialist training, ideal for preparing for cathedral/university scholarships and are provided support and guidance by our experienced staff working on a specialised-devised schedule that allows them extra breathing space to undertake all the other activities that teenagers want to experience too!

Adult Singers - Opportunities range from membership of the Occasional Singers for all voices (who sing Sunday mornings twice per term); the Schola Cantorum for all voices (who sing Compline six times per year on a Thursday evening); the regularly-performing Consort for sopranos and female altos; being a Counter-tenor, Tenor or Bass Songman or Deputy; or one of the many other groups here . . . . Anyone of our singers has the additional performing and earning opportunities from our many special events and weddings.

Instrumentalists - Why not considering joining our orchestra-in-residence, the Sheffield Festival Orchestra, who across this academic year accompany the choirs in events ranging from an orchestral mass series within the liturgy exploring the music of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Faure, Elgar and Bach, to a gala concert to end our Summer Concert Series with all of our choirs performing en masse?

With daily sung services by eight choirs in rotation and an extensive arts programme running all year long incorporating concerts, liturgical and secular events ranging from jazz to full scale choral and orchestral performances all led by professional musicians as well as recordings and international tours, St John’s is the place to be for any serious singers, organists or instrumentalists who desire experience performing at the highest levels but within a very friendly and sociable community. Remember, the opportunity is there for you to ‘plug in’ at a commitment level that is compatible with your already busy lives!!

The Music Office may be contacted on:
E-mail –
Telephone – 0114 299 3160 (Messages only)