Sheffield comes Alight

What a fantastic celebration of amateur performance we have seen in Sheffield this weekend. There was music and dance across the city centre – I would like to have been in several places at once. I particularly loved Concord Youth Music’s combination of toe-tingling brass, marimbas and beautifully rhythmic and restrained dance.

Carfield’s set at the train station was (though of course I’m biased) a triumph. We were not sure what to expect in the way of staging – what we found was a square marked out with two different colours of sticky tape.  There were Alight staff there to welcome us and marshal the area – useful when some train passengers seemed so unaware of the performance that they would have walked between me and the choir!

We had a small audience who stayed for the whole set – besides friends and relations, there was a sizeable cohort of South Yorkshire police, on duty to welcome Oldham fans to their match with Sheffield United.  I don’t know whether the unavoidable entertainment made their day more or less agreeable but we got a few smiles.

This was the first time we had done a full half-hour set, eight very different songs. The choir really is going from strength to strength, in sound and stamina and performance skills.