Royal Traditions

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Royal Traditions was started by Fay Hield and Jon Boden in February 2009. Our aim was to keep singing at the Royal Hotel, famous for...


The Royal Hotel




03 Dec 18

Sheffield Carol Event @ The Winter Garden Saturday 8th Dec

We’ll be in the Winter Garden this Saturday to celebrate the festive season with performances from our Folk Factory Groups, Dungworth Community Choir, singing sessions led by Manny Grimsley and accompanied by Simon Dumpleton and much more! With free Carol booklets, there’s no excuse not to get involved! Check out the schedule for the day and pop along!

21 Nov 18

Soundpost Singing Weekend: The Fairy Gathering

We are really excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next Soundpost Singing Weekend. We have been busy planning an exciting weekend for you, packed with practical workshops, Singing sessions, talks and much more. To find out more head over to our event page and book your tickets now!


You can also explore more about the Modern Fairies project at http://www.modernfairies.co.uk/ and read up on some of the artists who will be joining us and their work exploring the fascinating fairy world.

Hope you can join us for what promises to be a fantastic weekend!

13 Jun 18

Singing our socks off!

We’ve had a gloriously sunny weekend in the valley with Bryony Griffith and her team of talented musicians. From big sings with Paul Sartin to Gypsy wagon painting with Nick Dow, our Wanton Seed Singing Weekend offered a huge range of workshops, talks and practical sessions. For those instrumentalists amongst us there was a chance to enjoy tips from local guitar wizard Jack Rutter, secrets to arranging from the delightful Askew sisters and fiddle singing methods with Jackie Oates. And of course we sang our socks off all weekend! Saturday evening was a chance for punters to relax and enjoy performances from all our tutors, helping them along with a chorus or two of course. With pints in hand we trouped up the road to finish the evening with songs and tunes at our favourite pub, The Royal Hotel! Thanks to all the artists, stewards and participants! We all had a fantastic weekend and hope you did too! Join us in April for more Soundpost fun at our Fairy Gathering. More info coming soon...


The Soundpost Team x

09 Jun 18

Big Singing at The Wanton Seed Singing Weekend!

And we're off! The sun is out. There's blue sky peeping through the clouds, and The Wanton Seed Singing Weekend's Big Sing started at 10am this morning with Bryony Griffith leading over 50 singers through The Shoemaker's Kiss! It sounds glorious!

25 Feb 18

Folk Factory Update!

Our Folk Factory clubs have had a busy start to 2018 with performances, workshops, song commissions and much more! The year began with a wonderful song commission written especially for our Soundpost Folk Factory clubs by the fabulous Sean Cooney of the multi award winning Folk Trio, The Young’uns. Inspired by the gas powered lamp post on Brincliffe Edge Road in Nether Edge, Sean wrote this about his song: 

“Dear Folk Factory, I’ve written you a song about a lamp post! I never thought I’d ever write a song about a lamp post. But this is a special lamp post. It’s never gone out in over one hundred years. That’s because it’s not powered by electricity, it’s powered by gas that comes straight out of the sewer. It’s on Brincliffe Edge Road in Nether Edge near Chelsea Park, high up on a hill looking down over Sheffield.

In Victorian times the foul smells and explosive gas that seeped out of Sheffield’s poor sewers was a huge problem so Joseph Webb from Birmingham invented the Sewer Gas Destructor Lamp to turn the gas into light and 84 of them were put up across Sheffield. There’s only a few left now.”

We are looking forward to performances later in the year of Sean’s song and hope that you enjoy it as much as The Folk Factory have enjoyed learning it! 

Following our new song commission, Sean joined Carfield and Dungworth clubs for a workshop session on creative song writing. The Folk Factory had a fantastic, inspiring evening working with Sean and we can’t wait to share some of our new songs in our upcoming performances. 

February also saw our first Folk Factory Music for Youth Performance. After weeks of hard work, Nicola and Robyn set off with our Dungworth club to Hope Valley College for an unforgettable performance at the Festival’s Regional round. Our club director, Nicola Beazley, said about the day:

“We had a fantastic day at Music for Youth and really enjoyed playing on such a big stage. We were the youngest band there and played without our music, and got a great round of applause at the end. We also had great fun hanging out together, and are chuffed to bits with our certificate which will hang on the village hall wall."

The fun doesn’t end here, we have huge plans for our clubs this year including a performance at DERT on March 24th in Sheffield Cathedral, workshops with Greg Russell, Tom Chapman, Sheffield Steel and much more!

If you are interested in joining one of our clubs, contact Nicola Beazley on nicola@soundpost.org.uk. Or, if you’ve been inspired by our children’s workshops, check out our next adult workshop weekend, The Wanton Seed in June!

11 Jan 18

Carolling Away!

December was a busy month for Soundpost featuring some of our favourite projects of the year. We had a wonderful day at The Winter Gardens with performances from community choirs, brass bands, folk factory groups and many local singers. All the groups came together with renditions of their favourite local Carols and we really raised the roof, drawing in passers by, young and old, seasoned carollers and those who were completely new to the tradition. A week later, those hardy carollers, joined the fantastic Professor Ian Russell and friends for a workshop day, braving the winter weather in Underbank School Rooms and singing their hearts out. 

Not satisfied with two days of carolling, we took to Firth Hall on the 14th December for our Schools Carol project. We had the most fantastic workshop day in collaboration with Sheffield University and Sheffield Town Trust and the standard of singing from youngsters across Sheffield was truely inspiring. This year we had Greenhill Primary, Dore Primary, Oughtibridge Primary and Loxely Primary all participating in our project. The talented Bryony Griffith delivered workshops throughout November and we were joined by Bessemer Brass on the day to accompany our massed choir for a lunchtime performance as part of The University Concert Series. A packed out audience of parents, family and friends filled the hall with Christmas cheer as we listened to enthusiastic versions of some of our favourite Carols, aswell as performances by TUOS Folk. 

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season and look forward to seeing you at some of our Soundpost events this year. Happy New Year! 

21 Nov 17

Sheffield Carols at the Winter Garden

We are getting really excited about our Sheffield Carol day at The Winter Garden on 2nd December. We have exciting performances from local choirs, brass bands, folk groups and the wonderful talents of Manny Grimsley and Simon Dumpleton leading us in some 'Come and Sing' sessions throughout the day. 

Please pop along and get involved! Whether you know the Carols or just love a good sing, we look forward to welcoming you all as we bring in the festive season together. Check out our schedule for the day below:

11.00-11.30 Dungworth Community Choir

11.30-12.15 Come and Sing

12.15-12.45 Everyone’s Choir with Bessemer Brass

12.45-1.15 Come and Sing

1.15-1.45 Loxely Silver Band

1.45-2.15 Folk Factory

2.15-2.30 Come and Sing

2.30-3.00 Glee Bah Gum with Bessemer Brass

30 Oct 17

We've got a new website and a new look.

Have a look around, it's lovely.

09 Oct 17

Babies, Bubbles and Brummies

We sent fantastic Birmingham based Folk musicians Laura Carter (The Fair Rain) and Tom Lenthall to The Greystones last month for the first of our early years workshops in collaboration with the wonderful Concerteenies series. 

The event saw our specialist early years leaders singing folk songs and performing on the Recorder, Piano, Accordian and Ukuele. Two workshops were delivered to children aged 0-3 year olds, and children and parents had a fantastic time exploring rhythm, games, song and dance in a happy friendly environment. As if this wasn't exciting enough, this musical experience involved bubbles, parachutes and ribbon dancing! 

We are looking forward to working again with Polly from Concerteenies to organise future collaborative events but in the meantime if you have a little one, pop along to one of the Concerteenies events and start your baby's musical journey! 

Saturday 28th October 

Concerteenies: Guild of Strings @ Greystones Backroom 

Wednesday 1st November 

Concerteenies: Daisy Daisy @ Yellow Arch 

Sunday 12th November 

Concerteenies: Harp @ Castleton