Talent Showcase – celebrating the talent behind our University

The Juice Choir

Thank you to all our talented staff performers and wonderful audience who made the Talent Showcase such a great success!

Following the hugely popular University music collection last year, the event gave us a chance to celebrate the incredible breadth of musical and artistic talent behind the University of Sheffield.

Staff from across our academic departments and professional services gave a dazzling range of performances, from soulful jazz to Chinese dancing and even stand-up comedy. They shared their talents with a warm and supportive audience made up of colleagues, friends and family.

The event raised a fantastic £1,800 for the Sheffield Scanner appeal. This appeal aims to raise £2 million for a ground-breaking MRI-PET facility that will transform our understanding and treatment of serious conditions including cancer, dementia, MND and strokes.

If you weren’t able to make it on the night, please consider giving what you can to the Talent Showcase JustGiving page.

Enjoy photos and videos from the performances below!


Our staff performers

Glenn Moore

We were delighted to welcome well-known comedian and University of Sheffield alumnus Glenn Moore as our headline act. A master of stand-up and sketch comedy, Glenn shared some hilarious Sheffield memories with the audience.

Glenn Moore.


Nigel Clarke, Faculty of Science

Nigel’s rock band ‘Spontaneous Emissions’ which also features Physics Professor John Cockburn performed Motown soul along with favourites from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. 

Professor Nigel Clarke playing drums in Spontaneous Emissions.


Chloe-Jade Simmons, Student Skills Centre Assistant

Chloe is a big name on the music scene, her first album lauded by Counterfeit magazine as “possibly one of the greatest lyrical representations of modern day love”. She treated our audience to stunning original songs sung in her evocative and soulful style.

Chloe-Jade Simmons


Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute delighted us with traditional Chinese performances - a classical dance with bamboo parasols and decorative ribbons and a mesmerising performance of Tai Chi.

Performers from the Confucius Institute


Ed Daw, Physics and Astronmy

Our second and equally talented physicist of the night performed jazz and blues. Ed's creativity is handy in his work: he uses music to inspire his students and explain complex phenomena.

Ed Daw.


Juice Choir

Our staff choir who share a passion for music-making together performed some of their favourite tunes such as Misty and Fly Me to the Moon.

Members of the Juice staff choir


Graham Beachell, EFM

Sheffield’s answer to Frank Sinatra added a touch of old school glamour to proceedings with swing favourites such as I’ve got you under my skin and Save the last Dance.

Graham Beachell


Lizzie Ellen, Corporate Communications

Lizzie performed swing and jazz classics alongside classical songs in a range of styles and languages. She was accompanied on piano by professional musician and husband Josh.

Lizzie Ellen


A Capella and Beatbox society

Sheffield’s very own A Capella choir thrilled us with their inspiring performances. Using only their voices as an instrument, they recreate favourite songs and hits from all genres.

A Capella and Beatbox Society



PRS for Music has generously agreed to give a %100 discount on standard charges for the Talent Showcase.PRS

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828.Save

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