The University of Sheffield Medics Orchestra returned to the stage after a two year hiatus last Friday to raise the roof of St Mark's Church with a programme of opera and stage musical classics - they even threw in a few festive carols so the audience could sign along.

We spoke to several of the members and they confirmed how happy they were to be playing in public again after an enforced break, during which they had to resort to zoom catch ups and solitary practice as they were prevented from meeting in person due to lock down restrictions.

Being in the orchestra means a lot to its members and the social aspect is as important as the performing. Contrary to what the name suggests, the orchestra is open to all and brings students together from across different schools and disciplines. They perform twice a year in the Winter and Spring and in addition to showcasing the hard work and talent, the concerts are used as opportunity to raise funds for local charities.

We were lucky enough to have been chosen as a beneficiary this year and delighted to join the audience in St Mark's last week to see the triumphant return to the stage.

We are very grateful for the support and look forward to hearing about future performances