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Concerts

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Upper Chapel Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in C major, op. 102, no.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Variations on 'See the Conquering Hero' from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no. 5 in D major op. 102, no.2

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Upper Chapel Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata in C major, op. 102, no.1
Ludwig van Beethoven: 12 Variations on 'See the Conquering Hero' from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus, WoO 45
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata no. 5 in D major op. 102, no.2

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Upper Chapel Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Laurence Osborn: Me and 4 Ponys
Peter Wilson: Piano Quintet
Interval
Ruta Vitkauskaite: Nanga
Ben Lunn: String Trio (World Premiere)

Music in the Round: Leamington Spa

Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa, England

Paul Rissmann: The Chimpanzees of Happytown; Giles Andreae (words), Guy Parker-Rees (illustrations)

Music in the Round: Leamington Spa

Royal Spa Centre Leamington Spa, England

Johannes Brahms: Serenade no. 1 in D major, op. 11, nonet version reconstructed by David Walter
Bohuslav Martinů: Nonet for Wind Quintet, Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, H. 374
Interval
Ernő Dohnányi: Sextet in C major, op. 37

Music in the Round: Milton Keynes

The Stables Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

with Elinor Moran
Paul Rissmann: The Chimpanzees of Happytown; Giles Andreae (words), Guy Parker-Rees (illustrations)

Music in the Round: Milton Keynes

The Stables Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trio for Violin, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K. 498, Kegelstatt
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
Interval
Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, The Trout

Music in the Round: Doncaster

Cast, Main Space Waterdale, Doncaster, England

Paul Rissmann: The Chimpanzees of Happytown; Giles Andreae (words), Guy Parker-Rees (illustrations)

Music in the Round: Doncaster

Cast, Main Space Waterdale, Doncaster, England

Benjamin Britten: Three Divertimenti
Antonin Dvořák: Quartet no. 11 in C major, op. 61
Interval
Antonin Dvořák: String Quintet no. 2 in G major, op. 77

Music in the Round: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Sergey Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque no. 1 in G minor
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata in C major, op. 119
Interval
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Quartet no. 2 in F major, op. 22

Music in the Round: East Riding of Yorkshire

Junction Goole Paradise Place, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Paul Rissmann: The Chimpanzees of Happytown; Giles Andreae (words), Guy Parker-Rees (illustrations)

Music in the Round: East Riding of Yorkshire

Junction Goole Paradise Place, Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet no. 8 in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, Rasumovsky
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet no. 16 in F major, op. 135

Music in the Round

Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet no. 8 in E minor, op. 59, no. 2, Rasumovsky
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte
Interval
Antonin Dvořák: String Quintet in G major, op. 77

Music in the Round: Hampshire

Portsmouth Guildhall Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

Igor Stravinsky: Stravinsky 3 pieces for String Quartet
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor, op. 10
Interval
Franz Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 - Death and the Maiden

Music in the Round: Wiltshire

Wiltshire Music Centre Ashley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England

Paul Rissmann: The Chimpanzees of Happytown; Giles Andreae (words), Guy Parker-Rees (illustrations)

Music in the Round: Wiltshire

Wiltshire Music Centre Ashley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England

Josef Suk: Meditation on an Old Czech Hymn 'St Wenceslas', op. 35a
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor, op. 10
Interval
Herbert Howells: Rhapsodic Quintet, op, 31
Antonin Dvořák: Quartet no. 12 in F major, op. 96, B. 179, American

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Festival Launch

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quartet no. 2 in G minor, op. 45
Louise Farrenc: Nonet, op. 38

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Main House Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Paul Rissmann: Sir Scallywag and The Battle Of Stinky Bottom; Giles Andreae (words), Korky Paul (illustrations)

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Samuel Worth Chapel The Gatehouse, Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield, England

Sunrise

Samuel Barber: Summer Music, op. 31
Olivier Messiaen: Appel interstellai
Carl Nielsen: Wind Quintet, op. 43
Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René

Back by popular demand! The wind players of Ensemble 360 will perform a selection of music to accompany the rising sun, alongside the dawn chorus of singing birds. Featuring the blues-inflected Summer Music by Samuel Barber, the technical fireworks of Messiaen’s interstellar horn-calls (recorded above the Hope Valley by Naomi Atherton for our online festival in 2020), and music for wind inspired by nature, this promises to be an atmospheric morning of music in a unique setting.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

St. Mark's Church, Sheffield Broomfield Road, Sheffield, England

An afternoon of glorious choral music.

Ella Taylor, Anna Huntley, Darius Battiwalla, Ensemble 360, Abbeydale Singers & Lucy Joy Morris

The Abbeydale Singers perform Cantique de Jean Racine, one of Gabriel Fauré’s most popular works, loved for its beautifully restrained nature and gorgeous harmonies. They are joined by Ensemble 360 for Fauré’s Mass, rarely performed in its entirety, composed in collaboration with his lifelong friend, André Messager, in honour of fishermen from the tiny Normandy village of Villerville.

Organist Darius Battiwalla plays César Franck’s mesmerising Prelude, Fugue and Variation before singers Anna Huntley and Ella Taylor, rising stars of the opera and concert stage, join Ensemble 360 and Abbeydale Singers for the shimmering sounds of the Queen’s Vision by the Irish-French composer Augusta Holmès.

Gabriel Fauré/Messager: Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville
Gabriel Fauré : Cantique de Jean Racine
César Franck : Prelude, Fugue and Variation op. 18
Augusta Mary Anne Holmes: La vision de la reine

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Mozart and Schubert
Ella Taylor, Robin Ireland & Ensemble 360

Mozart: Ach, ich fühl’s! (from The Magic Flute)
Mozart : String Quintet No.4 in G minor K516
Trad. Se solen sjunker (Swedish folksong)
Schubert :Piano Trio No.2 in E flat

Music in the Round is delighted to welcome Robin Ireland back to the Crucible, a venue he knows so well from his years as violist with the Lindsay String Quartet.

Robin will join Ensemble 360 for one of Mozart’s finest chamber works, his String Quintet in G minor. It’s a work that’s rich in drama, the hallmark of one of the greatest opera composers, and a delicate aria from Mozart’s The Magic Flute will lead straight into the Quintet.

Schubert’s Second Piano Trio was one of the final pieces he completed before his death at the young age of 31. It’s a work of incredible emotional depth, with its most famous melody, frequently used in soundtracks for film and television, inspired by a traditional Swedish folksong.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Relaxed Concert: Carnival

Saint-Saëns: Morceau de concert for horn and piano
Saint-Saëns: Bassoon Sonata
Saint-Saëns: The Carnival of the Animals

For this ‘Relaxed’ concert featuring ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, doors will be left open, lights raised, a break-out space provided, and there will be less emphasis on the audience being quiet during the performance. People with an Autism Spectrum, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability, those with age-related impairments and parents/carers with babies are all especially welcome.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Saint-Saëns. The Renaissance Man

Saint-Saëns:
Morceau de concert for horn and piano
Bassoon Sonata
Les odeurs de Paris
L’assassinat du duc de guise
The Carnival of the Animals

Camille Saint-Saëns’ most celebrated work, ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ is a work unlike any other, transporting the listener into a musical menagerie that includes a swan, a tortoise, lions and a plunge into a truly magical aquarium. It is presented here alongside rarely performed pieces including ‘Les odeurs de Paris’, a musical riot, with the addition of trumpets and children’s toys to convey the many smells of Paris. Early French film The Assassination of the Duke of Guise is one of the very first to feature an original film score. Written by Saint-Saëns, the music will be performed live alongside a screening of the film in a celebration of the beloved French composer.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

French Gems

Maurice Ravel: Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Fauré
Camille Saint-Saëns: Oboe Sonata in D major, op. 166
Thomas Adès: Alchymia for clarinet quintet
Interval
André Messager: Solo de Concours for solo clarinet
César Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Friday Night in Paris
Roderick Williams and Ensemble 360

Musical national treasure Roderick Williams, soloist at King Charles III’s Coronation and Singer-in-Residence with Music in the Round, returns to the Crucible Playhouse with Ensemble 360 for a magical tour through the City of Light.

Fauré’s first Piano Quintet was a labour of love that he nurtured over many years, and the song cycles and works for violin he wrote alongside it echo through this exquisitely constructed piece.

Poulenc’s kaleidoscopic sextet encompasses jazz, ragtime, pastiche of Mozart and a tribute to Ravel, whose ‘Madagascan’ songs they follow, in this programme luxuriating in the many sounds of fin de siècle Paris.

Culminating in Fauré’s intricate song-cycle, crafted from the poems of Paul Verlaine, this concert reunites Ensemble 360, with Music in the Round’s singer-in-residence Roderick Williams for the first time since 2017.

Gabriel Fauré: Piano Quintet no. 1 in D minor, op. 89
Maurice Ravel: Chansons madécasses
Interval
Francis Poulenc: Sextet for Wind Quintet and Piano in C major
Gabriel Fauré: La Bonne Chanson for Baritone, String Quintet and Piano

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Close-Up: Music For Curious Young Minds

Five wind musicians and a very special guest breathe life into the wondrous world of chamber music. Created specially for young audiences, this concert combines well-known classical favourites with new works performed on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn, with singer.

Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival: Sheffield

Crucible Playhouse Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, England

Ensemble 360 and Steven Isserlis in Festival Finale

George Onslow: Nonet, op. 77
Gabriel Fauré: Elegie, op. 24
Interval
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: String Sextet in D minor, op.70, Souvenir de Florence

A grand work for a grand finale: captivating charm and wit from George Onslow’s Nonet. Nicknamed the ‘French Beethoven’, this is a chance to hear one of his finest and largest-scale chamber works whose five movements move through an expressive array of moods from turbulence to a jubilant conclusion.

Steven Isserlis then joins pianist Tim Horton for a heartfelt lament by Gabriel Fauré, before we sign off with Tchaikovsky’s celebratory musical postcard, Souvenir de Florence. This hugely popular string sextet by the great Russian composer features both Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360’s cellist Gemma Rosefield, and promises to be a fitting farewell to the Festival in our anniversary year.

Jordans Music Club: Buckinghamshire

Jubilee Hall, Seer Green School Lane, Seer Green, Buckinghamshire, England

Charles Villiers Stanford: Fantasy no. 1 for Clarinet and String quartet
John Ireland: Sextet for Clarinet, Horn and String Quartet
Interval
Rebecca Clarke: Two pieces for Viola and Cello
Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, op. 115

Music in the Round: Doncaster

Cast, Main Space Waterdale, Doncaster, England

Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet op. 2
Edward Elgar: Andante and Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: tring Quartet D Major, K. 499, Hoffmeister
Gerald Finzi: interlude for Oboe and String Quartet
Interval
Rebecca Clarke: Poem for String Quartet
Arnold Bax: Oboe Quintet

Music in the Round: Barnsley

All Saints' Church, Darton 3 Barnsley Road, Darton, Barnsley, England

Benjamin Britten: Phantasy Quartet op. 2
Edward Elgar: Andante and Allegro
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet D Major, K. 499, Hoffmeister
Gerald Finzi: Interlude for Oboe and String Quartet
Rebecca Clarke: Poem for String Quartet
Arnold Bax: Oboe Quintet

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama: Cardiff

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales

Helen Grime: Seven Pierrot Miniatures
Johannes Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, op. 114
Interval
Arnold Schönberg: Pierrot Lunaire, Op. 21

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21/02/2024