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|Title:||Music in the Round presents|
|Subtitle:||9 – 17 May 2014|
|Author:||Music In The Round |
|ID & Publication:||20140411028 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Regional) |
Love and War
Sheffield's Festival of World Class Chamber Music
9 – 17 May 2014
Crucible Studio Theatre
Artistic Director: Angus Smith
Associate Composer: Charlie Piper
Resident Ensemble: Ensemble 360
One world premiere, performances by Matthew Brook, Anna Markland-Crookes, Fretwork, Moishe's Bagel and resident musicians Ensemble 360 in 21 events in nine passionate days in May
In the year that marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and Music in the Round’s 30th anniversary, Music in the Round presents a programme of world class chamber music exploring emotional extremes and turmoil. Love and War is one of almost 50 events selected to be a part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 - the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ of the Tour De France in its 111 year history.
The concerts feature the emotional intensity of Wagner in love, Haydn's contemplation of Christ's Last Words from the Cross, Prokoviev's dismay at ‘a world out of balance’ in 1942 and a world premiere from associate composer Charlie Piper inspired by letters from the trenches. There is even a place in proceedings for Oliver Cromwell’s musical tastes.
Artistic Director Angus Smith comments: ‘Chamber music, always intimate and intense, is uniquely placed to explore the very limits of human feeling while bringing out the highest-quality playing from international virtuosos no more than a few feet away from you in the close-up excitement of the Crucible Studio Theatre.’
The Festival juxtaposes powerful music written around the horrors of the First World War by composers such as Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky with work borne out of older and newer conflicts across the globe. In contrast it also celebrates some of the most blissful creations of composers in love, including Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms and Wagner. Led by musicians from the brilliant Ensemble 360, the programme also features distinguished guests including internationally renowned viol consort Fretwork, (Tuesday 13 May) and acclaimed acoustic klezmer/jazz group Moishe’s Bagel, (Friday 16 May).
Baritone Matthew Brook and pianist Anna Markland-Crookes will perform with Ensemble 360 in a concert called ‘At The Front’ (Thursday 15 May), which explores the marriage of the written word and music through pieces by Schumann, Barber, Butterworth (who died in the trenches during the First World War), and Gurney (whose mental health never recovered from the strain of the First World War).
A new work by Charlie Piper, composed for Ensemble 360 and Narrator and based on letters from the First World War, will feature in the Festival’s opening concert (‘Love and War,’ Friday 9 May), alongside Prokofiev’s monumental Seventh Piano Sonata, completed in 1942 and described as depicting ‘the threatening atmosphere of a world that has lost its balance’, and Brahms’s String Sextet in G, composed for Agathe von Siebold with whom he was infatuated.
The events on the evening of Friday 16 May are inspired by Chekhov’s darkly humorous short story, Rothschild’s Violin, about a cantankerous coffin-maker and violinist. A reading of the story launches an evening of music inspired by Eastern European folk and klezmer traditions. Ensemble 360 demonstrate the profound influence of Jewish music on three non-Jewish composers: Bruch, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, while Moishe’s Bagel bring unrestrained exuberance to a late-evening performance at the Studio Theatre.
Fretwork will explore the years of a very different conflict through their concert of viol music, ‘Interregnum’, on Tuesday 13 May. The English Civil War and the ensuing Commonwealth and Protectorate (1642-1660) is often regarded as a barren time for music in England, but this turbulent period was fertile ground for some eccentric and innovative composers. Contrary to popular belief, Oliver Cromwell, ‘God’s Englishman’, was fond of music and kept a remarkably lively musical establishment. Fretwork’s concert illustrates these distracted times with music from before, during and after the conflict, including works by Tomkins, Locke and one of Purcell's tutors, Hingston.
The Festival will also feature family and participatory events including ‘One Equal Music’ (Sunday 11 May, 6.30pm), for which amateur singers are invited to join Ensemble 360 and Angus Smith (Music in the Round’s Artistic Director) at Sheffield Cathedral to perform a sequence of transcendent sacred music forming a bridge across the centuries – Haydn’s moving string quartet ‘meditations’ on the words of Christ , originally designed to be interspersed between sermons, are here complemented by glorious music written throughout the ages – from Biber’s Passacaglia (c1670) to James Macmillan’s Lux aeterna (2008).
Other participatory events include a Shostakovich ‘Bring and Play’ session with Martin Cropper (Interim Director of Sheffield Music Academy and Head of Strings at Oakham School, and son of Music in the Round’s former Artistic Director, and co-founder, Peter Cropper), open to 11 – 21 year olds who play the violin, viola or cello (Monday 12 May, 6.15pm). Families will love the interactive family concert The Lion Who Wanted to Love (ideal for children age 3 -11years) written by Music in the Round’s Children’s Composer in Residence, Paul Rissman, narrated by Polly Ives and featuring lots of audience participation and projected images from the book (Saturday 17 May, 11.30am).
The Festival ends on a high, with a finale concert full of the glow of new life and love, in ‘Concert for Cosima’ (Saturday 17 May). Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll was first played just a few months after the birth of the composer’s son, Siegfried, on Christmas Day 1869 on the stairs outside his wife Cosima’s bedroom at their beautiful home on the shores of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. The concert also includes Wagner’s Bridal Chorus, Lizst’s Orpheus for piano trio and Beethoven’s Septet in E flat, which was also played on the same day in Cosima’s honour.
Love and War is Music in the Round’s 31st festival of world class chamber music, produced as the Sheffield-based music promoter enters its 30th year. Celebrations for the award-winning chamber music promoter’s 30th birthday will take place in the autumn, further details will be announced in the next few months.
The Yorkshire Festival 2014 programme will also include hundreds of fringe events taking place across the region. Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014.
Tickets for all Festival concerts can be bought via the Sheffield Theatres Box Office (www.musicintheround.co.uk / 0114 249 6000).
Concert subscriptions can be bought for the full Festival as well as for 5 and 8 concerts, full details are available via the Box Office.
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