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|Title:||Music in the Round 30th anniversary season|
|Subtitle:||1 October – 6 December 2014|
|Author:||Music In The Round |
|ID & Publication:||20140811015 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
- The launch of ‘Bridge’, a young string quartet scheme led by Music in the Round founder Peter Cropper (the winning quartet to be announced at 30th birthday concert on 6 December)
- An unique concert fusing Portuguese and Indian music over the centuries, culminating in an Indian wedding party with massed singing by Sheffield choirs and schools (MANTRA, 13 November)
- Pianist Stephen Osborne performing the first of the Music in the Round ‘Kurzman Piano Recitals’, a new series in recognition of a legacy received from the estate of Miss Diana Kurzman (13 October)
- Clarinettist Emma Johnson, celebrating 30 years since her BBC Young Musician win, presents two of the great landmark sonatas of the clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Saint-Saëns, with long-time collaborator John Lenehan (29 November)
- Further instalments in ongoing complete Beethoven string quartet and piano sonata cycles, from the Elias Quartet and Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton
- An Ensemble 360 concert to fundraise for the Women in Steel statue campaign (9 October)
- 30th birthday concert performed by the resident Ensemble 360
Sheffield-based Music in the Round today announces its 30th birthday season (1 October – 6 December) including the launch of ‘Bridge’ a young quartet scheme led by violinist Peter Cropper, who was instrumental in founding Music in the Round, which began a two-week-long Beethoven festival in the city in 1984.
The scheme will provide artistic and career-development opportunities for an emerging string quartet. Chosen through a series of auditions, with the final one on 18 October open to the public, the winning quartet will benefit from a £10,000 p.a. bursary, performance opportunities, mentoring from the world-renowned leader of the Lindsays, Peter Cropper, and guidance and advice on developing and succeeding in the world of professional music-making. Full information on participating quartets, on-the-day running times and admission details will be announced at the end of September.
The opening concert of the season sees Music in the Round supporting Sheffield’s ‘Women of Steel’ fundraising campaign. On 9 October, Ensemble 360 will perform two outstanding works of the Romantic repertoire, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E ?at and Schubert’s Octet of 1824. The Women of Steel Statue Appeal is raising £150,000 for a permanent celebration of the achievements of the women who kept the steel mills rolling when their men were away at the front during two world wars. The surviving women, now in their nineties, have one last wish: to be recognised with a statue outside She?eld City Hall, where they went to tea dances during WWII.
This concert is one of three featuring local musicians who are making their contribution by donating proceeds to the Appeal. The others are a folk concert in She?eld Cathedral on 26 November and a pop concert which sold out She?eld City Hall last November. This concert is also touring to Barnsley (10 October) and Doncaster (11 October).
The season’s innovation continues with MANTRA: Musical Conversations across the Indian Ocean. (Thursday 13 November). Recent Music in the Round guest artists - The Orlando Consort, Kuljit Bhamra, Jonathan Mayer and Shahid Khan – unite to search for the lost sound-world of the extraordinary cross-cultural encounter by Portuguese Missionaries arriving in India at the beginning of the 16th century.
Widening the definition of ‘chamber music’ in a culturally diverse city, accclaimed musicians unite to present the joyful spirit and sound-world of the extraordinary cross-cultural encounter of Portuguese missionaries in India in the early 16th century. The journey starts with entrancing Renaissance polyphony and Indian classical ragas and continues via Bhangra and Bollywood before arriving at a lively Indian wedding party featuring massed voices drawn from schools and choirs from across Sheffield led by Kuljit Bhamra.
Music in the Round is also delighted to present one of the world’s great pianists, Steven Osborne (Monday 13 October). In the last year alone, Steven has been honoured as Instrumentalist of the Year at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and chosen as winner of Gramophone magazine’s Instrumental Award. A regular performer at the BBC Proms, Steven’s international schedule has taken him to the Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Konzerthaus Vienna, Kennedy Center Washington and Carnegie Hall New York. Steven is presenting a special programme for Music in the Round of wonderfully lyrical pieces from Schubert’s solo piano repertoire, a body of work described by Robert Winter as ‘the anchor of Schubert’s creative life.’
Heralded as ‘England’s best-loved clarinet player’ by BBC Music Magazine, Emma Johnson has been captivating audiences in the UK and abroad with her spontaneous and virtuosic performances since she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 1984, the same year Music in the Round was founded. Renowned for her persuasive interpretations and for her ability to draw rich and varied tones from her instrument, Emma has proved her mastery in performing the greatest works in the clarinet repertoire and presenting engaging concerts for young musicians. In partnership with her long-time collaborator John Lenehan, Emma presents a programme that features at its heart two of the great landmark sonatas of the clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Saint-Saëns, framed by a series of dynamic and irresistible works. (29 November).
The season also sees Music in the Round hosting two further instalments of the renowned Elias String Quartet’s complete Beethoven string quartets (3 and 28 October), Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton embarking on the penultimate instalment of his Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle (4 December) and a 30th birthday concert presented by Ensemble 360 featuring a combination of music by Schumann and Brahms (6 December).
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Music in the Round, based in Sheffield, is the UK’s leading promoter of chamber music outside of London. It is dedicated to presenting the best in small-scale classical music in an informal atmosphere. Their recent Love & War Festival of Chamber Music, held at the Crucible Studio in Sheffield from 9-17 May featured 21 events, ranging from a Bring and Sing concert with over 60 amateur singers to lunchtime chamber music concerts and evening performances incorporating both chamber music and readings by actors such as Penelope Wilton and Tom Durham. Music in the Round now promotes more than 100 concerts a year through its series in Sheffield and around the country.
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