SOUNDS OF NOW

Psappha

Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Friday 29 April 2022
8.00pm

Tickets: £10  
£8 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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NINFEA CRUTTWELL-READE Three Études for Piano and Flower Pots  
HARRISON BIRTWISTLE The Axe Manual  
JOANNA WARD Translucent  
SIMON HOLT The Sower 

“…their enterprise and dedication are breathtaking.” The ArtsDesk 

Sounds of Now continues in April when musicians from Psappha perform intoxicating works for eclectic instruments including tuned plant pots and the hypnotic cimbalom, an instrument at the heart of Hungarian folk music. 

Since their first performance three decades ago, the musicians of Psappha have become a vital presence in this country’s new music scene. In their Music in the Round debut, these outstanding musicians will also perform Harrison Birtwistle’s The Axe Manual, an extraordinary musical battle that pits the piano against an enormous range of percussion, and a beguiling, ethereal recent work by Joanna Ward for solo cello.  

Sounds of Now is a platform for musicians who are creating and exploring some of the most exciting artistic ideas today, nurturing talent, inspiring new thinking and provoking debate. This new live music series from Music in the Round is your invitation to engage and connect with music in new ways. 

A bar will be open before the advertised start time, please check back here for further details closer to the event. 

 

SOUNDS OF NOW series launch

Elaine Mitchener & Apartment House

Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Friday 11 March 2022
8.00pm

Tickets: £10  
£8 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

 

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CHARLES MINGUS String Quartet No.1
BENJAMIN PATTERSON Duet
JEANNE LEE Mingus Meditations
LOUISE BOURGEOIS Insomnia Drawings
ARCHIE SHEPP Blasé
ELAINE MITCHENER Thought Words
KATALIN LADIK Genesis 04
CHRISTIAN WOLFF I like to think of Hariett Tubman 

Sounds of Now is a platform for musicians who are creating and exploring some of the most exciting artistic ideas today, nurturing talent, inspiring new thinking and provoking debate. This new series from Music in the Round is your invitation to engage and connect with music in new ways. 

Elaine Mitchener launches the series with a programme that spans the jazz of Charles Mingus to interpretations of artwork by Louise Bourgeois.  

Fusing music, theatre, dance and art, Mitchener is an enthralling performer who manipulates her voice to evoke an incredible range of characters and emotions. She has collaborated with leading composers such as George Lewis and Tansy Davies and artists Christian Marclay and Marina Abramović. 

A bar will be open before the advertised start time, please check back here for further details closer to the event. 

Sheffield Folk Star

Jon Boden & Guests

Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Saturday 26 March 2022
7.00pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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with supporting guests  
TOM MOORE & ARCHIE MOSS  

“Jon Boden is one of the most lauded folk musicians this century.” Folk Radio UK 

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead, which sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold-out hundreds of venues including the Royal Albert Hall. Since Bellowhead split up in 2016 Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English folk music. 

Jon performs the self-penned songs of Songs From The FloodplainPainted LadyAfterglow and Rose In June, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden his A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year, music from newly-released album Last Mile Home (Mar 2021, Hudson Records) and more.  

A bar will be open before the advertised start time, please check www.musicintheround.co.uk for further details closer to the event. 

‘The Queen of the Qanun’

Maya Youssef & Guests

Theatre Deli, Sheffield

Friday 8 April 2022
7.00pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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“She plays as revolution, she plays as rejuvenation, she plays for peace, she plays to heal and she plays to remember.” Outline Magazine 

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither. Based on Arabic musical traditions, her innovative sound has echoes of everything from jazz to flamenco, infused with warmth, humour and optimism. She described her debut album ‘Syrian Dreams’ as her “personal journey through six years of war in Syria. I see the act of playing music as the opposite of death; it is a life and hope-affirming act. 

Maya has performed widely around the world, including at the BBC Proms, and is a winner of Arts Council England’s Exceptional Talent award and Songlines’ Newcomer Music Award 2018. 

A bar will be open before the advertised start time, please check back here for further details closer to the event. 

 

Romantic Piano Trios

Leonore Piano Trio

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Friday 18 March 2022
7.15pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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HAYDN Piano Trio No.39 Gypsy Rondo
DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No.4 Dumky 
BRAHMS Piano Trio No.1 

Three blockbuster trios form this spectacular evening from the inimitable Leonore Piano Trio: Haydn, creator of the piano trio, is full of quotations of folk music and dramatic effects borrowed from ‘gypsy’ music. Dvořák’s beloved Dumky trio also plays with folk tunes, contrasting the melancholic with the triumphant building towards a vigorous dancing finale. Brahms’s early but highly personal trio is by turns strange and powerful, prayerful and fantastical. 

“with energy that could be bottled and sold as a tonic for the times” **** BachTrack, September 2021 

BRAHMS, SCHUMANN and more

Ensemble 360

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Thursday 10 March 2022
7.15pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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VIGNERY Sonata for Horn and Piano
BRAHMS Clarinet Sonata in F minor 
ROBERT SCHUMANN Fantasiestücke Op.73 
REINECKE Trio for Clarinet, Horn and Piano 

Brahms’s harmonious Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, one of the great masterpieces in the clarinet repertoire, is performed alongside Schumann’s exuberant, playful and romantic ‘fantasy pieces’. This is also a rare chance to hear Vignery’s tuneful and spirited sonata for horn and piano, and Reinecke’s trio, which continues the exploration of the fantastical, passing hunting call-like melodies between the clarinet and horn, to a thrilling, galloping climax. 

BEETHOVEN String Quartets

Ensemble 360

Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Saturday 5 February 2022
7.00pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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Ensemble 360 String Quartet

BEETHOVEN 
String Quartet Op.18 No.3 
String Quartet Op.19 Serioso 
String Quartet Op.59 No.1 

A chance to hear two of Beethoven’s early quartets marked by wit and invention, formal control and deft construction. The monumental first ‘Razumovsky’ quartet follows, an intense work that marked a sea-change in Beethoven’s writing and is passionate, defiant and deeply moving. 

“[Ensemble 360’s playing] brought real pathos to this moving music” ***** Bach Track 

BACH Cello Suites

Ensemble 360

Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Friday 21 January 2022
1.00pm / 7.00pm

Tickets: £15  
£10 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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Programme includes
BACH Cello Suites No.1 & No.3 

Ensemble 360 cellist, Gemma Rosefield, plays two of Bach’s most intimate works, his first and third cello suites. These Suites are some of the most frequently performed and recognisable solo compositions ever written for cello, and regularly feature in film and television soundtracks. They will be complemented by other pieces that also display Bach’s intricate construction, inventive spirit and expansive musicality.   

BACH Goldberg Variations (arr. for string trio)

Ensemble 360

Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Friday 18 February 2022
1.00pm / 7.00pm

Tickets: £15 
£10 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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BACH Goldberg Variations BWV988  
arr. for string trio 

The Goldberg Variations are rightly hugely popular. First written for harpsichord and best known to modern audiences as a work for piano, here they are arranged for string trio. In this form, the intricacy of counterpoint and the spirituality of this monumental musical structure are brought to the fore through the conversational interplay between the instruments. These hour-long concerts are not to be missed. 

 

MOZART, ADÈS, STRAVINSKY & BRAHMS

Ensemble 360

Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Thursday 10 February 2022
7.00pm

Tickets: £20  
£14 Disabled & Unemployed 
£5 Students & Under 35s 

Priority booking opens: 12 October at 12 noon
for Friends of Music in the Round

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MOZART Piano Trio in B flat K502  
ADÈS Catch  
STRAVINSKY A Soldier’s Tale Suite  
BRAHMS Clarinet Trio 

Marking clarinettist Matthew Hunt’s final appearance in Sheffield as a member of Ensemble 360, he appears in three pieces for this concert.  Adès’s Catch is a series of intricate musical games and explosive new sounds for strings, clarinet and piano. Stravinsky’s narrative work, A Soldier’s Tale, features an enjoyable mix of styles including ragtime and klezmer to create a dramatic and melodic miniature epic. To end, one of Brahms’s later works, his Clarinet Trio providing a fitting conclusion to this fantastic concert.  

Ensemble 360 [gave] a mesmerising performance” ***** Bach Track