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
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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 

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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. 

Rising-star pianist

Mishka Rushdie Momen

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 15 January 2022
7.15pm

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

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BACH Prelude & Fugue in C from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I 
MOZART Fantasie in C minor K475  
ROBERT SCHUMANN Ten Impromptus on a Theme by Clara Wieck Op.5 
PROKOFIEV Visions fugitives  
BYRD Fantasia in A minor  
LIGETI Etude No.10 Der Zauberlehrling 
SCHUBERT Fantasie in C Wanderer Fantasy 

Named ‘Critics’ Classical Music Breakthrough Artist’ in The Times Arts Awards 2021, Mishka Rushdie Momen is one of the most exciting young pianists performing today. This promises to be a tour de force through five centuries of music played with passion and profound musicality, including Schumann’s early impromptus on a theme by his future wife and Schubert’s epic theme and variations, the Wanderer Fantasy, perhaps his most expansive and exciting work. 

CHOPIN Works for solo piano

Tim Horton

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 5 March 2022
7.15pm

Tickets: £20  
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MOZART Fantasy in C minor K396 
SZYMANOWSKI Masques Op.34 
CHOPIN Four Ballades 

Tim Horton continues his exploration of Chopin’s central place within the history of the piano. Looking back, Mozart’s improvisational Fantasy in C minor is dramatic in quality and dark in tone. Looking forward, Szymanowski’s dream-like Masques is colourful, hypnotic and capricious. Taking centre stage, Chopin’s innovative four Ballades share noble melodies and dance-like quality to explore the varied colours of the piano. 

Tony Kofi ‘Kind of Blue’ sextet

Tony Kofi & Guests

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 8 January 2022
7.30pm

Tickets: £18
£16 Over 60s, Disabled & Unemployed
£9 Students
£4 Under 16s

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TONY KOFI alto sax
FREDDIE GAVITA trumpet
ALEX GARNETT tenor sax
RICK SIMPSON piano
ANDREW CLEYNDERT bass
ALFONSO VITALE drums

Tony Kofi leads an all-star band celebrating Miles Davis’ highly innovative ‘Kind of Blue’ album, featuring the original numbers and some of the band’s own compositions inspired by it.

More than a milestone in jazz ‘Kind of Blue’ is a defining document of twentieth century music, one of those rare, influential works of art that achieve popularity among musicians, critics and the public alike. Even if you’ve never owned this classic album you’ll instantly recognise ‘So What’, ‘Freddie Freeloader’, ‘Blue in Green’, ‘All Blues’ and ‘Flamenco Sketches’ as old friends.

Presented by Sheffield Jazz

Tony Thornton: A Celebration of a Life (live-stream)

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 10 July 2021, 7.00pm

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This Was Available Until 24 July 2021

PROGRAMME

Welcome: James Thornton

The Gesualdo Six
Morley “Now is the month of maying” 2’
Byrd “Vigilate” 4.30’
Praetorius “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” 3’

Eulogies: Michael Thornton, Simon and Mark Thornton

Sarah Fox and Tim Horton
Schubert Die Forelle 2’
Schubert Auf dem See 3.30’

Ensemble 360 and Tim Horton
Schubert Trout Quintet
Thema: Andantino Variations 1-5 Allegretto 8.22’
Finale: Allegro giusto 6.45’

Eulogies: Paul Allen and David Whelton

Sarah Fox and Tim Horton
Mozart “E Susanna non vein! …Dove sono i bei momenti” The Marriage of Figaro 5.15’

Ensemble 360
Beethoven String Quartet in A minor Op.132
Molto Adagio “Heileger Dankgesang eines Genesenden” 16’
Alla Marcia, assai vivace – Pui allegro 2.20’
Allegro appassionato – Presto 6.50’

Tony had wide ranging musical tastes. He always said that it was Peter Cropper, the visionary leader of the Lindsay String Quartet, who introduced him to the joys of chamber music in the early 1970s.

This evening’s programme features three composers who were perhaps most important for Tony: Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. 

Schubert song recitals were always a highlight for Tony, especially at the Wigmore Hall, as were also Mozart’s operas, which brought him so much pleasure on his annual visits to Glyndebourne.

I know he would be delighted at the prospect of Sarah Fox and Tim performing for us tonight. Beethoven’s String Quartet Op.132 was perhaps the piece that meant most to Tony, especially the great Molto adagio movement, which is one of the supreme moments in all music, a work of great contemplation and intensity. The clue may lie in its heading ‘Heiliger Dankgesang eines Genesenen’ (‘Holy song of thanksgiving’). The beautiful Mayfield Valley was a favourite spot for Tony to walk and cycle and he commissioned Tim Rose to paint this landscape with The Lindsays playing the Op.132 hidden in the clouds.

It is to Delma Tomlin we owe Tony’s interest in early music and the National Centre for Early Music. It is therefore fitting for this evening’s concert to open with a welcome from The Gesualdo Six singing a selection of madrigals from the 16th and 17th centuries.   

David Whelton OBE

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BARTÓK & LIGETI

Ensemble 360

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 4 December 2021
7.15pm

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BARTÓK Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano (33′)
LIGETI Horn Trio Hommage à Brahms (24′)

The music of Hungary is passionate, thrilling and rooted in the country’s own folk music traditions, perhaps best heard in the works of Béla Bartók and György Ligeti, two of the 20th century’s most important composers. Bartók’s First Violin Sonata is a storm of energy interspersed with moments of elegance and beauty; while Ligeti’s Horn Trio is a modern classic that echoes the Brahms Horn Trio with its emotion, as well as featuring dramatic effects from the horn. 

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

 

CHOPIN Works for solo piano

Tim Horton

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Friday 26 November 2021
7.15pm

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

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DEBUSSY Préludes Book 2 (39′)
CHOPIN 24 Preludes Op.28 (38′)

Chopin composed wonderfully melodic music for solo piano, which is why it is still so popular today.  This is the first of six concerts featuring Chopin that Tim will perform with Music in the Round over the next few seasons. Sit back and enjoy…   

“Tim Horton’s unaffected, heartfelt playing is perfectly judged.” The Arts Desk 

Post-concert talk
Tim Horton chats to Tom McKinney about Chopin’s music and Tim’s upcoming Chopin cycle.

 Free to all ticket-holders for this concert.

JAZZ PIANO LEGEND

Julian Joseph

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 6 November 2021
7.15pm

Tickets: £20
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£5 Students & Under 35s

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Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has devoted his long career to championing jazz across the British Isles and into the far corners of the globe. He was the first Black British jazz musician to host a series at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the first to headline a late-night concert at the BBC Proms with his All Star Big Band. When he performed for Music in the Round in 2016, he left audiences speechless at the breadth and brilliance of his improvising skills, and we are delighted to welcome him back to Sheffield. 

“The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever.” The Stage