Whilst the music is always at the heart of what we do, we love working with other artforms in collaboration with a variety of people and organisations to help put chamber music into contexts that may challenge or enhance perceptions.
Some of the collaborations we’re currently working on are:
Bridge - Development opportunity for young string quartet
The scheme, Bridge, is intended to enable an emerging quartet to develop both their artistic practice and their self-management skills. It will provide the successful quartet with a £10,000 p.a. bursary, performance opportunities, mentoring, guidance and advice on developing and succeeding in the world of professional music-making.
Past collaborations have included:
'Transformations' our first film and music collaboration working in partnership with Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema, Ensemble 360, our Associate Composer Charlie Piper, film-maker Katie Goodwin and oboist Adrian Wilson. The resulting performance celebrated two important centenaries, the birth of Benjamin Britten and the discovery of stainless steel, through bringing together archive and new film with old and new music in a way of which we hope musical innovator Britten would have approved.
Programmes mixing drama and music; 'Intimate Letters' with actors Tim West and Malcolm Sinclair taking the role of Janáček in a script by writer and broadcaster Paul Allen and 'In a Paris Salon' in which the music and drama evoke the inspirational setting of a Salon in Paris in the early 1900's, then the centre of hedonistic social and artistic life. Written by our Artistic Director Angus Smith for our 2012 Festival and subsequently toured by Ensemble 360 and actresses including Maggie Steed and Sara Kestelman.
A dance/aerobics workout to newly commissioned live chamber music by composer Stephen Montague in collaboration with Hype Dance;
Working with Museums Sheffield on musically illustrated talks, an auditory tour of exhibitions in their Millennium Gallery and on a day of free, open community activity in Weston Park Museum;
Ensemble 360 working with amateur jazz musicians and jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins on a project with Doncaster HotHouse;
Events linking poetry and music with actor Samuel West and poet Ian McMillan.