BACH FOR SOLO VIOLIN

Emmanuel Church, Barnsley
Friday 11 October 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets: £14.50
£10 PIP, UC & DLA
£5 Students & Under 35s

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A celebration of JS Bach’s much-loved music for solo violin and a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful works ever written for the instrument.

Programme includes:

BACH FOR SOLO VIOLIN 

Sonata No.1 in G minor (18’)
Partita No.1 in B minor (28’)

BACH Johann Sebastian, Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were composed at Cöthen in 1720 (the date on Bach’s beautifully written fair copy of the set), at about the same time as his Cello Suites. The three Sonatas follow the pattern of the sonata da chiesa, with four movements, alternating slow and fast, while the three Partitas are suites of dances. Even though they were not published until 1802, Bach’s contemporaries recognized his superlative achievement in these pieces. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach wrote that his father ‘understood to perfection the possibilities of all stringed instruments. This is evidenced by his solos for the violin and violoncello without bass. One of the greatest violinists once told me that he had seen nothing more perfect for learning to be a good violinist.’ Which violinist Bach may have had in mind when he first wrote the pieces remains unknown. 

© Nigel Simeone 

THE LARK ASCENDING

Ensemble 360

Mansfield Palace Theatre, Mansfield
Wednesday 25 September 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets:

£14
£5 (Under 26)

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String quartet players of Ensemble 360 with their instruments

Celebrating Vaughan Williams, the celebrated composer who embodies the sound of English music.

The evening opens with Williams’ most famous work, The Lark Ascending, recently voted number one in the Classic FM Hall of Fame for a record 12th time, in its original version for piano and violin. This is followed by the String Quartet written by the composer’s friend and mentor Maurice Ravel and the dramatic Fantasy for Horn Quintet by his teacher, Charles Villiers Stanford. Vaughan Williams’ expansive Piano Quintet rounds off the evening.

GUITAR CLASSICS

Craig Ogden

Cast, Doncaster
Thursday 22 May 2025, 7.15pm

Tickets*

£16
£13 (Under 26s)

*Box office charges may apply

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Craig Ogden is one of the greatest classical guitarists of our time, whose incredible career over three decades has included a stream of best-selling albums, appearances with the world’s finest orchestras and a constant presence on Classic FM, where he’s long been a favourite artist with the station’s listeners.

Programme includes:

VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No.1 (5’)
JS BACH Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV998 (13’)
REINHARDT Nuages (3’)
RODRIGO Tres piezas españolas (12’)
ALBENIZ Torre Bermeja, Sevilla (5’)

A CELEBRATION OF CZECH MUSIC

Ensemble 360

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 8 March 2025,

Tickets*

£16
£13 (Under 26s)

*Box office charges may apply

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Ensemble 360 musicians, oboe player Adrian Wilson, horn player Naomi Atherton and clarinet player Robert Plane

Programme includes:

JANÁČEK Mládí (20’)
HAAS Wind Quintet (14′)

Janacek’s beloved Mládí (‘Youth’) was written towards the end of his life as a nostalgic celebration of memories of his youth, drawing on his early writing. Receiving its premiere performances in Autumn 1924, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this iconic piece for wind, featuring the bass clarinet alongside a regular wind quintet line-up of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon.  

STRING TRIOS: BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT & MORE

Ensemble 360

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 16 November 2024, 7.15pm

Tickets*

£16
£13 (Under 26s)

*Box office charges may apply

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Works by two of classical music’s most celebrated composers showcasing this most versatile and elegant combination of instruments: violin, viola and cello.

Programme includes:

SCHUBERT String Trio in B flat D581 (21’)
BEETHOVEN String Trio No.3 Op.9 (24’)

BACH FOR SOLO VIOLIN

Ensemble 360

Cast, Doncaster
Saturday 12 October 2024, 7.15pm

Tickets*

£16
£13 (Under 26s)

*Box office charges may apply

Book Tickets

A celebration of JS Bach’s much-loved music for solo violin and a chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful works ever written for the instrument.

Programme includes:

BACH FOR SOLO VIOLIN 

Sonata No.1 in G minor (18’)
Partita No.1 in B minor (28’)

BACH Johann Sebastian, Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin were composed at Cöthen in 1720 (the date on Bach’s beautifully written fair copy of the set), at about the same time as his Cello Suites. The three Sonatas follow the pattern of the sonata da chiesa, with four movements, alternating slow and fast, while the three Partitas are suites of dances. Even though they were not published until 1802, Bach’s contemporaries recognized his superlative achievement in these pieces. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach wrote that his father ‘understood to perfection the possibilities of all stringed instruments. This is evidenced by his solos for the violin and violoncello without bass. One of the greatest violinists once told me that he had seen nothing more perfect for learning to be a good violinist.’ Which violinist Bach may have had in mind when he first wrote the pieces remains unknown. 

© Nigel Simeone 

CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD AT THE WINTER GARDEN

Winter Garden, Sheffield
Saturday 18 May 2024, 11.00am
Free event

Join Classical Sheffield for pop-up performances in the Winter Garden.

11am – Sonority Upper voice chamber choir

11.45am – Matt Leese Amateur composer performing ‘Melodic Moments’

12.30pm – Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet

1.15pm – Sinsontes Singing group singing songs of love and longing from Cuba and Spain

2pm – Singing In… Community choirs performance

2.45pm Hailu Ni Soprano vocalist

STRING TRIOS: BEETHOVEN, SCHUBERT & MORE

Ensemble 360

Emmanuel Church, Barnsley
Friday 15 November 2024, 7.30pm

Tickets
£14.50
£10 UC, DLA & PIP
£5 Under 35s & Students 

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Programme includes:
SCHUBERT String Trio in B flat (21′)
BEETHOVEN String Trio No.3 Op.9 (24′)

Ensemble 360 performs works by two of classical music’s most celebrated composers, showcasing this versatile and elegant combination of instruments: violin, viola and cello.

SYMPOSIUM Making the Case for Classical: Research, Insight and Advocacy

Crucible Playhouse, Sheffield
Wednesday 22 May 2024, 10.30am

£50 / £25

Association of British Orchestras non-member academic delegate / non-member student delegate

 

Past Event

In this challenging period of arts funding, it’s more important than ever that we have the right evidence to make the case for classical music. This one-day symposium will explore the current state of research and data in the classical music sector and help to improve the quality and effectiveness of the evidence we collect.

This symposium will be of interest to:

DORE OPEN GARDEN: MUSIC & MEMORIES

49 Heather Lea Avenue, Sheffield
Sunday 16 June 2024, 2.00pm

Tickets by donation.
Please book in advance.

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Join us for a summer afternoon (2pm till 5pm) in one of the beautiful gardens of Dore.

Discover a beautifully planted Dore garden in full bloom, accompanied by live music. Explore local artwork and sculptures displayed within the borders, with signage that reflects a family’s memories and amusing stories.

With a raffle and light refreshments, come and spend some time in a gorgeous garden, donating as you feel able to support Music in the Round.

Live music will be provided throughout the afternoon by our own Bridge Ensemble and Sheffield musicians, including Steel City 5 and Endcliffe Flute Trio.

Please note the Eventbrite booking site will ask you to make a donation (minimum £1) when you book your tickets. Please enter the donation amount for your whole party – the next screen will ask you how many people are coming. You will then be issued with a single ticket for the whole group.

Further information:

– Advance booking strongly recommended, as space is limited

– Please note there will not be access to toilet facilities at this event

– On street parking is available on Heather Lea Avenue and the surrounding streets, but please be considerate of our host’s neighbours and park carefully

– No dogs please (except guide dogs)

MUSIC FOR OBOE & STRINGS

Ensemble 360

All Saints Church - Darton, Barnsley
Sunday 23 June 2024, 4.00pm

Tickets: £14.50
£10 PIP, UC & DLA
£5 Students & Under 35s

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BRITTEN Phantasy Quartet Op.2 (13′)
ELGAR Andante and Allegro (7′)
MOZART String Quartet in D K.499 (25′)
FINZI Interlude for strings and oboe (11′)
CLARKE Poem for string quartet (10′)
BAX Oboe Quintet (18′)

Ensemble 360 returns with a captivating programme of virtuosic music which combines the haunting world of the oboe with the richness of the strings. Featuring one of Benjamin Britten’s most assured early works, alongside Bax’s celebrated quintet and Rebecca Clarke’s haunting ‘poem’ for string quartet. This is a captivating programme centred on exquisite English music for oboe, beautiful miniatures and expansive chamber music.

In partnership with Hoylandswaine Arts Group.

Seating:
Seats are church pews; feel free to bring your own cushion for extra comfort.

Parking:
Car parking is available behind the church, with a path leading directly to the church building. Postcode: S75 5LZ

BRITTEN Benjamin, Phantasy Quartet in F sharp minor

Andante con moto – Allegro vivace – Andante con moto

Bridge had already been successful in Walter Wilson Cobbett’s competition to write a ‘Phantasy’ – Cobbett’s reinvention of the Elizabeth Fantasy as new single-movement chamber works – and in 1910 he (along with Vaughan Williams and others) was commissioned by Cobbett to compose a Phantasy Piano Quartet. It’s a work in a satisfying arch form based on free-flowing musical ideas all of which derive from the powerful opening gesture. Bridge’s most famous pupil, Benjamin Britten, wrote in a programme note for the Aldeburgh Festival about this piece. He described the music as ‘Sonorous yet lucid, with clear, clean lines, grateful to listen to and to play. It is the music of a practical musician, brought up in German orthodoxy, but who loved French romanticism and conception of sound—Brahms happily tempered with Fauré.’

Nigel Simeone 2013

ELGAR Edward, Andante and Allegro for oboe and strings

This very early piece, composed in about 1878, was probably written to be played at the Worcester Glee Club. The manuscript in the British Library is, curiously, headed ‘Xmas music’ on the oboe part. The Andante is graceful, and the second movement is reminiscent of a Mendelssohn Scherzo.

Nigel Simeone 2013

MOZART Amadeus, String Quartet in D K499

1. Allegretto
2. Menuetto and Trio. Allegretto
3. Adagio
4. Allegro

 

Like Haydn before him, Mozart habitually published his string quartets in groups of six (the ‘Haydn’ Quartets) or three (the ‘Prussian’ Quartets). Between these two sets there is a single work, entered in Mozart’s manuscript catalogue of his own works on 19 August 1786 as ‘a quartet for 2 violins, viola and violoncello’. The autograph manuscript (in the British Library) is simply titled ‘Quartetto’. It was published in 1788 by the Viennese firm founded by Mozart’s friend Franz Anton Hoffmeister and it has come to be known as the ‘Hoffmeister’ Quartet as a result. The first movement opens with a theme in octaves that outlines a descending D major arpeggio – an idea that dominates much of the movement despite some startling harmonic excursions along the way. The development section is marked by almost continuous quaver movement that gives way magically to the opening theme at the start of the recapitulation. The Minuet has an easy-going charm that contrasts with the sterner mood (and minor key) of the Trio section. The great Mozart biographer Alfred Einstein thought the Adagio spoke ‘of past sorrow, with a heretofore unheard-of-depth’. It is not only a deeply touching movement but also an extremely ingenious one, not least when the initial idea heard on two violins returns on viola and cello, investing the same music with a darker, richer texture. The finale is fast and playful, but there’s also astonishing inventiveness in the flow of ideas, from the opening triplets with their chromatic twists to a contrasting theme which scampers up and down the scale. A few sudden and surprising dynamic contrasts keep the listener guessing right to the end.

 

Nigel Simeone

FINZI Gerald, Interlude for Strings and Oboe

Gerald Finzi began work on this piece in 1932 but only completed it four years later, in 1936. The first performance was given at the Wigmore Hall by Leon Goossens (to whom Finzi subsequently dedicated the work) and the Menges Quartet, on 24 March 1936. Finzi was particularly touched by Goossens’s enthusiasm for the piece, having been unsure if the great oboist would be interested in the work: a nervous composer wrote to his friend Howard Ferguson: “I see that Leon, the pride of oboeland, is playing with the Isolde Menges Quartet … Perhaps he’ll say that the Interlude isn’t big enough for him.”

He needn’t have worried, but this lovely work is just one of four published pieces of chamber music by Finzi.

 

Nigel Simeone © 2012

BAX Arnold, Oboe Quintet

Tempo molto moderato – Allegro moderato – Tempo primo
Lento espressivo
Allegro giocoso – Più lento – Vivace

 

Bax wrote his Oboe Quintet in 1922, just after completing the first of his seven symphonies. The inspiration for writing a work for oboe and strings was the playing of the great oboist Leon Goossens, to whom the work is dedicated. Bax’s biographer Lewis Foreman has drawn attention to the Irish elements in the music of this work: not only the jig-like final movement, but also in some of the atmospheric writing earlier in the work. The first movement begins with some richly harmonized string chords, and the oboe’s first entrance is rhapsodic, and rather melancholy. The main Allegro moderato has a strong, muscular drive and also demonstrates Bax’s brilliant instrumental technique, drawing a remarkable range of colours from the strings. A wistful recollection of the opening music brings the movement to a serene close. The slow movement opens with a beautiful first violin melody (again, suggestive of Irish folk music). The oboe enters with something rather different: a wistful, cadenza-like passage that is then developed with the strings. While there is plenty of veiled lyricism in this movement, Bax always remains a little questioning, and there’s a slightly uneasy calm at the close. The finale begins in overtly Irish high spirits, but this movement isn’t quite the romp that the opening might suggest. As Lewis Foreman put it, ‘all too soon clouds cover the sun and the spectres return’ in a passage that is slower and more reflective. The dance-like music returns but even at the close there is a brief moment of reflection before the final cadence.

 

Nigel Simeone © 2011

THE MONSTER IN THE MAZE

Music-Makers of Sheffield including, Ensemble 360, Consone Quartet, Bridge Ensemble & Guests

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Saturday 2 November 2024, 11.00am / 3.00pm

Tickets 
£5 for everyone  
Carers free 

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Silhouette of a Minotaur head

DOVE The Monster in the Maze (50’) 

An opera production for the people of Sheffield and with the people of Sheffield. 

“Here they are – the children of Athens!
The hope of Athens, the future of Athens!
Deep in the maze, the monster, already
paws the sand and tosses his horns…”

      - libretto, Monster in the Maze

King Minos has a labyrinth in his palace. Inside there lurks a Minotaur. This monster, half man and half bull, feeds on human flesh.  

Minos decrees that the Athenians should provide a regular supply of their young people to be sacrificed to the monster. The Athenian hero Theseus steps in, determined to enter the maze and take on the monster at its heart…

Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Monster in the Maze’ receives its Sheffield premiere on the iconic Crucible stage. Our most ambitious project to date, this will be Music in the Round at its best: a bold collaboration, forged in the crucible of creativity that is our City of Makers. 

Commissioned and first performed in 2015 by the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra with Simon Rattle, it was praised by the Financial Times as “an exhilarating, visceral take on the ancient Greek myth”.  

This amazing new production will showcase people of all ages coming together from across the city to perform alongside our professional resident artists and guests, highlighting the best of music-making in Sheffield. 

An epic story: millennia in the making and a fitting celebration for our 40th anniversary year! 

With thanks to our funders: Blakemore Foundation, JG Graves Charitable Trust, Music for All & Scops Arts Trust. 

View the brochure online here or download it below.

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