CLOSE UP: MUSIC FOR CURIOUS YOUNG MINDS

Ensemble 360 & Aga Serugo-Lugo

Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield
Saturday 21 May 2022, 11.00am

Tickets: £11
£8 Disabled & Unemployed
£6 Child

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A tour through the wondrous world of chamber music, specially created for young audiences, combining some of the most well-known music ever written as well as some new works from surprising places. This brand-new concert includes thrilling musical adventures told through music, cheeky characters and epic heroes, mind-blowing musical games and the chance to join in and make music together. 

The concert includes extracts from:

SCHUBERT Octet (3′)
HAYDN Russian Quartet Op.33 No.3  (3′)
BEETHOVEN Harp Quartet  (3′)
WEIR String Quartet (5′)
DEBUSSY Syrinx  (3′)
BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet (5’)
STRAVINSKY Three pieces for clarinet (1’)
MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time (2’)
BEETHOVEN Septet (3’)

Presented in collaboration with Sheffield Music Hub, featuring the full forces of Ensemble 360 and introduced by Aga Serugo-Lugo, this is a friendly hour of fun and the finest music for families.

SCHUBERT Octet (extract for family concert)

We begin with a chase! In this ‘scherzo’ or musical joke you will hear eight musicians playing a game of musical hide and seek as they pass this cheeky tune around the group.

HAYDN Russian Quartet No.3 (extract for family concert)

Haydn was the composer who did most to first create a form of music for two violins, a viola and a cello: a group we know as a string quartet. This piece has the nickname ‘The Bird’ — can you hear why?

BEETHOVEN ‘The Harp’ Quartet (extract for family concert)

This beautiful quartet is known as ‘the harp’ because it opens with three of the four musicians plucking the strings their instruments rather than using the bow. Can you hear the difference?

WEIR String Quartet (extract for family concert)

This string quartet was written by a composer who is making music today, the wonderful Judith Weir. A piece full of mysteries, inspired by a medieval Spanish tune. This quartet sounds like a strange landscape where it’s easy to get lost among these lopsided rhythms where nothing is quite as it seems…

DEBUSSY Syrinx (extract for family concert)

This piece for flute is one of the most famous pieces for the instrument. It is named after the nymph Syrinx from Ancient Greek mythology. The flute-playing mischievous faun Pan falls in love with Syrinx, but she does not return his love so turns herself into a water reed and hides in the marshes…

BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet (extract for family concert)

This piece sees the string players joined by a clarinet. This woodwind instrument takes us on a lovely journey. What do you think of as you hear the flowing tune; a river winding through a beautiful scene, a song being sung by a wonderful singer… or something else?

STRAVINSKY Three Pieces for Clarinet (extract for family concert)

All alone now, the clarinet couldn’t sound more different than the last time we heard it. Spiky, jazzy, confusing, exciting… this is a short piece that will keep you guessing!

MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time (extract for family concert)

This ‘interlude’ was the first part that Olivier Messiaen wrote of his spectacular piece, ‘A Quartet for the End of Time’ which he wrote while a prisoner in Germany during the Second World War. It’s a piece full of angels, birds, heavenly creatures, battles, rainbows and more. This is a quieter space in the middle of the almighty hubbub where three instruments, a violin, a cello and the clarinet come together.

BEETHOVEN Septet (extract for family concert)

And we end where we began, another ‘scherzo’ or musical joke this time from the monumental Ludwig Van Beethoven! Seven instruments all working together to bounce us out of the concert and into a world filled with music.