Ensemble 360 & Aga Serugo-Lugo

Crucible Playhouse, Sheffield
Saturday 21 May 2022, 11.00am

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

Past Event

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This beautiful quartet is known as ‘the harp’ because in the first part, all four musicians have sections where they pluck the strings their instruments rather than using the bow. Can you hear the difference?

WEIR String Quartet (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

This spikey, short piece of music was created in Russia at the same time Suk wrote the piece we heard earlier. Stravinsky uses the plucking technique we heard in the Meredith and Beethoven, as well clashing notes and unexpected changes in pulse and speed. Stravinsky keeps us guessing what he’ll do next!

MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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 (excerpt for ‘Close Up’)

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.