Everyone can be a musician and everyone can be a composer.

Based in a city of makers, we aim to inspire a nation of music-makers! We create opportunities to get up close to world-class music, and discover what makes chamber music so special.

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2 December 2023, 1:00 pm

Crucible Adelphi Room, Sheffield

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOR ALL with special guests

The Hermes Experiment

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Join our Grade-a-thon challenge!

Have you ever fancied playing a musical instrument, but never quite got round to it?
Want to play the piano with more than two fingers, or finally get a noise out of the trumpet?

We invite you to learn an instrument to Grade I standard in only a few months, and ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Share the joy, and the highs and lows of learning, as a group of us take on the challenge together and raise funds for Music in the Round as we do it!

The team in the Music in the Round office are joining in too, and we’ll be there to support everyone through the process. Find out more here about how to get involved or support those who are taking on the challenge.

Come & Play

Come and Play opportunities allow music makers of all abilities to perform with members of Ensemble 360 and guest musicians. These fun days provide the chance to meet and learn from friendly, professional musicians, rehearsing together, before an informal performance for family and friends.

Whether you scraped through Grade I or were a concert soloist at the age of 12, these events are open to everyone. Original parts and specially commissioned reductions mean you can select the part you feel most comfortable playing. All you need is a working instrument and piles of enthusiasm!

Come & Sing

We regularly offer opportunities for singers of all abilities to get together and receive coaching and support, exploring chamber choral music from a wide range of places, eras and perspectives, and with opportunities to either learn by ear or from provided notation.

We most recently explored English composer Tippett’s arrangement of Willis’ Steal Away and American composer Shruthi Rajasekar’s Jayjaykar! before an informal performance to friends and family as part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2022.


Started in autumn 2022 under the project title ‘Bridging the Gap‘, this project has been established to nurture, support and train a group of exceptional young wind musicians drawn from backgrounds underrepresented in chamber music.

In partnership with specialist organisations, including Leeds Conservatoire and Black Lives in Music, we have developed a two-year programme to support the musical, participatory and professional development of these young musicians. For more information about the Bridge Ensemble, please see ‘Our Musicians‘.


Opportunities for students from
Sheffield Music Academy & Sheffield Music Hub

Students from Sheffield Music Academy and Sheffield Music Hub teamed up with Ensemble 360 and Sheffield Chamber Choir for a ‘Sunset’ concert at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane, as part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2022. They performed works including Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s ‘Serioso’ Quartet for string orchestra. Read more in this review by Colin Clarke

Sheffield Music Academy students also provided a number of pop-up performances in the Crucible Theatre foyer for our audiences, before and after concerts as part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2022.

CoMA Sheffield Sounds of Now workshop with Sheffield Music School

Led by Sheffield CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) in partnership with Sheffield Music School, this workshop gave participants the opportunity to rehearse and perform a selection of new works for mixed ensemble as well as Sarah Hennies’ Growing Block and Joanna Bailie’s Hildegardestraße Bundesallee. Edward Henderson of Bastard Assignments also joined the session to reflect on the branches of experimental practice that have informed both CoMA and his group, ahead of their Sounds of Now concert at Site Gallery.

Performance opportunities for university and conservatoire students

As part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2022, we gave musicians from The University of Sheffield, Leeds Conservatoire and Sheffield Music Academy the opportunity to give short performances to audiences in Sheffield’s Winter Garden and Orchard Square, as well as before and after concerts in the Crucible Theatre foyer.

Watch this interview about some of the performances.


South Yorkshire Music Celebration

Hundreds of young musicians from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield came together for a massed concert at the Doncaster Dome in October 2019. The concert included appearances from a number of Music in the Round’s Bridge 2018-20 musicians, and celebrated the amazing power and joy of shared music-making – connecting communities, forming friendships, bringing down barriers.

The celebration took place on 19 October 2019 at Doncaster Dome, organised by the four South Yorkshire Music Hubs with Music in the Round. Watch our video about the concert.

Volunteer with us

There are often opportunities to volunteer with us, whether that’s helping with ticket-checking or page-turning at a concert, or helping our office staff with admin such as stuffing envelopes for mailings and adding our events to other websites.

 To find out more and sign-up, please email