Friday 17 – Saturday 25 May 2024
Our 40th Anniversary Festival has been programmed by Guest Curator cellist Steven Isserlis.
Acclaimed worldwide for his musicianship and technical mastery, Steven enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. We’re delighted and honoured that he has curated the Festival in 2024. Steven has invited Ensemble 360 and guests to celebrate the centenary year of Gabriel Fauré, one of his great musical loves.
Note from Guest Curator Steven Isserlis:
“I am delighted to return to Sheffield, and to Music in the Round, as ‘curator’ for this 40th anniversary festival.
We have plenty of musical glories in store, many connected to the music of Gabriel Fauré, who departed this earth 100 years ago.
I adore his music! It offers us a unique mixture of the sensual and the sacred, in a language of often fathomless, almost mystic beauty; as he himself put it, his aim was to offer us a glimpse of a world that is better than our own. And the glorious ecstasy of his music only increased as he grew older and frailer; as with Beethoven, his hearing impairment allowed him to discover a realm of sound hitherto undreamt-of in music. His late works seem never to touch the ground!
I also love the music of his close circle, ranging from the works of his grouchy, hilarious, uniquely talented teacher Saint-Saëns to the ground-breaking creations of his students Ravel and Enesco.
I am so grateful to the musicians of Ensemble 360 for their enthusiastic acceptance of what will be, for both performers and audiences, largely new programmes. And I look forward to seeing you there (if I happen to be facing in your direction, that is!).”
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