Thursday, 14 May 2020

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival at home

Ensemble 360 at Crucible Theatre, Sheffied (Photo Music in the Round)
Ensemble 360 at Crucible Theatre, Sheffied (Photo Music in the Round)
This week was supposed to be the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, presented by Music in the Round at the Crucible Theatre; it would have been the 36th festival. Nothing daunted, Music in the Round is presenting a two-day on-line festival, Sheffield Chamber Music Festival at home (#SCMFhome) with a dozen specially curated performances, talks and family events, on the Music in the Round YouTube channel over two days on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 May.

Musician's from the resident Ensemble 360, will be bringing people closer to the music by inviting them (virtually!) into their own homes. They’ll perform a wide variety of classical music, from Bach and Britten to Biber and Bartok, each performance introduced with some informal chat about the music (just as they would on stage). There will also be guest artists, some of whom were also due to perform in the nine-day Festival, including guitarist Craig Ogden, accordion player Milos Milivojevic, video content from Gavin Bryars, and a set from folk musicians Fay Hield and Rob Harbron.

For families, there is the chance to a recording of Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom, based on the hugely popular children’s book by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul. Taken from one of Music in the Round’s relaxed concerts for children aged 3 – 7 years, with presenter Polly Ives and Ensemble 360, this was originally live-streamed to Sheffield Children’s Hospital in November last year, and will be publicly available for the first time.

Full details from Music in the Round's website.

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