Friday 23 April 2021

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2021

Ensemble 360 filmed at Crucible Theatre by Soundhouse Media
Ensemble 360 filmed at Crucible Theatre by Soundhouse Media

Last year, I was supposed to make my first visit to the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, which takes place each year in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, organised by Music in the Round and featuring Ensemble 360 as its resident ensemble. In the event, the festival took place on-line with musicians performing in their own homes. This year's festival is also taking place on-line, from 11 to 15 May 2021, but with the important difference that the musicians will be performing together in the Crucible Studio (without an audience).

The programme will feature musicians from Ensemble 360 alongside guests Paul Lewis, the Doric String Quartet and Concerteenies with Polly Ives in 20 specially curated performances, talks and family events premiering over 5 days. Taking advantage of the on-line format, the festival will present a mixture of live-streamed performances and pre-recorded ones, taking recordings from Music in the Round's regular tour venues,  Cast in Doncaster, Emmanuel Church in Barnsley and The Guildhall in Portsmouth as well as the Crucible Studio, with some concerts being filmed with cutting-edge 360° camera technology.

The Doric String Quartet will be performing Bartok and Schubert, whilst Paul Lewis' recital includes music by Mozart and Schubert. There is also a focus on Stravinsky in this anniversary year. Alongside music by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorak, Bartok and Britten there are works by Reinecke, Amy Beach, York Bowen, Finzi, Bax, Howells, Coleridge Taylor, Sally Beamish.

Full details from Music in the Round's website.

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