Tuesday 20 July 2021

Music in the Round announces new concert series in Sheffield with Ensemble 360 and guests

Music in the Round's Ensemble 360 at the Crucible, Sheffield
Music in the Round's Ensemble 360 at the Crucible, Sheffield

Before the world changed in 2020, I had plans to combine a visit to Opera North with my first trip to hear Music in the Round's Ensemble 360 at its home in Sheffield's Crucible Theatre as part of the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. It wasn't to be.

But, after over a year away from live audiences, Music in the Round has announced a new concert series in Sheffield. Violist Ruth Gibson and pianist Tim Horton, of Ensemble 360, launch the new series on Friday 6 August, with performances at 1pm and 7pm in the city’s Upper Chapel, where concerts will remain socially-distanced. 

Then on 13 August, there is a chance to hear pianist Libby Burgess in Bach's '48' the Well-Tempered Clavier. Burgess is performing the 48 movements in each of the 48 ceremonial counties of England during 2021, so her performances in Sheffield represent the South Yorkshire stage of her marathon run of concerts. 

The 48 concerts are part of a fundraising initiative by Libby Burgess, raising money for four musical charities, inspired by Bach’s comment that the Well-Tempered Clavier was written “for the benefit and use of the musical youth eager to learn, as well as for the special pastime of those already skilful in this study”. The four charities are: Help Musicians, Youth Music, Future Talent and Live Music Now. More details at the Bach 48 Project website.

Further ahead, Music in the Round's concert series includes Beethoven’s string quartets performed by Ensemble 360, and the Leonore Piano Trio starting their new cycle of concerts focusing on Romantic piano trios. In November, baritone Roderick Williams performs songs based on Thomas Hardy poems, and guitarist Craig Ogden teams up with classical accordionist Miloš Milivojević. Other performers include pianist Tim Horton in preludes by Chopin and Debussy, jazz pianist Julian Joseph, and Ensemble 360 returns with Bartók’s First Violin Sonata and Ligeti’s Horn Trio.

Full details from Music in the Round's website.

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