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May Festival 2013


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to the May Festival 2013, an unabashed celebration of British music. Music in the Round, 4th Floor, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ Tel: 0114 281 4660 | Fax: 0114 281 4661 All details are correct at time of going to press. Music in the Round reserves the right to make alterations to the programme or artists if necessary. Registered Charity No. 326811 Design by Susannah Swift Ltd 01306 640477 Printed by Axis Printing 01484 722 732 Ensemble 360 photography by Benjamin Ealovega 020 7610 9349

Resident with Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 brings together eleven worldclass musicians to form one versatile group; five string players, five wind players and a pianist. Claudia Ajmone-Marsan VIOLIN / Naomi Atherton HORN / Juliette Bausor FLUTE / Judith Busbridge VIOLA / Laurène Durantel DOUBLE BASS / Amy Harman BASSOON / Tim Horton PIANO / Matthew Hunt CLARINET / Benjamin Nabarro VIOLIN / Gemma Rosefield CELLO / Adrian Wilson OBOE

Ensemble 360

There is a proud heritage of music-making in this country that stretches back over many hundreds of years. Standards of professional and amateur performance have long been the envy of the musical world, and our music education system is unrivalled. And legions of overseas performers and composers have been drawn by the opportunities offered by the British music scene, not only to make repeated visits, but also to make our island their home. The only apparent paradox is that Britain has reputedly produced so few composers of international standing. This festival sets out to challenge this assumption by demonstrating that we are far too self-effacing when it comes to acclaiming the achievements of many outstanding British composers past and present. Ensemble 360 will once again be our expert guides through a wealth of glorious repertoire and their collaboration with tenor John Mark Ainsley will undoubtedly be a highlight. Our tribute to Benjamin Britten in his 100th anniversary year extends to his influence and legacy as our Associate Composer, Charlie Piper, introduces one of his new commissions at the Showroom Cinema. Amongst our other guests, the Avison Ensemble will portray the international vibrancy of early Georgian Britain, while the intoxicating music of Kuljit Bhamra and friends will bring a sparkling atmosphere to the party. With family concerts, talks and much more, we hope that you will join us to enjoy the many varied faces of musical Britain.

“Music does not excite until it is performed.”

Benjamin Britten


recommendations If you’re interested in attending one of our concerts but are unsure which one to choose then help is at hand! We asked the Friends of Music in the Round to vote for the pieces in the May Festival that they were most looking forward to hearing and to give a reason why. The three pieces that received the most votes are: MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) Op.26 - arr. Charlie Piper for string quintet, wind quintet and piano

"Mendelssohn is not played enough. If you have not heard his compositions before they are awesomely beautiful." See page 5 for concert details

CHARLIE PIPER New Work - for string quintet, wind quintet and piano

"Charlie Piper’s first piece for Ensemble 360, Jacaranda, was glorious, so I can’t wait to hear this piece of his for the full Ensemble." See page 26 for concert details

BRITTEN String Quartet No.3 Op.94

"Britten’s third string quartet is a late masterpiece, intimately related to his last opera, Death in Venice, so right to hear this in his centenary year." See page 18 for concert details

To read more comments made about these and other pieces in the festival visit the concert pages on our website:

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Isles of Wonder Ensemble 360 Friday 10 May, 7.45pm

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For 3 – 4 year-olds (10.30am) and 5 – 6 year-olds (11.45am)   Join workshop leader Polly Ives and Ensemble 360’s bassoonist Amy Harman and horn player Naomi Atherton for a forty-fiveminute session of percussion games, movement and song. The workshop includes music by Benjamin Britten and songs inspired by his coastal Suffolk home, the seaside, buckets and spades, fishing nets, crabs and stones! Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. To book contact Music in the Round on 0114 281 4660 or Tickets: Participating Children £6 / Accompanying Adults Free With funding from Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, Sheffield Town Trust and the Andrew McEwan Fund


Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre Saturday 11 May, 10.30am & 11.45am

Photogra pher: Dav id Shap

“What the English like is something they can beat time to, something that hits them straight on the drum of the ear.” Handel

MENDELSSOHN The Hebrides (Fingal’s Cave) Op.26 - arr. Charlie Piper for string quintet, wind quintet and piano ELGAR Romance for Bassoon and Orchestra Op.62 - arr. for bassoon and string quartet HAYDN Symphony Quintetto after Symphony No.94 Surprise - arr. Salomon for flute, string quintet and piano BEETHOVEN Variations in G on ‘See the Conqu’ring Hero Comes’ from Judas Maccabaeus (Handel) - for cello and piano STANFORD Serenade in F Op.95 Nonet - for string quintet, flute, clarinet, bassoon and horn   Our British festival opens with a concert which celebrates both native and visiting composers, starting with a timeless audience favourite inspired by the Highlands of Scotland, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides.   Haydn’s Surprise Symphony is a witty and graceful piece which owes its nickname to an unexpected moment in its famous second movement.   Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was a Dublin-born composer who lived most of his adult life in England. His glorious Serenade was enthusiastically received at its London premiere, The Times citing its “spontaneity, charm, and classical purity of structure”.

Music Box Workshops

Talk Q&A


With Dr Paul Rodmell See page 27



Birmingham Ensemble 360 Saturday 11 May, 12.45pm

DVOŘÁK Sonatina in G Op.100 - arr. Galway for flute and piano ARNOLD Divertimento for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet Op.37 ELGAR String Quartet in E minor Op.83   Dvořák visited and premiered many of his works in Birmingham. His carefree and cheerful Sonatina is one of his most popular chamber works, sharing similarities with his famous New World Symphony. Sir Malcolm Arnold was invited to write all the test pieces for the Birmingham International Wind Competition in 1966. His Divertimento’s six movements are in turn humorous, lyrical, boisterous, nostalgic, playful and serene. Perhaps this country’s quintessential composer, Elgar was the first ever professor of music at the University of Birmingham and premiered some of his more famous works there. His wife described the slow movement of this plaintive string quartet as “captured sunshine”.

“I like music but I do not in the least care to know Elgar how it is made.”

Tickets: : £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

The Silver Screen Ensemble 360 Saturday 11 May, 6.45pm

BLISS Conversations - for flute, oboe and string trio VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lake in the Mountains from 49th Parallel - for piano COATES First Meeting: Souvenir - for viola and piano BAX Quintet for Oboe and Strings WALTON Henry V Suite (extracts) - arr. Charlie Piper for string quintet, wind quintet and piano   Ensemble 360 performs a programme featuring chamber music by composers who eagerly embraced the opportunity to write for film.   Sir Arthur Bliss’s Conversations shows his characteristic inventiveness and wit. Its final movement, ‘In the Tube at Oxford Circus’, is a wonderful evocation of the hustle and bustle of London life.   Eric Coates, a distinguished professional viola player, was best-known for his irresistible light compositions. Souvenir was dedicated to his son Austin, who said of the piece, “it was so beautiful I could never forget it.”   Sir Arnold Bax’s Oboe Quintet is full of lush, orchestral string writing. He was often inspired by Britain and Ireland, and the influence of Irish folk tunes is readily apparent in this piece.   Please note this concert is approximately an hour and ten minutes in duration with no interval.   Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students


Centenaries Music in the Round marks two very important centenaries in a special event at the Showroom Cinema. Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was born on 22 November 1913 on the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music. His mother, a keen amateur singer, hoped he would – after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – become the “Fourth B”, and he did indeed become a global musical figure. In just sixty-three busy years Britten wrote some of the most appealing classical music of the twentieth century and was hailed as one of the all-time great composers.

Stainless Steel

2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered right here in Sheffield by Harry Brearley. Rust-resistant, strong and hygienic, stainless steel was a breakthrough which would revolutionise everyday life and bring Sheffield to the attention of the world.

Transformations Ensemble 360 The Showroom Cinema, Screen 4 Saturday 11 May, 8.30pm



BRITTEN Six Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 – for oboe, to a newly commissioned film Film: The Way to the Sea - music by Benjamin Britten and commentary by W H Auden c BRITTEN Sinfonietta Op.1 - for string quintet and wind quintet CHARLIE PIPER New Work to film footage from the BFI archive - for string quintet and wind quintet - world premiere   This innovative project celebrates and links the centenaries of Benjamin Britten, arguably the most important British composer of the twentieth century, and the discovery of stainless steel here in Sheffield.   a Six Metamorphoses after Ovid is a series of varying portraits with contrasting colours and moods, evoking images from Roman poet Ovid’s mythical story. Oboist Adrian Wilson has been working with a local film-maker to produce a film which reflects and responds to the transformations depicted in the six movements.   The Way to the Sea is a documentary made in 1936 about the electrification of the London b to Portsmouth railway line as part of a series of public information films with music by Britten and commentary by W H Auden.   Inspired by the highly evocative genre of film and music, our Associate Composer Charlie c Piper has been working with recently restored film footage of stainless steel production Talk Talk in the 1930s from the BFI’s (British Film Institute) archives and has visited local working steelworks as part of the research process behind the composition of his new piece.   Please note the concert is one hour in duration with no interval. Q&A Q&A Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

The performance and Q&A will be streamed live to cinemas across the country. In partnership with Showroom Workstation. With thanks to the BFI. Funded by the BrittenPears Foundation, Arts Council England and the Foyle Foundation

Generously supported by Stephen Terry.

With the composer, filmmaker and musicians See page 27


Made in Britain

Kelham Island Industrial Museum Sunday 12 May, 11am - 5pm

Join us for all things British in a unique space which embodies our industrial heritage. With performances, talks and workshops it’s an ideal day for all the family.   Explore the history of the bassoon with instruments from Museums Sheffield’s collection donated by local bassoonist John Parr, listen to some of Benjamin Britten’s most popular music, discover how steelmaking helped Sheffield forge its place in history, and enjoy Yorkshire’s longstanding love affair with brass instruments and real ale.   But most of all we celebrate Sheffield’s long tradition of amateur and professional musicmaking.   With thanks to Abbeydale Brewery.


Have a listen

Get involved

Drop in on any of these events around the museum throughout the day:

The following activities have limited places so must be booked in advance through the Music in the Round office on or 0114 281 4660.

£ An exploration of Benjamin Britten’s Metamorphoses with a newly commissioned film by a local film-maker and oboist Adrian Wilson £ A Bring and Play ensemble performance with Ensemble 360 £ Short, informal performances by talented local musicians

Take a break

£ 11.15am, 12.30pm & 1.45pm: Drumming workshops with Unbeatable Energy £ 2.45pm: Family workshop led by Polly Ives with Ensemble 360 clarinetist Matthew Hunt – an interactive and entertaining exploration of Paul Patterson’s music featuring a mixed-up jigsaw version of Rule Britannia that perfectly introduces the 4pm concert. £ 2.45pm: Ensemble 360 bassoonist Amy Harman explores the history of the bassoon, featuring instruments donated to Museums Sheffield by local bassoonist and railway employee John Parr.

£ Bring and Play with Ensemble 360 - If you’re a string player Grade 5+ (or equivalent) come and join members of Ensemble 360 and other amateur musicians to learn and perform £ Indulge in afternoon tea at Little Mesters café Britten’s Simple Symphony. All you need is your instrument and lots of enthusiasm! There will be a rehearsal on the Tickets: Activities on the day (excluding the 4pm day before an informal performance at 1.30pm, and concert) are FREE with museum entry paid on the day you’ll receive free entry to the event. (£4.50 /£3.50 Concessions £3.50 / Accompanied Children Under 16 FREE) £ Get a taste for some local real ale with Abbeydale Brewery



The Combination Ensemble 360 Kelham Island Industrial Museum Sunday 12 May, 4pm

HOLST Wind Quintet in A flat Op.14 ROSSINI Sonata for Wind Quartet No.4 in B flat PAUL PATTERSON “Lazy Lawrence” from Westerly Winds Op.84 - for wind quintet ARNOLD Fantasy for Bassoon Op.86 PAUL PATTERSON Comedy for Five Winds Op.14 JIM PARKER “Les Animaux” from Mississippi Five - for wind quintet   Continuing our celebration of John Parr and the bassoon, Ensemble 360 performs a concert in the spirit of Parr’s long-running Sheffield chamber music concert series - for which his wind ensemble The Combination performed - including Sir Malcolm Arnold’s virtuosic showpiece Fantasy for Bassoon.   The score of Holst’s Wind Quintet was lost for half a century, and only fully restored last year. It is written in a late-Romantic, pastoral style.   We also hear two pieces by Chesterfield-born composer Paul Patterson: the short fantasia “Lazy Lawrence”, based on a Dorset folk tune, and his humorous pastiche Comedy for Five Winds.   Concert Ticket (including day activities - see page 12 - and entry to the museum): £14.50 / £10.50 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students Available in advance from Sheffield Theatres box office or on the door at Kelham Island Industrial Museum on the day.

“The laboratory, recognising itself as the servant of industrial art, should shine to prove that science in indeed organised common sense.” Harry Brearley


Welcome to Sheffield

Ensemble 360 & Viv McLean PIANO Monday 13 May, 12.45pm

KREISLER Praeludium and Allegro - for violin and piano RACHMANINOV Vocalise Op.34 No.14 - arr. for alto saxophone and piano PAGANINI Variations on “O mamma, mamma cara” from The Carnival of Venice Op.10 - arr. for violin and piano BUSONI Toccata - for piano LISZT Tristia - Vallée d’Obermann - for violin, cello and piano   All the composers featured in this programme performed in Sheffield; Kreisler in 1908, Rachmaninov many times between 1914 and 1939, Paganini in 1832 and 1833, Busoni in 1901, and Liszt in 1840.   Virtuoso violinist and composer Fritz Kreisler composed this piece “in the style of Pugnani”, an eighteenth-century Italian composer. Kreisler at first said that he had found an unpublished manuscript and modernised it, but eventually admitted that he had composed it himself, which caused considerable controversy at the time!   Rachmaninov’s Vocalise is incredibly expressive, with a soaring and enchanting melody. Originally written for voice and piano, it is most often heard in its instrumental arrangements. This one for alto saxophone is played here by Ensemble 360’s Matthew Hunt. Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Bennett and his Admirers

Ensemble 360 & Peter Cropper VIOLIN & VIOLA Monday 13 May, 7.45pm SCHUMANN Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat Op.47 BENNETT Chamber Trio in A Op.26 - for violin, cello and piano MENDELSSOHN String Quintet in A Op.18   Music in the Round’s co-founder and The Lindsays’ leader Peter Cropper joins Ensemble 360 for a concert which celebrates Sheffield-born composer Sir William Sterndale Bennett and two of his great admirers, Schumann and Mendelssohn.   Bennett was the pre-eminent British composer of his generation. Written at the climax of a brief creative period, this delightful piece possesses a flavour of Mendelssohn. Following a concert featuring the Briton’s music, Mendelssohn invited him to a music festival in Düsseldorf. Bennett asked, “May I come to be your pupil” and Mendelssohn replied, “No, no. You must come to be my friend”.   Written in his “chamber music year”, Schumann’s Piano Quartet has an infectious youthful energy, and an achingly beautiful slow movement. Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students This concert is generously supported by Maurice and Sheila Millward



With Angus Smith See page 27



“Were there many artists like Sterndale Bennett all fears for the future progress of our art would be silenced.” Schumann Robert


Scottish Influence

Ensemble 360 & Viv McLean PIANO Tuesday 14 May, 12.45pm

“Music is the best means we have of digesting time.” W.H. Auden

CHOPIN Two Nocturnes Op.55 - for piano JUDITH WEIR Mountain Airs - for flute, oboe and clarinet JAMES MACMILLAN Memento - for string quartet MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D Minor Op.49   Leading pianist Viv McLean joins Ensemble 360 for a concert celebrating music written in, and inspired by, Scotland.   Scottish folk music has often inspired Judith Weir, and Mountain Airs is, according to the composer, “a free adaptation of two traditional Scottish melodies.”   Scottish composer James MacMillan’s Memento for string quartet is a tender and delicate piece based on Gaelic lament music and Hebridean psalm-singing.   Mendelssohn famously visited Scotland in 1829 and the impression made on him by the scenery was to remain with him throughout his life. His Op.49 is one of the most popular pieces in chamber music repertoire – passionate, flamboyant and full of rhythmic energy. Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Masters and Pupils Ensemble 360 Tuesday 14 May, 7.45pm

IRELAND Phantasie-Trio in A minor - for violin, cello and piano BRIDGE Quintet for Piano and Strings in D minor STANFORD Fantasy in A minor - for horn and string quartet BRITTEN String Quartet No.3 Op.94   John Ireland was just one of a distinguished list of composers who studied with Stanford that includes Vaughan Williams, Holst, Bridge and Coleridge-Taylor. Ireland’s passionate Phantasie-Trio was written for a competition, at which the piece took second place after a work by Bridge, whose Piano Quintet is written in his early, Romantic style.   Bridge’s sole composition pupil was Benjamin Britten, whose final string quartet is full of powerful, emotional undercurrents. Created in an arch-like structure, each of its five movements possesses a distinct character. Britten biographer Philip Brett said of the piece it is “as profound a work as Britten ever wrote”. Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students See page 3



With Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University See page 27




Spark of Heaven Ensemble 360 Wednesday 15 May, 12.45pm

BAX Sonata for Clarinet and Piano HARRISON BIRTWISTLE Trio - for violin, cello and piano BRUCH 8 Pieces Op.83 (excerpts) - for clarinet, viola and piano HOWELLS Rhapsodic Quintet Op.31 - for clarinet and string quartet   This lunchtime concert is packed with rhapsodic, lyrical and luscious sounds, starting with Bax’s elegiac Clarinet Sonata, dedicated to a fellow cricketer and amateur musician Hugh Prew.   Despite being written at a time when many composers were experimenting with modernism, Bruch’s 8 Pieces are Romantic in style, possessing a luscious, rich and lyrical sound.   Birtwistle’s elegiac Trio will come as a surprise to many who know his incendiary large-scale works. This is a traditional piece that juxtaposes elemental and simple ideas.   Herbert Howells described his Rhapsodic Quintet as having a “mystic quality”. It is an evocative and poetic piece which closes in serene beauty.

world “(Bax) seemed not to belong to this gic but always to be gazing though the maod and casements or wandering in the shy wo rk of Wychwood bowers waiting for the spa Ralph Vaughan Williams heaven to fall.”

Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Baroque Britain

Avison Ensemble Wednesday 15 May, 7.45pm

LOCKE Suite in G from The Broken Consort Part 1 PURCELL Sonata No.3 in D minor from Sonnata’s of 3 Parts HANDEL Keyboard Suite in F HWV 427 MARZIS Sonata for Cello in F AVISON Trio Sonata in D Op.1 No.6 GEMINIANI Trio Sonata No.2 in D minor VERACINI Violin Sonata in C Op.1 No.9 HANDEL Trio Sonata in G Op.5 No.4   We are delighted to welcome the Avison Ensemble, one of the country’s foremost period instrument ensembles, to perform a programme of music by the leading composers working in Britain in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. England, and particularly London, was a magnet for foreign musicians, and concert audiences flocked to hear the latest musical styles as they arrived from continental Europe.   Handel dominated the music scene, but Pasqualino de Marzis and Francesco Maria Veracini were just two of many itinerant musicians who came to London in the eighteenth century. The group’s namesake, Charles Avison, studied in London with Francesco Geminiani, an Italian composer who lived in London for much of his compositional career, before going on to become England’s most prolific producer of Concerti Grossi and running an extremely successful and long-lived concert series in his home town of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Pavlo Beznosiuk VIOLIN Caroline Balding VIOLIN Richard Tunnicliffe CELLO Roger Hamilton HARPSICHORD

Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students


Tears, Joy & Passion Ensemble 360 Thursday 16 May, 12.45pm

“The English may not likelove music, but they absolutely the noise it makes.” Sir Thomas Beecham

BRITTEN Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of John Dowland Op.48 - for viola and piano J C BACH Quartet for Oboe and Strings in B flat VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Quintet in C minor For violin, viola, cello, double bass and piano   In the 450th anniversary year of the birth of John Dowland, Ensemble 360 performs Britten’s atmospheric and suspenseful Lachrymae, meaning Tears, based on a song by the great Renaissance composer.   Johann Christian Bach was the youngest son of Johann Sebastian. His reputation in Milan as a composer of Italian opera led to an invitation to London, where he enjoyed royal patronage and huge public success. His jovial Oboe Quartet was originally written as a string quartet for a set commission by French publishers Sieber.   Vaughan Williams’s expressive and passionate Quintet in C minor, originally withdrawn but reinstated by his widow Ursula after the composer’s death, opens with a grand, sweeping statement reminiscent of Brahms. Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Celebrating Britten John Mark Ainsley & Ensemble 360 Thursday 16 May, 7.45pm

BRITTEN Canticle I: My beloved is mine Op.40 BRITTEN Winter Words: Lyrics and Ballads of Thomas Hardy Op.52 BRITTEN Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain - the Raids, 1940, Night and Dawn Op.55 BUTTERWORTH With rue my heart is laden JAMES MACMILLAN The Children IRELAND The Cost E J MOERAN Twilight BRIDGE Journey’s End FINZI Fear no more the heat o’ the sun Op.18 No.3 VAUGHAN WILLIAMS On Wenlock Edge   We are delighted to welcome internationally renowned tenor John Mark Ainsley in a recital featuring pieces with horn, string quartet and piano. Few singers can match his combination of intensity and sheer beauty of tone, while his performances of music by Britten have attracted worldwide acclaim.   Here John Mark performs three songs by Britten, whose centenary we celebrate this year, alongside pieces by fellow British composers, including Vaughan Williams’s great song cycle On Wenlock Edge. Its unusual scoring for tenor, piano and string quartet is used to evoke vivid imagery from its text, A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad. It is in this piece that Vaughan Williams truly found his individual voice, and it is an outstanding contribution to English song.   Lucy Walker Talk With Dr. Talk Talk 27 Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / Talk See page £5 Under 18s & Students


With John Mark Ainsley and Angus Smith See page 27



Local Heroes Ensemble 360 Friday 17 May, 12.45pm

STANFORD Clarinet Sonata Op.129 BENNETT Sextet in F sharp minor Op.8 - for string quintet and piano   Ensemble 360 performs pieces by two composers who were championed by contemporary writers and audiences as the composers who would propel British music to the main stage and who would take their place alongside the greats of European music.   The first major British composer to write for solo clarinet, Stanford was much admired by George Bernard Shaw. His Clarinet Sonata has echoes of Brahms, but also shows influence from his home country of Ireland in its affecting slow movement entitled “Caoine”, an Irish lament.   Mendelssohn declared Sir William Sterndale Bennett, who was born here in Sheffield, “the most promising young musician I know”, and Schumann wrote of him, “Were there many artists like Bennett, all fears for the future progress of our art would be silenced.” Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

East Meets West

Ensemble 360 & Jonathan Mayer SITAR Friday 17 May, 7pm

ELGAR Violin Sonata in E minor Op.82 ELGAR Quartet for Oboe and Strings FOULDS Essays in the Modes Op.78 (extracts) - for piano DOWLAND Dr Case’s Pavan - arr. Mayer for sitar WALTON Quartet for Piano and Strings   In the first part of this double bill, Ensemble 360 extends the festival’s British theme to include works and composers associated with the days of the British Empire. Debate continues over much of Elgar’s work – overtly jingoistic or merely patriotic? – but there is no doubting the fascination for India held by his contemporary, the extraordinary maverick genius John Foulds. His evocative setting of South Indian Ragas is here complemented by a short celebration of Dowland’s 450th anniversary on one of the oldest members of the guitar family, the sitar.

Please note the concert is one hour in duration with no interval. Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

The Southall Story

Kuljit Bhamra, Ensemble 360 & Friends Friday 17 May, 9pm

Programme to include: KULJIT BHAMRA Quartet for Tabla and Strings FOULDS Essays in the Modes Op.78 (extracts) – for piano SHAHID’S SONGBOOK A selection from this outstanding young star’s amazing collection   Late 1970s West London was the setting for a remarkable explosion of cultural activity in film, dance and music as, against the backdrop of tense political times, the British Asian community unleashed a wave of irresistible artistic expression. The outstanding composer, producer and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra charts a course from classical Indian music to east/west musical collaborations, with generous helpings of Bollywood and Bhangra along the way!

Please note the concert is one hour in duration with no interval. Tickets: £10 / £7 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

Kuljit Bhamra TABLA Shahid Khan VOICE Jonathan Mayer SITAR Ensemble 360

Ticket price for 9pm concert includes a free samosa (before the concert)


Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Family Concert Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives Saturday 18 May, 12.45pm

Age 5+ Inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland, Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives present a concert of live music, curious rhymes, nonsense and lots of laughs.

d?” “Do you think I’ve gone round the ben, “I’m afraid so. You’re mad, bonkers completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

Join in with a tea pot dance, solve the Queen of Hearts’ riddles alongside Paul Patterson’s Comedy for Five Winds, and sing the White Rabbit’s song and Mock Turtle’s Lament. Hear Benjamin Britten’s Two Insect Pieces, Martin Butler’s The Pig from Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, extracts from Charlie Piper’s Jacaranda and Haydn’s Surprise Symphony. Bring along a mad hat! Cupcakes will be on sale in the foyer. Tickets: £10/ £7 Disabled & Unemployed/ £5 Under 18s and Students

Not the Last Night of the Proms

Ensemble 360 Saturday 18 May, 7.45pm

ELGAR Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor Op.84 THOMAS ADÈS Catch Op.4 - for clarinet, violin, cello and piano ARNE Trio Sonata No.2 in G - for violin, viola and cello BEETHOVEN Five Variations on ‘Rule Britannia’ in D – for piano PARRY Two Intermezzi - for violin, viola and cello ARNOLD Three Shanties Op.4 - for wind quintet CHARLIE PIPER New Work - for string quintet, wind quintet and piano - world premiere   Ensemble 360 concludes the Festival with a celebration of that well-loved British music-making tradition: The Last Night of the Proms … with a twist.   Some of Elgar, Arne and Parry’s most famous songs are played at every Last Night of the Proms, but tonight we hear a different side to these composers. Also traditionally heard is a contemporary piece, so Ensemble 360 performs Thomas Adès’s theatrical and atmospheric Catch, featuring some surprising performance elements from clarinetist Matthew Hunt.   ‘Rule Britannia’ is a well-loved part of the evening, and tonight we hear Beethoven’s variations on the theme. Arnold’s witty Shanties are performed as a playful alternative to Henry Wood’s Sea Songs.   Our Associate Composer Charlie Piper finishes the evening with a concoction of traditional Proms pieces to end the Festival with a bang! Tickets: £15 / £10 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students This concert is generously supported by Kate Dugdale

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Talks & Q&As Friday 10 May, 6.45pm Pre-concert Talk: Dr. Paul Rodmell from the University of Birmingham explores the position of music and musicians in nineteenth-century Britain.

By D.H. Lawrence

Now is the best time to support us. Every donation we receive before June 2014 will be matched £1 for £1 by Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme, and if we can claim Gift Aid on your donation, it also increases by 25% making a donation of £50 worth £112.50 to us.

Saturday 11 May, after the late evening concert Post-concert Q&A: Composer, film-maker and musician come together to answer your questions on the evening’s performance. Monday 13 May, 6.45pm Pre-concert Talk: Angus Smith shares some of the stories he has unearthed while researching Sheffield’s music history for this year’s festival.

Wed 27 February Sat 23 March

Tuesday 14 May, 6.45pm Pre-concert Talk: Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University explores late nineteenthand early twentieth-century British music including the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and John Ireland.

One of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, by the author of Sons and Lovers.

Thursday 16 May, 6.45pm Pre-concert Talk: Dr. Lucy Walker, Director of Learning and Development at the Britten-Pears Foundation, discusses Britten’s attraction to particular texts and poets, with specific reference to pieces performed in tonight’s concert.

Tickets from £10.00

Thursday 16 May, after the evening concert Post-concert Q&A: A chance to ask John Mark Ainsley your questions.

Crucible Theatre Box Office 0114 249 6000

Cast includes

Lynda Baron

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g Venue and bookin information Crucible Studio Theatre 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 1DA Seating Areas: All seats are unreserved, but please specify which area you wish to sit in when booking, i.e. stage level, tier one or tier two. Drinks: You may take drinks purchased from the Crucible bars into our concerts in plastic glasses which can be provided by Sheffield Theatres staff. Access: The Crucible Studio offers easy access for wheelchair users although spaces are limited; please inform the box office at the time of booking if you require a wheelchair space. For blue badge holders, spaces are available in the Q-Park, NCP car park, and outside the theatre on Surrey Street and Norfolk Street. Parking: There is a 24-hour Q-Park car park on Charles Street, which offers discounted parking for theatre-goers. Please ask a member of the Sheffield Theatres team for a voucher to get your first hour free.

Public Transport: The nearest bus stops are on Arundel Gate (50m) and High Street (300m). There are two Supertram stops in close proximity to the theatres: Castle Square and Cathedral (400m).

Latecomers: The auditorium will open 30 minutes before the advertised start time (15 minutes for pre-concert talks). Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

Showroom Workstation Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX Seating Areas: All seats are unreserved. Access: All public areas of the Showroom Cinema are fully accessible to people using wheelchairs. Please notify the box office when booking tickets if you require a wheelchair space within the cinema. Parking: Showroom Cinema goers receive 50% discount for Q-Park car park, Charles Street. Collect your exit voucher with your ticket from the Showroom box office. Disabled car parking is available on Paternoster Row outside the cinema. A sloped ramp leads to the main entrance. Public Transport: The Showroom Workstation is 5 minutes’ walk from the train station and 10 minutes’ walk from the main bus interchange. Several bus services operate along Paternoster Row and Arundel Gate.

Kelham Island Industrial Museum Alma Street(off Corporation Street), Sheffield S3 8RY Seating Areas: All seats are unreserved. Access: The museum offers full Disabled access. Parking: Free parking is available at the museum. Public Transport: Kelham Island Museum is just a short walk from Shalesmoor Tramstop or a ten minute walk from Cathedral and the buses serving Kelham Island are the 11, 12, 14, 17, 53, 57, 57A, 58, 66, 77 and 78. To plan your journey visit

Booking Your Tickets

0114 249 6000 In person at The Crucible box office Opening Hours Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm On non-performance days the box office closes at 6pm. Booking Fees All bookings made at the box office excluding cash are subject to a £1.50 booking fee. Bookings made online are subject to a £1.50 fee. Booking Dates Booking for Friends opens on Saturday 26 January. During this period please use the Friends booking form.

Tickets at this time are limited to two per Friend per event / four per event for Joint Friends. General booking opens on Saturday 2 February. For more information on Friends of Music in the Round visit the Support Us section of our website. Concessions Concessions are available upon proof of status for people with disabilities, those registered unemployed, students and under 18s. Prices are indicated on each concert page. Re-Sales If the event is sold out Sheffield Theatres will endeavour to re-sell your tickets on your behalf at a charge of £1 per ticket. Ensemble 360: Transformations on Saturday 11 May, 8.30pm takes place at the Showroom Workstation. Tickets can be booked via Sheffield Theatres subject to a 10% booking fee. Alternatively, tickets are available in advance or on the door at the Showroom. Please visit www., call 0114 275 7727 or buy in person at the Showroom box office. A £1 booking fee applies for telephone and internet sales. Made in Britain on Sunday 12 May takes place at Kelham Island Industrial Museum. All activities except the concert are free with your museum entry. Concert tickets (including entry to the museum) are available in advance from the Sheffield Theatres box office subject to a 10% fee.



Talk Friday 10 May, 7.45pm Q&A Saturday 11 May, 10.30am & 11.45am Saturday 11 May, 12.45pm Talk Saturday Talk 11 May, 6.45pm Q&A Saturday Q&A 11 May, 8.30pm Sunday 12 May Sunday 12 May, 4pm Monday 13 May, 12.45pm Talk Monday Talk 13 May, 7.45pm Q&A Tuesday Q&A 14 May, 12.45pm Talk Tuesday Talk 14 May, 7.45pm Q&A Wednesday Q&A 15 May, 12.45pm Wednesday 15 May, 7.45pm Talk Thursday Talk 16 May, 12.45pm Q&A Q&A TalkThursday 16 May, 7.45pm Q&AFriday 17 May, 12.45pm Friday 17 May, 7pm Friday 17 May, 9pm Saturday 18 May, 12.45pm Saturday 18 May, 7.45pm Talk

Ensemble 360: Isles of Wonder


Talk Q&A

Music Box Workshops Ensemble 360: Birmingham Ensemble 360: The Silver Screen Ensemble 360: Transformations Made in Britain Ensemble 360: The Combination Ensemble 360: Welcome to Sheffield Ensemble 360 & Peter Cropper: Bennett and his Admirers Ensemble 360: Scottish Influence Ensemble 360: Masters and Pupils Ensemble 360: Spark of Heaven Avison Ensemble: Baroque Britain Ensemble 360: Tears, Joy & Passion John Mark Ainsley & Ensemble 360: Celebrating Britten Ensemble 360: Local Heroes Ensemble 360 & Jonathan Mayer: East Meets West Kuljit Bhamra, Ensemble 360 & Friends: The Southall Story Ensemble 360 & Polly Ives: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party Ensemble 360: Not the Last Night of the Proms

Music in the Round is enormously grateful to all its funders, sponsors, supporters and Friends, without whom this programme of activity would not be possible. Funders: Arts Council England Mayfield Valley Arts Trust Sheffield City Council The Lindsay Foundation Foyle Foundation The Andrew McEwan Fund Britten-Pears Foundation Lifelong Patrons: John Cowling | Kate Dugdale David Megginson & Vivien Whitaker | Maurice & Sheila Millward | Alan & Ellen Reid

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