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Spring Concerts 2015

Music in Sheffield

Spring

2015 World-class music, world-class musicians

Presented in association with Sheffield Theatres, the home of Music in the Round Box Office 0114 249 6000


Ensemble 360

Welcome

- international musicians, on your doorstep Resident in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round, Ensemble 360 brings together world-class musicians to form one versatile group. The Ensemble are: Claudia Ajmone-Marsan VIOLIN / Naomi Atherton HORN / Juliette Bausor FLUTE / Laurène Durantel DOUBLE BASS / Amy Harman BASSOON / Matthew Hunt CLARINET / Tim Horton PIANO / Benjamin Nabarro VIOLIN / Gemma Rosefield CELLO / Adrian Wilson OBOE / Ensemble 360 will be joined by guest violists across the season.

“international musicians, brimming with body and soul, with passion, vitality and virtuosity, whose performances never cease to amaze”

The Independent

We are delighted to present a Spring series packed with wonderful concerts and events for music-lovers of all ages. The programme reflects the great range of music we embrace, from the small, intensely intimate works that afford a deeply profound listening experience in the Crucible Theatre Studio, to the exuberant and dynamic pieces that feature in programmes for all the family when we take over the Crucible’s main stage for the whole day on 24th January, including a ‘Pay What You Want’ concert to which we encourage you to bring as many friends and family members as you like. We are thrilled that we will be joined for recitals by internationally renowned pianist Melvyn Tan, La Serenissima – with the beautiful surroundings of St Marie’s Cathedral to complement their glorious Venetian Baroque programme – and the Benyounes Quartet, who are participating in our Exploring Haydn festival. The events packed into this weekend offer a great platform for Ensemble 360 and guest speakers to illustrate the many and varied reasons why Haydn is often considered to have been the most progressive and influential composer of all. With this Spring series, we reach the final concerts of both Tim Horton’s and the Elias String Quartet’s wonderful complete cycles of Beethoven’s piano sonatas and string quartets. But please do not despair – we have an exciting ‘plan of succession’ in place with concerts that will launch a compelling new series commencing in the Autumn!

Music in the Round, 4th Floor, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ Tel: 0114 281 4660 info@musicintheround.co.uk 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 info@susannahswift.co.uk Printed by Axis Printing 01484 722732 Ensemble 360 photography by Benjamin Ealovega 020 7610 9349

Angus Smith, Artistic Director

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Our ‘Pay What You Want’ concert on 24th January is just that! Book a ticket for just 1p* and then on the night, donate whatever you feel you can afford, or whatever you think the experience was worth. Please note that the standard transaction fee applies to this concert unless you pay in cash at the Sheffield Theatres box office.

£5 Tickets for First Time Bookers If you’ve never been to one of our concerts before, then you can enjoy your first performance for just £5. A maximum of two tickets can be purchased per household. Offer only available in person or by phone through the Sheffield Theatres box office. £5 Tickets for Under 35s If you’re under 35, then you’re eligible for a FREE U35 card, which enables you to see Music in the Round concerts for just £5. For more details visit www.musicintheround.co.uk/U35. Family Tickets Family groups of four (to include at least 2 under18s) can save 10% on tickets; in advance only. Please note that the First Time Bookers, Under 35s Tickets and Family Tickets offers are not available for Sheffield Jazz concerts.

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Save money with a concert subscription. 14 concerts*: £120 / £84 Unemployed & Disabled Any 6 concerts**: £60 / £50 Unemployed & Disabled * The 14-concert subscription covers our entire Sheffield spring series held at the Crucible Studio, Upper Chapel and St Marie’s Cathedral, excluding the two Sheffield Jazz concerts, the Family and ‘Pay What You Want’ concerts on 24 Jan, and the backstage tours on 28 Feb. **The 6-concert subscription can include any of our lunchtime and evening concerts held at the Crucible Studio, Upper Chapel and St Marie’s Cathedral, except the two Sheffield Jazz concerts, the Family and ‘Pay what you Want’ concerts on 24 Jan and the backstage tours on 28 Feb. Please note that all tickets within a subscription must be purchased in one transaction and you must state which concerts you wish to attend. Subscriptions cannot include more than one ticket for each concert.

HAYDN FESTIVAL WEEKEND PASS - Fri 27th Feb to Sun 1st Mar A single price ticket giving access to 2 evening and 3 daytime concerts, the symposium and the lecture-concert over the Festival Weekend (but not including backstage tours) £60 (saving £15) £42 Disabled and Unemployed (saving £10+) £12 Under 18s and Students (saving £20+) * A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings (excluding cash) for events at the Crucible. The fee remains the same irrespective of the number of tickets you purchase. Any bookings that include events at Upper Chapel or St Marie’s Cathedral are instead subject to an alternative transaction fee of 10%, which is applied only to tickets for events not held at the Crucible Studio and is instead of the £1.50 (£1.00 online) fee outlined above.

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THIS SPRING, MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Monday 16 – Wednesday 18 February String Project Sheffield Music Hub leads holiday courses three times a year for musicians aged 5-18 from across South Yorkshire. Our collaboration with the Hub continues this year as we work with the Maxwell String Quartet to coach, rehearse and perform alongside 250 young string players on the half-term course. The Maxwell Quartet, comprising four Scottish musicians who met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2010, see education as a vital part of their music-making and run an extensive programme of workshops, lecturerecitals, and other work. See www.maxwellstringquartet.com/education.

Saturday 4 April, 10.30am, 11.45am and 1pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Music Box Workshops Wednesday 25 March PowerPlus This unique, ground-breaking composition project, run in partnership with Sheffield Music Hub, is led by members of Ensemble 360 and Robin McEwan. It offers GCSE composition students the chance to develop, workshop, and record their pieces in a professional environment. Through this project, Ensemble 360 gives over 140 world premieres each year! On 25 March, students from schools from across Sheffield come together with Robin, Ensemble 360, and sound engineer Shaun Trotter for a day-long recording session. Robin McEwan won an award for PowerPlus in the School, Care and Voluntary Community category of Sheffield City Council’s Celebration of Success Awards in 2009.

10.30am: 3-4 year olds 11.45am: 4-5 year olds 1pm: 3-6 year olds Join workshop leader Polly Ives, singer/songwriter Vanessa Johnson, and guitarist Susannah Tooze for a 45-minute workshop exploring percussion and action songs, a musical story and listening up close. Highly interactive and great fun! Places for participating children £6 / FREE for accompanying adults With funding from Mayfield Valley Arts Trust and Andrew McEwan Fund SEE ALSO: Crazy Creatures family concert on page 10 and Meet the Composer: Haydn schools concert on page 13.

For more information about the String Project, and to make bookings for yourself or your young players, visit www.musicintheround.co.uk. To find out more about these projects, or to book, please go to www.musicintheround.co.uk or contact Fraser in the office at fraser@musicintheround.co.uk, or on 0114 281 4660

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Friday 16 January & Tuesday 3 March, 7.30pm Upper Chapel Elias String Quartet BEETHOVEN (Friday 16 January) Quartet in A Op.18 No.5 Quartet in C Op.59 No.3 Razumovsky Quartet in C sharp minor Op.131

Friday 16 January, 7.30pm Crucible Theatre, Studio John Taylor’s New Group

BEETHOVEN (Tuesday 3 March) Quartet in B flat Op.18 No.6 Quartet in E minor Op.59 No.2 Razumovsky Quartet in F Op.135 The Elias String Quartet presents the final two instalments of their compelling and dramatic presentation of the complete Beethoven string quartets. At the heart of each concert lies one of the masterly Razumovsky quartets, works which, as one writer said, “catapulted the quartet genre into the new revolutionary domain…with the Third Symphony, the Appassionata Sonata and the opera Leonore.” Musicians of the day reacted angrily to the quartets, complaining that they “were not music” and that the scores were a waste of money. Beethoven responded with the words: “They are not for you; they are for a later age.”

“A final thought. Regardless of whether Beethoven intended Op.135 to be his final statement or not, I find it hard to see it as anything other than profound. It gives an impression of being between this life and the next and what better way to go than with a bang?” MARTIN SAVING, ELIAS STRING QUARTET

Sara Bitlloch VIOLIN Donald Grant VIOLIN Martin Saving VIOLA Marie Bitlloch CELLO

Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Senior Citizens, Unemployed / £5 Under 18s & Students

John Taylor PIANO & ARRANGEMENTS Julian Siegel SAXOPHONES & BASS CLARINET Diana Torto VOCALS

The collaboration between Diana Torto and John Taylor, born ten years ago, has gradually developed to a perfect balance where the blend of both artists and music is beautifully defined. The invitation to extend the duo to a trio, asking leading British saxophonist Julian Siegel to join them in a new band, was made naturally by John after a few recent concerts together. The main feature of their music-making is the incredibly sensitive and responsive interplay where each single nuance creates a new episode in their musical kaleidoscope. The repertoire is based on John Taylor’s arrangements of Paul McCartney songs, together with his own compositions and those of other contemporary composers. Tickets: £15 / £12 Senior Citizens, Unemployed & Students / £3 Under 16s A Sheffield Jazz concert

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Tickets: FREE - please book via the box office

Tuesday 20 January, 7.15pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Melvyn Tan PIANO JS BACH English Suite No.2 in A minor VARIOUS Variations for Judith: short reflections on Bist du bei mir, GH Stölzel arr. JS Bach (selected movements) JOHN FIELD Two Nocturnes CHOPIN Three Nocturnes Op.9 LISZT Three Concert Studies CHOPIN Scherzo in B flat minor Op.20 Melvyn is a regular performer at the finest concert halls around the world and at festivals such as Salzburg and Edinburgh. Reviews unanimously acknowledge his scintillating virtuosity, yet they also praise his exquisitely balanced clarity and lyricism, and his refinement and grace. Melvyn’s beautifully balanced programme includes wonderful pieces by Bach, Chopin and Liszt, plus a rare opportunity to hear the music of the Russian-based Irish composer John Field. At the heart of the programme lies a series of short ‘meditations’ – Variations for Judith – composed by some of Britain’s finest living composers, including Michael Berkeley, Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Dove, Thea Musgrave, Tarik O’Regan and Judith Weir.* Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

Talk Q&A

Talk Q&A

Post-concert Q&A with Melvyn Tan

Kurzman Piano Recitals are funded by a legacy payment from Miss D R Kurzman awarded by Arts Council England. * Please note that Melvyn Tan will choose which variations to play closer to the time.

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Illustration by Korky Paul

Come along and listen as Melvyn Tan leads a public masterclass for pianists of any age, focussing on selected Variations for Judith.

Photography by Andy Newbold

Public Masterclass Tuesday 20 January, 4.30–6pm Crucible Theatre, Studio

Saturday 24 January, 2pm Crucible Theatre Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives NARRATOR CRAZY CREATURES Family Concert If you enjoyed Stan and Mabel and Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, or even if you are completely new to our family concerts, you’ll love Music in the Round’s new commission by our award-winning Children’s Composer in Residence, Paul Rissmann. The music brings to life the two brilliant children’s stories The Duck With No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch by Jonathan Long and Korky Paul, published by OUP. With lots of audience participation, fabulous image projections from the books and brilliant playing from wonderful musicians, this concert will delight young audiences, families and friends of all generations in equal measure. Visit www.musicintheround.co.uk to download the free participation pack, plus video and audio tracks.

Recommended for age 3+ Tickets*: £10 adults, £6 children and students Special Family Offer: Four tickets £25 (including at least one adult)

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PAY WHAT YOU WANT

You choose the price you pay for this concert - simply purchase a ticket from Sheffield Theatres box office for a penny* and, if you’d like to, make a further payment on the night (please remember to bring cash or a cheque book). Payment can be based on what you can afford, how much you enjoyed the concert, or any other criteria you can think of! And please encourage friends who may never have experienced live classical music to come along too; it’s the perfect occasion to try something new.

Saturday 24 January, 7.15pm Crucible Theatre Ensemble 360 PAY WHAT YOU WANT CONCERT MOZART Don Giovanni Overture (arr. David Matthews) ADÈS Catch for piano, violin, clarinet and piano STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel -­einmal anders! (arr. Franz Hasenohrl) RAVEL Tzigane for violin and piano JS BACH Andante from Viola de Gamba Sonata in D DWV1028 (arr. Durantel) for double bass and piano LIGETI Musica Ricercata/Six Bagatelles for piano and wind quintet SMETANA The Bartered Bride Overture (arr. David Matthews) We are thrilled to unleash Ensemble 360 on to the Main Stage of the Crucible Theatre with a programme that features music of theatrical flair and which showcases the collective and individual brilliance of these wonderful players. The concert includes orchestral favourites that take on a new transparency and luminosity in these skilful chamber versions, together with a selection of more recently composed works that are full of spontaneity, wit and charm. Tickets: Only 1 pence*. Usual prices for this concert would be: £16.50/£11 Disabled and Unemployed/ £5 Under 18s and Students

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If ever a composer warranted being the focus of a festival weekend it is Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). His place is assured in music textbooks as the man who stood at the crossroads of the transition from Baroque to Classical and from Classical to Romantic music. Yet it is only through hearing his music that the sheer genius of his invention, his powerful mastery of drama, and the boundless humour and imagination of his music can be fully appreciated. Ensemble 360 and the Benyounes Quartet present a wonderfully varied selection of his chamber music, including performances of all the monumental Opus 76 string quartets. We are also delighted to welcome Professors Julian Horton and David Wyn Jones who will shed further light on one of the most strikingly original composers of all time.

Exploring

Haydn FESTIVAL WEEKEND Friday 27 February to Sunday 1 March

Angus Smith, Artistic Director HEAR THE COMPLETE OPUS 76 STRING QUARTETS IN ONE WEEKEND Commentators have not shied away from using highly emotive language in declaring that Haydn’s final set of string quartets – the six that comprise Opus 76 – were the pinnacle of his writing in that genre. Descriptions such as “the harvest”, “Excelsior”, and “songs of experience… in which Haydn’s creative life reaches its fulfilment” abound. We are delighted that the festival weekend allows us the luxury of programming the complete set of quartets in close proximity. They stand individually as wonderfully rich and deep works, each one a satisfying whole. Heard together, these quartets take on an almost supernatural power.

“[I have] never received more pleasure from instrumental music: they are full of invention, fire, good taste, and new effects, and seem the production, not of a sublime genius who has written so much and so well already, but of one of highly-cultivated talents, who had expended none of his fire before.” CHARLES BURNEY, 1799

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Friday 27 February, 1.30pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Benyounes Quartet Meet the Composer: Haydn Schools’ Concert (Key Stage 2) This concert explores the life and music of ‘Papa’ Haydn, often known as “the father of the string quartet”. Using extracts from quartets including Nos. 20, 33, and 54, the Benyounes Quartet bring pupils and their teachers a bit closer to the many aspects of Haydn’s character – his wit and humour, his warmth, his love of dance. The musicians encourage active listening and provoke imaginative creative responses to the music through interactive activities. Haydn’s music expresses his great zest for life, and the participatory elements of this concert are fun and engaging, aiming to develop an awareness and understanding of rhythm, tempo, contrasts, ensemble skills, character and mood. An ideal way for young people to experience this wonderful music in an engaging and intimate setting. Tickets £3; accompanying teachers free. The concert lasts approximately 50 minutes. To book please contact Fraser in the office on 0114 281 4660 or fraser@musicintheround.co.uk. Zara Benyounes VIOLIN Emily Holland VIOLIN Tetsuumi Nagata VIOLA Kim Vaughan CELLO

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Friday 27 February, 7.15pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Benyounes Quartet HAYDN String Quartet in D Op.17 No.6 String Quartet in C Op.54 No.2 String Quartet in F Op.50 No.5 The Dream String Quartet in G Op.76 No.1 The Benyounes Quartet’s evening recital features four wonderful quartets. Commentators have identified an affinity with Mozart in the Opus 50 set and an ‘anticipation’ of Beethoven in the Opus 54 pieces, yet the brilliance of the writing and the emotional and intellectual range expressed in both quartets stand as testimony to a composer at the height of his creative powers. Prize-winners at the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh (Budapest) and 2014 Orlando International (Holland) String Quartet Competitions, the Benyounes Quartet have already performed at Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, LSO St Luke’s, Vienna Konzerthaus, Gstaad New Year Festival and with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company. Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

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Saturday 28 February 10.15am and 11.30am Family-Friendly Backstage Tour

Saturday 28 February, 1.30pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Ensemble 360

Saturday 28 February, 3.00pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Symposium: (Re)Discovering Haydn

Explore the home of Music in the Round as we go behind the scenes at the Crucible Theatre. This 50-minute tour gives you a glimpse into the world that lies beyond Stage Door, the spaces that our musicians inhabit as they prepare to play. Engagingly led by Sheffield Theatres’ Learning team, we’ll discover the dressing rooms, roam the rehearsal space, learn about lighting, and see the Studio from a very unusual angle! And along the way we’ll take a sneak peek at Ensemble 360 rehearsing for the rest of the Festival Weekend’s concerts.

HAYDN Piano Trio in E Hob XV:28 Divertimento in E flat for horn, violin and cello Hob IV: 5 String Quartet in B flat Op.76 No.4 Sunrise

We are delighted to present a 75-minute symposium examining why Haydn is revered by musicians as the fountain-head of so many ideas and innovations. Professors David Wyn Jones and Simon Keefe will examine the ‘Age of Haydn’ and the relationship and interaction between Haydn and Mozart.

Haydn’s piano trios can be regarded as a demonstration of what chamber music, at its most fundamental level, is about. This is repertoire that was composed for use in domestic situations rather than public performance, though it makes no concessions with the technical demands that are set for the pianist in particular. The charming Divertimento in E flat was written for a horn player in Count Esterhazy’s orchestra in 1767 and, though short, calls for considerable stamina with a relentlessly high-lying part. The Sunrise quartet owes its name to the image evoked by the initial rising theme accompanied by sustained chords.

DAVID WYN JONES is Professor of Music at Cardiff University. He has published numerous books and articles on Haydn and was recently awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to produce a new study of the history of music in Vienna.

The tour is suitable for ages 5+ and lasts 50 minutes. Numbers are limited so book early. Please meet at the Box Office at least five minutes before your tour is due to begin. Tickets: £6 / £3 Under 18s and students

SIMON KEEFE is J. R. Hoyle Chair of Music at the University of Sheffield and is especially renowned for his award-winning publications on Mozart, including a recent study of the Requiem (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Tickets*: £5

Tickets:* £11 / £7.50 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

“Whoever studies music, let his daily bread be Haydn… Haydn the great musician, the first, who created everything, discovered everything, taught everything to the rest.” JEAN INGRES

“Some of my favourite music in the world is by Haydn. He’s the most humane of all composers” SIR SIMON RATTLE Buy tickets on 0114 249 6000 or online at www.musicintheround.co.uk

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“Haydn is like a child, for there is no knowing what he will do next.” JOHN KEATS

Saturday 28 February, 5.00pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Ensemble 360 and Professor Julian Horton Lecture-Recital HAYDN String Quartet in C Op.76 No.3 Emperor In this 50-minute lecture-recital, Ensemble 360’s string quartet and Professor Julian Horton examine one of Haydn’s most sublime creations, the Emperor quartet. We were treated last year to Julian’s brilliantly clear and illuminating analysis of Schubert’s music and he now turns his attention to Haydn to reveal how the composer plays with emotions on direct and subliminal levels. JULIAN HORTON is Professor of Music at Durham University. Research interests include the analysis and reception of 19th-century instrumental music and the theory of tonality. Tickets*: £5

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Saturday 28 February, 7.15pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Ensemble 360

Sunday 1 March, 11.30am Crucible Theatre, Studio Ensemble 360 & David Wyn Jones

HAYDN String Quartet in C Op.76 No.3 Emperor HAYDN Piano Trio in F sharp minor Hob XV:26 MICHAEL HAYDN Divertimento in D for horn, viola and cello HAYDN String Quartet in D Op.76 No.5

PLEYEL String Quartet in A Op.2 No.1 ‘Haydn’s Forgotten Quartets’ Professor David Wyn Jones HAYDN Symphony No.86 in D (arr. Haydn for string quartet)

Haydn’s enchanting piano trios stand out in comparison with those of his contemporaries, not only for their freshness and zest, but because they are conceived with an unusual emphasis on the role of the piano that requires sensitive accommodation from the string players. This concert also keeps the music in the family, as Ensemble 360 play an engaging horn trio written by Joseph’s younger Salzburg-based brother Michael, a composer of exceptionally fine sacred music, tutor to Weber and Diabelli, and a demonstrable influence on Mozart.

On one of Haydn’s trips to London, publicists mischievously attempted to manufacture a rivalry between Haydn and Ignace Pleyel, composer, publisher and piano-maker. In fact, the two men – one-time master and pupil – admired and respected each other and Pleyel’s deliciously fresh and spirited Opus 2 string quartets were dedicated to Haydn.

Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

Haydn’s Symphony No.86 (one of three ‘Paris’ symphonies), in its string quartet version, is prefaced by a short talk by Professor David Wyn Jones that outlines the fascinating detective work he has undertaken over many years to uncover conclusive evidence that the arrangement was made by the great master himself. Tickets* £11 / £7.50 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students ARE YOU A FRIEND OF MUSIC IN THE ROUND? If so, join us for our Friends’ Lunch at Piccolino, Millenium Square at 12.45pm on Sunday 1 March. For more information or to book your place contact Kathryn on 0114 2814660 or kathryn@musicintheround.co.uk.

“Haydn is the most supreme storyteller. His love of life and of people shines through” PETER CROPPER

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“Wanted by nobleman: a servant who plays the violin well and is able to accompany difficult piano sonatas.” VIENNESE NEWSPAPER ADVERT, 1789

Sunday 1 March, 3pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Ensemble 360 HAYDN Piano Trio in C Hob XV:27 String Quartet in D minor Op.76 No.2 Fifths Piano Sonata in E flat Hob XVI:49 String Quartet in E flat Op.76 No.6 In the concluding concert of the Haydn festival weekend, Ensemble 360 present the two remaining quartets of the Opus 76 collection together with two other captivating pieces, both of which were written for the pianist Therese Jansen, whom Haydn had met on both his visits to London. Jansen did not pursue a career as a solo performer – an undertaking that would have been fraught with challenges for a woman in the 1790s – but she was recognised as one of Clementi’s best pupils and a renowned teacher in her own right. Tickets* £11 / £7.50 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

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Photography by Benjamin Harte

Adrian Chandler VIOLIN Gareth Deats CELLO Robert Howarth HARPSICHORD

Thursday 19 March, 7.30pm St Marie’s Cathedral La Serenissima ‘Per Monsieur Pisendel’ MONTANARI Sonata in D minor for violin and continuo VIVALDI Suonata à Solo fatto per Monsieur Pisendel in A RV29 PISENDEL Sonata in C minor for violin and continuo PISENDEL Sonata a Violino Solo in A minor ALBINONI Sonata in B flat for violin and continuo So34 VIVALDI Suonata à Solo fatto per Monsieur Pisendel in F RV19 Be transported to Venice for a concert featuring the music of the great master Antonio Vivaldi and one of the great violin virtuosi of that generation, Johann Georg Pisendel (16871755). The programme brings together six incredible sonatas: two fabulous works by Vivaldi and one by Albinoni which are dedicated to Pisendel, a piece by Montanari which survives in Pisendel’s own hand, and two effervescent works by Pisendel himself. La Serenissima, led by the brilliant violinist Adrian Chandler, is one of the UK’s leading historical performance ensembles specialising in the work of Vivaldi and his contemporaries. They have carved themselves an enviable position in the UK’s early music scene: in 2010 they won a Gramophone award for their recording, The French Connection, and two years later their disc Venice by Night reached the top 10 of the UK classical charts.

Wednesday 1 April, 7.15pm Crucible Theatre, Studio An Evening with pianist Tim Horton ‘Exploring the Beethoven piano sonatas’ Everyone who has heard even a single performance of Tim Horton’s grand project to play the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas will have been transfixed by the outstanding musicianship and technical bravura of this remarkable Sheffield-based performer. In conversation with writer and broadcaster Paul Allen and with a liberal sprinkling of musical examples, Tim will discuss and answer audience questions about the demands of playing this extraordinary music and the personal impact that comes from total immersion with these masterpieces. This special evening comes one week before the final recital in Tim’s complete cycle. This event will last approx. 75 minutes with no interval. Tickets*: £11 / £7.50 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students WHAT’S IT LIKE TO PLAY ‘IN THE ROUND’? “At first terrifying but ultimately unique. You feel as though you are sharing something very special with friends.” TIM HORTON

Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students In partnership with St Marie’s Cathedral

Talk

Talk

6.30pm Talk at St Marie’s - La Serenissima director and violinist Adrian Chandler talks about the life and times of Pisendel. FREE to ticket holders

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Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Tim Horton PIANO

Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm Crucible Theatre, Studio Marius Neset Quintet

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E Op.109 Piano Sonata in A flat Op.110 Piano Sonata in C minor Op.111

The young Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset has made a huge impact. His 2013 album Birds was hailed a masterpiece, and the young Norwegian has since been touted as the heir to Jan Garbarek’s mantle.

Tim Horton reaches the final performance in his monumental series presenting the complete Beethoven piano sonatas and plays three sonatas written in a period between 1820 and 1822. Fully deaf by this stage of his life, Beethoven nevertheless unleashes a rich array of new ideas that make extensive and innovative demands on musicianship and keyboard & pedal technique. Each sonata has its own distinct character, yet all of them mark a significant development of the form even from the strikingly original works of his middle period.

His amazing technical prowess, paired with profound expression, is supported by an all-star Anglo-Scandinavian band including British vibes wizard Jim Hart. The group will be featuring music from Marius’s newest album, bringing together his world of influences with remarkable energy, creativity and, most of all, his highly original sound.

Tickets*: £16.50 / £11 Disabled and Unemployed / £5 Under 18s and Students

Marius Neset SAXOPHONES Magnus Hjorth PIANO Jim Hart VIBES Petter Eldh BASS Josh Blackmore DRUMS

A Sheffield Jazz concert

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Photography by Roar Vestad

“Perhaps these three sonatas should not be thought of as a single unit - but when you perform them in one sweep something extraordinary and mysterious happens to the music. Together they represent a long journey ending in silence.” MITSUKO UCHIDA

Tickets*: £15 / £12 Senior Citizens, Unemployed & Students / £3 Under 16s

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A Sheffield Theatres Production in association with Stage Entertainment

>>News from Music in the Round Music in the Round on tour

As well as our concerts and music in the community work in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, we tour Ensemble 360, visiting artists and family/school concerts to a growing number of venues around the country. Please do tell friends and family who live nearby. Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, Cumbria www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough www.sjt.uk.com New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme www.newvictheatre.org.uk Leamington Music www.leamingtonmusic.org The Stables, Milton Keynes www.stables.org Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk International Chamber Music Series, Portsmouth www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

Future Festivals Fund

At the time of writing, thanks to the huge generosity of a number of donors, we have almost reached our first target for the Fund. Artists Vivien Whitaker and Simon Clements have kindly donated their work to a Silent Art Auction (the deadline for bids is 6 Dec 2014) and we welcome other fundraising initiatives from friends and supporters. Every single penny counts and so a donation of any size will help ensure a healthy future for world-class classical music in Sheffield and the region.

Bridge Young Quartet Scheme

January 2015 sees the start of our three-year Bridge scheme, offering a young string quartet the chance to be mentored by Peter Cropper and Music in the Round. The quartet has now been chosen, and we will keep you informed of their progress and of opportunities to hear them play here and around the country.

Festival date for your diary and a new commission

The 2015 May Festival is from Fri 8 – Sat 16 May. We are delighted that the Festival will include Ensemble 360 giving the world première of a new work by the brilliant young American composer Elizabeth Ogonek, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. For more details, go to our website at www.musicintheround.co.uk

CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD:

JOIN AN ONLINE MUSIC-LOVING COMMUNITY Visit classicalsheffield.org.uk to read weekly listings bulletins written by Bernard Lee, along with features and articles about performers and programmes, and to stay in touch with what’s happening on the city’s vibrant classical-music scene. This is a platform for local choirs, orchestras, ensembles and venues to share news about their musical activities in greater detail, and to raise the profile of classical music in Sheffield. So whether you’re wanting to find out more about the different concerts taking place or to promote your group’s latest project, Sheffield’s one-stop classical music website is the place to go!

www.classicalsheffield.org.uk

Sensational songs, sassy heroines and tap dancing sailors – a thrilling Christmas treat! Fri 28 Nov 2014 – Sat 17 Jan 2015

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Venue & booking information Crucible Theatre and Studio 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.

Latecomers: The auditorium will open 30 minutes before the advertised start time. Please note that latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.

Talks and Q&As: All pre-concert talks are free to concert ticket holders but please request a separate ticket for talks at the box office. A separate ticket is not required for post-concert Q&As.

St Marie’s Cathedral Norfolk Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2JB

Drinks: You may take drinks purchased from the Crucible bars into our concerts in plastic glasses which can be provided by Sheffield Theatres staff.

Seating Areas: Please note that seating is unreserved, however there may be some restricted views due to pillars.

Access: The Crucible Theatre and Studio offer 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.

Access: St Marie’s Cathedral is wheelchair-accessible through the level entrance on the south side of the building. If you require a wheelchair space please notify the box office at time of booking.

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

Upper Chapel Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JD Seating Areas: All seats are unreserved, but please specify which area you wish to sit in when booking i.e. stage level or balcony. Please note balcony seats are limited to 30 and may book up quickly. Access: Upper Chapel offers 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 on Charles Street, which offers discounted parking for concertgoers. Present your Upper Chapel concert ticket to the Sheffield Theatres box office to obtain a car park voucher.

Booking Your Tickets 0114 249 6000 | sheffieldtheatres.co.uk In person at Sheffield Theatres box office Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 8pm On non-performance days the box office closes at 6pm. Booking Dates Booking for Friends opens on Saturday 25 October. 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 1 November at 10am. (For more information on the Friends of Music in the Round visit the Support Us section of our website.) Concessions Concessions are available 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 £2.00 per ticket. Booking Fees A transaction fee of £1.50 (£1.00 online) applies to all bookings (excluding cash) for events at the Crucible Theatre and Studio. The fee remains the same irrespective of the number of tickets you purchase. Any bookings that include events at Upper Chapel or St Marie’s Cathedral are instead subject to an alternative transaction fee of 10%, which is applied only to tickets for events not held at the Crucible and is instead of the £1.50 (£1.00 online) fee outlined above.

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

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Informal and affordable concerts, including a ‘Pay What You Want’ evening, a Family Concert and a festival weekend

Spring 2015 Diary Friday 16 January, 7.30pm John Taylor’s New Group Crucible Studio (Sheffield Jazz) Friday 16 January, 7.30pm Elias String Quartet Upper Chapel

Talk Q&A

Tuesday 20 January, 4.30–6pm Melvyn Tan Public Masterclass Crucible Studio Talk Q&A Tuesday 20 January, 7.15pm Melvyn Tan PIANO Crucible Studio

Saturday 24 January, 2pm Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives Family Concert Crucible Theatre Saturday 24 January, 7.15pm Ensemble 360 PAY WHAT YOU WANT CONCERT Crucible Theatre Mon 16 – Wed 18 February String Project

Friday 27 February, 1.30pm Benyounes Quartet Meet the Composer: Haydn Schools’ Concert Crucible Studio Friday 27 February, 7.15pm Benyounes Quartet Crucible Studio

Music in the Round, 2013 winner of the RPS Music Award for Chamber Music and Song

Sunday 1 March, 11.30am Ensemble 360 & David Wyn Jones Crucible Studio Sunday 1 March, 3pm Ensemble 360 Crucible Studio Tuesday 3 March, 7.30pm Elias String Quartet Upper Chapel

Saturday 28 February 10.15am Talk Thursday Talk and 11.30am 19 March, 7.30pm Family-Friendly Backstage ToursQ&A La Serenissima Q&A St Marie’s Cathedral Crucible Theatre Saturday 28 February, 1.30pm Ensemble 360 Crucible Studio Saturday 28 February, 3.00pm Symposium: (Re)Discovering Haydn Crucible Theatre, Adelphi Room Saturday 28 February, 5.00pm Ensemble 360 and Professor Julian Horton Lecture-Recital Crucible Studio Saturday 28 February, 7.15pm Ensemble 360 Crucible Studio

Wednesday 25 March PowerPlus Wednesday 1 April, 7.15pm An Evening with pianist Tim Horton Crucible Studio Saturday 4 April, 10.30am, 11.45am and 1pm Music Box Workshops Crucible Studio Wednesday 8 April, 7.30pm Tim Horton Crucible Studio Thursday 9 April, 7.30pm Marius Neset Quintet Crucible Studio (Sheffield Jazz)

Music in the Round is enormously grateful to all its funders, sponsors, supporters and Friends, without whom these concerts would not be possible. Funders: Arts Council England Mayfield Valley Arts Trust The Lindsay Foundation The Moorwood Charitable Trust The Andrew McEwan Fund With additional funding from a legacy payment by Miss D R Kurzman, awarded by Arts Council England Lifelong Patrons: John Cowling | Kate Dugdale James & Angela Kellie David Megginson & Vivien Whitaker | Maurice & Sheila Millward | Alan & Ellen Reid Prudence Scott

Music in the Round Sheffield Spring 2015 season brochure  

Details of the entire Sheffield season for Spring 2015, including our 'Exploring Haydn' Festival Weekend, our Family and 'Pay What You Want'...

Music in the Round Sheffield Spring 2015 season brochure  

Details of the entire Sheffield season for Spring 2015, including our 'Exploring Haydn' Festival Weekend, our Family and 'Pay What You Want'...

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