Our Top 5 Music Picks For March

It’s not all doom and gloom here. Yes, we are sometimes very critical in our reviews, but we strive to be honest and unbiased. BUT when live music comes along then we get very excited.

Musicians in the arts are often quite overlooked, the spotlight (literally and figuratively) is shone on the lead actors and we often forget about the accompanying orchestra. Music requires talent, practice and skill, and musicians are far more impressive than someone with a degree in drama for pretending to be a tree.

Without further ado, here are our top 5 most anticipated music events in the next month.

Mozart & Enescu
Benjamin Nabarro & Tim Horton
Thursday 2nd March 2017 – 12:45pm
Upper Chapel, Sheffield

Mozart – Violin Sonata in A K.526
Enescu – Violin Sonata No.3 in A minor Op.25

“Ben and Tim deliver a delicious two-course lunchtime menu of tasty Sonatas. An exquisite main dish of one of Mozart’s finest violin sonatas is followed by an irresistible dessert – Enescu’s Sonata in ‘popular Romanian folk style’. Championed by the great British violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the piece overflows with lively gypsy themes and infectious rhythms.”

Tickets: £13 / £8.50 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Students & Under 35s

Debussy, Schumann & Beethoven
Stephen Hough
Thursday 9th March 2017 – 7:15pm
Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Debussy – Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque)
Debussy – Images Book 2
Schumann – Fantasie Op. 17
Debussy – La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune (Preludes Book 2)
Debussy – Images Book 1
Beethoven – Sonata in F minor Op.57 Appassionata

Angus Smith, the Artistic Director for Music in the Round has this to say:

“A concert with Stephen Hough has been a very long time in my planning – I blame his incredible international schedule! – and I am so excited by this wonderful programme. Superlatives abound in all Stephen’s reviews. One of my favourites? ‘It took just two bars of Debussy to transport the entire hall to Paris…’”

Tickets: £19 / £13 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Students & Under 35s

Russia in the Round
Ensemble 360
Saturday 11th March 2017 – 4:30pm
Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade I & Gnomus)
Borodin – String Quartet No.2 (Scherzo)
Stravinsky – Soldier’s Tale (Valse, Ragtime)
Tchaikovsky – Piano Trio (Coda)
Kapustin – Flute Sonata (Allegro)
Glazunov – Reverie
Tsintsadze – ‘Spring’ from 12 Miniatures for string quartet on Georgian Folk Songs
Glinka – Grand Sextet (Allegro)

“What makes Russian music so special? In this short afternoon concert, Ensemble 360 and our guest presenters provide a light-hearted introduction to the forthcoming Russia in the Round May Festival. They’ll guide you through short movements and extracts from some of their favourite pieces in the Russian classical repertoire including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, with a sprinkling of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and more!”

Tickets: £6

Vaughan Williams & Dvořák
Ensemble 360
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 7:15pm
Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending
Vaughan Williams – Piano Quintet in C minor
Dvořák – Piano Quintet No.2 in A Op.81

“Classic and beautiful writing for strings and piano. Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and his early Piano Quintet display that quintessential elegiac ‘English’ quality for which the composer is so famous. Dvořák’s Piano Quintet is equally bonded to the composer’s homeland, embracing infectious Bohemian dance tunes and folk melodies.”

Tickets: £19 / £13 Disabled & Unemployed / £5 Students & Under 35s

Sheffield Jazz Presents
Jasper Høiby – Fellow Creatures
Friday 24th March 2017 – 7:15pm
Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield

“With this superb new quintet, Jasper Høiby builds on the meteoric rise and continuing critical success of his glowing international career as one of the most creative, innovative and powerful performers, composers and bandleaders of his generation in Europe. Featuring both young and seasoned lights of the London jazz scene, the music combines a deep sense of groove and an optimistic, driving energy with contrapuntal rhythms and strong lyricism.”

Tickets: £16 / £12.50 Concessions / £7 Students with NUS card

Music in the Round is based in Sheffield and is truly an amazing organisation. As the largest promoter of chamber music outside London then they strive to bring excellent performances to numerous venues around the country.

Ensemble 360 is the resident group of Music in the Round and is comprised of amazing musicians specially selected for their skills.


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