Sheffield Makes Music for BBC Music Day

Sheffield will be alive with the sound of music for the return of Sheffield Makes Music, a celebration of local and established talent in collaboration with BBC Music Day.

Sheffield makes music logoTaking place the weekend of Friday 9 - Sunday 11 June, 1,000 musicians will be performing at various locations around the city in established venues and unexpected spaces to create magical moments.

Events on Friday 9 June feature everything from Opera to Omnichord solos, Hip Hop to Harmonicas, Folk to Fanfare, and Brass to Beethoven.

The University of Sheffield published a report last year which outlined the city’s booming music sector and how Sheffield is well-positioned to be the UK's leading music city.

Most events take place on Friday 9 June with highlights including the University of Sheffield’s Indian Music Ensemble performing a Raga for commuters at Sheffield Train Station at 8am, and Concord Allstars Marching Band who take over the Moor for a Tea Time Parade at 6pm. Also on the Moor, you can bop while you shop at the Moor Market’s Silent Disco.

Barker’s Pool plays host to the Yellow Bus stage with a variety of the city’s best talent on show and Tenor Gareth Lloyd will perform an operatic aria on the Town Hall Balcony at 12.45pm.

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June, the newly renovated Nonconformist Chapel at Sheffield General Cemetery will host its first ever music event, Lush Spectra.

Musicians perform in Tamper coffee shop for Sheffield Makes MusicCurated by Sheffield-based, internationally-renowned electronic artist Mark Fell, Lush Spectra will see the chapel beautifully illuminated as it comes alive with a series of multichannel audio works and acoustic music.

The weekend will bring together some of the world's most renowned experimental musicians and composers to create a mesmerising journey into the night – with Saturday night's programme continuing until sunrise.

Sheffield Makes Music is delivered by the University of Sheffield supported by Sheffield BID.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield, said: "Sheffield is a great music city - from the musicians to the bookers and promoters to the audiences. This weekend showcases our musical talent, our wonderful city, and our international venues celebrating the city and music together."

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Music reportSheffield positioned as one of the UK's leading 'Music Cities'

Report gives first ever snapshot of Sheffield's thriving music sector and describes how Sheffield is a leading Music City with 788 organisations active in the music sector, and innovation across all music genres.

Additional information

The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.


Kirsty Bowen
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