University of Sheffield Concerts launches new season

We are delighted to announce our new season here of our University of Sheffield Concerts series!

The new season offers a wonderful array of music to entince and enthral. The programme includes experimental film interplayed with solo piano, the finest folk, song cycles and an eclectic mix of student ensembles. Concerts will showcase the blurring of boundaries between classical music and jazz, multi-layered soundscapes and looping digital animations. There are talented soloists and acclaimed quartets, with programmes encompassing the likes of Ravel, Ireland, Debussy, Kerry Andrew, Schubert, Terry Riley and Bach.

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To make attendance at concerts as inclusive as possible and to encourage people to come along and try something new, a number of concerts within the new season are Pay What You Think. These concerts offer audiences the chance to experiment with a new style of music that they might not have tried before. Tickets for Pay What You Think concerts still need to be booked in advance but audiences pay nothing until after the concert has finished. People can pay as little or as much as they think!

StewartA fond farewell to Concerts Director, Stewart Campbell

This season will also be marked by the departure of the Concerts Director, Stewart Campbell, who after eleven years will be leaving the University in October. Stewart has been successful in securing Arts and Humanities Research Council Funding to do a PhD.

On his departure Stewart comments: “It is with great sadness I leave University of Sheffield Concerts this year. Over the past decade it’s been an absolute privilege to oversee the extraordinarily diverse programme of music-making the University promotes to our city.

"I leave with extremely fond memories of concerts, festivals and education programmes of all shapes and sizes, and I am proud the University has had the opportunity to contribute towards Sheffield’s collective music-making, which boasts exceptional energy, diversity and quality. I’d like to particularly thank you, our audience members, who have supported our work during my tenure, for your constant source of support, kindness and inspiration.

I look forward to having the opportunity to say goodbye to some of you in person at the beginning of the 2018/19 season this month.”

Highlights from the season

Check out the best of this season's concerts


Sounds of the Antarctic (part of Festival of the Mind)

Sounds of the antarticSaturday 29 September, 7.30pm

Embark on a breathtaking expedition following in the footsteps of Scott’s ill-fated Terra Nova expedition. Discover the fascinating science behind glaciology, climatology and superhuman endurance with sensational sounds from the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra, stunning new visuals by Human, and insights from world-leading experts.

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Ghosts and Whispers

Concerts 1Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm

Incomplete movements by composers including Schubert, Mozart, Wagner, Janacek and Stravinsky, amongst others, are interleaved with movements from John Woolrich’s Pianobooks, creating an unpredictable and unsettling succession of differing sound worlds.

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In Place (Pay What You Think)

Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm

An evocative set of songs by Colin Riley from specially-created texts by contemporary writers whose work explores a sense of place. With roots deep in the loam of language and landscape, vocalist Melanie Pappenheim performs with ensemble, featuring Selina Nwulu, Sheffield-based Young Poet Laureate for London.

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Sheffield Modern: In C

Concerts 2Friday 26 October, 8pm

Revolutionary music performed against the backdrop of the University’s modernist Arts Tower and its rare Paternoster lift.

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Rafiki Jazz: Up Close!

Concerts 4Monday 5 November, 7.15pm

Sheffield’s all-star global music collective perform rich and mesmerising new music, traversing continents, languages and cultures.

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JigDoll Ensemble

Thursday 22 November, 7.30pm

An immersive song and dance experience utilising cutting-edge looping technology with vocals, accordions and clog dancing. “Definitely a show to catch.”

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From your ever loving son, Jack (Pay What You Think)

Thursday 29 November, 7.30pm

Surprising and deeply moving stories tracing the joys and sorrows of life as a wartime soldier.

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Cara Dillon: Upon A Winter’s Night

Thursday 6 December, 7.30pm

The acclaimed Irish singer and her band perform traditional and modern songs, creating a magical and memorable festive experience.

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Gwilym Simcock

Thursday 28 February 7.30pm

One of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European Jazz scene.

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Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm

Three of England’s finest folk musicians performing tracks from new album of original material.

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