Explore musical masterpieces at Sound Laboratory Discovery Week

Enjoy some cutting-edge musical innovation during Sound Laboratory Discovery Week, an exciting concert series hosted by colleagues from our Department of Music from Friday 20 - Saturday 28 April.

Celebrating the vibrancy of contemporary music, the event will feature a host of award-winning musical pioneers from around the globe.

Come along to see electrifying performances of some of the most dynamic new music of our time. Whether you’re interested in cinematic masterpieces or meditative melodies, there are concerts to suit all tastes.

Two performances will also feature the brand new work of our own student composers.

Most events will take place in Firth Hall, with Crippled Symmetry being performed at Upper Chapel on Norfolk Street.

Tickets are £10 per concert (£5 for Under 26) or you can get a Discovery Week Pass to see all nine performances for £30 (£15 Unwaged/Under 26).

Book your tickets here.

The world-class performances taking place include: 

Sound Junction Intersection II

Friday 20 April, 7pm and Saturday 21 April, 5pm & 7pm – Firth Hall

Immerse yourself in the multi-dimensional world of acousmatic music and cinema for the ear. Featuring music by award-winning composers Tom Williams, Yiorgis Sakellariiou and Trevor Wishart, these atmospheric performances will navigate rich and dynamic 3D soundscapes.

New Music Ensemble

Monday 23 April, 5.45pm - Firth Hall

World premieres of brand new works by University of Sheffield student composers.

Ligeti Quartet: Phantom Voices

Tuesday 24 April, 7.30pm – Firth Hall

As pioneers of contemporary music, the Ligeti Quartet explore ways psychoacoustic effects can be exploited to make the whole see greater than the sum of its parts. Included in this programme is a world premiere of Christian Mason’s Sardinian Songbook, with the mysterious overtones and polyphonic singing of the ‘cantu a tenòre’.

Intended Inventions

Wednesday 25 April, 7.30pm – Firth Hall

Come and discover brand new sounds from Australia . Award-winning pianist of 'superb skill and musicality', Alex Raineri juxtaposes recently commissioned works alongside miniatures by some of the most striking figures in Australia's musical history.

Sheffield Composes

Thursday 26 April, 7.30pm – Firth Hall

Our student composers will be joined by the Ligeti Quartet to showcase their brand new works.

Crippled Symmetry

Friday 27 April, 7.30pm – Upper Chapel

Lose yourself in a meditative, existential response to the urgencies and anxieties of modern life by Morton Feldman. Over about ninety minutes, the music quietly unfolds in rich and deceptive complexity. The piece was inspired by the intricate patterning of Anatolian rugs, Proust's transfiguring fog of memory and by the perpetually evolving mobile-form sculptures of Alexander Calder.

Rare Earth

Saturday 28 April, 12.15pm – Firth Hall

Elements with radioactive properties and strong luminescent qualities known as lanthanides or 'rare earths' inspire composer Dorothy Ker's new work for cello. One of the most distinguished cellists for music of our time, Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet brings to life these unstable atomistic worlds, alongside UK premieres of Brian Ferneyhough's In Nomine, Mark Andre's iv2, and Enno Poppe's Zwölf.

Sound Laboratory is our University's platform for musical innovation, supporting ground-breaking developments in new and classical music.