Concerts: a new season of music
Our University Concerts team have put together a fabulous new season for us with 75 concerts scheduled between October 2017 and June 2018 at venues across our University and the city.
There's something for everyone, from the popular Rush Hour concerts to evening performances and sparkling seasonal entertainment you can bring the whole family to.
Travel to France, be transported to Norway, and get that festive feeling with a live orchestral screening of The Snowman.
Our new season has four strands:
Global Soundtracks – International
Global Soundtracks offers a whistle-stop-tour around a world of new musical discoveries. International stars like Nordic Fidlers Blok, Toko Telo, and Chouk Bwa Libete are joined by UK folk talents Lady Maisery, Melrose Quartet, Will Pound and Eddy Jay.
Forged in Sheffield – Community
Forged in Sheffield focuses on musical talent in our local community. Don’t miss our University’s Symphony, Wind, and Chamber Orchestras and our Chamber Choir on the programme. Professor Dominic McHugh also presents a sixtieth anniversary concert of successful Broadway musical The Music Man.
Sound Laboratory – Contemporary
Thought-provoking performances from the cutting edge of new music, this part of the programme features some modern musical pioneers including the University’s resident ensemble, Ligeti Quartet.
Song Makers – Song
In 2016 our University launched the city’s first ever Song Festival and its epic journey in song continues this year in Song Makers, featuring internationally renowned singers and musicians. Accomplished performers from around our University are joined on the programme by internationally respected artists and global talent.
Our talented staff and students on the programme
Symphonic Poetry | 11 November | Firth Hall | 7.30pm
The University’s very own Symphony Orchestra returns to the stage with a sumptuous programme full of all the twists, turns, highs and lows you can expect from an orchestral repertoire.
University of Sheffield Chamber Choir | 28 November | Firth Hall | 7.30pm
Our Chamber Choir performs in Sheffield and tours further afield. In this concert we’ll hear a collection of motets and secular songs from France and England, including the sumptuous Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans by Debussy and Stanford’s Three Latin Motets.
The Music Man | 25 February | Firth Hall | 7.30pm
Meredith Willson's The Music Man was the most successful Broadway musical of the 1957-58 season. In this 60th anniversary concert, Dr Dominic McHugh reveals the behind the scenes story of the show, including the world premiere of over ten songs cut from the show before it opened, arranged and conducted by Joshua Goodman and performed by the University of Sheffield Broadway Orchestra.
International Impressions - Sheffield University Wind Orchestra | 18 March | Firth Hall | 7.30pm
The much-travelled Sheffield University Wind Orchestra presents a programme of music from a plethora of countries. They’ll take you on a journey from France with Orient et Occident by Saint-Saëns, to Germany with Mendelssohn's Overture for Band, to Spain for Alarcon's Little Suite for Banda, to the USA and Robert Russell Bennett's Symphonic Songs, and finally back to Sheffield for our own Adam Gorb his riotous Yiddish Dances!
Beat the rush hour – University of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra | 4 December | Firth Hall | 5.45pm
There are many parallels that draw Mozart and Thomas Linley the Younger together. As almost exact contemporaries, both were child prodigies who died tragically young without knowing the extent of success their music received. Linley, still little-known, is featured in this Rush Hour concert along with two other 18th Century music makers, Charles Avison and Thomas Arne.
Festive family music
The Snowman: Live | 9 December, 3pm and 6pm | Firth Hall
Raymond Briggs' spellbinding tale of a snowman that comes to life, and his adventures with the little boy who built him, is magically brought to life by the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra. This timeless animated classic is screened with live orchestra, bringing to life a much loved festive favourite.
Below left: The Music Man, 25 February, Firth Hall | Below right: Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, 18 March, Firth Hall