University of Sheffield Concerts - 10% discount for all staff

The Snowman

The University’s Concerts programme is an annual series showcasing the best of classical, contemporary, folk, global roots, student ensembles and more. Packed with incredible national and international talent, unique and mesmerising projects grace our venues each semester.

University staff receive a 10% discount when booking online. Claim your discount by using the code STAFF10 when prompted.

Even better, the series includes FREE events in Firth Hall programmed specifically to fit around timetables – providing a welcome respite during lunch hours and rush-hour traffic. 

This December is a real treat. The University’s SingSoc will perform a range of traditional Christmas songs along with a few contemporary festive surprises. Folk legend and Sheffield resident Martin Simpson brings his fingerstyle guitar playing to Firth Hall in a home-coming concert that promises to showcase his superb storytelling and expressive playing. Everyone is welcome for a screening of the timeless Christmas classic The Snowman. The film will be magically brought to life by the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra performing the original score by Howard Blake.

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December highlights

Tuesday 3 December, 5.45pm - Department of Music Showcase (Free Rush Hour Concert)

Beat the traffic, avoid the public transport rush and unwind before going home after a hard day’s work with some great free music. Sit back, relax and take in the music performed by our talented students. Stay for the whole concert, stay for one piece, it’s up to you – audience members can arrive and leave between pieces.

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Friday 6 December, 7.30pm - Christmas with SingSoc

Enter into the festive spirit and join us for carols in Firth Hall.

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Tuesday 10 December, 5.45pm - Ensembles Showcase (Free Rush Hour Concert)

Beat the traffic, avoid the public transport rush and unwind before going home after a hard day’s work with some great free music. Stay for the whole concert, stay for one piece, it’s up to you – audience members can arrive and leave between pieces.

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Thursday 19 December, 7.30pm - Martin Simpson 

Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, Simpson’s solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

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Saturday 21 December, 3pm - The Snowman: Live

Briggs’s heartwarming tale of a snowman that comes to life, and his adventures with the little boy who built him is magically brought to life in this breath-taking performance! A full orchestra (Sheffield Rep.) will play Howard Blake’s musical score live as you watch the film.

The orchestra will also be playing a medley of music from the film "Frozen", alongside other Christmassy favourites; timeless Christmas magic for the whole family!

The event is seated but specific seat numbers are not allocated.

Tickets: Family deal available and babies go free.

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2020 highlights

Highlights from the 2020 section of the season include two concerts in partnership with Sheffield Jazz, modern interpretations of Scandivian folk music from Åkervinda and the highly-anticipated The Lost Words: Spell Songs; bringing together eight remarkable musicians to respond to creatures, art and language of The Lost Words, the bestselling book by author Robert MacFarlane and artist Jackie Morris. Spell Songs will weave together British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music to create an inspiring new body of work, including Heartwood; a charm-against-harm for Sheffield’s street trees. Jackie Morris will paint live on stage, with her work being fed to a screen so the audience can see her painting unfold during the concert.