Concerts at the University of Sheffield

Autumns ConcertsThe University of Sheffield Concert Series are deligted to announce their Autumn programme, including jazz, folk and free lunch-time and rush hour concerts.

For more information about all the events listed below, please visit the University of Sheffield Concerts website.

Free Lunchtime and Rush-hour Concerts

Beat the rush-hour traffic or try out an alternative way to spend part of a lunch-hour. Either way relax, sit back and enjoy music performed by our talented students.

Global Mysteries - Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Tuesday 14 October, 19:30, Firth Hall, £4 for students

Glimpse through a window of time into a magical universe of reincarnation and release. The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India, founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th Century and the seat of the Panchen Lama, is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now re-established in exile in South India, the monastery is a major centre of learning, renowned for its artistic tradition of sacred music and dance.

At this event, eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery offer you a dramatic illustration of their unique sacred dances, music and prayers, with colourful traditional costumes and ceremonial masks. This offers a rare opportunity for you to witness this endangered, unique and astonishing culture - a  psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals and processions.

Singing Freedom!

Tuesday 21 October, 19:30, Firth Hall, £4 for students

The role of music in the American Civil Rights Movement was an important one. Songs helped lift spirits and tell the story of the most powerful movement for social justice. Music kept the movement moving.

Bassist Gary Crosby, a pioneering jazz talent and one of the UK’s most important bandleaders, brings his phenomenally talented young band Groundation to Sheffield. Along with Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode (University of Sheffield School of English) and Professor Brian Ward (Northumbria University) we revisit the path to freedom, from 18th and 19th century slavery through to the 20th Century Civil Rights Movement. Join us as the people, the personalities and events are remembered and reimagined in stunning new jazz arrangements.

Music and Place – Kathryn Tickell and The Side

Tuesday 28 October, 19:30, Firth Hall, £4 for students

Join Kathryn Tickell, the world’s foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, and her exciting new ensemble ‘The Side.’ Channeling diverse musical experiences into a powerful new sound, 'The Side' stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician.

Heartbeaking and evocative slow airs move seamlessly into life-affirming jigs and reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together.

PRE-CONCERT TALK: How, in a world of mind-boggling mobility and instant exchange of information (including music) across limitless distances, can music remain connected to specific places? How can music articulate people's feelings and ideas about places?

About Concerts at the University of Sheffield

We promote 100 classical, jazz, world and folk music events annually to public audiences, more so than any other organisation in the city. Our concerts feature visiting artists of the highest national and international standing. Student participation is at the heart of our work too and hundreds of young people perform in our numerous in-house orchestras and choirs.