30th year of Music in the Round

Steven Osborne, London 30 May 2013
Steven Osborne, London 30 May 2013

The opening concert of their 30th anniversary season sees Music in the Round supporting Sheffield’s Women of Steel fundraising campaign.

On October 9, Ensemble 360 will perform two outstanding works of the Romantic repertoire, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat and Schubert’s Octet of 1824.

This concert is one of three featuring local musicians who are performing in aid of the Women of Steel Statue Appeal.

The season’s innovation continues with MANTRA: Musical Conversations across the Indian Ocean on Thursday, November 13. The Orlando Consort, Kuljit Bhamra, Jonathan Mayer and Shahid Khan unite to search for the lost sound-world of the extraordinary cross-cultural encounter by Portuguese Missionaries arriving in India at the beginning of the 16th century.

Music in the Round will present one of the world’s great pianists, Steven Osborne, on Monday, October 13, performing a special programme of lyrical pieces from Schubert’s solo piano repertoire.

Heralded as “England’s best-loved clarinet player” by BBC Music Magazine, Emma Johnson has been captivating audiences since she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award in 1984, the year Music in the Round was founded.

On November 29 she will present a programme of landmark sonatas from the clarinet repertoire by Brahms and Saint-Saëns.

The season at the Crucible Studio also sees Music in the Round hosting two further instalments of the renowned Elias String Quartet’s complete Beethoven string quartets (October 3 and 28), Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton embarking on the penultimate instalment of his Beethoven Piano Sonata cycle (December 4) and a 30th presented by Ensemble 360 featuring a combination of music by Schumann and Brahms (December 6).