Award-winning orchestra at festival

Members of Sheffield University Wind Orchestra performing at the European international youth music festival in Neerpelt in Belgium where they were awarded awarded the prestigious 1st Prize Cum Laude
Members of Sheffield University Wind Orchestra performing at the European international youth music festival in Neerpelt in Belgium where they were awarded awarded the prestigious 1st Prize Cum Laude
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SHEFFIELD University Wind Orchestra continue their round of appearances in the city following major competition success in Belgium at the end of April with a Summer Music in the Park concert in Weston Park this Sunday.

They are also involved, a week on Sunday, in an event in this year’s Sheffield University/ Sheffield Cathedral Summer Arts Festival which begins next Wednesday.

Recent times have been particularly fruitful for the SUWO, which has had a string of successes at home and abroad over the last decade or so.

In early April they won a Gold Award at the National Concert Band Festival national finals in Glasgow before going to the European international youth music festival in Neerpelt in Belgium at the end of the month where they were one of only nine bands awarded the prestigious 1st Prize Cum Laude.

The orchestra’s involvement in the University /Cathedral festival is Martin Ellerby’s Mass for St Thomas Aquinas with the University Choir as part of Orchestral Eucharist on June 5.

The claim ‘something for everyone’ for once is true with as-eclectic a festival taking place at Sheffield Cathedral between June 1 and 12 as you are likely to come across.

The main events, each evening, begin with a visit by former poet laureate Andrew Motion next Wednesday to read excerpts from his latest book Laurels and Donkeys, a collections of war poems, and some of his other works.

Spoken word gives way to folk music 24 hours later with The Demon Barbers who give way to leading British jazz singer Clare Teal next Friday who, in turn, gives way to singer-songwriter Emmy the Great (Emma-Lee Moss) a week on Saturday, June 4.

World music on June 5 finds Turkish-born singer Çigdem Aslan performing songs that evoke the common heritage of Greece and Turkey, while university orchestras offer a change of tune on June 6 with Beethoven (Romance in F with Peter Cropper), Copland and Chausson.

There are words and music on June 7 when Anthony Gowing celebrates the French composer and organist Jehan Alain and comedy takes over on June 8 with Jo Enright, Steve Royle and Jamie Sutherland. Classic silver screen horror on June 9 sees a showing of Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera to an improvised organ soundtrack from Darius Battiwalla, while folk/ rock guitarist Teddy Thompson puts an appearance in on June 10.

Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony from the university’s Jessop Sinfonia is rather oddly paired with Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle from the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus on June 11 and, on June 12, the choirs of Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s, Ranmoor perform choral music.