Musical premieres, tributes and visions

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Tonight (Thursday) Music in the Round’s acclaimed Resident Artists Ensemble 360 offer a world premiere at Upper Chapel, giving gifted young composer Dani Howard’s Ostara for clarinet, cello and piano its first public outing. The Royal College of Music graduate will take part in a pre-concert talk, offering the audience an insight into her creative mind.

The University of Sheffield continue their concert season on Tuesday by celebrating one of cinema’s greatest works in Firth Hall, welcoming award-winning vocal ensemble Orlando Consort to soundtrack Carl Theodor Dreyer’s silent 1928 masterpiece La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc. An intensely emotional and visually stunning film, it was initially vilified and censored as blasphemous but is nowadays recognised as a landmark work of art. Orlando Consort’s choral laments promise to transport the audience inside Dreyer’s expressive portrait of the 15th century martyr.

Saturday sees one of the highlights of the eclectic St Andrew’s Music Festival, held at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church in Nether Edge. The internationally acclaimed Villiers Quartet, chosen as Quartet in Residence at Oxford University, are joined by virtuoso clarinettist Victoria Soames Samek for the premiere of a new commission from Sheffield composer Ray Kohn. The new work, 3 Memorials, pays tribute to Béla Bartók, Marc Chagall and Primo Levi, three artists who took a stand against injustice and oppression in the shadow of World War II.

Also performing this Saturday are Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, who sing works by Chilcott, Rutter and Elgar in Sheffield Cathedral, and Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra who hold their Autumn Concert in Victoria Hall.

Visit www.classicalsheffield.org.uk to keep up to date with Sheffield’s classical music scene.