Taking music out of the concert hall

Classical Sheffield Festival of Music returns in March 2017
Classical Sheffield Festival of Music returns in March 2017

The Classical Weekend Festival, starting tomorrow, is set to bring the city to life with music.

Outside the concerts taking place across Sheffield’s music venues, a series of free pop-up performances in some unexpected locations are bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into the city.

Friday evening sees the Antiques Quarter play host to some memorable performances. Retro boutique Vintedge, the artisan café in Riley’s Antiques and creative community Hagglers Corner will all host a range of groups, singers and soloists performing an eclectic variety of styles, serving a range of food and drink.

Vintedge’s Hop Hideout Craft Beer Shop will be open throughout, with hundreds of tempting brews from local producers and further afield.

Performers at the Antiques Quarter will include Sheffield City Opera giving an up close and personal rendition of some classic arias, vivid Spanish and Cuban music from Sinsontes, enchanting traditional folk arrangements by Beekeepers Folk Group, cellist Elliot Bailey, pianist Peter Fagerlind and many more.

Free pop-up performances can then be found throughout the weekend in the lush greenery of the Winter Garden, as well as on Saturday in the intimate Blue Moon Café and outside on The Moor.

Curious listeners exploring the city centre will be treated to powerful vocal performances from the likes of Octogenesis, Escafeld Choral and Waldershelf Singers, inspiring music from the Sheffield Philharmonic and Sheffield Youth Orchestras, plus a host more choirs, soloists and ensembles exploring classical music’s diversity.

For information and tickets, visit Classical Weekend