Community day at museum

THERE is a considerable amount of 'fringe' activity in Music in the Round's Classical Revolutionaries festival, most of it under MitR's education and outreach umbrella Music in the Community.

It actually begins this Sunday with another Music in the Community Day at Weston Park Museum, a hugely successful festival event for the last two years.

This year there will be food-related music to complement the museum's Food, Glorious Food exhibition and workshops.

Ensemble 360 are among the performers who further include Martin Cropper's Highly Strung string ensemble, Sheffield Music Service's Rivelin Orchestra and Sheffield Young Singers.

The workshops to get involved in include Singing Sock Puppets, African drumming with Unbeatable Energy a sound installation with Lovebytes and What's for Tea Today? with Ensemble 360.

Further details can be found in Listings under Concerts/ Recitals and admission is free.

After the opening festival concert next Friday there is an invitation to hear A Little Night Music in the Crucible's Upper Bar (formerly Long Bar) from Sheffield University's Jessop Ensemble, Peter Cropper and Ensemble 360 members.

Bite-size Beethoven on May 8 is an afternoon family concert introducing Ludwig's music and becomes interactive with creation of a festival piece based on his Fifth Symphony.

Highly Strung reappear to play in the foyer before the Doric Quartet's concert on May 10.

May 12 sees a Little Mozarts morning workshop with Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 introducing three-to-five-year-olds to Wolfgang Amadeus, while there is a performance of his celebrated setting of Ave Verum Corpus at the evening festival concert on May 14, and you are needed to sing it!

With music provided, Ensemble 360 will be accompanying you, except Matthew Hunt who is conducting and there is a rehearsal at 6.30pm.

Among pre-concert talks are Peter Cropper discussing the influence of Haydn on Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert with members of Ensemble 360 and Simon Keefe, professor of music at Sheffield University, talking to MitR chairman Paul Allen about Mozart.

Peter Cropper discusses the development of the piano with Melvyn Tan, who offers examples on three pianos, and Peter Hill talks about the relationship between Beethoven and Hummel.

Also, tucked away in the afternoon of May 15 is a talk by Timothy Baycroft, senior lecturer in European History at Sheffield University, in which he places the music being played in the festival in the wider context of the political upheavals of the time.

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