Exciting new season

Violinist Jennifer Pike
Violinist Jennifer Pike

Classical music returns to Sheffield City Hall with a season featuring international ensembles, conductors and soloists

The 2018/19 season opens on Friday, October 5 as Laura van der Heijden joins Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Hallé to perform Dvorák's magnificent Cello Concerto.

The Halle will also play Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, regarded as his greatest achievement in orchestral music.

The concert begins with the rousing homecoming of Sibelius's legendary hero, Lemminkäinen’s Return.

The Sheffield International concert Season continues on October 18 with the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valentin Uryupin, and guest violinist Chloë Hanslip.

They perform Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite, with its famous opening waltz, and Chloë Hanslip is then soloist in Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto.

The evening is completed by Tchaikovsky’s Second Symphony. Nicknamed ‘Little Russian’, each of its four movements quote Ukrainian folk songs, including the famous Volga Boat Song.

The Halle return on November 9 with pianist Francesco Piemontesi with an evening of Beethoven, Weber and Wagner.

They perform Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Beethoven’s 'Emperor'Piano Concerto No 5 and Wagner’s Preludes to Act I & III of Lohengrin and the suite from Die Meistersinger.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra arrive on November 30 to perform two great Czech signature works.

The opening piece is the exuberant, energetic overture to Smetana’s comic opera The Bartered Bride.

Nikolai Demidenko, long admired by British audiences, is soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto No 1.
The orchestra returns then to its homeland with Dvorák’s Ninth Symphony, 'From the New World', one of the most beloved works in the repertoire.

In December, the unmissable City Hall Christmas Concerts presented by BBC Radio 3's Petroc Trelawney mark a favourite staple fixture in the city's festive calendar.

The multi-award-winning Brass Dyke Band are  joining forces with Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus for singalong carols and soaring harmonies. There are two performances on December 15.

Concerts in February and March feature London Mozart Players, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé celebrating the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Each concert features one of his exquisite concertos testing the virtuoso skills of leading soloists including Jennifer Pike and Pavel Kolesnikov.
The rest of the season boasts diverse musical experiences, from classical radio favourites like Vaughn Williams' iconic The Lark Ascending to Nielsen's moody Fifth Symphony.

A spokesman for the City Hall said: “From veteran maestros like Sir Mark Elder and Howard Shelley to some of the greatest young soloists in the world in Benjamin Grosvenor and Francesca Dego, there is something for everyone to discover.”

To book tickets, visit the City Hall box office, call 0114 278 9789 or go online at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk