Radiohead cellist's visit is hot ticket

Sheffield's second Classical Weekend Festival is set to bring innovative cello superstar Olly Coates, best known for his work with Radiohead and on scores for major films including Under the Skin and Oscar winner There Will Be Blood.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:06 am
Cellist Oliver Coates

Olly appears at Kelham Island Museum for a UK premiere of the ethereal Canticles of the Sky, from Pulitzer and Grammy-winning composer John Luther Adams.

The unmissable performance on Saturday March 18 is one of the festival’s hottest tickets. A host of cellists from across the region join Olly, surrounding the audience in an immersive, ethereal sonic experience, made all the more unique by the industrial landmark setting.

As a cellist, composer and producer, he has collaborated with a wide array of performers from the worlds of classical, alternative, experimental, and electronic music in addition to his own trailblazing solo work.

Trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where he earned the highest grades in the university’s history, Coates has gone on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist Award and became artist in residence at London’s South Bank Centre.

He played on Nico Muhly’s 2011 album Seeing Is Believing as well as the soundtracks for There Will Be Blood and The Master, both composed by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood.

He also contributed heavily to Radiohead’s acclaimed 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool and was hailed by frontman Thom Yorke as having played a major role in shaping the chart-topping record’s sound.

Tickets, from £5 for students and under-18s, are available online at, over the phone on 0114 2 789 789 or in person at the Sheffield City Hall box office.