From electro-acoustic to folk - The University of Sheffield unveils its 2019-20 concert series
From award-winning fiddle players, and electro-acoustic experimentalists, to Scandinavian folk music, University of Sheffield’s new season of concerts is set to make its mark.
Sheffield musical talent will join acclaimed UK musicians, and artists from around the world for the university’s 2019-20 season, which promises to bring together the best of folk, contemporary, and world music.
The season will launch today with Aidan O’Rourke and Kit Downes. Multi-award winning fiddle player, composer and producer O’Rourke – from the acclaimed band Lau – will be joined by the Mercury award nominated Downes on harmonium and piano. Together the pair present tracks from O’Rourke’s latest album 365:Volume Two, a collection of folk music that’s steeped in tradition but that also constantly breaks new ground. Expect bold, tender music, full of old truths and distilled modern wit.
Other October highlights include the Ligeti Quartet, with Ella Taylor soprano, on October 24, and Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror on October 31, which will feature a live score from Jonathan Best on piano – artistic director of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival.
On November 6, world music artists from across the globe will showcase a myriad of musical traditions.
On November 16, Propellor will bring a unique ‘in-the-round’ live music experience, combining soloists, writers and ensemble players from backgrounds as diverse as the English Baroque Soloists, amplified ensemble Decibel, folk septet The Fair Rain, The Harborough Collective, CHROMA, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, improvisers from The Destroyers and Glowrogues, electro-acoustic experimentalists from Hidden Orchestra and collaborators with Ensemble 360, Britten Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata. The collective will present their brand-new work Propellor, a piece that carries the imprint and identity of where it is performed.
Sheffield residents are invited to take part in workshops where sounds and interviews will be recorded and then woven into the piece ahead of its performance in The Octagon. Propellor hopes to encourage new audiences to experience sounds and a journey that breaks down expectations to get to the heart of why people are drawn to both water and to sharing their own experiences and stories. shared live experiences and stories.
On November 23-24, the university will present Sound Junction: a weekend of music designed to expand your ears and your mind.
On December 5, Madeleine Mitchell will introduce a violin sonatas with a nocturnally-themed programme, including works by Debussy and Brahms.
On November 19, Sheffield-based folk favourite Martin Simpson will be in the city with his acclaimed blend of superb storytelling and expressive playing.
On November 21 - The Snowman: Live will bring some early Christmas cheer to all, with the timeless Christmas magic of Raymond Brigg’s heartwarming tale of a snowman and the boy who made him, with a live score from Sheffield Rep. Orchestra.
Visit www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts for more details on the full series programme, for events running throughout 2019 and 2020.