Horton’s tour de force

Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton
Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton

DETAILS have just been announced of Music in the Round’s autumn season which begins at the Crucible Studio on September 29 when Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton embarks on a complete performance of Beethoven’s piano cycle over four years with the first three, plus the ‘Appassionata’, No 23.

Ensemble 360 evening concerts feature Bach: B minor flute sonata; Beethoven: piano and wind quintet Op 16: and Schubert: Octet on October 9 – a special. Pay what you want!

Rachmaninov: Trio Élégiaque No 1; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No 2; Stravinsky: Soldier’s Tale Suite; Tchaikovsky: String Quartet Op 22, are heard on November 3; Roussel: Divertissement for piano and wind Op 6; Nielsen: Wind Quintet; Poulenc: Flute Sonata; Mozart: piano and wind quintet, on December 1; Schubert: Shepherd on the Rock: Schoenberg: String Quartet Op 10, both with Amy Freston (soprano); Brahms: Piano Quartet Op 26, on December 8.

Three Ensemble lunchtime concerts take in Mozart: K454 violin sonata arranged as a clarinet sonata; Weber: Grand Duo Concertant Op 48, on November 1; Beethoven: Cello Sonata Op 5 No 1; Richard Strauss Cello Sonata Op 6, on November 8; Schubert: Trockne Blumen Variations for flute and piano; Dutilleux: Oboe Sonata; Demersseman: Duo Brillant on themes from Rossini’s William Tell, on December 6.

Visitors are the Doric String Quartet with Haydn, Bartók and Schubert: ‘Death and the Maiden’ on November 2, and the USA-based Parker Quartet with Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven: Op 135 on November 11, while Peter Cropper puts an appearance in with Martin Roscoe to play Mozart: K526 sonata; Beethoven: Op 30 No 2; and the respective Debussy and Franck violin sonatas on December 3.

Jazz is on offer from the John Taylor Trio on November 30; Norwegian and Scottish roots/ folk music from Fribo on December 2; fusion with an edge of India from a distinguished trio of musicians calling themselves Parampara on November 10; and Medieval Christmas Carols from the early music group Joglaresa on December 9.

Sheffield Young Singers and their founding director Helen Cowan bring the season to a close on December 10 with folk songs from across the UK.

General booking for the season opened on July 23 and it might be worth having look at the brochure for it, or Music in the Round’s website for a number of ticket offers, including a subscription for 10 concerts which could save you one-third of the total cost.