the bradfield festival of music celebrates its 20th anniversary!
the festival is a UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY TOP-QUALITY CLASSICAL MUSIC IN the fairy-tale setting of st Nicholas church, high bradfield - JUST A SHORT RIDE AWAY FROM SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE
24th June 2017
AUSTONLEY BRASS (dectet) & NEIL TAYLOR (organ) - £16
Austonley Brass is a 10-piece brass ensemble based in the North of England with some of the most sought after brass musicians in the country. The group is the brainchild of trombonists Garrath Beckwith & James Garlick formed with the aim of entertaining audiences all over the UK and further afield with excellent brass music played by the best British instrumentalists.
The musicians of Austonley Brass are equally at home on the concert platform or in recording studio having performed live and recorded numerous albums, TV shows and radio broadcasts with professional ensembles and artists across the music spectrum.
Austonley Brass will be joined by renowned organist Neil Taylor. Neil was Organist and Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral from 1997 to 2016, winning critical acclaim for his work with the cathedral choir. He is also Music Director of St George's Singers, Manchester, The Sheffield Chorale and, from January 2017, Artistic Director of the Keele Bach Choir.
Providing the narrative for this spectacular musical journey is the local highly respected brass band maestro Derek Renshaw.
The evening will also see performances by and presentations to the Festival Young Musician Award Winners.
Evening supported by Bradfield Parish Council
27th June 2017
ESCHER STRING QUARTET - £18
We are delighted to continue our tradition of bringing quality classical quartets to Bradfield. This year - The Escher String Quartet who come all the way over from the USA.
The quartet formed in 2005 in New York City where its founding members were studying at the Manhattan School of Music has received acclaim for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty.
A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where last season, it not only presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle in a concert streamed live from the Rose Studio but was also one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets.
Evening supported by Barbara and David Mangles
30th June 2017
THE ACADEMY OF ST MARTINS IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE - £22
A return visit to Bradfield by these marvellous London-based musicians who first appeared the Festival to much acclaim in 2013.
The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works - from quintets to octets - with players who customarily work together instead of the usual string quartet with additional guests.
Drawn from the principal players of the orchestra, and play directed by Academy Leader Tommo Keller, the Chamber Ensemble tours as a string octet, string sextet or in other configurations to include wind instruments.
Its touring commitments are extensive, with regular visits to France, Germany and Spain and frequent tours to North and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Evening supported by Festival Patron Scheme
25th June 2017
CHORAL EVENSONG AT ST NICHOLAS - FREE
Guest Preacher: the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield
Peter Bradley has been Dean of Sheffield since 2003. Before then he served in parishes and chaplaincies in Cambridge, Northampton, High Wycombe and near Oxford. During his time in Sheffield the Cathedral has been substantially rebuilt, from the golden weather vane on the spire to the centre for the homeless far below.
During 2015, Peter led for the Cathedral on an international art show in Sheffield, showing major works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection in Turin throughout the Cathedral. More recently, he has welcomed a large exhibition of works celebrating the Divine Comedy by Dante.
Peter chairs the Sheffield City Partnership Board which brings together all statutory and voluntary sector agencies to focus on reducing poverty in the city. He also chairs Sheffield Money, a new agency which seeks to provide fair financial services to those who would otherwise use high cost lenders.
Please note that unlke all other concerts, which start at 7.30pm, this event will start at 6.30pm.
28th June 2017
BENJAMIN GROVESNOR (piano) & HYEYOON PARK (violin) - £22
Benjamin first came to prominence as the outstanding winner of the Keyboard Final of the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at the age of eleven (Nicola Benedetti was the overall winner that year!). He is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations. His virtuosic command over the most strenuous technical complexities underpins the remarkable depth and understanding of his musicianship.
Benjamin makes his third visit to Bradfield and it is true to say that he loves to play at our Festival. As part of this concert Benjamin will share the platform with Hyeyoon Park.
On the concert platform Hyeyoon Park combines integrity with elegance, focus with panache, all of which make her an artist of true style and virtuosity. In 2012 Hyeyoon received the London Music Masters Award, which brought her to prominent venues in the UK. Passionate about education, this award has also provided her with a platform to bring her music and performance into London’s schools, many in underprivileged areas. She was previously awarded the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2011 and she was the youngest ever first prize winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich.
Evening supported by Ecclesfield Welfare Charities
1st July 2017
ZRI present "Schubert at the Red Hedgehog Tavern" - £16
ZRI – Max Baillie (violin), Matthew Sharp (cello), Ben Harlan (clarinet), Jon Banks (accordion), Iris Pissaride (santouri)
The group ZRI take their name from ‘Zum Roten Igel’ - the Red Hedgehog Tavern - a 19th century Viennese hub of socialising, beer-drinking, and of music. The musicians have come together to give a flavour of the music that Brahms, Schubert and others would have listened to.
Both Brahms and Schubert went to the tavern to hear gypsy musicians play and this influence found its way into their writing, most closely in the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and the Schubert C Major Quintet. ZRI have re-scored both of these works weaving Klezmer and gypsy music into the original fabric of the score.
So come and let your hair down at Bradfield’s very own version of the Red Hedgehog Tavern.
Evening supported by Strategic Partnerships Ltd
26th June 2017
JACQUI DANKWORTH & CHARLIE WOOD present "Just Me, Just You" - £18
The daughter of the late Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the U.K. After several years at the National Theatre and RSC she decided to concentrate on her singing career. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase a virtuosic, seemingly effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui’s musical palette also draws on folk, soul, classical, blues, and numerous other influences.
Jacqui is joined at Bradfield by her husband, acclaimed American singer/songwriter and keyboardist, Charlie Wood for a unique concert of arrangements celebrating a century of song.
Both artistes are inspired by some of the great musical partnerships, such as Ray Charles & Betty Carter, Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, George & Ira Gershwin, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway and James Taylor & Carole King.
Evening supported by Keith J Hoyland
29th June 2017
THE SONGSMITHS - £18
Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Nicky Spence (baritone), Christopher Ainslie (counter tenor) & Audrey Hyland (piano)
Songsmiths was founded in 2012 by the pianist Audrey Hyland. The aim of the group is to connect songs in varied languages and styles to unite the world of song through a common theme, story and emotional journey.
Songsmiths brings together one of Sheffield’s most loved sopranos - Elizabeth Watts, and two other talented young opera singers Nicky Spence (tenor) and Christopher Ainslee (counter-tenor) in a programme of music entitled “Secrets and Obsessions”- a new programme reworked especially for the Bradfield Festival following a sell out performance at the Wigmore Hall. It shines new light on these two constrasting and yet entwined elements of life revealed through song performed by three of the most popular singers of their generation, who are joined at the piano by Audrey Hyland.
Since their first concert at St. Georges, Hanover Square, Songsmiths have completed a series of recitals at St. John’s Smith Square and appeared at the Spitalfields Festival. More recently, engagements have included a sold out debut recital at the Wigmore Hall; a residency at St John’s Smith Square; their Paris debut at the Musee d’Orsay, as well as appearances throughout the United Kingdom.
Evening supported by The Physios
How do I book?
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All concerts are at St Nicholas' Church, Jane Street, High Bradfield, Sheffield, S6 6LG.
All concerts commence at 7.30pm, with the exception of Choral Evensong which starts at 6.30pm. Doors open 45 minutes before each event.
Advance booking is advised for all events.
With the exception of reservations for special guests and sponsors, seats are unreserved and are not numbered.
In order to be fair to all, reservation of seats for absent audience members is not permitted.
Due to the nature of the church's architecture, some seats may have a restricted view and you may want to bring a cushion for extra comfort.
Performances are in the round and some seats are behind the performers.
Unsold tickets may be available at the door; please telephone one of the numbers provided to check availability.
Refreshments, and pre-ordered interval drinks, are served in the Huntsman Restaurant at The Old Horns Inn.
Concerts are generally 120 minutes long with an interval of 25 to 30 minutes.