The funding, totaling £35,000, will allow the group to build on the success of the Classical Sheffield Festival of Music 2015 with another weekend festival from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March 2017, continuing to expand and enrich the Steel City’s classical music offering.
The programme for the 2017 festival is shaping up brilliantly, with already confirmed highlights including performances from the world famous Hallé orchestra, acclaimed contemporary ensemble Psappha and a celebration of the life and work of Pierre Boulez organised by the University of Sheffield.
The festival will also host the UK premiere of John Luther Adams’ ‘Canticles of the Sky’ for 48 cellos, drawing on talent from across Yorkshire to participate, before reaching a spectacular conclusion with a choral concert on a huge scale, performed by hundreds of local singers.
Concerts will take place across a wide range of Sheffield venues, including Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Firth Hall, Sheffield Cathedral, Blue Moon Café and Yellow Arch Studios.
Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director of Music in the Round, said:
“I’m very excited that Sheffield will host the second Classical Weekend Festival in March 2017. Once again the city will be brought to life by thousands of musicians sharing a huge variety of music with thousands of Sheffielders. Next year’s festival will be bigger and more spectacular than last year’s, and with additional funding from the Arts Council, will involve more people from throughout the city. There’ll be more opportunities for children and young people, more music from around the world, and an exciting finale comprising hundreds of singers from the city’s many choirs.”
The 14th and 15th October 2016 will also see a Classical Sheffield Mini-Festival in Sheffield’s Winter Garden, with a series of free pop-up performances showcasing many of the city’s finest musical groups in this unique city centre location.
With two fantastic events over the next year set to bring a wealth of international talent to Sheffield and provide exciting opportunities for the city’s own musicians to get involved, the future of classical music in Sheffield has never looked brighter.