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Classical Weekend

Free / £5 for some events / £30 for a weekend pass

The festival, Classical Weekend returns for its third year in 2019, seeing more than 50 of Sheffield’s music groups joined by performers from across the world to host a huge range of performances and workshops in venues across the city.

The weekend is programmed around three themes: Women in Music, to celebrate International Women’s Day which falls on the same weekend; Future Makers, to celebrate the wealth of young musicians in the city; and Beyond Borders, which celebrates both the fusion of classical music with other art forms and different world cultures.

Venues include the Winter Gardens, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield City Hall, and Burton Road. They will host There'll be a range of concerts and workshops for families, young people and classical music lovers alike across the weekend, with all performances lasting under an hour and many of them free to attend.

Passes for Classical Weekend are £30 and will go on sale in November 2018, while tickets for individual events are £5 and will go on sale in January 2019.

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Ensemble 360

Fri. 8 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

String and piano quartets. Including Robert Schumann’s turbulent Piano Quartet, a piece that has been described as ‘a small piano concerto’ and is one of Ensemble 360’s favourite works.

Creep Show

Sat. 5 October 2019

Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union Western Bank, S10 2TG

Sensoria host the premiere live performance by a group made up of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge).

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Mon. 25 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

An entertaining lunchtime concert for flute, oboe and piano, featuring glorious Baroque music, a charming trio by British composer, actor and cartoonist Madeleine Dring, and champagne cork-popping Italian opera.

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Sat. 9 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A concert for families, telling the heartwarming story of Chutney the Chimp and celebrating the importance of love and happiness in everyone’s lives.