Sheffield Chamber Music Festival is one of the city's annual musical delights, exploring the joy and delight that chamber music can bring to every possible audience. Its ethos is one of inclusivity, of making music for people to enjoy, and most importantly, of enjoying making music with people. Resident group Ensemble 360 are passionate in their mission to make what might sometimes be thought of as highbrow classical music accessible to everyone, and where better to do so than in the friendly environment of the Crucible Studio.
With over 25 concerts across nine days, the 2019 programme is incredibly varied and features everything from rush-hour concerts to discussions to family-friendly shows, with music from the 1700s to the present day.
Highlights include a whole Sunday centred on string music from around the world at Yellow Arch, featuring a folk workshop and the story of the lesser-known musical background of Noor Inayat Khan, a wartime secret agent and the first female radio operator in Nazi-occupied France – all fuelled by Indian street food. Also in the programme is Shiva Feshareki, who uses her trademark turntabling techniques to manipulate vinyl recordings of all kinds of music into something entirely new. On top of that there'll be an afternoon of animal-inspired music and poetry, music of the Apocalypse, and even a standup comedy show all about classical music.
There's tons more happening over the festival's nine days – see the full programme.
Tickets are just £5 tickets for most concerts to first-time attendees and under 35s – see details.