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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

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.

The festival's 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. Other events will take place beyond the theatre auditorium, at the likes of the Winter Garden, Abbeydale Picture House, DINA, Sheffield Cathedral, Showroom and Tudor Square.

For 2018, the festival's theme is harmony. With over 25 concerts across nine days, the programme is incredibly varied and features everything from pre-concert talks to concerts for babies to free performances in the Winter Garden.

Highlights include the groundbreaking 1920s documentary Man with a Movie Camera with a live score from double bass player Laurène Durantel. Also in the programme is an evening of words and music exploring how music has inspired literature and how writing has inspired composers, with a performance of Alexander Pushkin’s short play Mozart and Salieri and a chilling short story The Mask of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. There's chance to experience two of the most influential pieces of the 20th century, Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint for guitar and New York Counterpoint for clarinet, performed by soloists playing against pre-recorded tracks of themselves. Spend Sunday afternoon relaxing with Italian wind quartets by Rossini, Donizetti and Mercadante over coffee and cake at St Matthew's Church. And enjoy Catrin Finch, one of the leading harpists of her generation, performing with internationally renowned Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita, to mark the launch of their second collaborative album.

There's tons more happening over the festival's nine days – see the full programme.

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