The 2018 festival will run between Saturday 23rd June and Saturday 30th June 2018. A flyer of the festival and booking form can be downloaded by clicking here.
Saturday 23rd June – Albion Choir & Sheffield Young Musicians
This concert marks the much-anticipated return of Albion, the Sheffield-born choral group whose reputation for unique and compelling performance spread far and wide. Their programme for this special occasion offers old favourites and new surprises, drawing on a millennium of musical influences and ranging from folksongs and shanties to hymns and devotions. Highlights will include Jerusalem, The Skye Boat Song, Greensleeves, and a number of items devised especially for this evening by composer Fraser Wilson and the group’s unique collective creative process. All of Albion’s performances in recent years have been complete sell-outs, and as always with the group, this event will be a moving, uplifting, and thoroughly beautiful experience of the best of choral music-making. Albion are delighted to be sharing the programme with this year’s Sheffield Music Hub award winners in what will be a celebration of joyful and vibrant youthful musicianship.
Sunday 24th June – Festival Choral Evensong (at 6:30pm)
Book of Common Prayer Choral Evensong with the St Nicholas’ Church Choir. Guest preacher: The Rt Revd Pete Wilcox, Bishop of Sheffield.
The Rt Revd Dr Pete Wilcox has been ordained for over 25 years. He trained at Ridley Hall in Cambridge after completing a degree in modern history at Durham University. After serving as a curate on Teesside, he studied for a doctorate at Oxford University. In 1993, he returned to the Durham Diocese to serve as a team vicar in the Parish of Gateshead, while assisting in the training of ordinands at Cranmer Hall as Director of its Urban Mission Centre.
In 1998 he took up a new position as priest in charge of St Paul’s Church at the Crossing in Walsall. Between August 2006 and July 2012 he was Canon Chancellor at Lichfield Cathedral, a post which involved oversight of the Cathedral’s work in education and outreach. On 7 April 2017, it was announced that Pete would be the next Bishop of Sheffield and was installed on 23 September 2017 in Sheffield Cathedral.
He is married to the novelist, Catherine Fox and they have two adult sons. Pete is a fan of all ball sports, and follows the fortunes of Newcastle United especially closely. He is the author of three books: Living the Dream (2007), Walking the Walk (2009) and Talking the Talk (2011).
Monday 25th June – Onyx Brass
Onyx Brass performs concerts worldwide, offering programmes built from a vast repertoire. The group plays a wealth of music from original compositions to arrangements of religious music; from ceremonial fanfares to songs from the shows; from the beautiful simplicity of a Bach fugue to the stomp of a Copland ballet.
Handel Eternal Source of Light Divine
Bach Fugue in A flat major
Shostakovich Fugue in A flat major
Schumann Suite from “Kinderszenen”
Ketelbey Short Air Fanfare
Adams China Gates
Chappell Hollywood Portraits
Rebello Inevitable Outcome
Nightingale For Rosie
Various A Jazz Selection
Tuesday 26th June – Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello) with Isata Kanneh-Mason (piano) – sold out!
Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Spring 2016. Please note this concert is sold out.
Boccherini: Cello Sonata No. 6 in A Major, G. 4
Poulenc: Cello Sonata FP 143
Debussy: Cello Sonata in D minor L.135
Brahms: Cello Sonata No.2 in F Major, Op.99
Wednesday 27th June – Gould Piano Trio
Benjamin Frith (piano), Lucy Gould (violin), Alice Neary (cello)
“The only comparison that comes to mind is the old Beaux Arts Trio; the combination of jeweler-like precision and a musical fire that ignites from the first bar.” (The Washington Post)
Haydn Piano Trio in A Hob XV:9
Schoenberg “Verklärte Nacht”
Brahms Piano Trio No 1 in B major Op8
Thursday 28th June – Jennifer Pike (violin) with Jeremy Pike (piano/organ)
Renowned as a violinist with dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique, British violinist Jennifer Pike’s unique artistry has taken the musical world by storm. This evening’s programme includes compelling pieces by Wieniawski and Szymanowski as Jennifer has been exploring her Polish roots, as well as beautiful and lyrical pieces by Mozart and Vaughan Williams.
Mozart Violin Sonata in G major KV 301
Szymanowski Mythes 1 and 2
Wieniawski Polonaise No 1
Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending
Szymanowski arr Kochanski Roxana’s Song (from King Roger)
Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella
Friday 29th June – Craig Ogden & London Tango Quintet – sold out!
Five acclaimed musicians drawn together by a love of the tango. Chart topping guitar virtuoso, Craig Ogden, is joined by the extraordinary accordionist, Miloš Milivojevic, described by the Times as ‘a hurricane of musical invention’. Pianist Paul Bateman (who, as conductor, his total discography now includes over seventy recordings, many of which feature daily on Classic FM) regularly plays with the Quintet, harpsichordist and director of internationally renowned ensembles while double bassist, Richard Pryce, works with all the major orchestras and artists from Jamie Cullum to Shirley Bassey. Violinist and founder of the quintet, David Juritz, made headlines when he busked around the world for charity. His playing has been described by The Strad Magazine as having a quality of “aching lyricism … naked expression in the grip of an icy control”
Astor Piazzolla Michelangelo 70
Astor Piazzolla Milonga del Angel
Khachaturian Toccata (piano solo)
Astor Piazzolla Mumuki
Astor Piazzolla Muerte del Angel
Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas in A K.322, D K.177, D K.178 (guitar solo)
Astor Piazzolla Resurrecion Del Angel
Astor Piazzolla Libertango
Marcello arr. Bach Adagio from Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (Accordion solo)
Astor Piazzolla Invierno Porteño
Astor Piazzolla Verano Porteño
Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel (Violin solo)
Astor Piazzolla Otoño Porteño
Astor Piazzolla Primavera Porteño
Saturday 30th June – Camerata RCO – Clarinet Quintet
Camerata RCO is a unique ensemble. We are all members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and we enjoy playing in the orchestra tremendously. However, we like to expand this joy by playing together in a small ensemble as well. Not only is the repertoire of a small ensemble different, we also feel that chamber music is more personal and intimate. It is refreshing to get to know our colleagues in the orchestra better while working together in Camerata RCO. We are completely free to choose the repertoire we play, where we play it and with whom. With Camerata RCO we like to be in close contact with our audience. The energy that results from these concerts is what inspires us most.
Joanna Westers – violin
Annebeth Webb – violin
Jeroen Woudstra – viola
Johan van Iersel – cello
Hein Wiedijk – clarinet
R.Schumann – Fantasiestücke op. 73
A. Borodin – String Quartet no. 2
W.A. Mozart – Clarinet quintet in A major, KV 561