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Exploring Haydn Festival weekend

23rd Feb 2015 12:59
Exploring Haydn Festival weekend


23 February 2015

A new chamber music festival weekend for Sheffield!

Music in the Round expands its festival programme for the year with a ‘Haydn Weekend’

Exploring Haydn: 27 Feb – 1 March, Sheffield Crucible Studio, Box Office 0114 249 6000

Not a company to rest on their laurels, Sheffield’s Music in the Round is taking the format of its ever popular May Festival and reproducing it in miniature this month – with a weekend festival of concerts, workshops and talks dedicated to the composer Joseph Haydn from 27 February – 1 March.

From a ‘meet the composer’ schools concert, exploring the life and music of ‘Papa’ Haydn,  to a rare complete performance of the Opus 76 string quartets, Haydn’s final set of string quartets, played over five concerts,  Exploring Haydn dedicates eight events to the composer on the weekend. The weekend will also include family friendly backstage tours of Music in the Round’s home, the Sheffield Crucible Theatre – which may include an opportunity to watch the musicians in rehearsal and explore their world!

Music in the Round’s Resident Ensemble 360 are joined by winners of the 2012 1st International Sandor Vegh String Quartet Competition, the Benyounes Quartet and professors Julian Horton, David Wyn Jones and Simon Keefe, who take part in a ‘(Re)-Discovering Haydn Symposium’ (28 Feb, 3pm) and a lecture-recital of the Emperor quartet (28 Feb, 5pm). 

Music in the Round’s Artistic Director Angus Smith comments:

“If ever a composer warranted being the focus of a festival weekend it is Joseph Haydn (1732-1809).  Known as the ‘father of the string quartet’, Haydn was instrumental in the development of chamber music, and his place is assured in music textbooks as the man who stood at the crossroads of the transition from Baroque to Classical and from Classical to Romantic music.

We would urge anyone who doesn’t know Haydn, or anyone who thinks they do know Haydn, but didn’t like him much, to come along and discover him anew! There are events for all ages and all levels of knowledge.”

Music in the Round’s spring season also includes the final installments of complete Beethoven piano sonatas and string quartet cycles by Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton.

WEEKEND TICKETS: Weekend festival ticket £60 / £42 Disabled and Unemployed / £12 Under 18s and Students


For tickets please contact Sheffield Theatres Box Office on 0114 249 6000

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