Peter Hill

Music in the Round: Mendelssohn & Schumann

Music in the Round Spring Season opens with Mendelssohn& Schumann: the Leipzig Years and an appearance from world-renowned pianist Peter Hill.

Following their bestselling autumn season since 2001, the Sheffield-based chamber music promoters return to the Crucible studio later this month. Presenting a festival of classical music, the weekend features music from an extraordinary range of composers linked to Mendelssohn, Schumann and the city of Leipzig.

One of Britain’s finest pianists and Sheffield resident, Peter Hill, will open the festival, performing pieces by JS Bach. Hill is widely known as one of the world’s finest interpreters of Bach, he will present key compositions from Bach’s time spent in Leipzig, including a selection of captivating French Suites, as featured on his album which was released at the beginning of the year to great critical acclaim.

Over the course of the three day festival Sheffield’s resident chamber group, Ensemble 360, will present a selection of music that explores Mendelssohn and Schumann’s participation in the musical life of the city, from the moment they first met there in October 1835.

Highlights of the weekend include performances of Mendelssohn’s stunning Song without Words for cello and piano (Friday 19th February, 9pm), Schumann’s magnificent Piano Quintet Op.44 (Sunday 21st February, 3pm), as well as Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio Op.49 and his string Quartet Op.80 (Saturday 20th February, 7.15pm).

Other events on offer at the festival include a symposium, led by three eminent guest speakers, Laura Tunbridge (University of Oxford), Timothy Baycroft (University of Sheffield), and Julian Horton (University of Durham), as well as a lecture illustrated by musical examples from Ensemble 360.

Music in the Round Spring Season is on at the Crucible Studio from February 19th-21st.

For more information about the festival check out the website here.

Ticket prices start at just £5. To book please contact Sheffield Theatres Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or go here.

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