Music in the Round – May 6th-14th
Music in the Round are holding their 32nd annual festival this month, starting on the 6th May, and running through to the 14th. It’s based around a celebration of Beethoven, and will consist of 32 musical events and performances over nine days. In addition to the works of Ludvig himself, the ‘Beethoven Revisited Festival’ will feature pop-up performances in Tudor Square, a talk by John Suchet, who is a Beethoven expert, a marathon effort by Ensemble 360 who will attempt 16 concerts over the nine days, and a Bake-Off inspired ‘Bake-Hoven’ competition.
In celebrating the works of Beethoven, the festival also reflects the view of founder Peter Cropper, who died last year. Peter believed Beethoven had “more to say about life in his chamber music than any other composer” and was the inspiration for the Lindsay String Quartet’s very first festival of chamber music in Sheffield back in 1984.
A couple of specific highlights will be a drama infused with classical music on 7th May. It’s the Sheffield-raised playwright Laura Wade’s play for voices, Kreutzer vs Kreutzer, which recently earned great critical acclaim at London’s Globe Theatre. This new production combines performances of Beethoven and Janáček’s Kreutzer sonatas, with Leo Tolstoy’s tale of a conversation on a train, in which a man confesses to killing his wife while in a state of obsessively jealous rage.
The other not to be missed event will be when internationally renowned baritone Roderick Williams performs for the first time alongside Ensemble 360 on 8 May.
Together they present The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. It’s major new work by award-winning composer Howard Skempton, with words based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic tale of tragedy and salvation.
Tickets cost £5 – £17.50, with discounts for booking 5 or more concerts.
Book in person at Sheffield Theatres box office, online at www.musicintheround.co.uk or by calling 0114 249 6000.