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Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival returns 17–25 May 2024, bringing people together over the delights of chamber music. And this year is extra special for its organisers at Music in the Round, as it marks their 40th anniversary.

Chamber music is classical music for a small groups of musicians. It makes for intimate, immersive experiences that create a special energy and connection between audience and performers. Here in Sheffield, Music in the Round have been hosting world class chamber music since 1984. Together with their resident group Ensemble 360, each spring they host the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival to really shine a spotlight on this form of music in the city.

For the 2024 festival, get up early for a sunrise performance in the atmospheric setting of a cemetery chapel. Embark on a magical musical adventure for children. Enjoy choral music in a glorious church (as featured in our Modernist Churches of Sheffield tour). Hear pieces by big names like Mozart or Bach, alongside less familiar gems from various times and places. All brought together by this year’s guest curator, cellist Steven Isserlis.

See the full programme below and get booking.

If you’ve never been to a Music in the Round concert before, you can enjoy your first performance for just £5. Discounts are available for students, under-35s, disabled people and unemployed people. You can also save when you buy tickets for five or more concerts.

An Evening with Steven Isserlis

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Steven Isserlis is guest curator at the 2024 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Join him, Irène Duval and Mishka Rushdie Momen as they perform music they adore – celebrating the musical loves and legacy of French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Romantic Piano

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen performs music encompassing three centuries – from the baroque lyricism of Rameau to the impressionism of Ravel.

Fauré String Quartet

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Violinist Irène Duval joins Ensemble 360 to perform a programme of compositions by Fauré and Enescu.

Friday Night in Paris

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Musical national treasure Roderick Williams is singer-in-residence with Music in the Round. Join him and Ensemble 360 for a magical musical tour through the City of Light.

Close Up: Music for Curious Young Minds

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Wind musicians and singers breathe life into the wondrous world of chamber music. Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Finale

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Join Music in the Round for the finale of their 40th anniversary Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Guest curator Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360 perform pieces by George Onslow, Gabriel Fauré and Tchaikovsky.