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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Magic Lantern

Wed. 20 November 2019

The Lescar

Unique expressive music from a singer and songwriter known for his songs of warmth, simplicity and heart-felt lyricism.

Sentinel

Thu. 21 November 2019

Drama Studio

A layered perspective on the planet's most urgent issue. Using synths, live vocals, laser, video and data on forced migration to look at the present and future effects of global warming.

Jim Ghedi + R.Loomes

Thu. 21 November 2019

Merlin Theatre, Meadow Bank Road, Nether Edge, S11 9AH

Catch Sheffield’s finger-picking folk troubadour and his band in the beautiful surroundings of the Merlin Theatre in Nether Edge. Support comes from the mesmeric and haunting R.Loomes.

Music and the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Thu. 21 November 2019

Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street, S3 7QY

A lunchtime talk by Dr Tim Shephard exploring the music of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its historic and cultural contexts – revealing the strange and wonderful soundscape of a Renaissance masterwork of magical realism.

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra

Fri. 22 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Over the past twenty years, the Canadian Jensen sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz –  as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively.

Sounds of the Estates

Fri. 22 November 2019

Site Gallery

At this panel discussion, speakers from Sheffield's music community will look at the role of social housing estates in the local music scene, particularly in the 1990s. Speakers include Winston Hazel and Amy Carter, with moderator Auriel Majumdar.

Bauhaus Ball

Sat. 23 November 2019

Sidney + Matilda

It may have been one of the world's most famous art and design schools, but the Bauhaus wasn't all about learning. It also knew how to party! Join GRL. DJs for a night of dancing inspired by the Bauhaus art school's legendary fancy-dress parties.

Being Human

Thu. 14 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Kelham Island Museum

A national festival of the humanities. The University of Sheffield presents an exploration of this year's theme of myths, dreams and love through a free programme of immersive events, projections, theatre, food, music and talks.

Sonic Intrigues

Sat. 23 November 2019 — Sun. 24 November 2019

David Mellor Design Museum

A sound installation in David Mellor’s cutlery workshop in Hathersage, created by sound art collective SONA. Inspired by and experimenting with sounds from the factory floor and stages of the assembly cycle – stamping, filing, grinding, polishing.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Mon. 25 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

An entertaining lunchtime concert for flute, oboe and piano, featuring glorious Baroque music, a charming trio by British composer, actor and cartoonist Madeleine Dring, and champagne cork-popping Italian opera.

Imperial Wax

Mon. 25 November 2019

The Leadmill

Imperial Wax are the longest serving and final lineup of peerless Manchester pioneers The Fall. Veterans Keiron Melling, Dave Spurr and Pete Greenway have teamed up with frontman Sam Curran and released their debut album Gastwerk Saboteurs this May.

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me

Wed. 27 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

One of the world’s great cabaret singers, performing original arrangements of songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, as well as some of her own.

Universal Time

Wed. 27 November 2019

The Lescar

Simply beautiful lyrical music, bringing together European jazz-rock influences, free playing, textured harmonies and arching melodies.

Tim Horton

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A spellbinding exploration of Schubert’s works for solo piano concludes with an unmissable trilogy of Sonatas.

Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a true European jazz super-group.

A Reyt Queer Do #5

Sat. 30 November 2019

Theatre Deli

A night of queer performance, dancing and cake, hosted by Andro and Eve.

Now Then 11 – feat. Amy True, Papa Soul, & DJs

Sat. 30 November 2019 — Sun. 1 December 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Celebrate the magazine's eleven years in print with a multi-room party with some unmissable talent, DJs, and an extensive network of writers, musicians, artists and activists that make Now Then what it is.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Tue. 3 December 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Spend your lunchtime in the company of Music in the Round, and the sounds of a Brahms’s cello sonata and a piece for violin by Joseph Joachim.

Xhosa Cole Quartet

Wed. 4 December 2019

The Lescar

Winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the
Year, tenor sax player Xhosa Cole is joined by a quartet of some of finest UK-based talent.

Saffron Sheffield 30th Birthday Party

Thu. 5 December 2019

DINA

Sheffield Women’s Counselling and Therapy Service, now known as Saffron, have been supporting women in Sheffield since 1989. Join them to commemorate their landmark birthday with an evening of music, art, comedy and performance by women.

Laura van der Heijden and Tom Poster

Fri. 6 December 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and pianist Tom Poster present a fascinating programme of the full range of tones and colours from cello repertoire spanning 200 years. Followed by an informal Q&A session.

Fabled

Fri. 6 December 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz bring to town Fabled – the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist Sam Rapley, who has assembled a group of the UK's most exciting young musicians.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round

Sat. 7 December 2019

Crucible Theatre

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and outstanding pianist Tom Poster lead two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups, with bubbles, percussion and props.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

Sat. 14 December 2019

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Cathedral will be filled with the music of Vivaldi, Corelli and Bach this December, when Harriet Mackenzie and the Piccadilly Sinfonietta come to town.

Dover Quartet

Sat. 18 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

“One of the world’s finest young string quartets” according to the New Yorker, the Philadelphia-based quartet has paired Hindemith’s concise and passionate Third Quartet with Brahms’s Quartet in B flat for this recital.

Jean Toussaint Quarter

Sat. 18 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

Seriously exciting music from a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band.

Ensemble 360 and James Gilchrist

Thu. 6 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Featuring works by Howard Skempton, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. With poems are sung by tenor James Gilchrist, praised by The Times as an interpreter of English song who is “in a class by himself”.

Beethoven 250: String Quartets and more

Tue. 11 February 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

An evening of music that takes us to the extremes of Beethoven’s character.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 3 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A lunchtime concert featuring two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period: Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s Myths and César Franck’s majestic Sonata.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 10 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

This lunchtime concert features two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period.

Beethoven 250: Wind & Piano

Fri. 20 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A joyful showcase of Beethoven and more from the wind players of Ensemble 360.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round (1 and 2 yr olds)

Fri. 20 March 2020

Channing Hall (Upper Chapel), 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Ensemble 360 performs two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups.

Beethoven 250: Harmoniemusik

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Join Music in the Round for a leisurely Sunday of music, all while enjoying refreshments from the many independent outlets in Kommune.

Beethoven 250: Come & Play

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Come and play along with friendly musicians from Ensemble 360 and Hallam Sinfonia. You'll play through the first movement of Beethoven’s greatest symphony, No. 5 (da-da-da-DUUUUMMM).

Beethoven 250: The Final Sonatas – Steven Osborne

Fri. 27 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A trio of beautifully balanced and contrasting works, played by a thrilling performer.

Tomorrow's Stars Today

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

American rising stars, violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Jonathan Ware, make their Crucible Studio debut supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither.

English Touring Opera

Mon. 18 May 2020 — Tue. 19 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), one of Handel’s most celebrated operas: a story of passion and revenge. And Così fan tutte by Mozart, a glorious music and farcical story of young love and fidelity.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.