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

Photos by Fox Moon Photography

Classical Weekend returns in 2025. The biennial festival is one big celebration of classical music – in all manner of forms, from near and far. It brings chamber musicians, choirs and orchestras to some of the city's finest music halls, and beyond into public spaces and more intimate and unusual venues.

The last Classical Weekend programme included pop-up performances at the Winter Garden, workshops, and storytelling to music for children, the renowned Hallé orchestra, and more.

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Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra

Sun. 21 April 2024

Firth Hall

A wonderful opportunity to see some of the best student musicians in the University playing together. With a spring programme on a moorland theme, including a take on the unofficial anthem of Yorkshire, On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at.

Ana Carla Maza

Thu. 2 May 2024

Firth Hall

Cuban composer, cellist and singer Ana Carla Maza makes a musical reconnection to her Havana upbringing and Latin American roots. Presented with Talking Gigs, combining discussion and a concert.


Sat. 18 May 2024


Consolation play fast, raw, cathartic hardcore protest music. Playing live for the last time – catch them now or forever hold your peace. Support from fellow hardcore punks Ruined Virtue, post-metallers Mouths and synth-goth superstars Kalter.


A friendly rock pub with the motto "silence is overrated" – complete with jukebox and basement gig venue. Live performances specialise in rock, punk and metal, while it also hosts comedy nights and a regular drag show.