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Classical Sheffield has over 70 members, all enjoying the benefits of being part of this amazing family of classical music lovers. We welcome promoters as well as music makers, and our membership fees are deliberately modest so that anyone can join.

Types of membership

Music Maker

We welcome applications from individuals or groups making classical music within a 25 mile radius of Sheffield, both amateurs and professionals of all ages.

For example, you could be a solo singer, a choir, an orchestra, a chamber group, a drummer, a group of people who play recorder, or a professional musician.

Promoter

We welcome applications from individuals or organisations, large or small, that host or organise classical music events within a 25 mile radius of Sheffield – or which don’t currently do this but would like to.

Please see our Promoters page for examples.

Benefits of membership

  • exposure for you or your group through your own page on the Classical Sheffield website, with links to your own website if you have one
  • on-line publicity for your events on the What’s On section of the Classical Sheffield website,
  • mail-shot publicity by inclusion in the email of events that is circulated to over a thousand people every week;
  • being included in the network and activity of music-makers in the area;
  • the opportunity to take part in festivals and other events organised by Classical Sheffield
  • access to our anti-clash calendar, helping you to optimise ticket sales for your events

Other valuable benefits come from the experience of being part of a local organisation of like-minded people able to meet and share ideas and experiences:

  • enhanced opportunities to collaborate on joint ventures with other members, eg a concert organised jointly by a choral and orchestral group who haven’t previously worked together, an event organised through invitations from a promoter to perform at an unfamiliar venue
  • a wider platform and structure in which to participate in music making across the city
  • the wider exposure arising from taking part in festivals and other Classical Sheffield events; with appropriate marketing this can lead to increased ticket sales for your own concerts.

Selling just a few more tickets could easily cover your Classical Sheffield membership!

How to join

Complete this online form

Membership fees from January 2020

Music Makers

£1.25 per member per year, with a minimum fee of £20 and a maximum of £125 per year, or minimum £5 and maximum £50 for young people. Examples:

  • Professional pianist: £20
  • String ensemble of 18 people: £22.50 (18 x £1.25)
  • Choir of 80 people: £100 (80 x £1.25)
  • Orchestra of 120 people: £125 (120 x 1.25 = £150, capped at £125)

Promoters

Fee calculated at 0.45% of annual income, with a minimum fee of £20 and a maximum fee of £125 per year (£50 for young people)

What do Membership Fees pay for?

Your membership fee is used to cover the costs of our website and the services of our Digital Officer, who checks website entries and sends out the weekly listings, plus a small amount to cover insurance and basic administration costs.

Other ways to support us

Do you love classical music but aren’t a music maker or promoter? Then think about supporting us in one or more of the following five ways:

1. Become a Supporter

£10 a year enables you to become a Classical Sheffield Supporter. You benefit by:

  • knowing you are helping our amazing family of music lovers to make more music in more places with more people;
  • receiving our weekly listing of What’s On in and around Sheffield
  • occasional special offers
  • access to Early Bird tickets for festivals and other Classical Sheffield events

Please contact Kate Shipway, Classical Sheffield Administrator if you’d like to become a Supporter.

2. Donate

Donate to Classical Sheffield through Virgin Money Giving.

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3. Join one of our Sub Groups

Classical Sheffield is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run by a Trustee Board informed by Sub Groups which include Trustees but also members and supporters of Classical Sheffield. You could support us by joining one of the following:

  • Membership Sub Group – deals with fees, membership benefits, ways to increase participation
  • Finance and Fundraising Sub Group – deals with finance and policy
  • Events and Marketing Sub Group – plans future events and activities and the related publicity

We welcome music lovers who feel they have the skills and/or enthusiasm to contribute in this way. Please contact Kate Shipway, Classical Sheffield Administrator if you’d like to join one of our Sub Groups.

4. Volunteer

We welcome volunteers, whether to help look after audiences at our festivals and other events, or more generally behind the scenes with administration or IT support. Please contact Kate Shipway, Classical Sheffield Administrator if you’d like to become a volunteer.

5. Attend our events

A great way to support us is to attend our events and those of our members. Browse What’s On to see what’s available and enjoy more music in more places with more people!

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