Which Festival Concerts are for Me?

With a jam-packed programme for our Classical Weekend Festival in March 2019, it can be difficult to know which concerts might be for you. Here is a handy guide to working out which events might be for you!


If you have young children or large families, then never fear because we have a range of family-friendly events happening across Sheffield throughout the festival. Here are my top picks for family-friendly and participatory concerts that are fit for the whole family!

Saturday 9th March - Sheffield Sings!

Made in Sheffield, this exciting concert of young singers is perfect for all the family! This special project includes singers from the Sheffield Singers community choir and the Sheffield Junior Singers.

Saturday 9th March - Bring a Bottle

This participatory event is perfect for both adults and the little ones. Bring a bottle and watch how music can be made in a few easy steps.

Saturday 9th March - Sketching with Strings

Get inspired by some of the finest string music with this special event at Channing Hall. This event is perfect for those who love to make art.

Sunday 10th March - Back to the Future

Talented young musicians from the Sheffield Music Academy will be performing works by female composers in this concert. This is a fantastic opportunity to watch the next generation of musicians playing live!

Sunday 10th March - Animal Adventures

If an immersive workshop if more for you, then join the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra as they take you on an exciting animal adventure! Inspired by animal-themed music and film music, this is the perfect family event

I’m new to Classical Music - what should I go to?

It can seem really overwhelming trying something new, but here at Classical Sheffield we’re all about creating an inclusive space and welcoming those from all walks of life. Here are my top concert picks for those of you who are new on the scene:

Friday 8th March - The Soaring Violin

Join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Sheffield City Hall for an exhilarating concert full of classical music classics! From Vaughan Williams’ gentle ‘The Lark Ascending’, to Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’, this is a great way to immerse yourself in some popular works.

Saturday 9th March - Vivacious Voices

If you think that you'd enjoy an exhilarating choir concert, then join Vivacity choir as they sing a selection of classical and popular works. I am certain there will be something for everyone at this concert!

Sunday 10th March - Ode to Joy!

The collaborative finale concert of the festival will be a showcase of a world premiere by Jenny Jackson, as well as the opportunity to hear a large orchestra and choir perform together. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is known for its grandness and excitement - so this one is not to be missed!

Free Pop-Up Events

Still not sure? Remember that we are also hosting some fantastic pop-up concerts across various Sheffield venues throughout the festival. Why not pop in and say hello!

I like new music, are there events for me?

Absolutely there is! With 10 world premieres happening throughout the weekend this is one of the best times to come and listen to some new music. Here are my picks:

Friday 8th March - Who Runs the World?

On International Women’s Day, celebrate with thrilling contemporary music composed by top female composers. Join the Ligeti Quartet and friends as they push the boundaries on some of the finest contemporary music. They will also be performing a world premiere by Ellen Sargen.

Friday 8th March - Kadialy and the Kora

Join popular musician-storyteller Kadialy Kouyate, as he explores the relationship between the voice, the kora, and fantastic storytelling! This event will be like nothing you have ever heard before!

Sunday 10th March - Sounds of Heaven

With a new commission from Timothy Peters, Sounds of Heaven will unite many Sheffield choirs as they embark on a heavenly journey.

Sunday 10th March - Dreams and Visions: The Australian Landscape

Why not take a journey to the outback with pianist Peter Fagerlind, as he performs a unique programme of compositions by female Australian composers. What’s more is that he will be accompanied by some stunning film footage, creating the ultimate audiovisual journey.

All of the events in the festival are listed on the website, so why not have a look and choose your perfect event!

U18s can attend most concerts for FREE

©Alex Burns 2019

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