University of Sheffield Concerts is delighted to bring you Global Soundtracks - an inspiring programme of the very best in world, roots, and folk music. This year includes Northumbrian folk with Kathryn Tickell, Klezmer royalty in Sklamberg and the Shepherds, American bluegrass roots with Sarah Jarosz, Chango Spasiuk brings us Argentinean chamamé and Kefeya wow us with their amazing borderless fusions. The international series brings together all these amazing artists under one roof, the astonishingly beautiful Firth Hall.
Global Soundtracks is where cultures collide and adventures in musical discovery begin, with inspirational music from far-flung corners of the globe. It's growing in popularity and profile and has put University of Sheffield Concerts on the map as a place to come and explore some of the most unique and diverse international talent this world has to offer.
Global Soundtracks prides itself on its commitment to exploring how music is imagined and made across cultures and societies from around the globe. While a little closer to home, Global Soundtracks offers the finest folk music of these isles, championing traditional music that has come to find a home in Sheffield.
Join us on our adventures in musical discovery with the most eclectic traditional music in the modern world and see what we have coming up this year.
Meet your Global Soundtracks Officer: Tom Lennie
Tom Lennie is your Global Soundtracks Officer and he is here to be your personal guide to the broad and beautifully wonderful ‘world’ of music. He was born in London, but grew up in Bedford in one of England’s most culturally diverse areas. It was there where he first discovered musical traditions that breached the typical Western programme. His path was set, as he became a musician, researcher, traveller, writer and now a concerts promoter and organiser.
He completed a degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Plymouth and took the amazing opportunity to visit the Gambia, to study west African rhythm. He later joined a Balinese Gamelan orchestra and he also spent time learning the shakuhachi (a Japanese bamboo flute). He then went on to spend several years teaching English in different countries, where he enjoyed living the culture and appreciating the music. Since returning to England to study an MA Psychology of Music, he took a post in Sheffield University’s wonderful Concerts team, where he promotes exciting and culturally diverse folk music. He loves what he does and enjoys it most when he gets to share his enthusiasm with others.
Come along and say hi at the next gig. There is nothing Tom loves more than talking about his favourite topic.