WELCOME to the 2017–2018 concert season at the University of Sheffield. An array of international and award-winning artists visit the city in a jam packed programme we’re thrilled to explore with you.
Join Global Soundtracks on a whistle-stop-tour around a world of music. From the finest folk music of these isles, we venture to ancient song from the stark landscapes of Southern Albania, and to Norway and Sweden via the Shetland Islands for the richest fiddle music in the world. Stunning guitar work, accordion wizardry and soulful vocals feature from three heroes of Madagascan music-making, and hop across to India for sonorous sufi music. Drums, poetry and hypnotic trance from Haiti's vodou heartlands complete our feast of international flavours… Global Soundtracks is a place where cultures collide and adventures in musical discovery begin so why not join us and discover something new.
Sound Laboratory engineers electrifying performances from the cutting edge with new music, world premieres, and a survey of modern musical pioneers. Navigate electronic soundscapes with electroacoustic cinema for the ear, and discover psychoacoustics and ‘phantom voices’ with groundbreaking new string quartet music. Lose yourself in minimalism and ‘crippled symmetry’ and transport yourself to unstable, atomistic ‘rare earths’ in new compositions for the cello… discover the most unique and innovative music around and join our experiments in the Sound Laboratory.
Our epic journey in song continues in SongMakers with a tour-de-force-and-France with the ravishing mélodies of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. We portrait one of the greatest songsmiths to have ever lived, Franz Schubert, and singers from across city unite in a colossal statement of faith in music in Bach’s B minor Mass… song is at the very humanity of music-making, so join us as we express meaning and passion, tell stories, and understand ourselves and one another in SongMakers.
Finally, Forged in Sheffield features music closer to home from our local community, with orchestral greats, choral classics, and exceptionally talented soloists, composers, conductors… come and celebrate a city of music makers in Forged in Sheffield.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of our concerts soon!