VIEUXTEMPS Viola Sonata (23’)
CLARKE Viola Sonata (25’)
From one of the earliest works for viola and piano to one of the best loved: Vieuxtemps’s expressive and virtuosic sonata showcases the rich and sonorous tone of the instrument while the passionate and emotional expression of Rebecca Clarke’s hauntingly beautiful meditation concludes with a dramatic final movement.
Rachel Roberts is one of this country’s finest viola players, and in this concert she pairs two great works for her instrument; her appearance in the opening concert of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2022 was described by The Spectator as ‘fiendish’ yet also ‘the most fun two string players could have together’. With the same joy and passion, here she presents two contrasting works that bring this mellifluous instrument and her phenomenal artistry to the fore.
8.00pm POST-CONCERT TALK Free
Ticket holders are invited to stay for a talk by Leah Broad, author of Quartet, which features the biographies of four female composers including Rebecca Clarke.
£16/ £10 DLA, UC & PIP / £5 Under 35s & Students
Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK for the quality and integrity of their performances. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist.
Their home performance space is the Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse in Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, an intimate space in which the audience is seated “in the round” and never more than twenty feet away from the stage. It is from this wonderful performance space that both Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round take their names.
They play a key role in Sheffield Chamber Music Festival each year, as well as regularly performing as part our autumn and spring seasons in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and around the country. Outside Ensemble 360, the musicians all have highly successful individual careers including as Principal players in a number of Europe’s top orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Camerata Bern and Manchester Camerata.