Turtle Soup: The Curious Story of Music in Britain
Friday 10 – Saturday 18 May
Join Music in the Round and Ensemble 360 for a joyous celebration of great British music-making.
Festival highlights include a live chamber music and film event at the Showroom Cinema, celebrating the centenaries of Sheffield’s discovery of stainless steel and the birth of Benjamin Britten; a family-friendly day of activities at Kelham Island Industrial Museum; an evening of music influenced by India and east/west musical collaborations; an Alice in Wonderland inspired family concert of live music, ‘curiouser and curiouser’ rhymes and nonsense; and our own unique take on the Last Night of the Proms.
Resident group Ensemble 360 will be joined by guests including the Avison Ensemble, described by Early Music News as ‘one of the finest baroque ensembles now in existence’, and the internationally renowned tenor John Mark Ainsley.
An unabashed celebration of British music.
With family concerts, talks and much more, we hope that you will join us to enjoy the many varied faces of musical Britain.
£5.00 – £15.00
Talks & Q&As
Please note: these events are free, but booking is required for pre-concert talks.
Friday 10 May, 6.45pm
Pre-concert Talk: Dr Paul Rodmell from the University of Birmingham explores the position of music and musicians in nineteenth-century Britain.
Saturday 11 May, after the late evening concert
Post-concert Q&A: Composer, film-maker and musician come together to answer your questions on the evening’s performance.
Monday 13 May, 6.45pm
Pre-concert Talk: Angus Smith shares some of the stories he has unearthed while researching Sheffield’s music history for this year’s festival.
Tuesday 14 May, 6.45pm
Pre-concert Talk: Professor Jeremy Dibble from Durham University explores late nineteenth and early twentieth-century British music including the music of Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and John Ireland.
Thursday 16 May, 6.45pm
Pre-concert Talk: Dr Lucy Walker, Director of Learning and Development at the Britten-Pears Foundation, discusses Britten’s attraction to particular texts and poets, with specific reference to pieces performed in tonight’s concert.
Thursday 16 May, after the evening concert
Post-concert Q&A: A chance to ask John Mark Ainsley your questions.
During the festival, Crucible Corner will be running a specials menu and will be offering jugs of Pimms for £10. Click here to find out more.
£5 Tickets for First Time Bookers
If you’ve never been to one of our concerts before then you can enjoy your first performance for just £5 (events not in the Crucible Studio Theatre are subject to an additional 10% booking fee). A maximum of two tickets can be purchased per household. Offer only available in person or by phone through the Sheffield Theatres box office.
£5 Tickets for Under 35s
If you’re under 35 then you can apply for a FREE U35 card, which gives you the opportunity to see Music in the Round concerts for £5 (events not in the Crucible Studio Theatre are subject to an additional 10% booking fee).
Visit www.musicintheround.co.uk/u35 for more details.
Please note that £5 tickets are not available for the concert at Kelham Island Industrial Museum on Sunday 12 May.
Family groups of four (to include at least two under 18s) can save 10% on tickets. In advance only.
Save money with a 5, 8 or 16 concert subscription.
Please note that all tickets within a subscription must be purchased in one transaction and you must state which concerts you wish to attend. Subscriptions cannot include more than one ticket for each concert.
Studio Concert Subscription:
16 STUDIO concerts:
£160 / £112 Disabled & Unemployed
(a saving of £30 / £18)
8 STUDIO concerts:
£88 / £64 Disabled & Unemployed
(a saving of up to £22 / £10)
5 STUDIO concerts:
£65 / £45 Disabled & Unemployed
(a saving of up to £10 / £5)
Please note that the Transformations concert at the Showroom Cinema on Saturday 11 May, 8.30pm and the concert at Kelham Island Industrial Museum on Sunday 12 May cannot be included in any of the subscriptions and must be bought separately.