Sheffield International Concert Season

City Hall
September 2017 - May 2018

The spectacle of seeing, hearing and feeling an elite orchestra performing acoustically is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. Sheffield City Hall has graced us with its presence since 1932, bringing classical music to the city since the building opened its doors in 1932. Sheffield International Concert Season 2017-18 continues in this fine tradition with 13 concerts from international and national orchestras, featuring leading conductors and world-class soloists.

The programme is wide ranging, featuring canonical classical music alongside contemporary compositions from the likes of Arvo Pärt. Each performance will also be prefaced with an informal talk, with conductors and musicians providing a window into their world.

There is a strong thread of Russian music in the programme, including a performance by the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside pieces by Russian greats such as Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich, delivered to appreciative ears by the likes of The Hallé and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The other two strands of the programme are 'Global Orchestras' and 'Explore Mozart'.

Tickets start at £5 for students and under 18s, so if you still have your youth and have never experienced a classical performance, this programme is perfect for you.

For more information and to book tickets, visit sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/sics.

Peace in the Park

Ponderosa Park, Upperthorpe
Saturday 10 June

Standing tall amongst the old guard of local festivals is Peace in the Park. Started 14 years ago as a protest against the Iraq War, it has since grown into a fully-fledged and much-loved free community festival, hosting live music, comedy, cabaret, food and drink, crafts and campaign stalls on Ponderosa Park in Upperthorpe.

Running from midday to 8pm, this year there will be performances from Smiling Ivy, Fargo Railroad Co, Mango Rescue Team, Frogbelly and Symphony, 12 Dead in Everett, Ash Gray & The Burners, Bell Hagg Orkestar and many more, as well as a super secret special guest act headlining the main stage.

Now Then and its parent company Opus used to run the Other Stage at Peace in the Park, so we know how many hundreds of volunteer hours go into making it happen. It's free entry for all, but that doesn't mean it's free to run, so please donate a small amount to make sure it happens again. If you can't make it on the day but still want to help out, you can donate online at localgiving.org/charity/peaceinthepark. If you're a promoter or event coordinator and want to help even more, the team are looking for people to run fundraisers for the next festival as well.

See you on the Ponderosa at 12pm.

eMerges

32 Cambridge St, S1 4HP
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DINA Venue is currently playing host to some of the finest, most innovative grassroots arts practice in Sheffield. This June offers something special, with head honchos Deborah Egan and Malcolm Camp leading on the production of eMerges on Thursday 22 June.

Speaking to the organisers, we're told that eMerges aims to illustrate the way that different cultures collaborate and synthesise, creating new meanings and new practice which forms more than the sum of its component parts.

Highlights will include a live performance from Senegalese kora player, Kadialy Kouyate, the newly Sheffield-based Roma-Slovak trio Gypsy Dusan playing their first show outside their community, The Ruhaani Trio and DJ Zlatko, who will be sampling extracts from the performances to create an entirely new piece of music to be played back to the audience at the end of the evening.

The event is hosted in collaboration with Migration Matters Festival and the University of Sheffield's Music Department.

The Red Deer

18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD
red-deer-sheffield.co.uk

Recently famed for its offer of a free pint for every polling card, The Red Deer is not just leading the way in democracy, but also in its support of the arts. Over the last eight months, The Red Deer have been giving Sheffield artists the opportunity to exhibit their work around the pub. They have a strong reputation for positive engagement with the community and are keen to support local artists who often miss out on larger exhibition opportunities. The pub plans to rotate the exhibitions every three months and don't ask for any commission on sales made.

The current exhibition from twins the Welsh sisters explores the contrasting methods and mediums of production that both sisters employ, with Ellie's more experimental work originating from her interest in the role of art in psychotherapy and Amy's contrasting focus on the theme of 'the unfinished'.

Next up in September will be the often provocative and interactive work of Anthony Bennett. Keep an eye out.

 

Beer & Bangers

Whirlow Hall Farm
Saturday 24 June

What do you call a dancing lamb? A baaallerina. What do you call a lamb covered in chocolate? A candy baaa. Why did the lamb go to the police? Because he had been fleeced.

These are the kind of jokes you imagine when you hear the words 'lamb' and 'comedy' in the same sentence, but Whirlow Hall Farm have put a whole new spin on it. One of Sheffield’s longest running comedy nights is returning to the farm's lambing barn on 24 June, with local real ales from Abbeydale Brewery, prosecco, wines and spirits to wash down the most delicious high-welfare sausages sizzling on the BBQ. What more could you want from your Saturday night?

There’ll be performances from top-notch comedians like Dominic Woodward, Rachel Fairburn and Sam Avery. Tickets are £22, with doors at 7pm and proceeds donated to Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, which provides educational farm experiences to children who wouldn’t other have the opportunity. You’d be baaaaa-rking mad to miss it.

Who Decides The Future?

Wed 12 July, 6-7:30pm
Town Hall

Who decides the future: science, politics or the people? It's a question that cuts to the core of current affairs in 2017 and one which will define the direction of the human race, in our lifetimes and beyond.

Part of the annual Science in Public conference, which debates the fundamental roles that science and technology play in our society, this Question Time-style event will explore how we strike the right balance between scientific progress, democratic oversight and political leadership.

The speakers are Fiona Kumari Campbell (University of Dundee), Beverley Gibbs (University of Sheffield), James Lock (Opus Independents & Now Then Magazine), and Prof Daniel Sarewitz (Arizona State University). Entry is free and all audience members can submit a question for the panel when registering at science-in-public.eventbrite.co.uk.

Science in Public runs from 10-12 July and also includes keynote speeches. More information is available at sipsheff17.co.uk.