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Classical Weekend 2019: Music Festival Returns in March

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From 8-10 March, Sheffield will play host to the third Classical Weekend. This relatively new addition to Sheffield's event calendar has already become a firm favourite, and with the recent announcement that the weekend-long festival will feature ten world premieres, more than thirty free performances and a variety of hands-on workshops, 2019 looks to be their best programme yet.

This year's Classical Weekend will focus on three themes: the first is Future Makers which will celebrate and shine a spotlight on the abundance of talented young musicians in our city, the second is Beyond Borders which will celebrate the connections made between classical music, other art forms and different world cultures, and the third will be Women in Music, to celebrate International Women's Day which just so happens to coincide with the first day of the festival.

There are some fantastic premieres lined up for this year's festival including Sheffield City Opera, a brand new opera based on the story of Sheffield's very own Women of Steel who worked so tirelessly in the munitions factories throughout the two world wars, and a new Classical Sheffield commission by Ellen Sargen featuring Ella Taylor and Sarah Watts during a concert from Ligeti Quartet.

There will also be plenty of concerts to enjoy throughout the weekend and a special Music in the Round workshop being led by Kuljit Bhamra MBE who is a world-renowned and incredibly inspiring musician, especially within the British Asian music scene and he's known for working on film scores for Indiana Jones and Bend It Like Beckham.

Stewart Campbell who is the Producer for Classical Weekend said, "The line-up is not only a good representation of the thriving classical music scene in Sheffield but it is bringing artists from across the UK to the city for some truly exciting performances and workshops. Over 7,000 people attended events during the Weekend in 2017, and we can't wait to see people in the city enjoying so much live music again in 2019."

So don't delay, tickets are on sale now and you can buy yourself a day pass for £20 or a weekend pass for £30. Individual tickets are just £5 per concert or workshop. Buy tickets online here or call 0114 223 3777.

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