Category Archives: Touring

Ensemble 360 Summer Stories – Adrian Wilson

Adrian Wilson, oboist of Ensemble 360, has just been appointed principal oboe of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – on which we all congratulate him! Here Adrian gives us an insight into his summer as he prepares to take up his new position


Without doubt the highlight of my year so far is the birth of my gorgeous son Theo. He was born in the early hours on the day before my birthday and he is giving us the most amazing and precious times imaginable.

Musically it has been a very busy year with the Ensemble and with guesting in a variety of orchestras. I feel very lucky! Being offered the Principal oboe job in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has to be a highlight! Earlier in the year I performed Schubert and Brahms with them, conducted by my old teacher and big inspiration Douglas Boyd. There’s also been more Schubert with Andrew Manze and the RLPO, a visit to China with the RPO, a TS Eliot-inspired project with Psappha (Manchester’s contemporary-music group), the first concert at CAST with the Ensemble, and of course Music in the Round’s very own May Festival.

And a couple of weeks ago we performed a couple of Paul Rissmann’s children’s pieces in a packed-out Crucible Theatre – a great day! For me it’s always a pleasure to perform to young children, especially with such well crafted and performed music! Children love a good a story, and when it is supported with up-close live music you can see from their faces what an exciting experience it makes. This feedback is immediate and unbridled so as performers we receive it honestly and directly.

Settling in Sheffield was a no-brainer: my wife was brought up here, and it’s a very friendly city with easy access to the beautiful Peak District. Geographically it is very well placed for getting to most of the other artistic hubs in this country. At the moment I’m in the middle of 4 weeks in the Buxton Festival with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, performing (amongst other things) operas by Gluck, Dvorak and Rossini.

After that, the new adventure begins: I’ll move with my family straight up to Glasgow to begin the Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra – so no holiday for me this year! It is a very exciting opportunity to join a great orchestra and to continue playing all the great repertoire that it offers an oboe player! Glasgow is a very vibrant city with a great cultural scene that also gives easy access to glorious countryside – in fact, it is very similar to Sheffield in these respects! Fear not: I will definitely be back to Sheffield when I can to perform with Ensemble 360 and of course to see the in-laws!


Thanks also to Emily Moss for her help with this article

After going global Transformations returns to South Yorkshire for its last hurrah

“This was one of the most exciting evenings I have been to with MitR.” 

Many of you will remember our innovative Transformations event at the Showroom Cinema as part of our last May Festival. It was an incredible evening that celebrated two significant centenaries – that of the discovery of stainless steel and that of composer Benjamin Britten – through bringing together film and music in a way that we hope Britten himself could have been proud off.

 “Loved the ‘drama’” Audience member

Since the Sheffield premiere elements of the programme have been touring the country and have been broadcast on the internet. Adrian Wilson and Katie Goodwin‘s collaborative version of Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid and Charlie Piper’s piece With Stolen Fire for chamber ensemble and film, have reached over 2000 people in over 24 countries – our widest reaching programme to date.

 “A very different experience. All aspects super quality.
Adrian was stunning!”
Audience member
Ensemble Charlie 5

If you’re not one of those 2000 people it’s not too late; there’s still one last chance to see it. The final performance takes place in Penistone Paramount in Barnsley on 4th April at 8pm. It seems only fitting that it returns to its South-Yorkshire home for its grand finale.

For those of you who don’t know Penistone Paramount, it’s a beautiful, traditional two-tier cinema/music hall with a small bar and a kiosk for popcorn and ice-cream – the perfect place to end this incredible tour. It’s on the edge of Barnsley and Sheffield, has its own free car park, ample free on-street parking and is just a very short walk from Penistone railway station. Perfect!

You can book online at

By Tracy, Project Manager (@tracyMitR)

Music in the Round goes to Penistone Paramount

Many of you will remember our Transformations music and film performance that premiered in Sheffield last May. It has since been watched by almost 2,000 people online and returns to South Yorkshire for its final performance in Penistone Paramount in Barnsley. Local student Tom Hobson tells us more about this unique building…

“Penistone is a small market town located on the outskirts of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Often noted for its strong links with agriculture, Penistone could easily be labelled a blast from the past. However, that is not to say there is nothing to do there. There are several nearby museums and attractions, one of which is the independent cinema, Penistone Paramount.

The building originally opened as a library back in 1913, and moved onto cinema in 1915. Over the last century, it has prided itself on staying independent. In order to keep up with an ever-changing climate, the venue has had to offer something a little different to traditional cinema; the Paramount offers a more traditional approach. It’s a building seeping with character and tradition and has an intimate and friendly feel. Aside from cinema, the venue hosts events such as musicals, which are performed by a range of societies.

Music in the Round, one of the UK’s leading promoters of chamber music, brings Transformations to Penistone Paramount on 4th April as part of the national celebrations surrounding the centenary of the beloved British composer Benjamin Britten.

What makes the event unique is the fact that their resident group of internationally acclaimed musicians, Ensemble 360, will be playing music live to film – something they successfully pulled off before in Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema just last year. The Showroom was an original partner in the creation of the event itself but this time round the programme has one small change; the GPO film that will be screened as part of the programme in Penistone is called Coal Face. With music by Britten himself, the documentary looks at the work of the British miner and the significance to British industry.

The event comes to town on 4th April 2014. We hope to see you there.”

By Tom Hobson, @TomHobson5

@PenParamount #MusicAndFilm #Penistone #CoalFace #Britten100

E360 flautist is a Rising Star

From our guest blogger Juliette Bausor


I’ve hit the ground running at the start of 2014 with final preparations for my forthcoming recital tour as part of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) Rising Stars Series. Every year ECHO hand selects young artists to become its Rising Stars, offering unparalleled performance opportunities including a concert tour across some of Europe’s finest concert halls, including Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Bozar in Brussels, Town Hall Birmingham, Palace of Arts in Budapest, Vienna Musikverein, Stockholm Konserthaus, L’Auditori in Barcelona, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Sage Gateshead and the Barbican Centre in London. The first three of my concerts are in two weeks time, starting in Hamburg, then on to Amsterdam and Brussels.

I’ve chosen two programmes for the tour which illustrate the development of the flute as a solo instrument over a period of four hundred years, from J.S Bach to a brand new commission by my good friend and Ensemble 360 Associate Composer, Charlie Piper. His new work takes its inspiration from Kokopele, an ancient deity from Native American mythology, often depicted in petroglyphs (rock engravings) as a hump-backed flute player with a phallus. It is a fantastic piece and proving lots of fun to learn, with uneven rhythmic patterns passing between the flute and piano, and with a few technical challenges! Please do come along to hear it at one of my UK concerts, either on 2nd February at Birmingham Town Hall, 28th March at Sage Gateshead or 11th April at the Barbican Hall in London – you can find more details on my website,!

Aside from all of that, the start of 2014 is as busy as ever with my schedule at Royal Northern Sinfonia and, of course, our Ensemble 360 concerts. We are all very excited about our first ensemble performance in Doncaster’s new performance space, CAST, on 8th February with the World Premiere of Charlotte Bray’s Shadow Game, for soloists and orchestra. I’m also really looking forward to the forthcoming Music in the Round tour concerts and, as the finishing touches are being put to the programme, the build up to the May Festival!

Here’s to an exciting 2014!

By Juliette Bausor

Sample Something New with Classical Sheffield!

Inspired by Classical Sheffield, we’re on the hunt for tweeters to share their thoughts about some upcoming concerts elsewhere in Sheffield. A great opportunity to discover something new! Our friends at Sheffield City Hall and Albion are offering pairs of tickets to the following concerts:

▪ 1 December: BRITTEN’s WAR REQUIEM at City Hall

▪ 14 December: CHRISTMAS CONCERT at City Hall

▪ 20 December: CAROLS WITH ALBION at Holy Trinity, Millhouses

All you need to do is register for a chance to win tickets to one of the above performances. Then, on concert day, tweet as much as you can using #classicalsheffield and @SheffCityHall, @Musicintheround, @Albion_Choir, @ClassicalSheff

And if you fancy telling us what you think in more detail, we’d love to hear from you. Write a review of the concert (up to about 600 words) and it could be published on!

Get your popcorn at the ready as Ensemble 360 come live to your living room!

“This was one of the most exciting evenings I have been to with MitR.”


This was one audience member’s response to the premiere of our innovative Transformations event at the Showroom Cinema as part of our last May Festival. It was an incredible evening that celebrated two significant centenaries – that of the discovery of stainless steel and that of composer Benjamin Britten – through bringing together film and music in a way that we hope Britten himself could have been proud off.

If you weren’t one of the almost 1,000 people who saw the premiere, either live at the Showroom or via live-webstream, last May, never fear – here’s your chance to hear it again.

Log onto at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th November to see a restream of the premiere event. You’ll also be able to download a concert programme to tell you more about what you’re watching and the centenaries it celebrates.

The main event will be followed by the short film that the pupils at Watercliffe Meadow Primary School created in response to Britten’s Metamorphoses and Katie Goodwin’s film by working with us, the Showroom and the artists themselves (click here to find out more).


By Tracy, Project Manager (@tracyMitR)

Webstream by DVA Group. Filming by Soundhouse Media. Sound by Shaun Trotter Audio.

Marathon Money


Hello everyone.

My marathon attempt gathers pace. 15 miles on Sunday, 18 this coming Saturday. That’s the furthest I will run before the big day. You have to leave yourself a bit of a challenge!

The CRAZY hills of Sheffield can only count in my favour in Germany. I’m not complacent, but running on the flat will be a DREAM after the ups and downs of Sheffield’s Seven Hills.

Every penny that everyone gives will help to support the fantastic work of Music in the Community in bringing inspirational music to as many people as we can possibly manage.

You can donate now! Please follow this link and help put a spring in my step!

THANK YOU to you all! More updates to follow.

Fraser, Learning & Participation Manager

@frasermitr (click this to follow me on Twitter as the marathon approaches)

If you’d rather not pay until after the run, but would still like to promise an amount, that’s fine! Please click here to make your promise

In the running

My two great passions are music and running. Ingeniously, I’ve found the perfect way of combining the two: tackling a Marathon for Music in the Community! Thus I’ll be running the Cologne Marathon on 13 October this year. For me this will complete a trio of October runs, having previously completed Loch Ness (2009) and Amsterdam (2010).

Twenty-six miles of street-pounding. I might mention that this is about the same as Sheffield to Huddersfield (though Cologne has fewer hills – phew!). It’s also, of course, the distance that Pheidippides sprinted after the battle of Marathon back to Athens before he *collapsed and died*.

I’d love you all to run with me. If not literally (and you might just have missed the training boat now) then by donating generously and sending me on my way with a huge incentive to run well! Every pound we raise will help Music in the Community to continue and extend its wonderful work in sharing music, and a love of music, with people of all ages and backgrounds. So please give as generously as you can – remembering just how jolly far away Huddersfield is

How to pay? From 1 October you will be able to donate quickly and securely online via our website.. At any point from now on (even after race day) you may send a cheque (payable to The Lindsay Foundation) to MitR Marathon, Music in the Round, 4th Floor, Sheffield Central Library, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ. Or you could bring cash to any of our autumn concerts. Whatever and however you give – THANK YOU! You’ll spur me on to run as fast as I possibly can!

Keep in touch!

More on Music in the Community and its work is only a click away.. In the lead-up to the big day I’ll be blogging about it here, and once I leave on the Friday you’ll be able to follow my progress and send general messages of encouragement on Twitter.. You’ll find it’s just like being there, only without the Bockwurst or trainers. Or the 26-mile run.

Fraser    @frasermitr

CAST: Glittering!

CAST outdoor perfs

Friday night saw the opening of CAST, Doncaster’s new purpose-built venue, and Music in the Round were lucky enough to get an invite.

The evening began with outdoor performances in Sir Nigel Gresley Square in front of the venue. The atmosphere was electric. There was music, dancing, and even pyrotechnics!
Crowds gathered to watch, listen and even join in with an anthem specially composed for the occasion by local duo Rita Payne.

Opening night - 6th Sept 2013

There was a wonderful feeling that this is a space for everyone as CAST Director, Kully Thiarai, announced the building open and the crowds flooded, or conga-ed, in.
The fun didn’t stop there as we took our seats for the first production ever to grace CAST’s main stage; The Glee Club. An entertaining song-filled play written by Doncaster-born playwright Richard Cameron, it tells the story of a group of miners from Edlington – a superb performance and incredibly fitting for Doncaster.

The night closed with Kully taking a photograph of the audience present for this momentous night and a few inspiring words from the Arts Council who have shown such great commitment to the project throughout its development.

Opening night, Matt Bugg playing on the roof - 6th Sept 13
Sheffield–based musician Matt Bugg plays the violin from the roof

A programme of events continued over the whole of the opening weekend; most of it free and open to all, inviting the people in to have a look around their new space. There was storytelling, music, a chance to try Indian dancing, create a piece of art, join in a Music Box workshop with Polly and Tim, and much more. Local artists, professional, student and amateur, filled the spaces with creativeness as thousands of people came in to take a look around.


There was a lovely vibe throughout the whole weekend; a real sense of occasion and of this being something really special.

After exploring the venue we’re really excited for our concert at CAST on 8th February next year with Ensemble 360, Beechfield Youth Orchestra and Boyce Chamber Orchestra. It would be great to see you there!

Kathryn, Project Co-ordinator