Musicians tuning up for classical season

The Black Dyke Band  in rehearsals.
The Black Dyke Band in rehearsals.

by Andrew Jarvis

A THRILLING season of classical music is in prospect at the Sheffield International Concert Season 2011/12 which begins at the City Hall next month.

There will be 14 concerts from October to May and audiences will be treated to symphonies by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Shostakovich plus a host of other tantalising concertos, overtures and choral works.

The programme has been put together by Manchester’s Halle, but there will be eagerly-awaited performances from the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse.

Touring bands frequently provide the highlights and the French orchestra, scheduled to play in March, is an instant attention-grabber.

The soloist is multi-award winning violinist Alina Ibragimova who will play Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No 3.

Born in Russia 25 years ago, Alina is tipped for great things and her appearance will be an excellent opportunity for local music lovers to see a star in the making.

One of the biggest draws are the Christmas concerts which feature the Black Dyke Band, pictured above, and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

The afternoon and evening shows, on Saturday, December 10, will feature carol singing for all and be hosted by Look North presenter Harry Gration.

Other concerts will be given by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata and the BBC Philharmonic.

The programme kicks off on Friday, October 7, with The Halle and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus performing William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, an account of the fall of Babylon.

Evening concerts begin at 7pm and are preceded by a free talk given by by BBC broadcaster Trisha Cooper.

Ticket prices have been frozen for the fourth and final year - subscriptions are available from £10 per concert while single tickets cost £15 per concert.

For further details, telephone Sheffield City Hall on (0114) 2789 789. Tickets are also available on line at www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk