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Looking ahead to next season


With the rest of this season now in sight, we have been working on our plans for 2016-17.

The season will kick off on 15th October with 'Beethoven, Beethoven, Beethoven – 2' (a follow up to last season's 'Beethoven Beethoven Beethoven' concert!). Tim Horton will be performing Piano Concertos nos. 2 and 3 alongside Symphony no. 5 with Natalia conducting.

On 11th February we'll be performing Mahler 5 after some exciting new workshop-rehearsals over the winter period. This will be one of the most demanding and large-scale works Hallam Sinfonia have done! We can't wait!

Dates for the rest of the season are 1st April and 24th June. Shostakovich Symphony no. 10 and another 'Passenger Seats' concert are on the plans for these concerts, but as of now are not totally decided. Come back later for more updates on the latter half of the season!

This season has been a busy one in terms of additional orchestral activity, including out-of-town concerts. We hope to maintain this next season, which we hope will include a further visit to Firbeck's village church and our participation in a second Classical Sheffield Festival.

Monday 07 March 16


A busy start to the new season


The new Hallam Sinfonia season got off to a thrilling start with a programme once again focusing on Sibelius during his 150th anniversary year. Having performed the 2nd symphony in May, this time the highlight was the dramatic 5th symphony, with its unforgettable ending (not to mention all that comes before, with its ever-shifting moods and atmospheric sense of place). The programme opened with the popular Karelia Suite and also featured a welcome appearance from a returning former member of the orchestra. Natalie Halliday, a member of the cello section for a number of years, is now studying for a Master’s in Performance in Cardiff and came back to play Tchaikovsky’s delightful Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra, a work of great charm and delicacy which clearly demonstrates Tchaikovsky’s love of Mozart. We were pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to Natalie, and she was gratified to be able to take it up – a mutually beneficial arrangement resulting in a very happy and enjoyable occasion.

A week later many players were busy again, performing in the first Classical Sheffield Festival weekend, which offered short concerts at a variety of city centre venues and a series of pop-up events in the Winter Gardens and created quite a buzz. In a further collaboration with the Hallam Choral Society and the Tideswell Singers, with whom we have previously worked, we performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in the very appropriate setting of Sheffield Cathedral. This work, with its Hebrew text, calls for choir, solo treble (from the Cathedral choir), strings, trumpets and trombones, and no fewer than seven percussionists. When we arrived in the Cathedral we discovered that some of it was quite LOUD! Other parts are quiet and reflective and very beautiful, and of course being Bernstein there are sections with jazzy rhythms and catchy tunes. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience as apparently did the audience – a full house with standing room only at the back. We understand that the organisers are keen to repeat the festival next year.

Tuesday 08 December 15