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Latin America comes to Sheffield concert-goers

Invitation to the Dance

High spirits at Saturday night’s Hallam Sinfonia concert at High Storrs School were not dampened by the miserable weather. Our Venezuelan conductor, Natalia Luis-Bassa, brought the tropical sunshine to a packed audience for a programme of dance music from around the world including lively Mexican and Argentinian pieces.

She also brought an exciting new idea inspired by her involvement in the ‘Passenger Seats’ project on London’s South Bank. Many members of the audience, which included a large number of children, took the opportunity to sit amongst the orchestra and experience classical music from a very different perspective.

At the end of the concert, children were given percussion instruments to join in with the encore, and the audience (and indeed the orchestra!) were encouraged to dance. Comments from the audience included:

‘Watching Natalia dancing to the music made us all want to join in too.’

‘Thank you for making children part of the experience. My daughter and her friends were just mesmerised!’

‘In every piece I just wanted to get up and dance. … I was given an instrument and I felt like a member of the orchestra, I was so excited.’

‘A real experience to sit amongst the orchestra, and fantastic atmosphere created by Natalia.’

‘My children and I are sure dozens of others have been inspired with a new love of classical music by the evening.’

Tuesday 16 June 15

Invitation to the Dance

Tim Horton to do Beethoven Cycle

Tim Horton

As part of our 2014-15 season planning, we are pleased to announce that Tim Horton, from Ensemble 360, will be performing for a new cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos with us to complement our continuing Beethoven Symphonies cycle.

Tim performed with us last season for a touching performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no.2, and the orchestra are delighted to have him back for this new cycle.

News of next season, and what concerts Tim will be playing in, will be online in the near future.

Monday 03 March 14

Tim Horton