England’s Sheffield Chamber Music Competition Appoints Two Visitor Competition Curators


The Sheffield Chamber Music Competition, hosted by Music in The Spherical, will run from Could 13–21, 2022. 11 musicians of Music in The Spherical’s resident group, Ensemble 360, will carry out in 15 live shows over the 9 days of the Competition, forming duos, trios, string quartets, and wind quintets.  

The 2022 pageant’s first Visitor Competition Curator is composer Helen Grime MBE. Following her, pianist Kathryn Stott will take the lead and curate the Competition in 2023.

Having carried out on worldwide phases, together with the Final Evening of the BBC Proms, Stott has led the creative imaginative and prescient behind festivals and sequence in Norway, Italy, Leeds, and Manchester. She served most not too long ago as Inventive Director for the Australian Competition of Chamber Music from 2018–2021.

“I’m completely thrilled to be a visitor curator in 2023,” Stott mentioned. “Music within the Spherical has been very near my coronary heart for thus a few years and I’ve at all times liked the intimacy of this glorious setting. It’s notably thrilling to programme for such versatile musicians, and I’m actually wanting ahead to working with Ensemble 360 and the entire crew on this new enterprise.”

Then, in 2024, cellist Steven Isserlis CBE will tackle the position and assist rejoice Music within the Spherical’s fortieth anniversary 12 months. Isserlis leads a distinguished profession as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, writer and broadcaster. As a curator, he has led many sequence at Wigmore Corridor, 92nd St Y in New York, and the Salzburg Competition. He is presently the creative director of the Worldwide Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, in Cornwall.

“I’m very completely happy to be becoming a member of Music within the Spherical for his or her 2024 pageant, notably as so many members of Ensemble 360 are previous mates of mine,” mentioned Isserlis. “No detailed choices but re: programming, however there will likely be all kinds of works; one of many many joys afforded by the number of devices in Ensemble 360 is the just about limitless scope it offers for programming any variety of chamber masterpieces.”

Based in 1984 by the chief of the Lindsay String Quartet, Peter Cropper, the Sheffield Chamber Music Competition will embody a nine-day celebration held within the Crucible Studio Theatre and different venues round Sheffield.

This 12 months, over a 3rd of the Competition’s program will showcase chamber works by dwelling composers and ladies composers (previous and current) — together with the world premiere of The Gentle Blinds, a brand new RPS fee by Angela Slater.

“As we strategy our fortieth anniversary we thought we’d take it to the subsequent degree by inviting superb musicians to curate every year, bringing their very own private perspective to the Competition,” mentioned Jo Towler, Chief Government of Music within the Spherical. “Helen has been a unbelievable begin to this evolution, and we’re completely delighted that Kathryn and Steven are on board for 2023 and 2024 to carry their sprinkle of stardust to Sheffield. I for one can’t wait to see what they and Ensemble 360 will put collectively!”


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