Music in the Round announces John Suchet as patron of Future Festivals Fund

Music in the Round today launches its Future Festivals Fund, with the announcement that John Suchet, Classic FM’s morning show presenter, will be the scheme’s patron.  The Future Festivals Fund, which marks the 30th Anniversary of Music in the Round, is a  new fundraising scheme, aiming to raise £30,000 to invest in the future of unique ‘in the round’ chamber music festivals in Sheffield. (The 31stMay Festival begins today, running until 17 May).

The fund will help Music in the Round invite more world-class musicians to play alongside its resident ensemble, Ensemble 360,  launch a new ‘Live-in-the-Round’ series of recordings and widen the audience for chamber music. Music in the Round festivals throw a spotlight on familiar and unfamiliar works by composers such as Beethoven and Mozart, as well as commissioning new work and collaborating with actors such as Penelope Wilton to present the music in new and interesting ways.


“Music in the Round is a huge success story and its May Festival is one of the most inspiring festivals in the country. I will never forget taking part in their Beethoven festival in 2005. The experience of being so close to the musicians, the warmth and passion of the audience, and the rapport between them was extraordinary.

I first encountered the organisation in 1995 (when it won the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Best Festival and Concert Series), and I’ve been delighted to watch it grow into a country-wide operation with an unswerving commitment for taking chamber music to people and places it wouldn’t otherwise go.

This fund is as much about the future of chamber music as it is about Music in the Round and about protecting chamber music for the sake of future generations of audiences and musicians.”

Music in the Round’s Deborah Chadbourn comments:

“The May Festival is our most intense celebration of chamber music and we want to continue to make it as rich and rewarding an experience as it has been for the last thirty years. Not only that, we want to invite new audiences to join the party to share the heart-stopping experience of live chamber music played up close by the most amazing musicians. The Future Festivals Fund follows our incredibly successful, ‘Ebony and Ivory’ appeal which raised over £50,000 a year ahead of schedule towards a new Steinway C Piano, We hope donors will see this as an opportunity to ensure the future of our festivals for generations to come.”

Music in the Round also mark its 30th Anniversary with ‘Bridge’, a new scheme to support the development of a young string quartet. John Suchet will join the final audition  panel which will be held in October this year.

Music in the Round’s 31st May Festival is titled ‘Love and War.’ It is a two week programme of world class chamber music exploring emotional extremes – marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. ‘Love and War’ is one of almost 50 events selected to be a part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 – the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ of the Tour De France in its 111 year history.

Tickets for all Festival concerts can be bought via the Sheffield Theatres Box Office www.musicintheround.co.uk / 0114 249 6000

Concert subscriptions can be bought for the full Festival as well as for 5 and 8 concerts, full details are available via the Box Office.

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