Music in the Round to help raise final funds for Martin Jennings ‘Women of Steel’ sculpture for Sheffield

Music in the Round to help raise final funds for Martin Jennings ‘Women of Steel’ sculpture for Sheffield

Sheffield Crucible Studio
Thu 9 Oct 2014 7:15pm, Box Office
0114 249 6000

Music in the Round is to dedicate the first concert of its autumn season to Sheffield City Council’s ‘Women of Steel’ Statue Appeal – raising £150,000 to fund a Martin Jennings statue to commemorate the women who kept the steel factories of Sheffield going during World Wars I and II.

Now in their 80s, 90s and 100s, several of the surviving women of steel will attend the concert. The surviving women have one last wish – to see the bronze statue erected outside Sheffield City Hall, where they went to tea dances during the war.

Women of Steel – The Concert has already seen a rock concert at Sheffield City Hall raise £50,000 towards the project in November 2013, and Music in the Round’s classical concert is followed by a folk concert at Sheffield Cathedral on 26 November. Less than £9,000 is now needed to reach the Appeal target.

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The opening concert of Music in the Round’s Autumn Season, ‘Schumann + Shubert’ showcases two outstanding Romantic works chosen to match the fundraising purpose of the evening.

Written in 1842, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat is an invigorating work displaying great subtlety and refinement. Its musical structure is influenced by Beethoven but with passages reminiscent of much of Mendelssohn’s music.

Schubert’s Octet of 1824, one of his most celebrated works, also owes much to Beethoven, having been commissioned by Count Ferdinand von Troyer as a piece to complement the latter composer’s Septet.

Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director, Music in the Round, said:  “Music in the Round is really proud to support this campaign, and proud to be based in a city that takes the role its women played in both wars so seriously.

“Music is a fantastic way for people to come together and celebrate the contribution that these women made, and that women in Sheffield continue to make, to ensure that the city is such a great place to live and work.”

Tim Horton, pianist and member of Ensemble 360, added: “We are all so delighted to be able to help in raising money for this wonderful cause.

“The Women of Steel statue is such an appropriate way of celebrating some of the unsung heroes of the Second World War, and the fact that rock, folk and now classical musicians are all contributing to the fundraising effort speaks of the wide appeal for this project across the city.

“I hope as many people as possible will come along to hear us play two of the most stunning and original pieces of chamber music, ensuring we raise as much as possible towards the final target.”

Ensemble 360 has an enviable reputation for the quality and integrity of their performances. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in South Yorkshire with Music in the Round , establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist.

They also appear regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at some of the largest festivals and venues in England including the Wigmore Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Aldeburgh, Bath International Festival, Buxton Festival, Leamington Music Festival and Manchester Chamber Concert Series

Impellam, one of the country’s leading providers of Managed Services and Specialist Staffing, and Billington Structures, one of the UK’s leading structural steelwork contractors, have been inspired by the repertoire and the Appeal, and both are sponsoring the evening.

John Palmer, one of the co-ordinators of the three fundraising concerts with the Sheffield Star, said: “The response from musicians across pop, folk and the classics has been absolutely breathtaking. Without their enthusiasm and support we would not have reached our target in such a spectacular way.

“All we need now is for the public to make this concert and the folk show in the Cathedral in November complete sell outs. If that happens, we’ll have two amazing nights of celebration and joy – and we will have topped the £150,000 we need.”

Tickets are £16.50; £11 for disabled & unemployed and £5 for under 18s and students. They are available from 0114 249 6000, at or in person at Sheffield Theatres box office.

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