Each year the European Concert Hall Organisation selects a group of outstanding artists to become its Rising Stars. The selected Rising Stars perform a concert tour across the halls of the ECHO network. The ECHO Rising Stars series has existed since 1995 and has shaped the musical careers of many of today’s world class artists.
Music in the Round is the largest promoter of chamber music outside London. We take our unique, informal and informative style of performance to numerous venues around the country as well as presenting two concert series and an annual May Festival in Sheffield at our home venue, the Crucible Studio.
Ensemble 360 has gained an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of the members’ playing, but also for their ability to communicate the music to a range of different audiences. Formed in 2005, eleven musicians of international standing came together to take up residency in Sheffield with Music in the Round, establishing a versatile group comprising five string players, five wind players and a pianist.
Royal Northern Sinfonia is one of Europe’s most exciting orchestras. Under its Music Director Thomas Zehetmair Royal Northern Sinfonia’s repertoire covers the full range of Western classical music from early baroque, through the classical and romantic periods, to specially commissioned new work.
London Mozart Players (LMP) is a British chamber orchestra founded in 1949. The LMP is the longest-established chamber orchestra in the United Kingdom whose performances and recordings focus largely on the core repertoire from the Classical era. Since 1989, the orchestra has been based at Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
Pianist Alasdair Beatson is highly regarded as a distinctive and vibrant musician. Highlights of the 13/14 season include a sixth solo Wigmore Recital on July 13th, an ECHO tour of major European concert halls with flautist Juliette Bausor, and chamber collaborations with such artists as Adrian Brendel, Philippe Graffin, Erich Höbarth, Pekka Kuusisto and Pieter Wispelwey.
The Britten-Pears Foundation promotes the music of Benjamin Britten and his work with singer Peter Pears. During their lifetimes Britten and Pears were generous supporters of various musical, local and pacifist causes. BPF’s trustees continue to use income from their founders’ estates to support a wide range of charitable giving, including to support the writing of new works by British and British-based composers.