Classical Sheffield is an arts council sponsored event, now in its second year, where amateur and professional groups perform in different venues throughout Sheffield over three days. This year it was from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th March. The Halle Orchestra performed in Sheffield during the weekend and dozens of amateur performances were made across the city.

The Endcliffe Orchestra performed a short concert in the Winter Gardens at 1pm, Sunday 19th March. We played the two winning entries of the first Janet Altman Composing Competition and Matthew Leese’s now-recorded Happy Melancholy:

Harry Castle: In the Beginning

Claire Arthur: Contours

Matthew Leese: Happy Melancholy

Claire and Matthew gave brief introductions to their pieces, in front of a substantial audience not only of family and friends of orchestra members but a pleasing number of passers-by, including many children, and people affiliated to the University of Sheffield who were the main organisers of the festival.

The acoustics of the Winter Gardens were particularly well suited to Contours and Happy Melancholy. All the pieces were enthusiastically-received by the audience and many positive comments were made to orchestra members afterwards about the sound, the performance and the atmosphere of the event.