Autumn Concert in Sheffield

As the leaves are falling and the nights are drawing in David Hammond and I are preparing to join forces with the Sheffield-based clarinet quartet Black Velvet for a lovely autumn concert on Saturday 11th October at 8pm. Once again the venue will be St Andrew’s Church on Psalter Lane with its warm and inviting atmosphere.



The programme is extremely diverse: among other things David and I will perform a movement of Grieg’s Violin Sonata in G major and Massenet’s Meditation, while Black Velvet’s contribution includes works by Giles Farnaby and Johann Kasper Kerll.


A particular highlight will be the Suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Darius Milhaud which David and I will perform with Steve Dumpleton, bass clarinettist in the quartet and also a member of Sheffield Chamber Orchestra. The four-movement work was composed in 1936 and is great fun to play. It is a reworking of music written for a play by Jean Anhoilh called Voyageur sans bagages (The Traveller Without Luggage) and it could be performed by either clarinet or viola with violin and piano. Milhaud’s style of composition is influenced by jazz, which he heard on his travels to the United States in the 1920s, and also makes use of polytonality (where the parts are in different keys simultaneously).


As the new series of Strictly Come Dancing is now underway we are also including some dance music including tangos by Piazzolla, Brazilian Dances by Milhaud and a selection of old-time waltzes.


Tickets are available to book in advance by email:

Full price: £10 Concessions: £5


Please note that the start time is 8pm.