Autumn music in Sheffield

There are two opportunities to see me perform in Sheffield on Saturday 15th October: at 4pm in the Winter Gardens and at 8pm in St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane.

Following on from the highly successful Classical Sheffield Festival last autumn, the organisation is hosting a weekend of pop-up performances in Sheffield’s Winter Gardens. The line-up features an extremely wide range of music, and there will be appearances by The Abbeydale Singers, Platform 4 and The Beekeepers Chamber Folk Group to name but a few. I will give a short solo performance at 4pm including excerpts from Bach’s E major Partita and Biber’s haunting Passagalia, considered by many to be the most important work for unaccompanied violin before Bach. Entrance to the gardens is free.

In the evening I will be at St Andrew’s Church, Psalter Lane for a concert with Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet and on this occasion I will be accompanied by my dad, Roy Phillips. My contribution to the programme includes Mozart’s Sonata for piano and violin in G major, K.301 and Schumann’s Romance in A, Op. 94 no. 2. I am also particularly looking forward to performing the Romance by Karol Szymanowski; written in the autumn of 1910, after the completion of his second symphony, the work is extremely passionate and full of rich chromatic harmony. At this time Szymanowksi was influenced by the music of late-Romantic composers such as Richard Strauss and Wagner, as well as Scriabin and Chopin.

Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet, which was formed in 2012 and essentially comprises the clarinet sections of the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, will perform works dating from the Renaissance to the present day. Some are transcriptions of well-known pieces, such as Brahms’ Hungarian Dance no.5 and Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla, whereas some were written especially for clarinet quartet. Caprice, by american composer Clare Grundman (1913-1996), is one of a number of pieces he wrote for clarinets. He is best known for his works for symphonic wind band, such as the American Folk Rhapsodies.

The concert begins at 8pm and door open from 7.30pm. Tickets will be available on the door priced £12/£8 concessions. There will be a short interval during which refreshments will be served.

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.