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A classical music group which specialises in performing in the round returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre next month.

Ensemble 360 will play a programme including works by Frank Bridge, Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms. The concert is from 7.30pm on Friday 8 April.

Often lost in the shadow of his pupil Benjamin Britten, the works of Frank Bridge deserve to be heard more often. The Phantasie Trio is a beautiful example of Bridge’s Edwardian writing complete with soaring melodies and lush harmonies.

In his Horn Trio Brahms pays tribute to his parents through the virtuosic horn part (his dad was a professional horn player) and the lovingly quoted folksongs he’d learnt from his mother.

Ensemble 360 has an enviable reputation across the UK not only for the quality and integrity of their playing, but also for their ability to communicate music to different audiences. Formed in 2005, the group of 11 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. Their home performance space is Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre, an intimate space in which, as at the SJT, the audience is seated in the round, and it is from this wonderful performance space that both Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round take their names.

Tickets for the performance on 8 April are between £10 and £21, with a special £3 ticket offer for music students.


Tim Horton (piano), Benjamin Nabarro (violin), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Naomi Atherton (horn).

BRIDGE Fantasy Piano Trio in C minor

BEETHOVEN Trio in B flat Op.11 for clarinet, cello and piano


SCHUMANN Adagio and Allegro in A flat for horn and piano

BRAHMS Horn Trio in E flat Op.40