Famous ballet music by Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky’s magnificent Pictures at an Exhibition sit alongside string quartets, piano trios and more, from Borodin and Rachmaninov to Glinka and Glazunov in this 9 day celebration of the very best chamber music from Russia’s greatest composers.

Presented by Music in the Round and their resident chamber group Ensemble 360 and guest artists, this festival is a chance for everyone of all ages to engage with music, whether that’s by coming to a concert, bringing your child to a workshop or just stumbling across great live music in the city.

Russia in the Round offers all of those things and more, with pop-up performances from local talent, a groundbreaking silent film from 1929 with a brand new soundtrack, a family concert featuring the timeless Peter and the Wolf, the chance for singers to perform with Ensemble 360 at the Cathedral, and you can even have a go at playing the sci-fi sounding theremin with guest artist, Lydia Kavina.

Immerse yourself in 1940s Russia on Saturday 6 May with music and drama in association with Sheffield Theatres. Three alternating players tell the story of Soviet Russia: recordings of political broadcasts spoken by Simon Russell Beale meet the brave words of poet Anna Akhmatova read by the brilliant actress Sara Kestelman, all set to the powerful music of celebrated composers such as Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachatuarian.

In amongst the Russian tunes, you’ll also find specially commissioned pieces from Sheffield contemporary composers, Platform 4, so you’ll be sure to discover something new – even if you’re a seasoned aficionado!

A limited number of specially reserved tickets for all late afternoon & evening festival concerts below are being held for LoveMusicPass members until 1 April 2017:


Friday 5th May, 7.15pm – Curtain Up – Ensemble 360

Saturday 6th May, 7.15pm – The fatal knock on the door – Ensemble 360 & Sara Kestelman & Simon Russell Beale

Sunday 7th May, 7.15pm – Mirrors – Ella Taylor & Ensemble 360

Monday 8th May, 7pm – Rachmaninov, Brahms & Schubert – Steven Osborne

Tuesday 9th May, 7.15pm – Friendship – Steven Osborne & Ensemble 360

Wednesday 10th May, 4pm – Ballet Classics 1

Wednesday 10th May, 5.45pm – Pictures

Wednesday 10th May, 7.15pm – Souvernirs of Italy – Ensemble 360

Thursday 11th May, 7.15pm – Out of Time, Out of Place – Ensemble 360 & Lydia Kavina

Friday 12th May, 7.15pm – East and West – Ensemble 360

Saturday 13th May, 4.30pm – Ballet Classics 2

Saturday 13th May, 7.15pm – One for the Road – Ensemble 360


Click here to listen to the Russia in the Round Highlights Playlist!