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Sheffield Chamber Players seek local living rooms for world premieres

The Boston Globe | by A.Z. Madonna| July 8, 2021

Sometime in early 2022, Boston-based Sheffield Chamber Players will give the world premiere performances of a string quartet by 25-year-old composer Kevin Day. Where the first performance will be, no one knows yet. But it’s a safe assumption that it’ll be a living room, kitchen, or backyard somewhere in Greater Boston.

“If you can fit 25 people in your house — and you’d be surprised how many people can fit 25 people in their house — then we’d love to play a concert in your house,” executive director Christina English said in a phone interview, explaining the philosophy behind the seven-year-old group’s motto: “Bringing Chamber Music Home.” READ MORE

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WBZ Radio's New England Weekend, with Jordan Rich

Executive Director Christina English speaks with WBZ Radio's Jordan Rich about Sheffield Chamber Players and our unique hosting model.​

New England WeekendJordan Rich
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Coming to a Home Near You: Sheffield Chamber Players look to expand in
various living rooms, foyers and apartments

Jamaica Plain Gazette | by Seth Daniel | July 23, 2021

The Sheffield Chamber Players has entered into an aggressive five-year plan to bring new music to audiences in JP and across Boston, but the premieres might be a little closer to home than one might imagine. Sheffield - boasting several members from JP...announced this month that they have commissioned new work to premiere over the next five years from five of the hottest new composers in the country.
The exciting part is it could be in your living room. That’s because Sheffield’s unique hook is that they recruit hosts in JP and other neighborhoods in Boston, and then roll out intimate string chamber concerts in homes and small spaces...READ MORE

Sheffield Chamber Players bring grand music to small places

by Keith Powers | February 10, 2021

Chamber music encompasses vast possibilities — solo works, sonatas, trios, quartets and many other configurations. The repertory can range from Bach cello suites to “Pierrot Lunaire” or “Metamorphosen.”

But the original intent persists. Music to play in rooms.

 

Your rooms, or your neighbor’s rooms. Intimate spaces, for music lovers and their friends. And until the pandemic struck, those were the only places to hear the Sheffield Chamber Players...READ MORE

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The Sheffield Chamber Players Perform in Wellesley

by Rama K. Ramaswamy | February 9, 2016

Chamber music, since its introduction to society in the 18th century, by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven during the so-called Viennese Classic Era, continues to be as much an enriching social experience as it is a deep and meaningful musical extravaganza for fans. At the heart of it is instrumental music played by a small ensemble, with one player to a part, the most important form being the string quartet; it’s also increasingly more complex and challenging, making greater demands on the individual players while still requiring them to work as a cohesive, constantly inter-responsive unit. The Sheffield Chamber Players embody this art...READ MORE

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