Windfall for Sheffield music provider

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SHEFFIELD-BASED chamber music promoter Music in the Round has received a £150,000 boost.

The money is part of a legacy of close to a million pounds left to Arts Council England from a music-lover.

The organisation – which is committed to finding new audiences by playing music in informal and intimate settings – will use the money over a five-year period to extend its current reach, promoting higher profile artists and larger ensembles and supporting young chamber musicians, on tour throughout the country, and in Sheffield.

The £925,000 left to the council is thought to be without precedent – the council receives its funding from central government – and comes from the will of Diana Kurzman, a Londoner who lived alone and died in 2003.

She is known to have been a music lover with a particular passion for the piano, insisting on having one with her wherever she lived.

Miss Kurzman stated the money should be used ‘for the benefit of orchestras and the performance of chamber music and opera’ at the council’s discretion.