I’m really excited about a festival this weekend, and I want to invite you all to come and enjoy it.
It’s not (yet) one of the really big famous ones, but I feel it’s pretty special.
It showcases a side of the city that is full of history and energy and which involves thousands of us every week of the year. Y
ou should be there if you can because it might just make your weekend.
So what is this mysterious underground pastime, you ask?
Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the Winter Garden will be filled with music, all made by Sheffielders, all completely free, a whole variety of styles and performers, all served up for you to come and enjoy.
People from all over the city will be making the music, and I hope that people from all over the city will come to enjoy it too.
I’ve been involved with Classical Sheffield, the group that’s organising the festival, since it was formed three years ago.
It’s a shining example of something that Sheffield is really good at: people coming together to make things happen.
The first festival, this time last year, welcomed thousands of people into six city-centre venues, some of whom had never heard live classical music before.
We created new and favourite experiences for so many people, and the success of it gave us the impetus to arrange not just one but two more festivals.
There’s this weekend, and then in March there will be three days of world-famous music and musicians, local performers, all sorts of opportunities to make music and find out more about it.
Sheffield didn’t get the Great Exhibition of the North (that title went to somewhere that arguably is properly in the north) but no matter, we will press on and do really amazing things that show off its many sides as a city of creators, doers, thinkers, and enjoyers.
The latter is very important.
That’s where audiences and participants come in. They’re pretty critical.
So the hope is that many of you will come and enjoy some really brilliant free live music this weekend .
See Twitter @ClassicalSheff for all the details and then put March 17-19, 2017 in your diary for an unmissable weekend of music right here in the middle of our city.