The festival, organised by Classical Sheffield, involves hundreds of musicians and performers in the city, including young talent. The biggest stars are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and violinist Jennifer Pike at the City Hall on Friday, conducted by Anu Tau.
Highlights include the premiere of Sheffield City Opera’s Women of Steel on Saturday at Kelham Island Museum, high-tech event Surround Sound at DINA on Cambridge Street tomorrow and Senegalese musician Kadialy Koudate playing the kora at DINA on Friday. Free pop-up performances take place in the Winter Garden on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm, plus pop-up folk sessions at the Millowners pub, Kelham Island Museum on Saturday from 5.30-9pm. Festival passes cost £20 for a day or £30 for the weekend and tickets for one show are £5. Royal Philharmonic and Bach Choir shows cost extra but pass holders get a discount. Tickets for under-18s are free.
Book at classicalsheffield.org.uk or call 0114 223 3777.