Chamber Folk Strings Day with Sam Sweeney and Miranda Rutter

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A day of folk-led collaboration for players of bowed string instruments. Outstanding folk musicians Sam Sweeney and Miranda Rutter lead this one-off workshop, using English folk music to introduce participants to new ideas and thinking around making chamber music in an organic and spontaneous way.

The workshop is open to all active players of bowed string instruments with experience or interest in small-group music-making. It will be accessible for players from all musical backgrounds, regardless of your experience of English folk music traditions. Participants will be sent some simple folk melodies to learn to play from memory in advance, which will form the basis of the day.

*When booking you will be asked to complete a few questions about your musical experiences, so please ensure you have enough time to do this in detail when booking. This information is to help the workshop leaders tailor the content of the day to suit all attendees.*

If you have any questions about this workshop day, or want to find out whether it is right for you, please contact Katie at katie@musicintheround.co.uk or on 0114 281 4660.


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Voted Musician Of The Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015, Sam Sweeney has rapidly established himself as one of the great instrumentalists in folk music. As well as playing with cultural sensation Bellowhead, Sam has toured and recorded with Eliza Carthy, Leveret, Jon Boden, The Full English and Hannah James, to name a few, as well as creating his own critically acclaimed show Made In The Great War. In 2016 Sam became the inaugural Artistic Director of The National Youth Folk Ensemble and more recently has been signed to Island Records for the release of his debut solo album, The Unfinished Violin. In 2018, Sam was commissioned to compose a piece of music for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace.


Miranda Rutter took up the fiddle at 5 but soon had her ambitions set on playing the viola. She studied classical music in her youth and was a member of Pro Corda, but on meeting folk music in her late teens became enchanted. She became a member of Jabadaw and Fika while at Manchester University studying Social Anthropology. After a couple of years of traveling (both musically and geographically) she found home playing southern English folk music at Chris Wood's first summer school at Ruskin Mill.

Inspired by the idea of making folk music that explored the sound and ensemble dynamic of the string quartet, she formed Methera with whom she has recorded three CDs and toured frequently. Methera is currently working in collaboration with Swedish storyteller Mats Rehnman.

She has performed with the English Acoustic Collective and Morris Offspring in 'On English Ground' and with Chris Wood in his composition 'Listening to the River'. She has taught on Newcastle University's Folk Music degree course, on National Youth Folk Ensemble courses, at Folkworks' Fiddles on Fire Festival, and on the English Acoustic Collective summer school which she co-directs.

Music in the Round is the leading promoter of chamber music outside London. We take our unique, informal and informative style of performance to numerous venues around the country as well as presenting two concert series and the annual Sheffield Chamber Music Festival at our home venue, the Crucible Studio. Excellence and access are central to all we do; our concerts, wherever possible, are played ‘in the round’ and feature lively spoken introductions to the music. Our resident group, Ensemble 360, comprises 11 dynamic, world-class artists who are at the heart of our year-round programme of concerts and innovative learning and participation activity, delivering high quality music in a variety of settings to people of all ages and ability.

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