The Kooks about to hit the road
THE Kooks hit the road again this November to support their fourth studio album, Listen. Famous for songs like She Moves In Her Own Way and You Don’t Love Me, Q Magazine have given their new release a rave review, and the Sunday Times’ Culture has called it a ‘radical, crash-and-band R&B change of direction.’ This year, they have already performed a surprise slot at Glastonbury and conquered Reading and Leeds Festival. They will be at Leeds O2 Academy on November 13. For tickets and more information, visit www. o2academyleeds.co.uk FOUR decades ago Peter Cropper, together with his colleagues in the Lindsay String Quartet, came to live in Sheffield. His avowed intent was to create in the city the UK’s first major provincial venue for chamber music.
He was to find the ideal location in the fledgling Studio, that formed an underused part of the Crucible Theatre complex and its unusual configuration of the audience surrounding the performers eventually gave birth to the creation of ‘Music in the Round’, a name that was to become synonymous with performing excellence.
This autumn it celebrates its thirtieth birthday with programmes focussed on music by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert, composers that Cropper first used to introduce audiences to the joys of chamber music in his annual series of Spring festivals.
In the years that followed he assembled the critically acclaimed resident Sheffield group, Ensemble 360 – its ten musicians this autumn offering a wide spectrum of music from solo recitals to octets.
As founder members of the ensemble, the Elias String Quartet return to open the anniversary with two