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Too Hot to Hoot

Platform Four:

Chris Noble, Jenny Jackson, Tom James and Tom Owen

17 March 2017. 8.30pm

Upper Chappel, Norfolk St., Sheffield

Sung in English

Opera on Location are delighted to return as part of the Classical Sheffield Festival, and bring you a fascinating evening of musical entertainment. Focussing on the concept of palindromes, Opera on Location will perform Paul Hindemith’s Hin und Zuruck (There and Back), a one act opera in which a conversation between husband and wife plunges into a quarrel, and escalates into a shooting. However, determined to ensure his opera had a happy ending, Hindemith reverses the story and most remarkably the music half way through to ensure an action packed and impressive 12-minute opera.

In response to Hindemith’s ingenious work, Sheffield’s composers’ collective Platform 4 have created four new striking theatrical miniatures that explore the entertaining and often surreal wordplay arising from palindromic texts.

All pieces will be sung in English

Paul Hindemith, Opera on Location

Paul Hindemith


Hindemith was not only a great composer but also an extremely talented conductor, theorist and string player. Hindemith came from a poor family however, his father recognised his musical talent at a young age and arranged private music tuition for him, which eventuled to his job at the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra. It was whilst playing at the opera house that he was noticed but the conductor Fritz Busch who then agreed to stage the premieres of Hindemith’s first two operas Mörder, Hoffnung Der Frauen and Das Nusch-Nuschi.

Platform 4, Opera on Location

Platform Four

Tom James, Tom Owen, Jenny Jackson, Chris Noble

Platform 4 are a Sheffield-based composers’ collective. Their focus is twofold; producing and performing an exciting body of original work and collaborating with a broad range of artists from other disciplines.


Commissions include Melodrama – a short suite for wind instruments, composed collaboratively by Platform 4, commissioned by Music in the Round and performed by members of Ensemble 360 at the Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2018; and a collaboration with Passepartout Duo to produce four new works for piano and percussion, performed by them at a concert in the Upper Chapel, Sheffield.

Find out more about Platform Four...

Location: Upper Chapel

Upper Chapel is in the heart of the city on Norfolk Street, close to the Town Hall, the Winter Garden, the Millennium and Graves Art Galleries, and both the Crucible and Lyceum theatres. The venue has level access and accessible facilities.

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