Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 26 March 2022 at 8:00 pm

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen staffing issues, the live stream has now been cancelled. Emails have been sent out to those who have bought tickets- we apologise for the inconvenience. If you’d like to see the concert in person, please follow the ticket link to purchase a live ticket.


The Symphony Orchestra’s hard work under new conductor Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey paid off in Autumn with a socially conscious programme performed to a sellout audience – so don’t miss out on what promises to be a fantastic event this term.  

Amongst other pieces they will play Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate, a special piece commissioned by Christian Aid for Chineke! Orchestra in 2021. Collectively composed by four Black British composers, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Daniel Kidane, Shirley J Thompson OBE and Roderick Williams OBE, the work is a meditation on the climate emergency. Student soloists Matthew Kendell, viola and Mia Martinovis, voice, perform music by Walton and Bizet.

Soloists for Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for the Climate

Shu Jiang, zheng

Vijay Venkat, bansuri

Kweku Sackey, vocals and djembe



Bedřich Smetana: Ma vlast, mvt. 2 – Vltava (Moldau)

William Walton: Viola Concerto, mvt. 1

Mathew Kendall, viola

Georges Bizet: Songs from Carmen

  1. L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
  2. Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla)
  3. Les tringles des sistres tintaient (Gypsy Song)

Mia Martinovic, voice




Song of the Prophets: A Requiem for Climate Change

  1. Creation by Ayanna Witter-Johnson

InterludeVijay Venkat, bansuri

  1. Ruin by Daniel Kidane

InterludeShu Jiang, zheng

  1. Recovery by Shirley J. Thompson

InterludeKweku Sackey, vocals and djembe

  1. Redemption by Roderick Williams

Howard Shore: Lord of the Rings Medley: Fellowship of the Ring

Mia Martinovic, voice



  • Date: Saturday 26 March 2022

  • Time: 8:00 pm

  • Location: Firth Court Western Bank Sheffield S10 2TN

  • Price: £11.50 Full / £9 Concessions / £6 Student and Under 30

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