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Historical Instrument Collection

Category: Previous Events Published on 15 October 2013 Nick Robinson
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Sat 19th October - 10th November (weekends only)

he Department of Music's collection of 35 medieval and early modern musical instruments, one of the largest held by a UK university, will feature in an exhibition to be held next November at Bishops' House Museum.

The exhibition will be curated by Chris Leffler and will feature demonstrations on the instruments given by students from the Department of Music.

Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet

Category: Previous Events Published on 14 October 2013 Nick Robinson
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Sunday December 8th 2.30 – 3.45 pm

Another chance to hear this versatile clarinet ensemble performing music ranging from the 16th century to the present day. Free entry!

Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Category: Previous Events Published on 24 August 2013 Nick Robinson
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Saturday October 19th 11am - 4pm

knitting demonstrationDemonstrations of both spinning and knitting and a range of items made by Hallamshire & District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers members for visitors to see and handle. Bring your questions and creations!

The aims of this group are to preserve and to promote the traditional crafts of hand weaving, spinning and dyeing. They are part of the National Association of Guilds of Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing and are a registered Charity. They are Sheffield based but have members from Derbyshire and all over South and West Yorkshire.

Their website is

Notes & Sounds presents an evening of improvised music

Category: Previous Events Published on 16 August 2013 Nick Robinson
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Friday 8th November 7.30 - 10pm

Notes & Sounds presents an evening of improvised music with two groups who feature instruments not usually associated with the European/North American free jazz/improvised music tradition.


John Ball - santoor / Mark Hanslip – tenor sax / John Jasnoch – 12 string guitar & ‘ud

Tenor saxophonist Mark Hanslip emerged from the Birmingham jazz scene to co-found London's enterprising Loop Collective. He has also worked with Outhouse and Hans Koller, and become the go-to guy for the tricky art of playing free-fall improv with a melodic shape.

John Ball is currently working with the University of Sheffield as World Music Performer in Residence. John specialises in North Indian Classical Music, teaching and performing on tabla and santoor. His collaborations include work with Western Classical, West African, Jazz, Folk and Pop Musicians. He has worked with a diverse range of artists including Juldeh Camara (BBC World Music Award Winner), Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley.

John Jasnoch has been performing in the free jazz/improv arena since the late 70s. Originally a guitar player but now also utilising ‘ud, ukulele and banjo. He participated in Derek Bailey’s Company Week at the ICA in 1988 and has more recently been a regular member of Sonny Simmons’ UK quartet.

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Eun-Jung Kim - komongo / Charlie Collins – percussion & percussion

Remarkable Korean musician Eun-Jung Kim collaborates with UK based experimentalist Charlie Collins to form a powerful acoustic duo. Utilizing traditional and contemporary instruments and techniques they create an improvised music uniquely informed by both non-Western and Western tradition. The komungo is the traditional Korean long-board zither, similar in appearance to, but quite distinct from, the better known Japanese koto. It is played with a variety of Traditional, Western and extended techniques, and Eun-Jung Kim is one of its finest exponents.

Charlie Collins has been at the core of creative music in Sheffield and the UK for more than 30 years. His free polyrhythmic drumming has driven the likes of Sonny Simmons, Ted Daniel and The Hunter Gracchus.

£4 admission.

Meersbrook Tree Day 2

Category: Previous Events Published on 10 August 2013 trees2
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Meersbrook tree day

Friday 1st November 10.30am - 3.30pm

The SCC Community Forestry team will be running the fourth Meersbrook Tree Day in Meersbrook Park, supported by Trees for Cities.  This is a fantastic Half Term Event for all the family. Come along & take part in an interesting fun-filled day of activities based around the park's trees

  • Help plant trees and maintain the parks woodland areas (sturdy footwear required)
  • Make a bat box
  • Watch as huge trees are 'doctored' by professional tree surgeons
  • Take part in a fun tree-trail and learn about all the trees in the park
  • Visit a traditional Mongolian yurt
  • Have a go at basket making
  • Take part in some natural art activities
  • Attend cultural events in Bishops House

… and many more events. Details of additional events will be publicised soon.

For more information about the event please contact:
Edward Thatcher
Community Forester Central & South Community Assemblies Trees and Woodlands
Sheffield City Council
Meersbrook Park
Brook Road
Sheffield S8 9FL

Tel: 0114 2734303 Mobile: 07816 596228

For more information about Trees for Cities please visit:

Christmas Origami!

Category: Previous Events Published on 06 August 2013 Nick Robinson
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origami christmas treeSunday 1st December 1pm - 4pm

Ever wanted to use the  Japanese art of Origami (paper-folding) to decorate your tree? Local expert and origami professional Nick Robinson (50+ books on the subject) and other experienced folders will be present to show you how easy it really is. No experience needed and paper will be provided.

If you have any models you are "stuck" with, bring the diagrams along, we'll show you how to finish them. Some examples of more advanced designs will be on display.

This event is open to all, - children are welcome, but remember we're not a creche facility - you should stay and fold with your children. Below is a simple design you can practise with! For more information on folding, please visit the British Origami Society website


origami fir tree

Lavender Sachets and Suncatchers

Category: Previous Events Published on 06 August 2013 Nick Robinson
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lavendarSaturday 17th August 1 - 3.30pm

Fun Family Crafts at Bishops' House - Lavender Sachets and Suncatchers

Make and take a Tudor lavender sachet or celebrate summer by creating a colourful suncatcher!

More details to come....

Beekeepers / Gamebirds - the Birds & the Bees

Category: Previous Events Published on 05 August 2013 Nick Robinson
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Saturday 21st September 7.30pm - 10pm

beekeepersAn evening of music and song from The Gamebirds and The Beekeepers, returning by popular demand! And everyone gets a glass of wine or juice!

The Gamebirds formed in 2011 singing both unaccompanied and incorporating instrumental harmonies.  They joined with the Beekeepers, a group of musicians from folk and classical backgrounds, creating a fusion they refer to as "Chamber Folk". The Gamekeepers  sing unaccompanied and also incorporate some instrumental harmonies, including violin, flute and accordion. Gamebirds are: Heather Ashton, Judith Reading, Carol Schofield and Karen Stock.

Tickets £6 - available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  0114 2365340

Toffee Music in concert

Category: Previous Events Published on 10 July 2013 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 21st August 7.30 - 10.00pm

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Toffee Music is Mike Lydiat and Dave Markham. TOFFEE is an acronym for "Two Old Fellas For Evening Entertainment"! Dave has been 'entertaining the troops' for more than 40 years and Mike first 'trod the boards' in 1962. Between them they have a century of playing experience!

Weston Park Hospital Cancer CharityTOFFEE perform  classic tunes from the great composers like Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Cole Porter, etc and Music Hall and Vaudeville songs. We have been known to throw in the odd Carolan tune and to come right up to date with Beatles songs as well as Joni Mitchell, Carol King and James Taylor.

Entry: £4 divided between Bishops House and Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity. There will also be a Raffle and CD sales going to WPHCC. So here's your chance to have a great night out and support two good causes at the same time!

For more information, please visit their website

Friends Of Bishops House AGM

Category: Previous Events Published on 02 July 2013 Nick Robinson
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Thursday 18th July 2013, 7.30 pm

The agenda for our Annual General Meeting, to be held in the house, is as follows;

1.    Welcome
2.    Apologies for Absence
3.    Previous Annual General Meeting (June 8th 2012)
4.    Chairman's Report
5.    Secretary's Report
6.    Treasurer's Report
7.    Articles of Association as a Charitable Unincorporated Institution
8.    Election of Officers
9.    Election of  Executive Committee Members
10.     Progress of HLF bid
11.    Comments from the Meeting
12.    Any Other Relevant Business
13.    Closure of Meeting

Nominations for Officers received are:

Chairman    John Brown       proposed by Ken Dash   
Secretary    Nick Roscoe      proposed by John Brown    
Treasurer    Sue Auckland    proposed by Emily Waterhouse

Nominations for Executive Committee are:

Martine Standish            proposed by Tabitha Gillard
Emily Waterhouse          proposed by Tabitha Gillard
Tabitha Gillard                proposed by Emily Waterhouse
Ken Dash                      proposed by John Brown
Denise Reaney               proposed by John Brown
Alison Robinson              proposed by John Brown

Nominations and voting on the night can only be accepted from existing members.
Further nominations can be accepted up to seven days prior to the AGM
The Committee can co-opt members to their membership or invite individuals to discuss specific matters at any one meeting

Norton Lees Residents Association EGM

Category: Previous Events Published on 21 June 2013 Nick Robinson
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NoLRA logoWednesday 7th August 7.30pm

This meeting will be an Extraordinary General Meeting to determine with future of NoLRA.

Whilst we have not had a public meeting for some time, the committee feel it is important to keep the group together even when there are few important issues to address. That way, when the estate does face a problem, NoLRA is in a position to fight on the residents behalf.

In order to continue positively, NoLRA needs volunteer members. It doesn’t take much effort, please come and say hello at the meeting.

Carol Singing

Category: Previous Events Published on 12 June 2013 Nick Robinson
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Sunday December 15th 2pm

The Friends of Bishops House Singers have been singing at Bishops House during Christmas time for many years now. It's always a heart-warming event and also a great chance to get into the Christmas Spirit. There may even be some snow. Mince pies and mulled wine available too !

Free admission.

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