A couple of weeks back at work Liv sent round an email saying she would be playing in a concert, and if anyone fancied it to pop along. Well, yesterday I remembered this email, so we got dressed up, jumped in the car and headed off to St Marks Church in Broomhill.

Liv plays with the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, an amateur orchestra, though you wouldn't know it to listen to them. For £8 each we were treated to a fantastic performance.

The concert started with Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro, a great opener. After that we had a stunning performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto no. 3. The soloist, Peter Foggitt, was rumoured to be only 21 but was extremely talented, and the orchestra played their part well. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up in places, a real testament to the quality of the playing.

After the interval they started back with Til Eulenspiegel by Strauss, an enjoyable piece following Til Eulenspiegel's adventures, until he is caught and hanged! It was good, although at the point where the music changes to the "march to the scaffold" theme, I wanted it to last longer. But that's aimed at Strauss, not the SSO! They finished off the evening with a medley of tunes from Girl Crazy by Gershwin. Although a light and somewhat more "jazzy" piece to the rest of the evening, it finished the night on upbeat note, and we left very pleased.

On a side note, BBC Radio 3 were there recording this concert, but I'm not entirely sure what for, or if it will get broadcasted. If anyone in the know knows, let me know!

All in all, the SSO are very accomplished, and I shall be keeping an eye out for future concerts.