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Neil Campbell - a virtuoso guitarist

Category: Previous Events Published on 12 March 2018 Nick Robinson
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13th April 2018, 7.30pm

Liverpool composer and multi-instrumentalist Neil Campbell has been described by Classical Guitar Magazine as 'an outstanding guitarist whose originality of thought makes him far more than just another gifted purveyor of finger acrobatics' and by Sean Bradbury, Getintothis, as 'a man whose fingers have the ability to harness any imaginable sound in any given style’.

He has collaborated on live projects and recordings with Jon Anderson (Yes), Sense of Sound Singers, DJ Yousef, Anne Taft (Ghost Stories), Carlo Bowry (Wizards of Twiddly) and others. He has produced three CDs of solo guitar music, *Through the Looking Glass* (2003), *Night Sketches* (2004) and *Tabula Rasa Suite* (2014) alongside several other albums of his compositions in varying styles, including progressive rock, jazz fusion, minimalism and ambient music.

Neil’s solo performances are the stuff of legend and often involve him using loops and other technology to expand the sound and scope of what one performer can do with the classical guitar. As a soloist he has performed in the UK and Europe, and has been a regular performer at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

He particularly enjoys playing in ‘special’ venues and has performed solo concerts in spaces such as Union Chapel (London), Lancaster Priory, Birkenhead Priory, Liverpool Central Library, John Ryland’s Library (Manchester), Chetham’s School of Music Library (Manchester) and St Lukes (Bombed Out) Church (Liverpool).


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Twitter @neilcampbell8

Support is provided by Sheffield-based Nick Robinson who combines the guitar with electronics to produce improvised soundscapes. Nick formerly played with the Comsat Angels, Typhoon Saturday and Dig Vis Drill and continues to perform solo and with a variety of other musicians including Herve Perez, Steve Dinsdale, John Jasnoch, Martin Archer, Neil Ardley and others. His most recent CD was ‘Cotyledon’ with the group Lost Garden.


Doors open from 7pm for a 7.45 start.

Tickets £5 available here:


Attercliffe to Wincobank and back - the story of Mary Ann Rawson

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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16th April 2018 7:30pm

A brief history of the remarkable Mary Anne Rawson and the Read family of Wincobank Hall, who campaigned relentlessly for the abolition of Slavery and supported many other social causes, then lay forgotten in an over ground graveyard for 130 years. Talk by Penny Rea

This is a free event but turn up early to ensure you get a seat

Ann Beedham “The suffragette, the silversmith and the novelist: three local women’s tales”

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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Wednesday 21st March 2018 7.30pm

Hear about three local ladies who contributed to art, literature and politics, but who have now largely been forgotten.

Suzanne Bingham “The Anti-Slavery Movement in Sheffield”

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday February 26th 7.30pm

This talk will detail how the anti-slavery movement took off in Sheffield, the crucial role that local women played, and the movement’s contribution towards the radical reputation of the city.

This is a free event that is not ticketed, but please arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

Howard Bayley “Between River and Railway: a Victorian cemetery in the edgelands”

Category: Previous Events Published on 03 January 2018 Nick Robinson
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Monday Jan 15th 7.30pm

 Wardsend Cemetery: a relaunched and revitalised Friends Group brings you new stories and fresh insights on old ones. We also celebrate the unique setting of the site and look to its future as a resource for history, art, drama, nature study, recreation and more

Friends of Bishops' House AGM 2017

Category: Previous Events Published on 31 October 2017 Nick Robinson
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Mon 20th November

Dear Friends,

You are warmly invited to the Friends of Bishops' House 2017 Annual General Meeting, to be held at Bishops' House on Monday 20th November at 7.30 pm.  This will be an opportunity to reflect with trustees and volunteers on significant developments and successes of the year as well as share plans for future projects.

The evening would also be an ideal opportunity to view an exciting installation at the house: Curious House 2017 by Caroline Claisse (with help from FOBH volunteers) is on display until December and is well worth a visit.  Details of this, and a number of forthcoming events: history talks, music events and a poetry reading, can be found on this site.

We hope to see you on Monday 20th November,

The Friends of Bishops' House Committee

The agenda and notes for the meeting are set out below,

1. Welcome
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Previous Annual General Meeting
4. Officer's Reports
5. Election of Officers
6. Election of  Executive Committee Members
7. Comments from the Meeting
8. Any Other Relevant Business
9. Closure of Meeting

Nominations for Officers received are:

Chair Nick Roscoe proposed by Ken Dash
Secretary Jenni Sayer proposed by Nick Roscoe
Treasurer Barbara Jenkins proposed by Jenni Sayer

Nominations for Executive Committee are:

Ken Dash proposed by Emily Waterhouse
Emily Waterhouse proposed by Ken Dash
Tabitha Gillard proposed by Liz Ralph
Eileen Littlewood proposed by Nick Roscoe
Liz Ralph proposed by Ken Dash
Chris Griffiths proposed by Tabitha Gillard
Terence Moakes proposed by Nick Roscoe

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



Dec 17th Christmas Carols

Category: Previous Events Published on 31 October 2017 admin
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Sunday December 17th 2pm - 4pm

The Friends of Bishops' House Singers return with this very popular Christmas event.  Mince pies and mulled wine will be available!  Places limited so please come early to be sure of a seat.

Sharron Kraus and Nancy Wallace/ Bell Lungs

Category: Previous Events Published on 31 October 2017 admin
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Tuesday 21st November

Doors open 7:30 pm for 8 pm start

Sharron Kraus & Nancy Wallace / Bell Lungs

Nancy Wallace is a singer and musician hailing from London and Suffolk, and now based in Montreal, Canada. A guitarist and concertina player, her approach to both instruments, and her interpretations of both traditional material and her own songs, set her apart on the contemporary folk scene. Sharron Kraus is a singer of folk songs, a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose solo work and collaborations offer a dark and subversive take on traditional music. As well as drawing on the folk traditions of England and Appalachia, her music is influenced by gothic literature, surrealism, myth and magic. Together their voices harmonise and mesmerise.

Bell Lungs

Bell Lungs, from Scoland, weaves layered vocal harmonies and instrumental loops together into a psychedelic, post-folk soundscape that draws on natural cycles, environmental disaster and the microcosmic aspects of relationships. She is known for collaborating with poets, scientists, kinetic sculptures, artists, dancers, film and theatre-makers, and has performed in the UK, USA, Spain, Germany and Italy, in venues common and uncommon, including art galleries, museums, double-decker buses, ancient ruins, a disused grain silo and a hydroelectric power station.

Tickets £7 available here 

Curious House 2017

Category: Previous Events Published on 29 October 2017 admin
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New exhibition running every Saturday & Sunday from October 28th to December 10th 10am-4pm

Through interactive technology, visitors will have the opportunity to meet characters that could have lived in the house over the last 500 years. 

In partnership with the museum volunteers at the Bishops' House, designer and PhD candidate Caroline Claisse has co-created an interactive installation where museum visitors will experience the house in new ways. This exhibition builds on the success of Curious House (2016) where artists created engaging new work in response to the house, its association, and collection.

The exhibition Curious House 2017 was funded by the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University.

Frostlake / Red Zoo

Category: Previous Events Published on 27 October 2017 Nick Robinson
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Sunday December 17 2017 7.30pm

Returning to Bishops House is songstress/instrumentalist Frostlake, spectral psych-folk with haunting vocals. Guitar, laptop, Korg wavedrum and bassist Terry Todd give an atmospheric, otherworldly touch to new songs and ones from the album White Moon, Black Moon - listen here

" beautiful..atmospheric...ethereal... spooky" Achim Breiling Babyblaue Sieten

Red Zoo
Were a Sheffield band from the 80s who had releases on Polydor without success. Singer Elaine and guitarist Nick recently reunited after 30 odd years and are performing stripped back versions of their songs with just acoustic guitar & vocals.

Each act will play a set with a break between. Doors open 7.30pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

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String Theology / A Collection Of Notes

Category: Previous Events Published on 27 October 2017 Nick Robinson
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Saturday December 02 2017 7.30pm

String Theology 
A duo consisting of Herve Perez (shakuhachi/laptop) and Nick Robinson (guitar/loops). Both are veterans of the Sheffield improv scene and bring a diverse range of sounds and inluences to the collaboration. Their music is improvised and is a reflective mixture of electronica and organic sounds. A previous recording can be heard here

A Collection of Notes
Classic synth/electro/ambient music created by Sheffield’s Jan Gilhooley using only Apple’s iPad and iPod Touch running a variety of software synths. Originally “A Collection of Notes” was Jan’s name for some early electronic music experiments back in the late 1980s. When he discovered the possibilities of making electronic music using the Apple mobile devices in 2011 “A Collection of Notes” was renewed to provide a vehicle for the new music created. The ability to create music that both incorporates and reflects the physical environment is one of principle sources of inspiration. 

Each act will play a set with a break between. Doors open 7pm for a 8pm start.

Cost £5.00 in advance, or £6.00 on the door

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Autumn Fayre

Category: Previous Events Published on 21 September 2017 admin
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Bishops' House Autumn Fayre is back on 7th and 8th October 2017!

Come along to meet Knights in Battle- real life knights and watch them battling. There will be stalls with local produce and crafts plus face painting and music. Food and drink will be available including delicious pizzas, cakes and a barista coffee van.

The Fayre is just £2 entry and children are free (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Saturday 7th October
11:00 Knights in Battle (
14:00 Carfield Choir (
15:00 Knights in Battle 

Sunday 8th October
10:00 Sheffield Bagpipers
11:00 Knights in Battle 
14:00 Knights in Battle 

Derek Taylor will be performing historical music on the lute and recorder throughout both days.

All Day Knights in Battle will be in the house to talk about their armour, weapons and to bring medieval history to life.

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