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President’s dinner sounds “Heaven-ly”

The Sheffield Chamber of Commerce President’s will hit the right note this year – when one of the city’s finest bands takes to the stage at the high-profile event. 

and Heaven 17 will perform at the black tie event held to celebrate the economic impact the arts, heritage and culture have had on Sheffield. 

Sheffield Chamber President Jillian Thomas said: “The arts have always played a significant backdrop to my life so it seems only right that they take centre stage for my President’s Annual Dinner event. 

“My adopted home town of Sheffield became the soundtrack to my youth – from my front row seat I watched the birth of electronic music, Sheffield Theatres created my passion for musical theatre, and the Sheffield Arena allowed me access to international artists I previously only dreamed of seeing. 

“It would be remiss of me not to use my Presidency to recognise those who have given so much to me personally, but also the economic and impact the arts, these groups and the facilities have had, and continue to provide to the region. 

“For my President’s Dinner I have decided to acknowledge these musical pioneers, take us on Sheffield’s history of the arts and music, along the way hearing from artists and organisations. 

“Over the evening of the President’s Dinner we are going to tell the story of the business and economic impact music industry and the arts has had on the Sheffield City Business region. 

“Martyn Ware, founder of The and Heaven 17 is our lead speaker for the evening. Then one of Sheffield’s finest groups Heaven 17 will be playing a concert live – featuring some tunes – to culminate the evening’s festivities.” 

Born 1956 in Sheffield, Martyn formed the Human League in 1978, before going on to form multimillion selling act Heaven 17 in 1980. As record producer and artist he has featured on recordings totalling more than 50 million sales worldwide during a 37-year career to date. 

Martyn founded Illustrious Co. Ltd. with Erasure star in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of the unique ‘3DAudioScape’ immersive sound technology in collaboration with architects, artists and corporate clients around the world. 

He is also a Visiting Professor and DSc at Queen Mary College, University of London, a member of BAFTA, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. 

Look North’s Harry Gration will be Master of Ceremonies for the black tie three-course annual dinner which will be held at Sheffield Cathedral on September 29. 

The event, sponsored by Future Life Wealth Management and Hydra Creative, is one of the highest profile dates on the region’s business calendar, attracting in the region of 300 business delegates and key city leaders. 

The annual dinner also doubles as a fundraising evening for the Chamber’s official , which this year is St Luke’s Hospice. 

For more information please call 0114 201 8918 or email<>. Alternatively, visit<> to book tickets.

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Heaven 17 will perform at this year’s Sheffield Chamber of Commerce President’s Annual Dinner


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