Ensemble 360, with two piano quintets, one familiar: Dvořák’s Op 81, the other not, by Vaughan Williams: penned in 1903, premiered in 1905 but not published, disappeared after 1918. VW’s widow gave the score to the British Library 40 years later after his death placing an embargo on its performance but lifted it in the 1990s. Said to be well worth hearing, the nearest it gets to sounding like recognisable VW it seems is in the central movement with suggestions of Brahms, Dvořák and Schubert in the two outer movements. It is also scored for the same forces as the latter’s Trout Quintet, and much more familiar VW precedes it, The Lark Ascending in a ‘chamber arrangement’! Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 22nd of March, 7.15pm - SOLD OUT!
Lunchtime Concert, given by masters’ students in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Thursday, 23rd of March, 1.10pm – free.
Sound Junction Satellite, just discovered and, apparently, the second serving as a two-hour (plus 30 minute interval) introduction to electroacoustic music. Sheffield University Concert Season. DINA Cambridge Street S1 4HP, Thursday, 23rd of March, 7pm – free.
Manchester Collective, recently formed ensemble cross the Pennines to perform Janáček’s String Quartet No 2 Intimate Letters, and give the first performance of a song cycle by Australian composer Huw Belling, ‘Inside Mr Enderby’ celebrating the centenary of the birth of Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess. Mitch Riley, a baritone of increasing renown in contemporary music circles, sings it. The Chimney House, Kelham Island, Thursday, 23rd of March, 8pm – £12.
Intimate with Mr Enderby! @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Jasper Høiby’s Fellow Creatures, the Danish double bassist’s creatures being Mark Lockheart: saxophone, Laura Jurd: trumpet, Will Barry: piano, and Corrie Dick: drums – “bass virtuosity and a superb band,” opined The Guardian. Sheffield Jazz concert ends Music in the Round’s spring season. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £16, £12.50 concessions, £7 students, £3 under 16s.
Messiah, Handel’s oratorio, described as a ‘slightly Easterised’ version – actually, in many ways, it’s more appropriate at Easter than Christmas – from the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and period instrument 18th Century Sinfonia. Charlotte La Thrope, Margaret McDonald, Richard Rowe, Paul Grant are the SATB soloists and Darius Battiwalla the conductor. Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7pm – £15 on the door (£12 in advance), £7 concessions. http://sivtickets.com/event/handelsmessiah
Escafeld Chorale, guest conductor Francis Wells, perform John Rutter: Requiem; Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time; and Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens, with this season’s associate soloist Keren Hadas: soprano, Liz Hanks: cello, and George Parsons: accompanist. Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, schoolchildren, £3 accompanied under-16s.
Sheffield University Chamber Choir, excellent body of singers directed by Mark McCombs perform Eric Whitacre: Cloudburst and Sleep; Morton Lauridsen: Chansons des Roses; Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals from A Child of Our Time in the University Concert Season. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – In advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students - Online (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee). On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
Lunchtime Concert, given by undergraduate students in the University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
Rush Hour Concert, given by undergraduate students – presumably, different personnel! – in the University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free.
Sklamberg and the Shepherds, Lorin Sklamberg: vocals, Merlin Shepherd: clarinet, Polina Shepherd: piano, vocals, exceptional Klezmer trio in the University Concert Season(Global Soundtracks strand). Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Wednesday 29th, 7.30pm –
In advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – Online (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
Idomeneo, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s epic production of Mozart’s opera for the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1982 is revived for the first time in over a decade and relayed live direct from the house. Popular Met tenor Matthew Polenzani (an American) is Idomeneo, the king who unwittingly condemns his son Idamante, a trouser role taken by much feted Brit Alice Coote, to death early in the proceedings and spends the rest of them trying to do something about it. Nadine Sierra is Idamante’s love interest Ilia, South African soprano Elza van den Heever the unhinged Elettra and, as in 1982, James Levine is the conductor. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 4.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
La Bohème, Ellen Kent’s production of Puccini’s opera for Opera and Ballet International sung in Italian with English surtitles seen at the City Hall last year. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £36.50 –£40. 01298 72190
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday 20th May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking found here.