Mantra, described as ‘Musical conversations across the Indian Ocean’ wherein Portuguese Renaissance polyphony meets Indian classical music for a potentially memorable encounter with the renowned Orlando Consort and an equally acclaimed trio of Indian music performers involved: Kuljit Bhamra: tabla, Jonathan Meyer: sitar, and Shahid Khan: voice. Music in the Round at Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (November 13), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A with Kuljit Bhamra and Angus Smith of the Orlando Consort and artistic director of MitR. See ‘Mantra’ under FEATURES
Neil Taylor, organ, Sheffield Cathedral’s director of music plays Brewer – Marche Héroique; Saint-Saëns – The Swan and The Elephant; Bairstow – Evening Song; Bach – Komm heiliger Geist, Herr Gott BWV 651; Sullivan – The Lost Chord; and Vierne – Carillon de Westminster, at the weekly Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Music Academy, aka Sheffield Music Academy, exceptionally talented students and their professional tutors with a concert as part of the St Andrew’s Music Festival. Only known work being performed is a Mendelssohn string symphony, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7pm – retiring collection.
Clare Wheat/Jonathan Gooing, the excellent soprano and a pianist most people will have encountered by now who happen to be married, offer a programme of Handel, Schubert and Puccini, plus English song from the pens of Parry, Warlock and Eric Coates who, believe it or not, has around 150 to his name. This month’s Sheffield Music Club concert, at Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Sound Junction Weekend, ‘cinema for the ear’ at three one-hour concerts of electronic music and sonic art works from composers working at the University of Sheffield’s state of the art Sound Studios with everything diffused over a 24-channel, computer-controlled spatialisation system – don’t worry, it will be introduced and explained before each concert! – when multiple loudspeakers will come to life, immersing you in music and sound spaces are sculpted in three dimensions as effects dart around the room. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 1pm and 7pm; Sunday, 1pm – free.
Neil McSweeney, Sheffield-based, nationally-note singer-songwriter at the St Andrew’s Music Festival, St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7pm – £10.
Lest We Forget, excellently programmed World War One commemoration concert from the Sheffield Bach Choir and its eminent conductor Simon Lindley featuring two major choral works by Vaughan Williams, the superb Dona Nobis Pacem, a work in the same vein as Britten’s later War Requiem, and the much more hopeful Towards the Unknown Region of 30 years earlier. Two lesser-known works by Elgar are also heard: With Proud Thanksgiving (Binyon’s poem For the Fallen) and Sursum Corda, a purely instrumental piece of much beauty and resounding brass fanfares – the latter on the organ here, perhaps. David Houlder is the organist, the soloists in Dona Nobis Pacem are soprano Kristina James and baritone Quentin Brown, and the splendid National Festival Orchestra is again in attendance, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students. See ‘Remembrance’ under FEATURES
Love and Conflict, described as ‘A Concert for our Time’ by Sheffield City Opera prompted by the outbreak of World War One in 1914 and a collection of arias, duets, ensembles and choruses from operas by Mozart, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Gounod, Offenbach, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, most of them familiar to ubiquitous, plus Handel, Bernstein and the love theme from Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture set as a duet. Performers include Daniel Summer, a rather busy baritone (and bass!), Becky Lambert, Fiona Constantine, Christine Ayres, Mary McCready, Karl Reiff, Gareth Lloyd, Mike Willis and Nigel Rothery, while Peter Hurst is the ‘orchestra’ encompassing a wide stylistic diversity on a piano and Robert Webb is the conductor. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sunday, 2.30pm; repeated St Margaret’s Church, Swinton, S64 8DL, Saturday, November 29, 7.30pm – £10. 07547 230632, www.sheffieldcityopera.com or on the door. See ‘Love and Conflict’ under FEATURES
Larkin Strings, locally based, nine-member professional ensemble premier Sheffield-based composer Ray Kohn’s String Octet and perform works by Elgar and Dvořák elsewhere at the final concert in the St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sunday, 7pm – £10.
Trio Con Moto, newly formed piano trio of Chris Brain: violin, Inja Davidovic: piano, and Lucy Revis: cello, perform two Beethoven piano trios, Op 1 No 3 and Op 70 No 1 at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, nicely programmed concert of Albinoni – Oboe Concerto Op 9 No 2; Alessandro Scarlatti – Sinfonie di Concerto Grosso No’s 4 and 5; the highly prolific ‘Swedish Mozart’, Joseph Martin Kraus – Olympie Overture; and Tippett – Divertimento on ‘Sellinger’s Round’. Antonia Self is the soloist in the Albinoni and the conductor is Tim Shephard. University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26.
Joshua Hales, organ, Sheffield Cathedral’s assistant director of music gives the weekly Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 20), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Nutcracker, Moscow State Ballet staging of Tchaikovsky’s perennial favourite at this time of the year, a little early but the C season did get started around the end of September. Buxton Opera House, Wednesday (November 19), 7.30pm – £20, £23, £25. 0845 12 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see the respective websites of both in the ‘Who’s Doing It’ section of Classical Sheffield