Jessop Voices, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 6), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Martha Hayward, the young soprano makes a quick return to lunchtime singing with much the same programme and the same co-performers, Tristan Watson: clarinet, Ruth Milsom: piano, as at Firth Hall on October 16: Schubert – Shepherd on the Rock; Howells – A Near-Minuet (clarinet and piano); Gurney – Five Elizabethan Songs; but Mozart is replaced by Pergolesi – Salve Regina, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 6), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Royal Northern Sinfonia, joins forces with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, sopranos Gillian Keith and Anna Dennis, tenor Sam Furness and bass Matthew Hargreaves under the direction of James Burton for Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor, while elsewhere performing Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Mendelssohn’s overture The Fair Melusine under its own steam. Sheffield International Concert Season, City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £28, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See ‘Unfinished Mozart’ under FEATURES
POSTPONED: The Tallis Scholars, St Marie’s Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm. Unforeseen circumstances have forced the postponement and the concert has been re-scheduled for next year on Thursday, 7th of May.
ETO Recital, English Touring Opera soloists perform arias and duets, ‘including popular favourites’, it says here. St John’s Church, Buxton, Saturday, 2.30pm – £10.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, starts its 68th season, these days under the music-direction of Jonathan Lo, with two Richard Strauss works, Till Eulenspiegel and Horn Concerto No 2 with Robert Ashworth from Opera North’s orchestra as soloist, and Shostakovich, what he is alleged to have described as “a Soviet artist’s creative response to justified criticism,” his popular Symphony No 5. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, children.
Verdi Requiem, we can save a little reading matter here as the performance, conducted by Alan Eost, from the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus is sold out at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm.
War and Remembrance, Viva Voce chamber choir concert for Remembrance Weekend taking Renaissance pieces by Dering, Janequin, Josquin (Agnus Dei III – Armed Man Mass), Morales (Kyrie – Armed Man Mass), Guerrero (Kyrie – Missa de la batalla escoutez); and, from the 20th century, Poulenc, Howells, Guest, Ravel, Martin, Casals, Thompson (Alleluia), Distler, Argento, Ribo (El Cant des Ocells), Britten, Deane, Wert, Vaughan Williams and, completing a 20-item programme, an arrangement of Joshua fit de Battle of Jericho. St Luke’s Church, Blackbrook Rd, Lodge Moor, S10 4LQ – £12, £10 concessions, under 16s free. See ‘Remembrance 1’ under FEATURES
From Hollywood to the West End, slightly sweeping title with Mozart – ‘Farewell trio’ (Così); Rossini – Cat Duet; G&S – including I’ve got a little list, also on offer when former South Yorkshire Opera singers Mary McCready, Caroline Dyson, Nigel Rothery and Michael Hawley re-unite with pianist Hugh Finnigan as Singers Unlimited for Macmillan Cancer Care. Still, an extremely engaging mix with among umpteen other items, by Novello – And Her Mother Came Too, We’ll Gather Lilacs; Gershwin – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off, They Can’t Take That Away From Me; Porter – Did you evah? Let’s Do It, Brush Up You Shakespeare; and from Gigi: I Remember it Well; West Side Story: Tonight, Somewhere; Wizard of Oz: Over the Rainbow; Sound of Music: Climb Every Mountain; Les Miserables: Stars, Bring Him Home; Miss Saigon: Last Night of the World; Cabaret: the title song. Get the picture? St Oswald’s Church Hall, Abbeydale Road, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12.
The Spirit of England, Elgar’s woefully neglected ‘War to end all Wars’ requiem, a 30-minute cantata in three parts to texts by Laurence Binyon from the chorus and orchestra of Buxton Musical Society (you normally hear them in BBC Radio’s broadcasts of Festival Masses), plus the Schicksalelied (Song of Destiny) by Brahms, the Four Last Songs by Strauss and, curiously, the overture to Prince Igor by Borodin. Claire Seaton is the soprano soloist in the Elgar and Strauss and Michael Williams the conductor at St John’s Church, Buxton, Sunday, 7.30pm – £12, £10.50 concessions. See ‘Remembrance 1’ under FEATURES
Northern String Quartet, opening concert of what looks like becoming an annual event, the St Andrew’s Music Festival, the young foursome (Royal Northern College of Music graduates) offering Beethoven – Quartet No 1; and Shostakovich – Quartet No 8; with, in between, Ray Kohn – first performance of his 12th String Quartet. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sunday, 7pm – £10. See ‘St Andrew’s Music Festival’ under FEATURES
University New Music Ensemble, celebrate the 80th birthday this year of Sheffield-born composer Bernard Rands who emigrated to America in 1975. Tremendously distinguished as a teacher, he is regularly performed there and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1984. His own teachers were Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Luigi Dallapiccola and Luciano Berio. Little wonder with this foursome for mentors he made it as composer, works by Berio and Dallapiccola being included here, as well as by Rands. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. Pre-concert talk, the university’s head of composition George Nicholson, a former Bernard Rands student at York University chats with him, 6.30pm.
Postgraduate Music Students, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert; Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Zhok Hora, Sheffield klezmer band of Jo Veal: clarinet, Ray Kohn: violin; Lindsay Aitkenhead: viola; Ian Stern: guitar, vocals; Dave Westbrook: accordion; and Richard Neale: bass, perform traditional Jewish East European music and some contemporary repertoire from the UK, including a new work, Ex Tempore, by the band’s violinist. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Monday, 7pm – £10.
Ensemble 360, specifically Gemma Rosefield: cello, Naomi Atherton: horn, and Tim Horton: piano, who could be said to be on the verge of song with Saint-Saëns – Romance for horn and piano Op 67; Volker David Kirchner (born 1942) – Lamento d‘Ofreo (1986) for horn and piano, a contemporaneous lamenting balladeer of Greek legend; and Rachmaninov – the super Cello Sonata. Music in the Round at Upper Chapel, Tuesday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Primrose Piano Quartet, distinguished foursome of Susanne Stanzeleit: violin, Robin Ireland: viola, Andrew Fuller: cello, John Thwaits: piano, perform Frank Bridge – Phantasy Piano Quartet; Fauré – Piano Quartet No 1 Op 15; and Brahms – Piano Quartet No 2 Op 26 in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. Pre-concert talk, the Department of Music’s Renee Timmers explores the science behind what music does to the human make up, 6.30pm.
Bright Season, South Yorkshire-based traditional folk trio of Michael J Tinker: guitar; Ella Sprung: fiddle, nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle, a traditional Swedish instrument); Simon Dumpleton: accordion, and all vocalists are joined by guest Alec Thompson St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Tuesday, 7pm – £10.
Mantra, described as ‘Musical conversations across the Indian Ocean’ when Portuguese Renaissance polyphony meets Indian classical music and 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.
Ottone, the second most popular Handel opera in his lifetime with an enormously complex storyline: suffice to say it concerns a 10th century German emperor, Ottone, in Rome to marry a Byzantine princess, Teofane – or so they both think! Duplicity, mistaken identity, disguise and counter-disguise abound and there are only six characters, no chorus, with Handel’s music erring on the side expressive singing line with the bravura and brilliant variety surfacing every so often. English Touring Opera staging sung in English with excellent South African countertenor Clint van der Linde in the title role and highly thought-of young soprano Louise Kemény as his intended bride, at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £18, £25, £30, £34. 0845 12 72190
Life on the Moon, ‘science fiction’ opera by Haydn, Il Mondo della Luna, the ninth of his 14 operas to a Goldoni libretto in which a bogus astronomer tricks a tyrannical father, Buonafade, into believing that he is on the moon in an elaborate charade so that he can marry one of his daughters. Perhaps the most frequently performed Haydn opera, it forms English Touring Opera’s second operatic offering on its autumn tour with Chesterfield bass-baritone Andrew Slater playing the cuckolded father and again is sung in English, at Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7.30pm – £18, £25, £30, £34. 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, (November 6); 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 email@example.com 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.