Lost Garden, duo of Andy Peake and Nick Robinson, keyboards and guitars, “paint with sound” as they perform quasi-improvised instrumental pieces at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, and note the day. The concerts go once weekly on it for the remainder of the present series, Thursday (October 9), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome. Website
Ensemble 360, opens its account in Music in the Round’s autumn series of concerts in Sheffield with Schumann’s Op 47 piano quartet which betrays the influence of Schubert’s E flat major piano trio (not to mention Mendelssohn in its second movement), according to one authority – well, it is in the same key, and Schubert occupies proceedings elsewhere with a MitR favourite, his Octet. Concert is support of the fundraising campaign for a Women of Steel statue in Barkers Pool. Crucible Studio, Thursday (October 9), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. www.musicintheround.co.uk
Gildas Quartet, Christopher Jones, Florence Cook (violins), Kay Stephan (viola), Anna Menzies (cello), young foursome that has garnered some glowing praise since getting together in 2010 (two of members play regularly with the Manchester Camerata), perform Mozart – Quartet No 21 K575; Thomas Adès – Arcadiana; Grieg – String Quartet No 1, at the opening concert of Sheffield Music Club’s 76th season. Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, known at home as the State Symphony Capella of Russia (it’s a long story!) makes another of its fairly regular visits in the Sheffield International Concert Season with its distinguished music director since 1992 Valery Polyansky with, on this occasion, an all-Tchaikovsky programme of his Symphony No 5, Violin Concerto and Marche Slave. With something of an affinity with it, Natalia Lomeiko is the soloist in the concerto. City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
Bach B minor Mass, Sheffield Bach Choir gets its 65th season underway with the work Bach put together late in the day using sundry, earlier pieces for everything after the Gloria and created a masterpiece, many claiming it to be the greatest work of music ever written among whom must be included this performance’s conductor, the distinguished organist and choral director Simon Lindley. The soloists are Joanne Dexter: soprano, David Allsopp: countertenor, Toby Ward: tenor, and Philip Wilcox: bass, with the National Festival Orchestra. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free.
Autumn Concert, engaging autumnal affair spearheaded by violinist Lucy Phillips featuring the first movement of Grieg’s Violin Sonata in G, Meditation from Massenet’s Thaïs and Milhaud’s Suite for violin, clarinet and piano punctuated by pieces by Giles Farnaby and his younger, German contemporary Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-93) from the Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet after the Massenet. After the interval (homemade cupcakes!) everyone joins in for Piazzolla tangos, Brazilian dances by Milhaud, a medley of old-time waltzes, Gershwin pieces and Fly Me To the Moon. David Hammond is the pianist and Steve Dumpleton the solo clarinettist. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 8pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Steven Osborne, the internationally renowned British pianist returns with a well-chosen programme of Schubert: Drei Klavierstücke (Three Piano Pieces) D.946; 13 Variations on a Theme by Anselm Hüttenbrenner D.576; Andante in A Major D.604; and the four Impromptus of D.935 for a Music in the Round recital. Crucible Studio, Monday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A session. See ‘Choice Schubert’ under FEATURES
Tashi Lhumpo Monastery Monks, offer the promise of a colourful and uplifting start to the main Sheffield University Concert Season when eight monks, on a European tour, from one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist world, renowned for its artistic tradition, perform sacred music and dances from it. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. concerts.sheffield.ac.uk
Martha Hayward, soprano, an attractive programme of Gurney – Five Elizabethan Songs; Howells – A Real Minuet; Schubert – Shepherd on the Rock; and Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate with Tristan Watson: clarinet and Ruth Milsom: piano to get a new series of weekly Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts underway. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 16), 1.10pm – free, donation welcome
Hazel Baker/ Peter Waring, soprano, piano, with a rather nice programme of Frank Bridge – Love went a-riding, Thy hand in mine and So early in the morning, O; Handel – Tutta raccolta ancor from Scipione; Purcell – Dido’s Lament and Fairest Isle; Fauré – Dans les Ruines d’une Abbaye, Après un Rêve and Soir; Dvořák – Rusalka’s Song to the Moon; and Quilter – Now sleeps the crimson petal, The wild flower and arrangement of Heaven, Heaven (I gotta robe), at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (October 16), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome
Macbeth, Verdi’s opera is the first in a new season of Saturday afternoon matinees at the New York Metropolitan Opera relayed live in high definition and a more star-studded start cannot be imagined with Anna Netrebko in the vocally fiendish role of Lady Macbeth (they went crazy when she first took it on in Munich earlier this year), Verdi specialist, Serbian baritone Željko Lučić in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape the icing on the cake as Banquo. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Rigoletto, Verdi’s opera of a few years later from Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International, not scheduled for Sheffield so if you want to see it, Buxton Opera House, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £21 –£36. 0845 12 72190
Manon, Kenneth MacMillan choreographed ballet after Massenet’s opera in a Royal Ballet staging relayed live from the Royal Opera House, Thursday (October 16), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions (encore repeat, October 19, 2pm – £12.50, £10); Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
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 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.