Marco Lo Muscio, popular Italian organist makes one of regular visits to give a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, on this occasion, taking in pieces by Johann Christian Rinck (1770-1846) – Prelude and Fugue on B.A.C.H; Eduardo Torres (1872-1934) – Saeta IV; Andreas Willscher (1955- ) – Variations on a theme by Paganini; Rick Wakeman/ Paolo Lazzeri – Neogothic Catherine Parr; by himself – Prelude in memory of Maurice Ravel; and arrangements of Rick Wakeman’s Judas Iscariot and John Hackett’s Overnight Snow; Friday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome www.sheffieldcathedral.org
Jessop Charity Concert, in aid of the Master Cutler’s Challenge to support the maternity and baby units of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Whirlow Farm Trust, with Robert Webb’s Mexborough-based Bel Canto Choir lending its voice in support, plus items from the Voices of Jessop Wing. Sheffield High School, S10 2PE, Friday, 7.30pm – £7.50 on the door; £5 in advance: Kerry.firstname.lastname@example.org or (0114) 226 8249
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, and music director Juan Ortuno end their present season with Shostakovich’s popular Symphony No 5, the one purported to have been written as a “creative response to justified criticism,” preceding it with Berlioz’s Les Francs-Juges Overture and Elgar’s Sea Pictures – rather important mezzo-soprano soloist not known! Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, children. www.sheffieldsymphony.org.uk
Michael Durrant, young guitarist of national and international repute (in Europe) who studied with Carlos Bonell ends a countrywide, eight-cathedral tour in the city to give the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome. www.sheffieldcathedral.org
Hilliard Ensemble, world famous foursome of countertenor David James, tenors Rogers Covey-Crump and baritone Gordon Jones find their way to Sheffield for the first – and last time with a programme of a cappella music with its roots various church denominations ranging from three anonymous 13th century pieces from France and Italy; two from 16th century England by Sheryngham and Cornysh; and from more recent times: Arvo Pärt, Ivan Moody, Alexander Raskatov, Vache Sharafyan and Komitas arrangements of traditional Armenian sacred music, among others. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (June 19), 7.30pm – £27.50/ £22, £25/ £20. See ‘Hilliard Ensemble’s Swansong’ under FEATURES
6 – 22 June, at venues around Broomhill. Listed only are classical music concerts from a wide variety of events full details of which can be found at www.broomhillfestival.org.uk
Voices of York, first fruits of a new MA at York University in solo voice ensemble singing coached by I Fagiolini’s director Robert Hollingworth, no less, and specialising in Renaissance music. Monteverdi, five items, including Ohimè il bel viso, Ch’io t’ami and Piange e sospiro; Purcell: Remember not, Lord; Byrd: Nunc Dimittis; Gesualdo: two items; Poulenc: Un soir de niege; and Vaughan Williams: Rest, on offer from highly promising sopranos Rosie Williamson (from Sheffield) Ruth Sladden, alto Matthew Lennox, tenor Christopher O’Gorman and bass Ben Howarth at St Mark’s Church, Thursday (June 12), 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
Miriam McCombe, excellent soprano hailing from Bath in her final year as a music undergraduate at Sheffield University sings two excerpts from Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été – Villanelle and Le Spectre de la Rose; Richard Strauss’s Drei Lieder der Ophelia (Three Songs of Ophelia); and Walton’s Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table cycle with pianist Jonathan Gooing – giving some idea of her vocal accomplishment. St Mark’s Church, Friday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
Gala Classical Concert, heavily curtailed by the venue leaving Nick Fletcher (guitar) and John Hackett (flute) the only people appearing. Birkdale School (Heeley Hall), Friday, 7pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Sheffield Philharmonic (orchestra) Chamber Ensemble, including Beethoven’s Op 11 piano trio in its version with clarinet instead of violin – there is also a version with bassoon instead of cello, actually; and Mozart’s Horn Quintet K407 which avoids standard string quartet partners, having two violas instead of violins. Wesley Hall, Crookes, Saturday, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £4 under 16s.
Vocal Music Concert, not clear whether all the choirs run by The (Sheffield) Music Academy will be appearing and includes Allegri’s Miserere and Rachmaninov’s Bogoroditsye Dyevo – his regularly heard, incandescent ‘Ave Maria’ if you haven’t come across it previously. St Mark’s Church, Sunday, 6pm – donations please.
Mozart’s K452 Quintet, ‘the best thing I have written in my life’, he told his dad in 1784 is performed by members of the Muskoka Wind Quintet and Pat Kendall-Taylor (piano), among other things. Westbourne School, Sunday, 7.30pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s.
Hazel Zeng, Chinese-born pianist pursuing a performance MA at Sheffield University under the supervision of Ben Frith plays Mozart’s K332 sonata, Schubert’s Impromptu Op 90 No 2, Tchaikovsky’s Dumka Op 59, Fauré’s Barcarolle Op 26 No 1 and Piazzolla’s Adios Nonino. St Mark’s Church, Monday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
In Travellers’ Footsteps, songs of love, loss and travel performed Sheffield-based Australian soprano Alison Robertson with Neil Taylor accompanying on piano and horn. Includes works by Schubert, Berlioz, Richard Strauss, and Cole Porter, at St Mark’s Church, Monday, 7.30pm – £7, £6 concessions, £3 under 16s.
Robin Ireland, who needs no introduction plays solo viola music by Bach (transcribed violin works), Reger, Hindemith and a selection of his own recently published Concert Etudes at St Mark’s Church, Tuesday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
‘War and Peace’, coffee morning, words and music concert prompted by WW1 centenary happenings this year from Michael Copeland (baritone), Rosalind Rogerson (piano) and Shelagh Marston (narrator). Beacon Methodist Church, Thursday (June 19), 10.30am – £5, coffee served from 10am.
Noa King, South Korean pianist studying for an MA at Sheffield University who clearly has a thing for French music with a programme of Daquin; Ravel – Oiseaux tristes from Miroirs, Messiaen – four ‘bird’ pieces; and Dukas. St Mark’s Church, Thursday (June 19), 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
Così fan Tutte, Mozart’s opera re-set in 1914 by Opera UK and sung in English ‘with a large orchestra’, it says here. Buxton Opera House, Wednesday (June 11), 7.30pm – £17, £21, £25. 0845 12 72180.
Der Rosenkavalier, new production of Strauss’s fabulous opera directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Robin Ticciati relayed live direct from Glyndebourne. Showroom, Paternoster Row, Sunday, 4.30pm – £14. www.showroomworkstation.org.uk
Benvenuto Cellini, live relay from the London Coliseum of probably Berlioz’s most frequently encountered opera in a Terry Gilliam production for English National Opera with Australian tenor Michael Spyres in the title role and conducted by Edward Gardner; Tuesday, 7pm, at Odeon, Arundel Gate – £8.80, £7.02 concessions; Sheffield Cineworld – £18.80, £15 concessions.
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.