Sound Junction 2014, showcase event over three days of five concerts and a workshop constituting this year’s Sheffield University Electronic Music Festival. Works by undergraduates working at the state of art University of Sheffield Sound Studios (USSS), 1pm; works by USSS postgraduates, 7pm, Wednesday (April 2). Sound diffusion workshop, 1pm; Instruments and live electronics featuring a composer collective from Edinburgh, 7.30pm, Thursday (April 3). Two acousmatic concerts curated by USSS, primarily works by students, 1pm; works by key members of the Composer’s Desktop Project (CDP software is now an important tool working in sound), including USSS director Adrian Moore, 7pm, Friday. All at the University Drama Studio, Glossop Road, and open to the public with free admission. Further details: http://www.shef.ac.uk/usss/soundjunction/sj2014
Ollie King, dance tunes from 17th and 18th century manuscripts, particularly John Playford’s English Dance Master (first edition, 1651) and Daniel Wright’s Extraordinary collection of pleasant and merry humours (1713), are offered by the Department of Music’s only melodeon player at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 3), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Vivacity Choir, community choir based in the north of Sheffield give a concert in aid of city-based charity TASTE which works in Nigeria performing among other things a Phantom of the Opera suite, Elgar’s As Torrents in Summer (the final chorus and just about the only thing ever performed from his King Olaf cantata), Something Inside so Strong, Africa by Toto, Fields of Gold, Feeling Good, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Circle of Life. St Luke’s Church, Lodge Moor, S10 4LG, Saturday, 6.30pm – £7.50, free 16 and under; in advance £6, 0114 233 3223, or www.vivacitychoir.com (booking fee applies). See ‘Chorale’s Clash’ under FEATURES
The Hallé, return with one of the giants among pianists John Lill (just turned 70 in March) who, although master of a vast repertoire, remains indelibly associated with one composer, Beethoven, whose Third Piano Concerto he performs here after the orchestra has got proceedings underway with Berlioz’s concert overture Le Carnaval Romain and ending them with Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, the Pathétique – did you know its Russian title Patetičeskaja actually means emotional or passionate, not pathetic? On the podium is Jamie Phillips, appointed assistant conductor at the Hallé last September at the tender age of 22 but with a sizeable list of credits to his name and an already established reputation on the near continent. City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm, possibly with Hallé chief executive John Summers as details of the 2014-15 Sheffield International Concert Season are due to announced. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
Fauré’s Requiem, is the headline work at an all-French choral concert from Escafeld Chorale and its music director Ian Roberts which also takes in Franck’s equally familiar Panis Angelicus and, much less well known: Missa Salve Regina by Jean Langlais, the Crux Fidelis setting by Jean Roger-Ducasse and more Fauré, one of his two Tantum Ergo settings (sounds as if it could be Op 55). Escafeld’s associate soloist this season Laura Lister is among the soloists, George Parsons is the organist and there is an instrumental ensemble. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £11, £8 concessions, £5 students, schoolchildren. See ‘Chorale’s Clash’ under FEATURES www.escafeldchorale.org.uk
‘Eternal Light’, Howard Goodall’s much-performed Requiem (elsewhere!) gives this concert from the Sheffield Chorale and its music director Neil Taylor marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One its title with three works by American/ Danish composer Morten Lauridsen, his five-movement Requiem of sorts Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light), Ubi Caritas and O Magnum Mysterium making up the programme. Soprano Christine Starr, tenor Stewart Campbell and baritone Jeremy Dawson are the soloists in the Goodall, with Joshua Hales (organ). St Alban’s Parish Church, Wickersley, S66 1ES, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, under 16s free. See ‘Chorale’s Clash’ under FEATURES
Sheffield Rep Orchestra, another concert marking the centenary the start of ‘the war to end all wars’ from the city’s newest orchestra, already making a name for itself, and beginning with The Banks of Green Willow, the best known work (apart from his Shropshire Lad settings) by George Butterworth killed, aged 31, in 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. The central work is Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, written in 1960 and dedicated ‘to the victims of fascism and war’, in the transcription for string orchestra by Rudolf Barshai known as Chamber Symphony in C minor Op 110a. Making up the programme are Fauré’s Élégie – cello soloist Lucy Revis; Elgar’s Sospiri (Sighs), an adagio for string orchestra he penned just before war broke out 100 years ago; and a new work by Pete Russell, said to be an emergent young composer. George Morton and Kate Smith (Elgar) are the conductors at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. sheffieldrep.weebly.com
Ensemble 360, bring Music in the Round’s spring series of concerts in Sheffield to a jolly end with Hummel’s often quixotic (especially in the piano part) Septet Op 74 with its unconventional mix of instruments: piano, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe and horn. Mozart, who taught and housed him for two years for free, gets in first with his Adagio and Rondo K617 flute, oboe, piano (instead of glass harmonica), viola and cello, and the Dissonance string quartet K465. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (April 9), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. www.musicintheround.co.uk
The Merry Widow, strictly operetta, of course, and Franz Lehár’s biggest success with one memorable number following another when intrigue hits the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris in a Jean Gemmell production for Derby-based Present Company at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday, 2.30pm, 7.30pm – £14, £16, £18; matinee £12.50, £14.50, £16.50. 0845 12 72190. buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
La Bohème, Colline bids farewell to his overcoat in Puccini’s opera for at least the 1200th time to no avail at the New York Metropolitan Opera in most frequently performed opera in the house’s history. Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 production of it is revived for the umpteenth time in the Met’s latest, live high definition relay with Italian tenor Vittorio Grigoio returning as Rodolfo, his house debut role in 2010, and making her debut as Mimi here is Romanian soprano Anita Hartig – bringing “wondrous dramatic truth” to the character, according to one report. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £17.90, £14.20 concessions.
The Merry Widow, here she is again feigning indifference towards Count Danilo and he to her as the Pontevedrian ambassador strives to keep her ‘millions’ in his poverty-stricken country as Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society breaks with its annual G&S tradition to stage Lehár instead at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street Wednesday (April 9) to Friday, 7.15pm; Saturday, 2pm, 7.15pm – £12. doregass.co.uk
HMS Pinafore, how much of Gilbert and Sullivan remains is not clear when Regan De Wynter takes its inspiration from a scrapbook of POW’s performing G&S in World War Two in an all-male production of the pair’s first big hit, the company having previously garnered rave reviews for its production of Pirates. Buxton Opera House, Thursday (April 10) and Friday, 7.30pm – £16, £18. buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
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.