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
Sterling Trio, Sarah Atter, flute; Thomas Verity, clarinet, Lauren Hibberd, piano; fairly active young group that formed itself at the RNCM present a concert for Sheffield Music Club (outside of its normal Friday night slot) and are joined by soprano Elise Dye for music by Schubert – Shepherd on the Rock, Bach, Vaughan Williams and others at Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students. www.thesterlingtrio.com
The Passion of Christ, performance by the Sheffield Bach Choir of Denys Darlow’s abridged version of Handel’s infrequently heard, lengthy ‘Brockes’ Passion, Brockes being a German poet who introduced new ideas into relating the events of Good Friday which broke from a 200-year tradition of portraying them in music, not least of which was adding contemplative aria texts to the Biblical account of the Passion. Among many passages of great beauty is a duet between Mary, the Mother of Jesus and her Son and the work is littered with arias, although it is not known who will be singing them as the only soloist’s name to hand is John Dunford as the Evangelist. Alan Horsey is the soloist in a performance of Handel’s Organ Concerto Op 4 No 5 and two well known Bach cantata chorales complete proceedings with the National Festival Orchestra, Awake us Lord and Hasten from No 22 and the one known as Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring from No 147. Simon Lindley is the conductor at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12. See ‘Brockes’ Passion under FEATURES www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/brockes
Cello Day Recital, conclusion of the latest 4strings88keys day for cellists when its principal tutors, Ensemble 360’s Gemma Rosefield and Tim Smedley, give a closing recital to which the public is invited, variously playing two Beethoven cello sonatas, No 1 in F and No 4 in C, one of Vivaldi’s three in B flat, and Paganini’s Moses Variations on themes from Rossini’s opera Mosé; they join forces to play a two-cello arrangement of the Prelude to Bach’s Second Cello Suite in D minor. Ben Powell is their pianist at the Performing Arts Block, High Storrs School, Sunday, 7pm – free, donations gratefully received. Spaces for the day itself, which begins at 9am, are still available in the section for adult beginners and grades 4-6 groups for both adults and children, but hurry www.sheffield-cello.org
The Merry Widow, intrigue and romance are in the air at the Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris as the ambassador strives to keep the lady’s ‘millions’ in his poverty-stricken country by securing her marriage to his attaché unaware that the two have previously clashed romantically. Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society breaks with its annual G&S tradition to stage Franz Lehár instead. 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. 0845 12 72190 buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
The Magic Flute, a revival of English Touring Opera’s 2009 production of Mozart’s opera gets the company’s annual two-night trip to Sheffield underway with Chesterfield’s Andrew Slater (Sarastro), Samantha Hay (Queen of Night), Ashley Catling (Tamino), Anna Patalong (Pamina) and Wyn Pencarreg (Papageno) the main principal singers; the conductor is James Southall. Lyceum Theatre, Friday, 7.45pm – £19, £25, £28. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/lyceum
King Priam, English Touring Opera’s other offering this year, Michael Tippett’s second opera in a production by the company’s director James Conway that collected almost unanimous rave reviews when it was unveiled in February. Penned to Tippett’s own libretto, it was written for the festivities surrounding the opening of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962 and recounts events leading to the downfall of Troy based on Homer’s Iliad as fathers and sons kill each other, at its complex root being the futility of war, a belief that was close to Tippett’s heart. As Priam, noted bass-baritone Roderick Earle heads a cast that includes Laure Meloy (Hecuba), who has recently joined the roster at the New York Metropolitan, Grant Doyle (Hector), ETO regulars, Nicholas Sharratt (Paris) and Niamh Kelly (Helen) with the excellent Michael Rosewall conducting. Lyceum Theatre, Saturday, 7.45pm – £19, £25, £28.
The Marriage of Figaro, another indestructible Mozart opera in a production by Swansea City Opera, one of a number small Welsh touring opera companies that regularly find their way to Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £18, £21, £24.
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.