Voskresenije Choir, translates as ‘Resurrection’ Choir and is a nine-member professional ensemble from St Petersburg founded in 1993 by its director Jurij Maruk who has worked at the Russian city’s famous Marinsky Theatre as a singer and conductor. The choir, performing Russian Orthodox Church music and national folk songs, has one of those increasingly rare Russian basses in its ranks than can sink down to the third B flat below middle C (it’s low, very low!). St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Wednesday (October 16), 7.30pm – £8, £6 concessions, under 16s free).
Rosie Williamson, talented young soprano (Cobweb in the Winter Garden production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in August and Flora in a staging of his Turn of the Screw at this venue a week later) begins a new series of Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts with three songs by Purcell: Music for a While, If Music Be the Food of Love, Sweeter than Roses; four by Schubert: Frülingsglaube, Die Forelle, Das Rosenband, Auf dem Wasser zu Singen; seven by Hahn, including Le Rossignol des Lilas, A Chloris, L’Heure Exquise; and four by Hughes, including She Moved Through the Fair, Tigaree Torum Orum. Nico de Villiers is her pianist. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 17), 1.10pm – free.
Gemma Rosefield/ Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s cellist and pianist begin a short series of three Music in the Round lunchtime concerts from the group’s members with the Romantic tones of Samuel Barber’s Cello Sonata Op 6 and Mendelssohn’s Cello Sonata No 2 Op 58 which contains a notable Bach-inspired adagio; plus, dividing them, Chopin’s Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Op 3. Crucible Studio, Friday (October 18), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (non-cash booking fees apply).
Ingrid Clement, gifted young Sheffield violinist gives a Sheffield Music Club concert, including works by Bach, Paganini and Piazzolla, with guitarist Danny Holland. Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Giraffes Can’t Dance, Music in the Community’s Music Box workshops as part of Music in the Round’s autumn season, based on Giles Andreae’s book with music composed by Paul Rissmann. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 11.30am (sold out), 12.45pm – five-to-six-year-olds (a few tickets remain), 2pm (sold out) – £5 participating children, accompanying adults free, available at firstname.lastname@example.org or (0114) 281 4660.
Peter Hill, 45-minute lecture from the extremely erudite internationally acclaimed pianist on his discovery and completion of an unfinished work by Messiaen, La Fauvette Passerinette (Subalpine warbler), which he premieres at a Music in the Round concert on November 2. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 4pm – £5, £3 students, under 18s (non cash booking fees apply).
Kaoru Bingham, a typical wide-ranging programme of music from the widow of Sheffield’s pianist of international repute, John Bingham, herself a pianist of distinction, of two Preludes and Fugues from Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Mozart’s K331 sonata, (‘Alla Turca’), Liszt’s Etude de Concert No 3, Satie’s Gnosiennes 1 and Veritables Preludes Flasques, and Chopin’s Ballade No 1 Op 23 and No’s 1, 7, 8, 12 from the Op 25 etudes. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7pm – £12, £8 students, £5 schoolchildren.
The Hallé, conductor the excellent Rory Macdonald, join forces with another highly gifted young musician, cellist Thomas Carroll, for Elgar’s Cello Concerto sandwiching it between Sibelius’ tone poem En Saga and Shostakovich’s First Symphony at the third concert in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £15-£20, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national note plays a few new compositions and some older ones at his latest recital at Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Platform 4, Sheffield’s contemporary music composer collective, Jenny Jackson, Tom James, Chris Noble and Tom Owen join forces with enthusiastic, ace experimental music pianist Philip Thomas for an evening of premieres and near premieres – should be fun! Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – free, donations to cover costs.
Splendours of the Baroque, opening concert of a new Sheffield Bach Choir season under the inspiring directorship of Simon Lindley with, on offer, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuet, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Nisi Dominus and Pergolesi’s Magnificat, although it is almost certainly Durante’s. St Peter’s Singers from Leeds join the choir and the soloists are sopranos Kristina James, Sarah Potter, contralto Lucy Appleyard, tenor Christopher Trenholme and bass Quentin Bown with the first rate National Festival Orchestra. Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £13, £10 concessions, £6 student, under 16s free.
Victor Hsu, plays four pieces of piano music by Kuo Chih-Yuan, Taiwan’s foremost composer who died earlier this year at the age of 92 and regularly used his country’s folk music in his compositions at a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
Mary Dullea, pianist and Director of Performance in the Department of Music at Sheffield University plays Marlacoo, a complex collaboration with Northern Irish composer Simon Mawhinney at a University Rush-Hour Concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.30pm – £2.50.
Naomi Atherton/ Adrian Wilson/ Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s horn player, oboist and pianist give the second of three Music in the Round lunchtime concerts with another enterprising mix of Britten’s Temporal Variations for oboe and piano, Saint-Saëns’ Romance Op 36 for horn and piano and, after Chopin’s Nocturne Op 62 No 2, all three come together for Herzogenberg’s rustic Trio Op 61 – Heinrich von Herzogenberg (1843-1900) has 100 opus numbers to his name, many of more than passing interest. Crucible Studio, Tuesday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (non-cash booking fees apply).
The Sixteen, the world famous group and its founder/ director Harry Christophers come Sheffield as they near the end of a cathedral tour performing Marian music by Palestrina and James MacMillan, plus Allegri’s Miserere. A coup for St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (October 24), 7.30pm – sold out.
Peter Grimes, Opera North revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (October 16), 7pm. Last performance October 26.
Death in Venice, third and final opera in Opera North’s Festival of Britten is the composer’s operatic swansong in an acclaimed Yoshi Oida production new to the company but which has gone the rounds internationally, Lyon, Toronto, Prague, since its Aldeburgh/ Bregenz Festival unveiling in 2007. Rob Kearley is the revival director with Alan Oke, around whom the original production was built, as Aschenbach, Peter Savidge singing the multiple baritone parts (as he did in Toronto and Prague) and Opera North’s music director Richard Farnes is the conductor. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (October 17), 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 19, 23, 25.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, last Leeds performances of Opera North revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Friday, Thursday (October 24), 7pm.