Third Year Music Undergraduates, offer a widely eclectic but interesting collection of music: Donizetti – Flute Sonata; Chopin – Nocturne Op 27 No 2; Puccini – Mi chiamano Mimi (La Bohème); Hindemith – first movement of Clarinet Sonata; plus works by Stephen Montague, Grazyna Bacewicz and Preston Reed, at the weekly Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Thursday (October 31). 1.10pm – free.www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts
Bel Canto Choir, Mexborough-based body of singers of some note by all accounts whose music director until recently was David Barnard, now departed to international pastures, and has been succeeded by Robert Webb, assisted by Jonathan Gooing as choir master and accompanist, perform works by Handel, Brahms, Elgar, Finzi and other English composers at a Sheffield Music Club concert. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Peter Hill, the world’s most famous Messiaen pianist appears at a Music in the Round concert to premiere his completion of an almost finished work by the French composer, La Fauvette Passerinette (Subalpine Warbler) programming it with three other Messiaen pieces: La Colombe (The Dove) from Préludes; La Traquet Stapazio (Black-eared wheatear) and L’Alouette Lulu (Woodlark) from Catalogue d’oiseaux; plus Berg’s Sonata Op 1; Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces Op 19; and two of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues, in E flat minor and C sharp minor, from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under18s (non-cash booking fees apply).
Josephine Barstow, world famous soprano, especially in operas by Richard Strauss, Verdi, Janácek and Britten, born in Sheffield and created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1995, returns to give a masterclass and participate in a question and answer session as part of the A Boy Was Born festival. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5pm -7pm – free.
University New Music Ensemble, highly accomplished group’s regular fixture in the Sheffield University Concert Season directed by George Nicholson, which usually includes new pieces by his PhD composition students and a better known name, at this concert, Charles Ives. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
Juliette Bausor/ Gemma Rosefield, Tim Horton, last of three imaginatively-planned Music in the Round lunchtime concerts given by members of Ensemble 360 with two elegant trios for flute, cello and piano, one by the eight year old Mozart, in F K13, the other by the also short-lived Weber, Op 63, sandwiching a piece by Villa Lobos in between, Jet Whistle for flute and cello, depicting a plane flying. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday (November 7), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (non-cash booking fees apply).
Postgraduate Music Students, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 7), 1.10 – free.
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the girls’ and men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – Nicholas; Canticles – The Second Service (Leighton); Anthem – Rest (Ken Burton). Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday (November 6), 5.45-6.30 – free and everyone welcome.
Aida, Verdi’s opera given spectacular treatment, especially in the Triumph Scene with a firewall stretched across the stage with fire spinners coming out of it in a display of fire wheels and live flames. Add such things as temple dancers, cages of exotic birds and parrots, pillared sets, intricate tomb paintings and Bedouin dancers and it can only mean Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International company is back with the Chisinau National Opera from Moldova with around 40 local dancers, children and adults joining to 80-strong cast as slaves and soldiers. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. City Hall, Sunday, 7.30pm – £16 -£32.50, concessions available and booking fees may apply.
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