Decoda Schools Concerts: New York-based chamber ensemble of virtuoso musicians, Decoda, begin a Music in the Community residency. The group specialises in innovative performances and engaging projects in a residency environment, recent travels taking it to Abu Dhabi, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Hong Kong and Switzerland. In 2013-14, residencies are in the United Kingdom and Denmark, as well as return engagements in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Involvement seems a certainty in the City Hall Ballroom, Thursday (February 20), 10.30am and 1.30pm – school groups only. www.musicintheround.co.uk
Duncan Glenday, Manchester-based pianist returns with another Sheffield Music Club concert taking in solos and violin sonatas with Sophia Rosa, including Schubert’s Duo in A, Elgar’s Violin Sonata and music by Tchaikovsky. Shirley House, adjacent to St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students. www.sheffieldmusicclub.co.uk
Decoda Family Concert: the five New York musicians continue their Music in the Community residency with innovation and engagement doubtless to the fore as they explore how music communicates without words, as in the songs without words that are Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, the sound pictures evoked in Britten’s First String Quartet and find life in the pulse and rhythm of David Bruce’s Gumboots aided by a South African folk song. City Hall Ballroom, Saturday, 3pm – £6, £3 under 16 (non-cash booking fees apply). www.musicintheround.co.uk
Sheffield Rep Orchestra, the city’s newest instrumental body of musicians, a chamber orchestra comprising freelance professionals, teachers and students which aspires to quality performances of interesting, slightly off the beaten track repertoire, like here with Janácek’s lively six-movement Suite for strings, Mendelssohn’s Capriccio Brillante with excellent young pianist Hannah Donkin, and Haydn’s Maria Theresa symphony, No 48. George Morton is the conductor at Wesley Hall, Crookes, Saturday, 7pm – £8, £5 concessions. www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/sheffield-rep-orchestra
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, slightly odd but interesting programme that sees the first outing for the chorus’s chamber choir which takes on Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera and a ‘series’ of Renaissance motets, including by Byrd and Victoria. At something approaching the opposite end of the spectrum, meanwhile, the full chorus gives voice to Finzi’s Lo! The Full, Final Sacrifice and Bob Chilcott’s Canticles of Light, three Latin hymns he penned in 2000 depicting night and dawn. Joshua Hales is the organist and, as always, the conductor is Alan Eost at St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, £11 concessions, £5 students, under 16s. www.oratorio.org.uk
Helen Abbott/ Richard Longman, soprano and piano offer a rare performance of a Louis Vierne song cycle, Cinq Mélodies de Baudelaire, and a fairly infrequent one of Berlioz’s much better known Les Nuits d’èté in its original piano version at the 45-minute Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.30pm – free. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
La Fanciulla del West, last Leeds performances of Opera North’s new production of Puccini’s opera after David Belasco’s play, The Girl of the Golden West, about the California Gold Rush. Alwyn Mellor (Minnie), Rafael Rojas (Dick Johnson), Robert Hayward (Jack Rance) head the large supporting cast, Richard Farnes is the conductor and Aletta Collins directs the staging which sung in Italian with English surtitles at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, Wednesday (February 19), Friday 7.30pm – £15 to £65. Box office 0113 233 3500. www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
Macbeth, last Leeds performances of Opera North’s revival of Tim Albery’s 2008 staging of Verdi’s opera with Hungarian baritone of note Béla Perencz in the title role and American soprano of equal note Kelly Cae Hogan as Lady Macbeth. Sung in Italian with English surtitles at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (February 20), Saturday, 7pm – £15 to £65. www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
Peter Grimes, live HD relay from the London Coliseum of English National Opera’s revival of director David Alden’s typically bizarre 2009 take (which nevertheless has its advocates) on Britten’s opera with well thought-of Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton returning in the title role, ENO’s music director Edward Gardner conducting and Felicity Palmer elsewhere among the cast as Mrs Sedley. Cineworld, Valley Centertainment, Sunday, 3pm – £17.90, £14.50 concessions.
Strings Project, intensive holiday string coaching over two days for string players aged seven to 18 of all standards from beginners to Grade 8+, a joint Sheffield Music Service and Music in the Community project led by inspirational teachers and the four string players and clarinettist Sarah Beaty of New York-based Decoda at the end of their residency. Monday & Tuesday, 9am. For more information contact Fraser Wilson: email@example.com or (0114) 281 4660.
‘England, Home and Beauty’, an afternoon with distinguished organist and conductor Simon Lindley reflecting on the heritage of organ and choral music left by masters in England’s Edwardian period, illustrated with organ music examples. An event in the centenary year celebrations of the Sheffield and District Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association (SADOCA) for which Dr Lindley is serving as centenary president. Victoria Hall Norfolk Street, Saturday, 3.30pm – free and afternoon tea.
Adam Ockelford, from the University of Roehampton and a leading light in the exploration of interaction in music therapy and education, gives the second of six weekly talks hosted by the University of Sheffield hinged on the latest developments in a diverse range of musical research subjects, his topic being Music, Language and Autism. Department of Music, Jessop Building, Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, Monday, 4pm-5.30pm – free.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Stanford in D; Anthem – Let All the World (Vaughan Williams) from the boys’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Wednesday (February 19), 5.30pm. www.stjohnsranmoor.org.uk
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the girls’ voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – plainchant; Canticles – Rawsthorne: Liverpool Service; Anthem – He Delivered the Poor (Parry). Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday (February 19), 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome. www.sheffieldcathedral.org.uk
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Herbert Sumison in G; Anthem – Litany to the Holy Spirit (Peter Hurford) from the girls’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday (February 20), 5.30pm.
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 – Anthony Piccolo; Canticles – Howells: Gloucester Service; Anthem – Drop, Drop Slow Tears (Walton). Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (February 20), 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome.
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – De Selby; Canticles – Palestrina: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis; Ecce nunc, benedicte Dominum (Palestrina). Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome.