Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, book-end a three-movement ‘Original Suite’ by Gordon Jacob and a Walton Façade Suite for flutes with Leonard Bernstein: the Overture to Candide and a West Side Story selection at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Gagliano Ensemble, fast-gaining in repute group of award-winning young musicians, Galya Bisengalieva: violin – believed to be Marat’s niece, Peter Limonov: piano, Robert Ames: viola, and one of two cellists, the favourite being Oliver Coates; perform Bach: Violin and Piano Sonata BWV 1017; Mozart: Andante Cantabile from Violin and Viola duet K424; Ravel: Violin Sonata; and Schumann: Piano Quartet Op 47, for Matlock Music at Wheeldon Hall, Highfields School, Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, £6 students, unemployed, under 18 free.
Otava Yo, the abandoned traditions of Russian folk music brought to life again in the 21st century by a native folk group which offers a glimpse into the life of an old Russian village with its romance, merrymaking and melancholy – with a keen sense of surreal humour! Part of the ongoing Global Soundtracks strand in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, 8.30pm – on the door, £12.50, £10 senior citizens, £6 unwaged, under 26, students; in advance, £10, £8, £5 – www.sheffield.ac/uk/concerts
Paul Lewis, the renowned pianist returns to Sheffield and warms up with early Brahms: Ballades Op 10; for Schubert: Sonata No 9 in B D575; before settling himself with late Brahms: Three Intermezzos Op 117; for Liszt: Après une Lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata, the Dante Sonata as most people know it and performs them on the piano he helped to choose at a Kurzman Piano Recital for Music in the Round at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
The Magic of the Musicals, if you feel like an encore of the Bernstein items at this Friday’s Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, here they are again when the highly rated Sheffield University Wind Orchestra and its founder/ conductor Tony Houghton are on more familiar territory and also offer selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, South Pacific, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Chicago, Guys and Dolls and Cats, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £5.
‘Made in Sheffield’, the city’s composer collective Platform 4, Jenny Jackson, Tom James, Chris Noble and Tom Owen, return to their former stomping ground to team up with a couple of current Department of Music students to present new and recent compositions in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – free, but you need to register your presence at www.sheffield.ac/uk/concerts
Hazel Baker, soprano, performs art song from the 17th to 20th centuries, including by Purcell, Handel, Fauré and Quilter, with Peter Waring: piano, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 4th of March, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Chris Tutt, the long-standing (or sitting?) secretary of the Spohr Society of Great Britain explores 19th century music – plenty of that to go at! but with a Hummel concerto included, the century’s giants may not be on his agenda for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 4th of March 1.45 –3.45pm – £3.
Leonore Piano Trio, Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, and Tim Horton: piano, with second of their eight concerts taking in the complete Beethoven piano trios, violin and cello sonatas for Music in the Round: Violin Sonata No 2, Op 12 No 2; Cello Sonata No 3, Op 69; Violin Sonata No 7 Op 30 No 2; and Piano Trio No 6, Op 70 No 2, at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 4th of March, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Into the Woods, Croft House Theatre Company production of the Stephen Sondheim musical at the Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday, 5th of March, 7.15pm; plus, Saturday, 2pm – £22, £20, £12; 4th and 5th of March evenings: £23, £21, £13.
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop for ages 18-plus on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes with specialist Carla Rees. Whether you already play a low flute, have only dabbled with them, or want to try them out, the day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems, extended techniques, projection and intonation. Find out how low flute playing can help with your C flute playing too! This is the ideal opportunity to try new ideas, solve problems and develop your low flute playing. The day starts and ends with ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes. Woodwind shop, Just Flutes, will also be there with a selection of instruments and sheet music to browse and try! Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sitwell Road, Sheffield S7 1BE, THIS Saturday, 27th February 2016, 10am-5pm – £50. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
Open Music Box Workshops, another round of Music in the Round’s popular hands-on musical activity for toddlers under its Music in the Community outreach umbrella where young children, age three to five here, can move, sing and play instruments – and grown-ups can join in. Polly Ives has acquired a co-presenter on this occasion, pianist Fraser Wilson, at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 12th of March, 10.30am and 11.45am – £6 per child, grown-ups free. Tickets from Crucible Theatre Box Office, 0114 249 6000, or www.musicintheround.co.uk
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and the next block of six begins on Thursday, 7th April, fortnightly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session) – one place available. Also, new: a Composing for Beginners class starting Monday, 4th April, weekly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
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.