Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, another bracing collection of wind music from the widely reputed body of student musicians that continues to maintain a high standard, despite its itinerant nature, under its inspirational director Anthony Houghton: Kenneth Hesketh – Masque; Clark McAlister – Bottom’s Dream for contra-bassoon and ensemble (soloist Rebecca Williamson); Nigel Hess – East Coast Pictures (Catskills, New York); David Bedford – Ronde for Isolde; Milhaud – Suite Français; Bernstein – Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for clarinet and jazz ensemble (soloist Bethan Nichol); and Luis Serano Alarcón – Pequeña Suite para banda. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Sheffield University Chamber Choir, English folksongs and part-songs from the accomplished group and its director Mark McCombs with a somewhat rare performance of Finzi’s Seven Poems of Robert Bridges. Unaccompanied part songs he penned in the early 1930s and premiered at the end of 1938 by the BBC Singers, like much Finzi the work is not without a melancholic edge. A later setting of Bridges by the composer, Thou Didst Delight Mine Eyes, is elsewhere, as are pieces by Stanford – The Bluebird; Sullivan – The Long Day Closes; and two by Sheffield composer Fraser Wilson – The Lovesick Maiden, My Love is Like A Red Rose; plus Vaughan Williams arrangements of The Turtle Dove, Bushes and Briars, Loch Lomond, one by Holst: I Love My Love, and by Desmond Farley: The Parting Glass. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Sound Junction, substantial electroacoustic music happenings at the Sheffield University Drama Studio, Glossop Road, Wednesday (April 2) to Friday – details not yet to hand.
Ollie King, dance tunes from 17th and 18th century manuscripts, particularly John Playford’s English Dance Master (first edition, 1651) and Daniel Wright’s Extraordinary collection of pleasant and merry humours (1713), are offered by the Department of Music’s only melodeon player at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 3), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Carmen, concert performance of Bizet’s opera in a joint Sheffield City Opera/ Sheffield Symphony Orchestra presentation with some new SCO names: Scottish mezzo-soprano Heather Ireson, a recent RNCM graduate, in the title role and Liverpool-born tenor Nick Hardy who, as a chorister regularly appears with the UK’s national opera companies (currently ENO) and has 30 major roles under his belt with local companies across the country, as Don José. As Micaëla, Barnsley-born soprano Lorraine Webb was carving out a busy career in South Wales when she decided to move back to home territory and promptly won 22 opera and oratorio prizes in the 2011 David Clover Competition and the rest of the cast is fairly familiar: Nigel Rothery (Escamillo), Chloe Saywell (Frasquita), Rebecca Lambert (Mercédès), Gareth Lloyd (Remendado), Michael Willis (Dancaire), and Gavin Usher is the conductor. Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 16 and under. www.sheffieldcityopera.com
Cleopatra, Northern Ballet’s hugely successful 2011 ballet with music by the composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and choreographed by the company’s artistic director David Nixon returns to the Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday March 26), Thursday (March 27) 7.45pm – £15 –£35;Thursday (March 27), 2pm – £12 –£27; Friday, Saturday, 7.45pm – £17 –£37; Saturday, 3pm – £15 –£35; various concessions apply. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/lyceum
Marco Spada, swashbuckling ballet about a Zorro-like bandit by the melodic Auber, best known for his many successful operas (a large number to Scribe libretti) in mid-19th century Paris, in a spectacular production live from the Bolshoi Ballet which replaces the previously advertised Golden Age by Shostakovich; Sunday, 4pm, at Showroom, Paternoster Row – £13; Sheffield Cineworld – £17.90, £14.20 concessions.
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.
Sheffield Cathedral St John's Church, Ranmoor