Sklamberg and the Shepherds, Lorin Sklamberg: vocals, Merlin Shepherd: clarinet, Polina Shepherd: piano, vocals, exceptional Klezmer trio in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Global Soundtracks strand). Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Wednesday, 29th of March, 7.30pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
St Matthew Passion, you can’t help thinking that Klaus Eidam had a point commenting on Bach’s Passion setting in his otherwise roundly condemned 1999 book ‘The True Life of J S Bach’: “The most splendid, most powerful, and most shattering Passion music the world has ever known, a work of such grandeur and sublimity that it has still not found its equal to this day” – Penderecki could be in with a shout with Utrenja, although the second part concerns itself with Easter! However, here is Bach’s masterpiece from the forces that gave us a wonderful Britten War Requiem last July, the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra, with Mark Wilde (Evangelist), Adrian Powter (Christ), Robyn Allegra Parton: soprano, Feargal Mostyn-Williams: countertenor, Daniel Auchincloss: tenor, and Julien Van Mellaerts: baritone. Indisposition has forced SOC music director Alan Eost to hand the baton over to the much-experienced Aidan Oliver (no mean substitute!) and the performance is sung in English. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 6.30pm – £17, £14 concessions, £5 students and under 16.
Hallam Sinfonia, and their conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa invite you to a further Passenger Seat concert where you can sit within the ranks of the orchestra and hear the music with greater immediacy as, on this occasion – ‘Once upon a time...’ – a narrated story-line knits together music from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake; music from Grieg’s Peer Gynt; and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, 7pm – £10, £8 concessions, free under 25.
Hallam Choral Society, with a concert conducted by MD Elspeth (Ellie) Slorach, including John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit – an arrangement of seven spirituals as a cycle; and six (unspecified) of Copland’s ten arrangements of Old American Songs in two sets of five, Set I: The Boatman’s Dance, The Dodger, Long Time Ago, Simple Gifts and I Bought Me Cat, having been penned at the request of Benjamin Britten who premiered it with Peter Pears in 1950; Set 2: containing The Little Horses, Zion’s Walls; The Golden Willow Tree, At the River and Ching-A-Ring Chaw. Although Copland orchestrated both sets, written for solo voice and piano, the choral versions are by other hands and further American material get airings, Shenandoah and William Billings’ When Jesus Wept from his New-England Psalm-Singer (1770). As well as being involved in the Rutter, young Manchester-based mezzo-soprano Rhiannon Doogan is scheduled to offer some solo items. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, free under 16.
Sheffield Chorale, go to the opera with frequent diversions when performing choruses by Verdi: Triumphal March (Aida); Lament of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco); Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore); Puccini: Humming Chorus (Butterfly); Mascagni: Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana); Gounod: Soldiers' Chorus (Faust); Wagner: Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin); Purcell: music from Dido and Aeneas; Monteverdi: Lamento d'Arianna (its five-part madrigal incarnation); Gershwin: Summertime (Porgy and Bess); Lerner and Loewe: three undisclosed items from My Fair Lady; Ivor Novello: We'll Gather Lilacs (Perchance to Dream) and Waltz of My Heart (The Dancing Years); Andrew Lloyd Webber: Love Changes Everything (Aspects of Love); and Try to Remember from The Fantasticks; Neil Taylor is the conductor and Linda Wareham the pianist getting her fingers round a wide variety of musical styles. Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, includes refreshments.
Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, conductor Anthony Houghton, and always worth hearing. Programme not to hand at the time of writing but a visit to www.sheffield.ac.uk/music should reveal all. University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Saturday 1st, 7.30pm – in advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday 20th May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/woodwind-fitness-day.html