Neil Taylor, organ, Bach – Fantasia in G, BWV572; Jongen – Chant de Mai; Sullivan – The Lost Chord; Vierne – Clair de Lune; Buxtehude – Prelude and Fugue in G minor; Whitlock – Salix from Plymouth Suite; and Widor – Toccata from Symphony No 5, is an undemanding but eminently satisfying programme of items from the director of music at Sheffield Cathedral for his Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome.
Viva Voce @ Clumber Park, two sacred and profane 45-minute a cappella ‘pop up’ concerts on the National Trust property with Renaissance to present-day choral music heard in the park’s Chapel, 2pm; and madrigals, folk songs and show tunes in the Walled Kitchen Garden, 3.45pm. Clumber Park, Worksop, S80 3AZ, Saturday – non-National Trust members entry to Walled Garden, £3.90; also, a charge for car parking. See ‘Psalms, Folk Songs and Liturgical Liaisons’
Endcliffe Orchestra, ‘something old, something new’ from the orchestra and its conductor Martin Lightowler at this concert in aid of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the old (though far from decrepit) being Mozart’s Concerto for flute and harp with Kathryn Hathaway and Yuki Cockrell as the soloists and the new, a new piece by Jenny Jackson, ‘Moot’ for orchestra and piano (six hands), the hands here belonging to her colleagues in the Sheffield composer collective Platform 4, Tom James, Chris Noble and Tom Owen. Elsewhere at the concert are middle age works by Tchaikovsky: Marche Slave; Sibelius: Finlandia; and Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody No 1. Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 12s free.
Escafeld Chorale, conductor Ian Roberts and an all-British programme, even if Elgar’s From the Bavarian Highlands had non-British origins, plus two works by Parry, Blest Pair of Sirens and I Was Glad, and John Rutter’s A Sprig of Thyme, with Laura Lister (soprano) and George Parsons (organ, piano). St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Saturday, 7.30pm – £11, £8 concessions, £5 students, children. See ‘Psalms, Folk Songs and LiturgicalLiaisons’
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, conductor Alan Eost with more British music and more Rutter, his Requiem setting, plus Ceremony of Psalms by David Willcocks and Five Psalms by Christopher Le Fleming. Soprano Andrea Ryder, baritone Andrew Heighton are the soloists and orchestra is the South Yorkshire Symphony at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, £11 concessions, £5 students, under 16. See ‘Psalms, Folk Songs and Liturgical Liaisons’
Sospirante, vastly experienced Baroque music trio, especially violinist Lara James who has performed extensively with leading period instrument orchestras, harpsichord player Katharine May and cellist Tim Smedley with, on offer, an extremely inviting programme of Handel – Violin Sonata in D HWV371; Jean Baptiste Senaillé – Violin Sonata in G minor Op 5 No 9; Rameau – five movements from Suite in E minor (Pièces de Clavecin); Faronell’s Division on a Ground from John Playford’s The Division Violin; Bach – Violin Sonata in G BWV1021; Telemann – Fantasie for violin without bass in E flat TWV40:20; Vivaldi – Cello Sonata in G minor RV42; and Corelli – Violin Sonata in E Op 5 No 11. St Anne’s Church, Baslow, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 students, under 18s.
Darren Williams, organ, the director of music at Doncaster Minster makes a short trip to give the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 7.30pm – free, donation welcome.
Sheffield Lydian Singers, annual Hope Wakes week stand with the Caccia Wind Quintet and, seemingly, the last as that master of whimsy and wit John Kilpatrick is calling it a day and hanging up quill and baton – the concert ends with a piece by him for choir and quintet, To Say Goodbye, after Sullivan’s The Day Closes from the choir. Before the final curtain, though, among other things are Purcell’s If music be the food of love; three songs from The Kiddies Sing-Song Sketch Book (1943); three from the News Chronicle Song Book, including Cockles & Mussels and Drink to Me; John Earwaker arrangements of All the things you are, As time goes by and Basin Street Blues; Parsons’s Ave Maria; Schütz’s Cantate Domino; three Northumbrian Folksong arrangements by Percy Snowden; two Pearsall part-songs, Sir Patrick Spens and Lay a Garland; Fairtrade interval wine… St Peter’s Church, Hope, Thursday (July 3), 8pm – £7.50, including the wine.
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
21 – 28 June, at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield where all concerts take place
Laura van der Heijden, Sussex-born cellist to a Dutch father and Swiss mother who was crowned BBC Young Musician of Year in 2012 keeps the artistic quality coming this year and brings highly noted pianist and composer Huw Watkins (MitR audiences know him) as her accompanist for full measure to perform Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op 73, Brahms’ Cello Sonata No 2, Bach’s Cello Suite No 2 and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata Op 40. Wednesday (June 25), 7.30pm – £16. See 'The Bradfield Festival'
Benjamin Grosvenor, he is back, OK! but not alone with the world famous Endellion String Quartet in tow for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet Op 34 after he played Mendelssohn’s Andante and Rondo Capriccioso Op 14, Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat No 3 and Liszt’s paraphrase on Gounod’s opera Faust, Valse de Faust, and the quartet has opened proceedings with Haydn’s Op 76 No 1. Thursday (June 26), 7.30pm – Sold Out
Bones Apart, superb, all-female trombone quartet: Lorna McDonald, Helen Vollam (BBC SO principal), Jayne Murrill and Becky Smith who play the group’s El Nuovo Mundo programme, all arrangements, of Three Spanish Renaissance Dances (anon); music from Purcell’s The Indian Queen; American Folksongs selection; Villa-Lobos’s Choros No 4 (for three horns and trombone in its original form); three one-work wonders for their respective composer, Jealousy (which must exist in a million arrangements!), Tico-Tico, La Cumparsita; Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Promenade; Foster’s Jeannie with the light brown hair; Piazzolla’s Oblivion; Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder; and a suite from Bernstein’s West Side Story. Friday, 7.30pm – £12. See 'The Bradfield Festival'
Viva la France! pre-celebration of cyclists on the Tour de France whizzing through Bradfield a week later taking in French music written since the race came into being in 1903 from the likes of Debussy and Satie, through Trenet and Piaff to the present day performed by outstanding Yorkshire-based musicians, including from this neck of the county, John Hackett, Nick Fletcher, Gavin Magenty, Chloe Saywell, Ella Taylor and Sheffield High School Chamber Choir. Saturday, 7.30pm – Sold Out
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see their Classical Sheffield pages.