Students from Leeds Metropolitan University, seven of them (with possibly a small orchestra), clearly talented and all now effectively graduated as prize-winners in a collaborative performance competition involving Leeds College of Music drop in on a short showcase tour. Music takes in a self-composed work performed by its author, a setting of William Noel Hodgson’sBefore Action; a piece for a balafon (West African instrument); Winter from Piazzolla’s Four Seasons performed by a piano trio; Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K314, known as his second flute concerto until 1920; and from Bernstein’s Candide, the dazzling aria Glitter and Be Gay. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome Website
Elias String Quartet, Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant (violins), Martin Saving (viola), Marie Bitlloch (cello), no introductions necessary for the engaging foursome, founding members of Ensemble 360, who left in 2009 to pursue an independent career path, in the event, one that has followed a stunningly successful international course. Here, they return with the third instalment of what is proving to be a triumphant journey through the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle (the fourth is 25 days later) with Op 18 No 3 (No 3), Op 95 Serioso (No 11), and Op 130 (No 13). Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street,Friday, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. www.musicintheround.co.uk
‘Winds’, one for adventurous souls perhaps as Sheffield’s composer collective Platform 4 (there are four of them) stirs into action with works by three of their number, Tom Owen – Womb and, in collusion with Bach, Bust*; Tom James – Industrial Landscape 1* and, further unknowing complicity on Bach’s part, BWV555 Boom*; and Jenny Jackson – Fluxus Boxes; plus, established wind pieces by Varèse – Octandre; Lutoslawski – Chain 1; and most familiar to some, Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Instruments. *Denotes a first performance. Wesley Hall, Crookes S10 1UD, Friday, 8pm – free, donations to cover costs gratefully received.
Sterndale Singers, continue to expand their repertoire under the direction of Robert Webb with an all-Brahms concert taking in the German Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzes (Love-Song Waltzes) Op 52, the Requiem being performed using the composer’s piano duet (four hands, one piano) version, the accompaniment the Love-Song Waltzes were written with. Jonathan Gooing and Nigel Gyte make a formidable pairing to render it here (on the sonorous Böserdorfer once resident in Firth Hall), with Clare Wheat: soprano and Peter Taylor: baritone. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £3 students, under 14s free. Website
The Hallé, fourth fundraising concert from the orchestra in aid of Blythe House Hospice as it celebrates 25 years of providing care in the High Peak. Stephen Bell, the orchestra’s main conductor in popular and diverse repertoire, directs what is described a programme of varied classical music at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £15, £23, £28. 0845 12 72190
Lost Garden, duo of Andy Peake and Nick Robinson, keyboards and guitars, “paint with sound” as they perform quasi-improvised instrumental pieces at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, and note the day. The concerts go once weekly on it for the remainder of the present series, Thursday (October 9), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Ensemble 360, opens its account in Music in the Round’s autumn series of concerts in Sheffield with Schumann’s Op 47 piano quartet which betrays the influence of Schubert’s E flat major piano trio (not to mention Mendelssohn in its second movement), according to one authority – well, it is in the same key, and Schubert occupies proceedings elsewhere with a MitR favourite, his Octet. Concert is in support of the fundraising campaign for a Women of Steel statue in Barkers Pool.Crucible Studio, Thursday (October 9), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Gildas Quartet, Christopher Jones, Florence Cook (violins), Kay Stephan (viola), Anna Menzies (cello), young foursome that has garnered some glowing praise since getting together in 2010 (two of its members play regularly with the Manchester Camerata), perform Mozart – Quartet No 21 K575; Thomas Adès – Arcadiana; Grieg – String Quartet, at the opening concert of Sheffield Music Club’s 76th season. Shirley House, adjacent to St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Friday, October 10, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students
Lunchtime Singing, monthly 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday; Thursday, November 6; Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. Book on line at www.wegottickets.com/musicintheround
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.