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Alison York, harp, gives the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 30), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome. http://concerts.sheffield.ac.uk/whats-on/york
Gildas String Quartet, rising in renown young foursome of Christopher Jones, Florence Cook: violins, Kay Stephen: viola, Anna Menzies: cello, give a concert of Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C minor; Frank Bridge: Three Idylls; and Grieg: String Quartet in G minor, as part of their weekend residency as principal tutors at a Chamber Music Weekend organised by 4strings88keys. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday (NB: not Sunday), 7pm – £10, free students, children, on the door. http://www.gildasquartet.com/2014/
Bach Advent Cantatas, a month early in church calendar terms but never mind as soloists from English Touring Opera, soprano Gillian Webster, countertenor Andrew Radley, tenor Ronan Busfield and baritone Grant Doyle, the company’s period instrument Old Street Band and conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny team up with the formidable choral forces of Sheffield Cathedral’s Songmen and Schola Cantorum and Sheffield University’s Chamber Choir for four Advent cantatas by Bach (not that there were many), No 61, No 62, No 147 (a bit of licence here, it was an Advent cantata until Bach re-wrote for the Feast of the Visitation); yes, it is also the one with Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring in it, and No 186a – if it is, it’s the 1963 reconstruction, otherwise drop the ‘a’ and it becomes a Pentecost cantata. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. See ‘Advent Cantatas’ - Ruairidh, please link to this page on CS. https://www.list.co.uk/place/20003211-firth-hall-sheffield-university/
University Jazz Orchestra, give the second of four Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concerts at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome. http://concerts.sheffield.ac.uk/whats-on/
Crazy Creatures, meet The Duck with No Luck and A Cat Called Scratch at two schools’ concerts, the latest of Music in the Round’s interactive, highly successful series of children’s book adaptations – two of them on this occasion by Jonathan Long illustrated by Korky Paul – set to music by Paul Rissmann performed by Ensemble 360 with, as always, Polly Ives the storyteller. Crucible Theatre, Tuesday, 10.45am and 1.30pm – £3 children, accompanying staff free. Fully booked. http://www.musicintheround.co.uk/event.php?id=606
Reformation Debates, potentially fascinating concert built round discussions during the Council of Trent in 1562 when there was a bid to excommunicate secular elements and polyphony from music settings of the Catholic Mass. It looks as if there is an aspect, perhaps small, of audience interaction as Tim Shephard, lecturer in musicology as Sheffield University, sets the scene around music examples featuring the issues performed by the ever-increasing if fame Marian Consort, director Rory McCleery. Sacred and secular, it is all by composers of the time, the famous: Josquin, Palestrina, Lassus, Tallis (If ye love me) and the less so, though famous in their day: Jacques Arcadelt, Jacobus de Kerle, Jean L’Heritier, Jacobus Clemens von Papa and a pretty obscure one actually, Mathurin Forestier. There is also an opportunity to hear the anonymous chanson that fascinated most them, L’homme armé – The Armed Man. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. See ‘Parody and Polyphony’ under FEATURES. http://concerts.sheffield.ac.uk/whats-on/all-change!-reformation-debates
Jessop Voices, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 6), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome. http://concerts.sheffield.ac.uk/whats-on/jessop
Martha Hayward, the young soprano makes a quick return to lunchtime singing with much the same programme and the same co-performers, Tristan Watson: clarinet, Ruth Milsom: piano, as at Firth Hall on October 16: Schubert – Shepherd on the Rock; Howells – A Near Minuet; Gurney – Five Elizabethan Songs; but Mozart is replaced by Pergolesi – Salve Regina, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 6), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
POSTPONED: The Tallis Scholars, St Marie’s Cathedral, Friday (November 7).
I Due Foscari, recorded repeat of the live relay from the Royal Opera House of the early-ish Verdi opera on October 27. Based on a Byron play, The Two Foscari, it concerns an ageing 15th century Venetian Doge, Francesco Foscari, torn between the duties of state and supporting his son Jacopo, on trial for serious alleged misdemeanours. Placido Domingo, in baritone mode, as the elder Foscari, tenor Francesco Meli as the younger Foscari and soprano Maria Agresta as Jacopo’s wife are the principal protagonists and Antonio Pappano is the conductor in a dodgy-sounding production. Sunday, 2pm; at Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Madama Butterfly, Chisinau State Opera return with Puccini’s perennial opera, courtesy of Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International. In Italian with English surtitles. City Hall, Thursday (October 30), 7.30pm – £32.50, £29, £26, £16.
Carmen, another opera that is so familiar, you know it backwards having encountered so many times. Well, here it is again this time as the latest live relay direct from the New York Metropolitan so there shouldn’t be anything remotely sub-standard to contend when the Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvilli, who has been wowing audiences from Milan to Vienna in the title role, turns on the seductive charm in Bizet’s opera – all four principals are East European. Do they not breed great singers in France and Italy these days? Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Sheffield Chamber Music Weekend, Advanced Course in ensemble playing, primarily for young string players Grade 7 and above, with possible spaces for adults coached by the emergent members of the Gildas String Quartet. Applicants also welcome for a one-day (Saturday) Introduction to Playing Chamber Music Course for young people, Grades 5-7. High Storrs School, Saturday-Sunday. Further detail, including charges, at www.4strings88keys.org Better still now call 01909 770367, or email email@example.com
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, (November 6); Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6. http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/lunchtime-singing
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.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
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