Festival of Lessons and Carols, the last one this year from Sheffield Cathedral Choir at the Cathedral, Thursday, 24th of December, 7pm – information about further Christmas services at Sheffield Cathedral on the cathedral’s website.
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, its annual winter concert, the only work we know about and currently listed on the orchestra’s website being Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. Ecclesall Parish Church, Wednesday, 30th of December, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £4 students, children; 07763 128598; Sheffield Scene, Surrey Street; Famous Sheffield Shop, 475 Ecclesall Road.
New Year’s Eve Gala Concert, now annual happening (this is the fifth year) in the High Peak capital presented by the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra taking in favourite items from opera, ballet and film with six soloists involved, including Jenni France: soprano, Louise Crane: mezzo-soprano, Andrew Forbes-Lane: tenor, and Jeremy Peaker: baritone. Anthony Kraus is the conductor, Mark Langley again the compère and there is a communal rendering of Auld Lang Syne at midnight, at Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 31st of December, 9.30pm – £15 –£40; 01298 72190, if you want to make a night of it, a three-course dinner is optional at £45 per head, 7.15pm.
New Year Viennese Gala Concert, another annual fixture in the company of the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra with John Longstaff (the orchestra’s MD for 18 years) returning to conduct it once again. It seems to be the usual 50-50 split between the Viennese: The Blue Danube and one of Strauss’s other borderline popular waltzes, Morgenblätter (Morning Papers); and the non-Viennese: Greensleeves, Pirates of Penzance Overture, Borodin's Polovstian Dances and Overture to a Kitchen Comedy by the fairly prolific Irish composer A J (Archie) Potter (1918-80). This year’s soprano soloist Eleanor Garside, a recent RNCM graduate, offers arias from Die Fledermaus – has to be the Laughing Song! which would indicate that the item from The Tales of Hoffmann should be Olympia’s ‘Doll Song’; the piece from Bernstein’s Candide is Glitter and Be Gay; and the one from Carmen, Micaela’s act three aria, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 2nd of January, 3pm – £10, £5 students, children; be warned it often sells out, in advance: 07948 116427, or www.sheffieldsymphony.org.uk
Hyang Hee Woo, at present, organist and choir conductor at the Sheffield Korean Church where her husband is a minister. Born in South Korea and the recipient of a number of scholarships, Hyang Hee studied organ at Seoul Theological University before gaining a BA in 2002. Moving to the UK, she completed the MMus course at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Darius Battiwalla and Simon Lindley in 2012. In 2011, she won the RNCM Organ Recital Prize and has since performed in such places as York Minster, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Leeds Town Hall. Here, she performs Dupré: Prelude and Fugue in B Op 7 No 1; Bach: Trio Sonata No 6 in G BWV530; and Duruflé: Suite Op 5, at the first in a new series of weekly (note day) Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals, Friday, 8th of January, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
A Viennese Gala, Buxton Festival’s orchestra in residence, the Manchester-based Northern Chamber Orchestra finds its way back to the High Peak town with a dollop of Johann Strauss, including Gypsy Baron Overture, Laughing Song (Fledermaus), Perpetuum Mobile, Blue Danube; Josef Strauss: Anvil Polka; Lehár: Vilja (Merry Widow); Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5, among many others – can’t see Strauss senior’s Radetzsky March not being one of them! Alison Langer is the soprano soloist and the NCO’s long-time leader Nicholas Ward directs from the violin at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 8th of January, 7.30pm – £12.50 –£45. 01298 72190
The Nutcracker, Aladdin having rubbed his lamp for the last time 48 hours earlier, a further excursion into the realms of fantasy with Tchaikovsky and probably the most popular of all ballets when the Saint Petersburg Classical Ballet bring a production of it to town, Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, 5th of January to Saturday, 9th of January, 7.45pm; plus, Thursday, 2pm; Saturday, 3pm: £25 –£34, except Thursday (2pm): £19 –£28; Friday-Saturday (7.45pm): £27 –£36.
Show Boat, Jerome Kern’s epic musical is the Crucible’s ‘Christmas show’ this year and it looks set to break all box office records with the its run extended. It opened on the 11th of December and runs through to the 23rd of January with at least one show daily, except Sundays, 25th of December to the 28th and the 1st of January
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and start on Thursday, 7th January, 10am –12pm, fortnightly (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop for ages 18-plus on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes with specialist Carla Rees. Whether you already play a low flute, have only dabbled with them, or want to try them out, the day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems, extended techniques, projection and intonation. Find out how low flute playing can help with your C flute playing too! This is the ideal opportunity to try new ideas, solve problems and develop your low flute playing. The day starts and ends with ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes. Woodwind shop, Just Flutes, will also be there with a selection of instruments and sheet music to browse and try! Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sitwell Road, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 27th February 2016, 10am-5pm – £50. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
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.