The next listings bulletin will appear on the 18th of January!
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, annual carol concert with a varied programme of Christmas music and once again showcasing some of Sheffield’s best young singers. St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Thursday, 22nd of December, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 under 16.
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, and its music director Christopher Gayford round off a year of celebrating Shakespeare with two not overly exposed, but eminently worthy works by Liszt: Hamlet, the tenth of his 13 symphonic tone poems; and Dvořák: Othello, the third and least heard of the trilogy of concert overtures he entitled Nature, Life and Love. The Third of four symphonies penned by Schumann, actually the last one written, the Rhenish, completes the concert. Ecclesall Parish Church, Friday, 30th of December, 7.30pm – 07763 128598 for further information.
New Year’s Eve Gala, sixth annual offering anchored by the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (a north-west pick up band) taking in orchestral favourites, opera, ballet and film music before concluding with a communal rendition of Auld Lang Syne at midnight. Alison Roddy: soprano, Louise Crane: mezzo-soprano, Nick Sales: tenor, Tom McVeigh: bass-baritone, is an appealing quartet of vocal soloists and Mark Langley again provides the continuity as compere. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 31st of December, 9.30pm – £21 –£40 (no booking fees), 01298 72190. If you want to make a night of it a three-course Gala Dinner is optional in the Pavilion Gardens Restaurant, 6.15pm for 6.45pm – £45.
New Year Gala Concert, ‘Viennese’ appears to have been dropped from the title for the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra’s annual welcome to the New Year, but it is highly unlikely music by a ‘son of Vienna’ will not be heard. John Longstaff is again the guest conductor and this year’s soprano soloist is Aoife O’Connell. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7th of January, 3pm – £10, £5 children.
Messiah, one for the ‘locals’ perhaps but there is a big incentive to be there as, somehow, a remarkable quartet of soloists has been assembled for Handel’s oratorio to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kinder Choirs of the High Peak: Susan Bickley: soprano, Yvonne Howard: mezzo-soprano, Nicky Spence: tenor, and Gidon Saks: bass – of international standing, all! Supporting them are a specially constituted Kinder Anniversary Chorus and Orchestra and Joyce Ellis, a former opera singer of some standing and founder-director of Kinder Children’s Choirs, conducts the performance. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 8th of January, 4pm – £25, children half price (not dress circle and no booking fees), 01298 72190.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and its music director Edward Gardner re-start the Sheffield International Concert Season after the festive break and offer one of the finest British symphonies from the 20th century, Walton’s stormy, melancholic and ultimately triumphant First. Preceding it, not inappropriately, is Elgar’s Cello Concerto from one of the world’s foremost cellists, Truls Mørk, and proceedings begin with Wagner’s Overture to his disowned opera Rienzi, the only part of the work that keeps it in the public eye that, and to a lesser extent, the item from the opera the overture is built on, ‘Rienzi’s Prayer’ late on in the work. City Hall, Thursday, 19th of January, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Nabucco, the dust is blown off Elijah Moshinsky’s 2001 staging of Verdi’s opera one more for Plácido Domingo (now singing baritone roles) to make his first house appearance in the title role at the first live relay in 2017 from the New York Metropolitan Opera. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who sang the vocally fiendish part of Abigaille on the occasion of Domingo’s first London appearance in the opera in 2013, takes it on again and the conductor is James Levine. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 7th of January, 5.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet in a production by the highly regarded Russian State Ballet of Siberia on a national tour. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 5th of January and Friday, 6th of January, 7.30pm – £34 –£41, £3.25 off seniors, disabled (not dress circle), half price other concessions (not dress circle). No booking fees, 01298 72190.
The Nutcracker, further Tchaikovsky in need of no introduction from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7th of January, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £34 –£41, £3.25 off seniors, disabled (not dress circle), half price other concessions (not dress circle). No booking fees, 01298 72190.
Annie Get Your Gun, the Crucible’s raved about Christmas show this year with Anna-Jane Casey and Ben Lewis at loggerheads as sharp-shootin’ Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Irving Berlin’s classic musical. Crucible Theatre, Wednesday, 21st of December through to Saturday, 21st of January 2017, 7.15pm, with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.15pm – no performances 26th of December and 2nd of January, 2.15pm only on the 24th and 31st of December. Ticket prices are a minefield ranging from £28, £25.50 concessions to £47, £44.50 concessions with many variations in between.