Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, the last one in the present series given by third-year music undergraduates at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (May 15), 1.10pm – free, donation welcome.
Pupils of Loretto School, Scotland’s oldest boarding school located just outside Edinburgh with a strong reputation in performing arts and music. It annually tours the North of England and with its doors now reopened after refurbishment, Sheffield Cathedral is back on the itinerary with pupils aged 12 to 14 dropping in to perform individually and collectively Berlin’s I Love a Piano, Rutter’s Look at the World, Purcell’s Sound the Trumpet, Vivaldi’s Laudamus te (Gloria), the slow movement from Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, the Allegro from Spring in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons among others. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome.
A South American Odyssey, undertaken by the Sterndale Singers and music director Robert Webb who seem to have thrown everything, except the kitchen sink, into a South American journey in music from the 15th century to the present day. Beginning with the likes of Portuguese-born Gaspar Fernandez (1570-1629) who spent his last 30 years in Cuba and Spanish-born Juan Gutierrez de Padilla (1590-1664) who moved to ‘New Spain’ (Mexico) in 1620, it moves forward to Argentina and motets by Fernando Moruja (1960-2004), now Spanish resident Dante Andreo (1949-) and finishing with the Missa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010), its second Sheffield performance in as many months and with Ernesto Correa again the tenor soloist. Somewhere in the proceedings are Argentine, Cuban and Venezuelan songs performed by American soprano Christin Wismann and Anglo-Spanish pianist Helen Glaisher-Hernández, a pretty formidable pairing on paper (especially the soprano), and a percussion ensemble led Dominic Ridler and guitarist Danny Naylor. Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £5 students, under 12 free.
Sheffield Chamber Orchestra, present a ‘Summer Gala’ with guests Sheffield Young Singers and a programme of Gluck – Overture to Iphinénie en Aulide; Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus; Stamitz – Concerto for two clarinets in B flat minor (soloists Steve Dumpleton, Becky Stroud); Stephen Dodgson – Sinfonietta; John Rutter – Three Folk Songs from A Sprig of Thyme; and Mozart – Symphony No 31, the Paris. High Storrs School Hall, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions and Friends of SCO.
SingSoc, the University of Sheffield Singers’ Society present what it describes as ‘The Main Event’ featuring John Rutter’s Requiem and Andrew Carter’s Bendicite for which it is joined by guests, the Hallam Sinfonia and Marcliffe Primary School Children's Choir. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £8 adults, £4 concessions.
Samuel Moore, flamenco guitarist showcases the many diverse rhythmic forms that shape the tradition from the fiery dance variety, such as Bulerias and Rumba, to darker, more introspective laments, such as Solea, as he takes you on an informative musical journey to the heart of Andalucia. UK-based, he is a course leader in flamenco guitar studies at Instituto Cervantes, a composer in his own right, author and certainly does not confine himself to the Iberian peninsula, resuscitating orchestral works by Gil Evans at the behest of the jazz pianist’s estate. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome.
LOVE AND WAR
Music in the Round’s annual May Festival, 9 –17 May, at The Crucible Studio.
Except where noted, all concerts are given by members of Ensemble 360: Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan (violins), Krzysztof Chorzelksi, Sarah-Jane Bradley (sharing viola duties), Gemma Rosefield (cello), Laurène Durantel (double bass), Tim Horton (piano), Juliette Bausor (flute), Adrian Wilson (oboe), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Naomi Atherton (horn), Amy Harman (bassoon)
Love Triangle, the one that may but in all likelihood did not exist between Clara Schumann, represented by her three Romances for violin and piano Op 22, Robert Schumann, by his Piano Quintet, and Johannes Brahms, by his Serenade No 1 Op 11 in its original nonet version. Wednesday (May 14), 7.15pm - £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Peace, War and the Devil, Frank Bridge’s Phantasy Piano Quartet – “Brahms tempered by Fauré,” as Britten described it – completed in 1911; Prokofiev’s Flute Sonata Op 94, completed in 1943 with little or no reference to world conflict; and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale in its five-movement suite for clarinet, violin and piano from 1920. Thursday (May 15), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
At the Front, baritone Matthew Brook and pianist Anna Markland, with a little help from Ensemble 360: Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe and Romances for oboe and piano Op 94; Barber’s Dover Beach for baritone and string quartet; George Butterworth’s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad, plus three further Housman settings: and Ivor Gurney’s By a Bierside and In Flanders. Thursday (May 15), 7.15pm - £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Exeter University specialist in the field of WW1 poetry, Tim Kendall, assesses Ivor Gurney in the context of other poets of the time, 6.15pm. Post-concert Q&A with Matthew Brook, Tim Kendall and Angus Smith. See ‘At the Front’
Death and the Maiden, the best known of Schubert’s 15 string quartets. Friday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Rothschild’s Violin, Chekhov’s darkly humorous tale of under-employed coffin maker Yakov Ivanov who dislikes Jews, especially the flautist, Rothschild, in a Klezmer orchestra he plays violin in to make ends meet, provides the impetus for a Jewish-themed evening with a reading from the novella by actor Roland Oliver preceding works by non-Jewish composers in which they were drawn to Jewish music: Prokofiev – Overture on Hebrew Themes; Bruch – Kol Nidrei in an arrangement for cello and piano; and Shostakovich – Piano Trio No 2; plus, Lullaby and Doina for flute, clarinet, string quartet and double bass by Argentine composer of Romanian-Jewish parentage Osvaldo Golijov. Friday, 7.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert reading, 6.15pm.
Moishe’s Bagel, hear the melodies that prompted Prokofiev and Bruch’s pieces earlier in other guises the Scottish folk, Klezmer-inflected band of violin, accordion, double bass, percussion and piano that describes its intoxicating style of music as “combining the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation,” makes its third visit in seven years. Friday, 9.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
The Lion Who Wanted To Love, one of the hugely successful, interactive children’s book adaptions to music by MitR’s children’s composer in residence Paul Rissmann is revived as the festival’s family concert. Based on Giles Andreae’s book and with Polly Ives joining Ensemble 360 as narrator, it concerns Leo, a lion who, far from being fierce, just wants to love everyone and play. Saturday, 11.30am – £8, £5 children.
Concert for Cosima: after a festival featuring much death and conflict, an optimistic finale of new life, joy and peace with Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, written as a Christmas gift for his wife Cosima after the birth of his son Siegfried, and Bridal Chorus from his opera Lohengrin both in arrangements for chamber ensemble; plus, the symphonic poem Orpheus by Cosima’s dad, Liszt, in its piano trio transcription by Saint-Saëns and Beethoven’s Op 20 septet, the precedent for its presence being that it was also heard when the Siegfried Idyll was first performed. Saturday, 7.15pm - £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
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.