Ticket prices shown are for cash transactions. If bought with a credit card a 10% booking fee is invariably added.
James Clarke and Jonathan Aasgaard, joint leader and long-time principal cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic end the orchestra’s three-event Buxton residency with violin/ cello duos by Ravel and Gliére at a coffee concert, Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday, 9th of December, 1pm – £7 in advance, £10 on the door. 01298 72190
Mercy Ships Carol Service, the charity that operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Africa Mercy, to deliver free medical care to the world’s poorest people hosts its popular annual event with Sheffield Cathedral Choir in attendance, at the Cathedral, Thursday, 10th of December, 7.30pm. www.mercyships.org.uk
Alzheimer’s Society Carol Concert, at Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm – £6, £10 concession with carer, £3 under 10, £15 family ticket.
Carols at Firth Hall, the three choirs of SingSoc – University of Sheffield Singers’ Society – Main Chorus, Ladies’ Choir and Socii Cantorum get in festive mood with familiar and not so familiar items, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, 7.45pm – £8, £4 concessions.
Sheffield Flute Choir, offer traditional carols, arrangements of some local Sheffield carols and other popular Christmas favourites on a range of flutes from piccolo to bass in the All About Art Gallery at Weston Park Museum, Saturday, 11am.
Philharmonic Christmas Concert, as usual, now on twice because of it popularity and with the world-renowned Black Dyke Band once again sharing the stage with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and plenty of festive goodies to get your teeth into – how about The Boar’s Head Carol, for a start? Elsewhere are such things as a Mexican carol, Earth’s Joy; three Baltic carols, including two by the highly prolific Latvian composer of religious music Rihards Dubra; Weihnacht: a German/ Austrian Carol Medley – guess what one is! In the Bleak Midwinter is there and so are four well-known audience items. Band-only pieces include Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and a rather splendid one by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Christmas Finale. Darius Battiwalla (chorus), Nicholas Childs (band) are the respective conductors, Neil Taylor the organist and the guest presenter is BBC classical music pundit Petroc Trelawny. Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 3pm and 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Vivacity Choir Christmas Concert, includes The Twelve Days of Christmas, Wham’s Last Christmas, Run by Snow Patrol, O Holy Night, Silver Bells and much more, plus traditional carols, in support of the Homeless and Rootless at Christmas (HARC) charity at Wesley Hall, Crookes, S10 1UD, Saturday, 6.30pm – £7.50 on the door, £6 in advance (07808 070329), 16 and under free.
Come, One and All! a Christmas choral evening with the Abbeydale Singers and a typical international mix of Renaissance to contemporary music mix on offer, including Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium; Pierre Villette: Hymne à la Vierge; Gabriel Jackson: Christ-child; Bob Chilcott: his setting of Samuel Pepys’ Christmas Day – 1666; plus, such favourites as John Rutter: Quem Pastores Laudavere; Malcolm Sargent: Hawaiian Lullaby (an Abbeydale favourite), and a selection of carols and arrangements by David Willcocks who passed away in September. Sheffield Music Academy String Quartet is the ‘young artist’ guest, Kevin Haighton the conductor and Peter Heginbotham the piano and organ accompanist, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free, includes festive interval refreshments.
St Luke’s Hospice Carol Service, of celebration and remembrance with Hallmark of Harmony, Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Stannington Brass Band involved at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 2pm.
Viva Voce @ Sharrow Christmas Market, on stage for 45 minutes from 2pm and including ‘Request a Carol’ slots at £1 a time – proceeds to Bluebell Wood Hospice, Sunday.
Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra, an oasis from Christmas carols and seasonal music with Smetana: Vltava; a new work by Jordan Platt; Mahler: 5 Rückert Lieder; Debussy: Danse sacrée and Danse profane; and Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 4. Ella Taylor: soprano, Alison York: harp, are the respective soloists in the Mahler and Debussy, while George Nicholson and Ruth Alexander share conducting duties. University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged.
The Snowman, highly successful touring performance featuring the famous animated film from 1982 with a live, 26-piece professional orchestra comprising top musicians from Manchester-based orchestras and the Royal Liverpool Phil playing Howard Blake’s soundtrack (minus the original) as the film is being projected onto a big screen and two young soloists recruited locally singing Walking in the Air: ten-year-old Natasha Flounders from St Thomas More School (first performance) and 14-year-old Connie Campbell from All Saints High School (the second one). There is also a charming, newly created animated film for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and a young person’s guide to the orchestra, which includes such novelties as a celeste, at the City Hall, Monday, 1.30pm and 7pm – £10 to £22. Walking in the Air at www.bernardleemusic.com
DLA Piper Carol Service, the Sheffield office of the global law firm holds its annual seasonal event at Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 5pm.
Sheffield University Brass Band, give the last in a short weekly series of University Rush-Hour Concerts at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Come Sing Messiah, annual Sheffield Bach Choir invitation when Simon Lindley accompanies you on the organ (how about that for a name-dropping experience to boast about to your friends?) and someone else conducts, in all likelihood, Mark McCombs, at Christ Church, Dore, Monday, 7.30pm – £10, includes seasonal refreshments; and plenty of scores for hire (£1) if you don’t have one!
Sing! Project Concert – 1, the project being Sheffield Cathedral’s Saturday morning gathering of local primary school pupils who want to sing, a lot of them if two 200-strong choirs are anything to go by giving voice here to seasonal songs accompanied by a live band of professional musicians, at the Cathedral, Tuesday, 11am – free, but ticket required, email@example.com
Blitzed! an evening of memories and songs, probably in the form of a revue knowing the person who has written it, Alan Powell, and performed by the society he chairs, Dronfield Musical Theatre Group, on the exact date that bombs fell on the city 75 years ago. All proceeds from the performance go to support the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail fund which will see 16 sites around the city centre marked with steel memorial plaques in memory of those who lost their lives in the Blitz. Sheffield Cathedral, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, in advance from the Cathedral Shop, or online (booking fee applies).
Sing! Project Concert – 2, as the previous day but with the second choir, Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday, 16th of December, 2.20pm – free, but ticket required, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield Music Hub Christmas Concert, with among those taking part the excellent Senior Orchestra, Sheffield Young Singers and the Alley Cats Clarinet Choir and music ranging from Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Elgar: Nimrod; Prokofiev: Troika from Lieutenant Kijé; and Leroy Anderson: Christmas Festival Overture, to John Rutter's Angel's Carol and an Ave Maria by Saint-Saëns to take in all sorts of things, including audience carols, at Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday, 16th of December, 6.30pm – £6, £3 children, students.
‘Spitewinter’ Concert, Sheffield Folk Chorale’s hugely popular alternative festive fare (the Sheffield Cathedral date 21/ 12 is sold out) but there are still some tickets here when the guests are early music super-group York Waits and such things as Chanticleer, Herrick's Wassail, I am Christmas (John Conolly), Shepherd of the Moor, Story of a Child (Italian traditional), When the Green Man Walks the Forest (Graeme Miles) and White Shepherd (Mike O’Connor) are performed at Ecclesall Parish Church, Wednesday, 16th of December, 7.30pm – £7. 07805 642 536, or email@example.com
Federico Furnari, Ross Davidson with Liam Johnson, seemingly a couple of guitarists and, presumably, a pianist give a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 17th of December, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Breast Cancer Care Carol Service, at Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday, 17th of December, 7pm – £10, £5 under 16s (under four, free), reservations: 0114 263 6481, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carols by Candlelight, Sheffield Chorale’s annual outing with a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols. Includes Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter; Rutter: Shepherds’ Pipe Carol; Howells: A Spotless Rose; Warlock: Benedicamus Domino; Carter: Chanticleer’s Carol; Willcocks: Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day; Bruckner: Ave Maria; Walton: All this Time; Handel: Messiah excerpts; and congregational carols, with Neil Taylor: conductor, and Ian Roberts: organ. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday, 17th of December, 7.30pm – free, retiring collection in aid of Save the Children of Nepal.
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus Carol Concert, annual festive fixture this year featuring four young Sheffield singers, sopranos Molly O’Toole, Tabitha Smart, Caitlin O’Toole and mezzo-soprano Ella Verity, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Thursday, 17th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 under 16, students.
Andrew Linn, deputy organist (luxury indeed!) at St Matthew’s, Carver Street gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 17th of December, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Miss Liberty, forgotten 1949 musical by Irving Berlin is the latest musical theatre resuscitation in concert performance (its UK premiere as such) by the Department of Music’s Dominic McHugh. The original orchestrations are played by a 40-piece orchestra again conducted by Matthew Malone and The Great British Bake-Off’s Howard Middleton returns as narrator at what looks like the final event in the New York strand of the Sheffield University Concert Season (the Miss Liberty in question is the Statue of Liberty!) at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Wednesday, 9th of December and Thursday, 10th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged. Pre-concert talk, Dominic McHugh discusses the background behind Berlin’s show, Thursday, 6.30pm. Miss Liberty Revealed at www.bernardleemusic.com
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 opens this Friday, the 11th of December and runs through to the 23rd of January with at least one show just about daily, except Sundays, 25th of December to the 28th and the 1st of January
Compose Yourself! weekly creative composition classes over six weeks run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians with an urge to compose but who don't know where to start. A new batch of six classes now underway, no date is yet set for a further half-dozen, which are held at Jenny’s home in S11. For more information follow the link to her website: http://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.