Hilliard Ensemble, world famous foursome of countertenor David James, tenors Rogers Covey-Crump and Steven Harrold and baritone Gordon Jones find their way to Sheffield for the first – and last - time with a programme of a cappella music with its roots in various church denominations ranging from three anonymous 13th century pieces from France and Italy; two from 16th century England by Sheryngham and Cornysh; and from more recent times: Arvo Pärt, Ivan Moody, Alexander Raskatov, Vache Sharafyan and Komitas arrangements of traditional Armenian sacred music, among others. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (June 19), 7.30pm – £27.50/ £22, £25/ £20. See Hilliard Ensemble’s Swansong
Pupils of Ashdell School, nicely undemanding concert from various groups and individuals, including Grannie Was a Buffer Girl, The Footy Song (both Sheffield Song Book), Tomorrow (Annie), Any Dream Will Do (Joseph), The Boat to Inverie, French Troubadour Song; When I Grow Up (Matilda), Always Look on the Bright Side, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Gavotte (take your pick, from Ruddigore or Gondoliers), The Great Escape and A Whole New World, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome. Details here
An American Celebration, to end the Sheffield Bach Choir’s present season, courtesy of English composers and one American, Morten Lauridsen who gets a look in with one of his best known pieces, O Magnum Mysterium. More substantially, elsewhere, former Worcester Cathedral organist and composer Donald Hunt has orchestrated his American Serenade which calls the music of Porter, Kern and Gershwin especially for the concert and John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit (seven Spirituals) is heard, plus his Requiem setting which has nothing to do with America beyond that it was premiered there. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free. Website here
Chamber Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, director Ian Roberts, with the Ranmoor Strings and an attractive programme of Samuel Scheidt – Surrexit Christus Hodie; Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Carissimi – Jepthe; Monteverdi – Cantate Domino, Christie, adoramus te and Beatus vir; and the sadly under-performed Buxtehude – Magnificat. Also two organ solos from Derek Grover and two violin/ continuo solos by unspecified performers. St John’s, Saturday, 7pm Website here
Ian Roberts, organ recital of Langlais – Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes; Pablo Bruna (1611-79) – Tiento de 1° tono de mano derecha; Anon (17th century) – Obra de falsas cromáticas de 1° tono; Juan Cabanilles (1644-1712) – Tento de batalla de 8° tono; and Vierne; Arabesque, Scherzetto (both 24 pieces in free style) and Carillon de Westminster. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Monday, 8pm.
Paul Derrett, vastly experienced Hull-based organist with some 30-odd well thought-about recordings to his name who gives recitals in prestigious venues around the UK and on the near-continent returns with music by Galuppi – Sonata in D; Franck – Priere; Widor – Marche Pontificale; and Christopher Steel – his four-movement suite, Changing Moods, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome.
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
21 – 28 June, at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield where all concerts take place. See bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk
Miloš Karadaglić/ Ksenija Siderova, with solos from the Montenegrin-born classical guitarist by Rodrigo – Invocation and Dance; and de Falla – Danza de Molinero, Homenaje and Danza Espanola No 1 (La Vida Breve); and from the Latvian-born classical accordionist, two pieces by Ukrainian composer/ bayan players Artyom Nyzhnyk – Sansara, a work she premiered in Lucerne at the end of May; and Vladimir Zubitski – Omaggio ad Astor Piazzolla; plus Rachmaninov – Barcarole (Morceaux de Salon Op 10). Duets are by two Czech composers, Jan Truhlář – Kontroverse; and Petr Fiala – Metamorphosen; Malcolm Arnold – Fantasy for guitar (as a duo!?); and three pieces by Piazzolla – Bordei 1900 from ‘Histoire de Tango’, Oblivion and Libertango. Saturday, 7.30pm – Sold Out
Choral Evensong, it happens every year if you are interested, the guest preacher this time round being the Rev Nigel Ashworth, Rector of St Ann’s Church, Manchester. Sunday, 6.30pm.
VOCES8, highly successful, nationally and internationally, a cappella octet formed in 2003 with its origins in the choir stalls of Westminster Abbey. The group went professional in 2007 and three of the original members remain, the programme here telling you all you need to know about the repertoire it sings: Byrd – Sing Joyfully; Hieronymus Praetorius (1560-1629) – Magnificat Quinti Toni; arrangements of Nat King Cole’s Straighten Up and Fly Right, Otis Blackwell’s Fever, Yazoo’s Only You and Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing; Tallis – his two Te Lucis Ante Terminum settings divided by Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Dyevo; Giovanni Gabrieli – Jubilate Deo; arrangements of Steal Away to Jesus, Al Jolson’s Me and My Shadow, Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson; Thomas Morley – Fire, fire, my Heart; Pierre Passereau (c1495-1547) – Il est bel et bon; and further arrangements, Freddie Mercury’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Kate Rusby’s Underneath the Stars, Hamlisch and Bayer-Sager’s Nobody Does it Better and Gershwin’s Slap that Bass. Monday, 7.30pm – £14.
Fine Arts Brass, FAB as many know the quintet, still going strong in its 34th year, although the personnel has changed a few times since 1980, the present make up being Simon Lenton, Angela Whelan (trumpets), Chris Parkes (horn), Katy Jones (trombone) – Hallé principal since 2012, and Les Neish (tuba). Except the first item, all the pieces are in arrangements: Michael Nyman – Masque Arias; Peter Maxwell Davies – Farewell to Stromness; Glinka –Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture; Bach – Prelude and Fugue No 2 in C minor; Stravinsky – Suite from Pulchinella; Bernstein – Overture to Candide and Simple Song from Mass; de Falla – Suite from Love the Magician; and Tin Pan Alley Brass Suite – classic pieces from the best of the Tin Pan Alley composers, including Berlin, Carmichael and Waller. Tuesday, 7.30pm – £14.
Laura van der Heijden, Sussex-born cellist to a Dutch father and Swiss mother who was crowned BBC Young Musician of Year in 2012 keeps the artistic quality coming this year and brings highly noted pianist and composer Huw Watkins (MitR audiences know him) as her accompanist for full measure to perform Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op 73, Brahms’ Cello Sonata No 2, Bach’s Cello Suite No 2 and Shostakovich’s Cello Sonata Op 40. Wednesday (June 25), 7.30pm – £16.
Benjamin Grosvenor, he is back, OK! but not alone with the world famous Endellion String Quartet in tow for a performance of Brahms’ Piano Quintet Op 34 after he played Mendelssohn’s Andante and Rondo Capriccioso Op 14, Schubert’s Impromptu in G flat No 3 and Liszt’s paraphrase on Gounod’s opera Faust, Valse de Faust, and the quartet has opened proceedings with Haydn’s Op 76 No 1. Thursday (June 26), 7.30pm – Sold Out
6 – 22 June, at venues around Broomhill. Listed only are classical music concerts from a wide variety of events, full details of which can be found at www.broomhillfestival.org.uk
‘War and Peace’, coffee morning, words and music concert prompted by WW1 centenary happenings this year from Michael Copeland (baritone), Rosalind Rogerson (piano) and Shelagh Marston (narrator). Beacon Methodist Church, Thursday (June 19), 10.30am – £5, coffee served from 10am.
Noa King, South Korean pianist currently doing a PhD at Sheffield University who clearly has a thing for French music, especially that depicting birds, performs Louis-Claude Daquin – L’hirondelle and Le coucou; Ravel – Oiseaux tristes from Miroirs; Messiaen – Prelude No 1 – La colombe and three pieces from Catalogue d’Oiseaux, No’s 5, 6, 8; and Dukas – first movement of his non-ornithological Piano Sonata. St Mark’s Church, Thursday (June 19), 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
Manxuan Xiong, postgraduate Chinese soprano is accompanied by her fellow countrywoman Hazel Zeng, who had a solo festival recital on Monday this week, in music by Handel – Ch’io mai vi possa from his 1738 opera Siroe, Re di Persia; Schumann – No’s 1, 3 and 6 from his Eichendorff Liederkreis Op 39; Rossini – La Pastorella and L’Invito from Soirées Musicales; Liszt – Pace non trovo from his Three Petrarch Sonnets; Finzi – his Shakespeare cycle Let us Garlands Bring; and Madeleine Dring – Seven Shakespeare Songs. St Mark’s Church, Friday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions, £1 under 16s. Light lunch available from 12 noon, £3.
Sheffield Bach Choir, Saturday – see An American Celebration under Concerts
Manon Lescaut, live relay from the Royal Opera House of Puccini’s super opera, somewhat neglected in the ubiquitous face of some of his others, with it could be said a super cast: Kristine Opolais in the title role, Jonas Kaufmann as her suitor and Christopher Maltman as her brother – oh yes, and Antonio Pappano is the conductor! Tuesday, 7pm, at Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Sheffield Cineworld – £18.80, £15 concessions.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see their Classical Sheffield pages.