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Sebastian Thomson, organ, a former director of music (2005-09) at St Matthew’s Church in Northampton famed for its continuing practice of commissioning works started by the Rev Walter Hussey in 1943 with Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb – pieces by Tippett, Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley, Finzi (Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice quickly followed) – gives the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s pianist strays towards Chesterfield and S18 7TR to play Beethoven – Sonata Op 28 Pastoral and Sonata Op 109; Rachmaninov – Preludes Op 23 no's 1, 4, 7 and Prelude Op 32 No 2; Debussy – Images Book 1; and Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie Op 61. Barlow Church (St Lawrence), Friday, 7.30pm – £12, includes interval wine and canapés. 01246 55052, or 07780 675 612
Students from Leeds Metropolitan University, seven of them (with possibly a small orchestra), clearly talented and all now effectively graduated as prize-winners in a collaborative performance competition involving Leeds College of Music drop in on a short showcase tour. Music includes a self-composed piece performed by its author, a setting of William Noel Hodgson’s Before Action; Winter from Piazzolla’s Four Seasons performed by a piano trio; Mozart’s Oboe Concerto K314, known as his second flute concerto until 1920; and from Bernstein’s Candide, the dazzling aria Glitter and Be Gay. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, October 3, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome
Elias String Quartet, Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant (violins), Martin Saving (viola), Marie Bitlloch (cello), no introductions necessary for the engaging foursome, founding members of Ensemble 360, who left in 2009 to pursue an independent career path, in the event, one that has followed a stunningly successful international course. Here, they return with the third instalment of what is proving to be a triumphant journey through the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle (the fourth is 25 days after) with Op 18 No 3 (No 3), Op 95 Serioso (No 11), and Op 130 (No 13). Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Friday, October 3, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
‘Winds’, one for adventurous souls perhaps as Sheffield’s composer collective Platform 4 (there are four of them) stirs into action with works by three of their number, Tom Owen – Womb and, in collusion with Bach, Bust*; Tom James – Industrial Landscape 1* and, further unknowing complicity on Bach’s part, BWV555 Boom*; and Jenny Jackson – Fluxus Boxes; plus, established wind pieces by Varèse – Octandre; Lutoslawski – Chain 1; and most familiar to some, Stravinsky – Symphonies of Wind Instruments. *Denotes a first performance. Wesley Hall, Crookes S10 1UD, Friday, October 3, 8pm – free, donations to cover costs gratefully received.
Sterndale Singers, continue to expand their repertoire under the direction of Robert Webb with an all-Brahms concert taking in the German Requiem and Liebeslieder Waltzes (Love-Song Waltzes) Op 52, the Requiem being performed using the composer’s piano duet (four hands, one piano) version, the accompaniment the Love-Song Waltzes were written with. Jonathan Gooing and Nigel Gyte make a formidable pairing to render it here (on the sonorous Böserdorfer once resident in Firth Hall), with Clare Wheat: soprano and Peter Taylor: baritone. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, October 4, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £3 students, under 14s free.
Carmen, Mid Wales Opera’s 25th Anniversary staging directed by Jonathan Miller, no less, who sets Bizet’s opera pre-Spanish War to a new English translation by Rory Bremner. Splendid Australian mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman is a blonde Carmen and it is also worth noting that Nicholas Lester is in the graveyard role of Escamillo. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £15, £19, £23. 0845 12 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday (October 2); Thursday, November 6; Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
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.