Ian Roberts, organ, the director of music at St John’s Church, Ranmoor gives the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome. Cathedral website
Louise Salmond-Smith/ David Butler, recorder player and harpsichordist/ organist entertain with Baroquenroll. at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome.
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, conducted, as always, by Christopher Gayford bring classical music in the city almost to a halt for nearly two months with a big Romantic programme, including the Brahms Violin Concerto which the publicity for the concert given by one of the finest youth orchestras in the country describes as “arguably the most famous concerto in the violin repertoire” – Mmm. Bruch particularly, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven may have something to say about that. Martin Cropper will doubtless be a wholly committed soloist in the work, an undoubted masterpiece in its own right, and the lush, epic sounds of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No 2 are also heard, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Thursday (July 24), 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £4 students, available in advance from Sheffield Scene, Surrey Street; the Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road; or by phone, 07763 128598. CSYO website
BUXTON FESTIVAL Website
11 – 27 July.
•Only opera performances and music events are listed – there is also a free, ten-minute Song at Six at 6pm every day, except Sunday, from the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand with members of the Festival Chorus.
•For details of a comprehensive, star studded Literary Series, see the Buxton Festival website.
•Each opera performance is preceded by a free, 30-minute Pre-Opera Talk at 6.15pm in the Pavilion Arts Centre unless otherwise indicated.
•Festival for a Fiver – ticket offer of £5 on all available seats for under-25s.
Alicia’s Gift – The Concert of the Novel, words and music concert with a difference, the novel by acclaimed music writer Jessica Duchen, Alicia’s Gift (set conveniently in Buxton) chronicling the rise of a piano prodigy from a three-year-old and the family problems posed by her ‘gift’. Duchen reads from her novel and music referred to in it, including by Chopin: Ballade No 3; Ravel: Sonatine; and Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, is performed by ultra-busy pianist Viv McLean. Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday (July 16), 12-noon – £15.
Endellion String Quartet, after its concert with Benjamin Grosvenor at Bradfield Festival at the end of June, the world famous foursome moves into the bordering Peak District with the same Haydn quartet, Op 76 No 1, Ravel’s solitary essay and Beethoven’s first Rasumovsky, Op 59 No 1. St John’s Church, Wednesday (July 16), 3.15pm – £17 unreserved, £19 reserved.
Orfeo ed Euridice, somewhat scarce staging these days of Gluck’s most popular opera in a production you are likely to like or hate with the massive presence of one of the world’s great countertenors Michael Chance as Orpheus and an impressive Italian soprano, Barbara Bargnesi as the wife he travels to the Underworld to find. Sung in Italian (English surtitles), the conductor is Stuart Stratford with the Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra and Stephen Medcalf is the stage director. Opera House, Wednesday, (July 16), Saturday. Tuesday, 7.15pm – £15 –£59. Last performance, 25 July. See REVIEWS
Schubert Ensemble of London, specifically given the programme from the eminent group that celebrated its 30th birthday last year, William Howard (piano), Simon Blendis (violin) and Jane Salmon (cello): Beethoven – Piano Trio WoO 39; Dvořák – Piano Trio Op 90 Dumky; Schubert – Piano Trio in E flat. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday (July 17), 12-noon – £19.
Jessie Ann Richardson, young cellist causing a stir in London circles (the fact that this concert is supported by Countess of Munster Trust testifies to her ability) performs Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata and Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata with Clare Hammond, a highly regarded pianist in her own right. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday (July 17), 3.30pm – £15.
Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, the first of this year’s two Oxbridge organ recitals given by an organ scholar from Christ Church, Oxford at St John’s Church, Thursday (July 17), 4.30pm – £10.
Otello, concert performances sung in Italian (English surtitles) of Rossini’s ground-breaking operatic version of Shakespeare’s Othello in its Malibran Version which means a mezzo-soprano singing Otello, Sara Fulgoni, and the principal tenor becomes Alessandro Luciano as Rodrigo. Kate Ladner sings Desdemona and lesser, though important roles are taken by Nicky Spence (Iago), Carolyn Dobbin (Emilia) and Henry Waddington (Elmiro) with Stephen Barlow conducting the Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra. Opera House, Thursday (July 17), 7.15pm; Sunday, 2.30pm (pre opera talk 1.30pm at Opera House) – £15 –£45. Last performance, 26 July. See ‘Taming Ferocious Shakespeare’
Sofya Gulyak, the first, and so far only female winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2009 who has gone on to conquer the world plays Wagner-Liszt – Pilgrim’s Chorus and Isolde’s Liebestod; Liszt – Transcendental Etude: Chasse-Neige; Chopin – Ballade No 1 and Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brillante; Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition. Pavilion Arts Centre, Friday, 12-noon – £19.
La Serenissima, specialists in the music of Vivaldi at his contemporaries return, or two of do, two violinists, the group’s founder (in 1994) and director Adrian Chandler and Cecilia Bernardini, with five works for two violins, two by Leclair: Sonata IV (Op 3) and Sonata III (Op 8); two by Vivaldi: in B flat RV77 and in F RV68; and one by Guillemain: Sonata I (Op 5). St John’s Church, Friday, 3.15pm – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
The Jacobin, excellent production of Dvořák’s unbelievably ignored operatic gem sung in a faithful English translation by Rodney Blumer by impressive cast of singers, including Anne Sophie Duprels, Anna Patalong, Andrew Greenan (unless Matthew Best recovers), Bonventura Bottone, Matthew Newlin, Nicholas Lester and Nicholas Folwell. Stephen Barlow is the conductor and the staging is by Stephen Unwin with the Festival Chorus and augmented Northern Chamber Orchestra. Opera House, Friday, Thursday (July 24) 7.15pm – £15 –£59. Last performance, 27 July at 3.15pm. See ‘A Jacobin in Bohemia’
Patricia Hammond’s Ragtime Parlour Band, offer a kaleidoscopic array of sounds around during WW1 with songs from both sides of the conflict, as well as musical trends. Pavilion Gardens Café (which has a bar), Friday, 9pm – £18.
Northern Chamber Orchestra Wind Quintet, with two familiar faces in it, Naomi Atherton (horn) and Adrian Wilson (oboe), play Ibert – Trois Pièces Brèves; Bozza – Scherzo; Milhaud – La Cheminée du Roi René; and Nielsen – Wind Quintet. St John’s Church, Saturday, 12-noon – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
Rosalind Plowright/ Philip Mountford, the internationally renowned, Worksop-born soprano, now mezzo-soprano and much travelled pianist perform a resolutely cosmopolitan, some might say downright eclectic programme of Haydn – Vedi, se t’amo (Armida); Brahms – Unbewegie laue Luft, Von ewiger Liebe; de Falla – 7 Canciones populaires; Tchaikovsky – The Bride’s Lament, Can it be day, Why? Nicolai Medtner – A winter evening; Weill – Der Abschridsbrief, Je ne t’aime pas, Surubaya Johnny (Happy End; Britten – The Salley Gardens, O Waly, Waly; Ernest Kaye – Tresco; Stanford – La Belle Dame sans Merci; and Frank Bridge – Love Went a’Riding. Pavilion Arts Centre, Saturday, 3.30pm – £19.
Alex Garnet Quartet, the saxophonist and his group, which includes pianist James Pearson, ‘swing the classics’ to the tune of Oscar Peterson, Errol Garner, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon and others. Pavilion Gardens Café, Saturday, 9pm – £18.
Festival Mass, Buxton Musical Society and Orchestra this week with Haydn’s Theresienmesse and soloists from the Festival Chorus. St John’s Church, Sunday, 11.15am.
Rosalind Plowright Masterclass, a skilled educationalist, as well as top-notch soprano-turned-mezzo-soprano, imparts wisdom to members of the Festival Chorus. Pavilion Arts Centre, Sunday, 12-noon – £8.
Huddersfield Choral Society, commemorative concert marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 with music by Quilter – Non Nobis Domine; Parry – Blest Pair of Sirens and My soul, there is a country; Elgar – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me (The Apostles), Give unto the Lord (Psalm 29) and With Proud Thanksgiving (For the Fallen); Ireland – Greater Love Hath No Man; Vaughan Williams – Six Choral Songs to be Sung in Time of War (six Shelley texts); and Fauré – In Paradisium (Requiem). The conductor is the choir’s Grammy Award-winning chorus master Joseph Cullen and the organist is its deputy chorus master, Darius Battiwalla, no less. St John’s Church, Sunday, 9pm – £17 unreserved, £20 reserved.
Hallé Soloists, orchestra principals led by Lynn Fletcher sandwich George Butterworth’s Suite for string quartet between two works by Elgar, Sospiri and his Piano Quintet Op 84. Pavilion Arts Centre, Monday, 12-noon – £15.
Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, highly rated British foursome of international repute perform Albeniz – La Vega; Elliot Goldenthal – themes from Frida; Luis Bacalov – Il Postino; another Argentine composer of film music, Gustavo Santaolalla – De Usuahia a la Quiaca from his 2004 score for Motorcycle Diaries, all arrangements, but Ian Krouse – Folias is original, his Guitar Quartet No 4. St John’s Church, Monday, 3.15pm – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
Swingle Singers, approaching 50 years of existence and still going strong – not the original group obviously, but seven young singers: two sopranos, alto, two tenors, baritone and bass, who are still pushing vocal boundaries. Opera House, Monday, 8pm – £15 – £25.
Alessandro Taverna, young multi-award winning pianist plays Beethoven – Eroica Variations; Liszt – Tarantella di Bravura, after the Tarantella in Auber’s opera La Muette de Portici; Ravel – Je d’eau; and Stravinsky – Three Movements from Petrushka. Pavilion Arts Centre, Tuesday, 12-noon – £15.
Djordje Gajic, Serbian-born accordionist of some note by all accounts, offers Bach – Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565; Domenico Scartatti – three keyboard sonatas, in E, C minor and F; Zolotaryov (Russian composer of bayan music who killed himself, age 33, in 1975) – Partita No 1; Albeniz – Cordoba and Asturias; Villa-Lobos – The Dance of the White Indian, and Rossini – Aria. St John’s Church, Tuesday, 3.15pm – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
Scenes From an Opera, the understudies for Orfeo ed Euridice in the Festival Chorus get a chance to show what they can do. Palace Hotel, Wednesday (July 23), 12-noon – £12.
Fibonacci Sequence, Djordje Gajic joins members of the distinguished London-based ensemble, the required forces for Brahms’s Op 54 piano quintet, after performances of Dohnányi’s Serenade for string trio and Dvořák’s Bagatelles for violin, viola, cello and accordion (instead of harmonium). Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday (July 23), 3.45pm – £19.
Gloria – a Pigtale, advertised as an opera but, in fact, a satirical music theatre piece, Gloria von Jaxtberg, penned 1992-1994 by the often zany (as here) Austrian composer, conductor, singer and bass player H (einz) K (arl) Gruber to a libretto after his own children’s story by Rudolf Herfurtner. It tells the tale of glamorous sow, Gloria, whose attitude gets her kicked out the pig-sty and almost ends up as sausage on a butcher’s hook before been rescued by her true love, Rodrigo, a wild boar – something along those lines, anyway. Gruber’s score for five singers, nine session musicians, plus harp, mixes jazz with Bavarian folk music, Wagner, operetta among other things and in this Mahogany Opera Group staging, sung in an English translation by Amanda Holden and directed by Frederic Wake-Walker, Gillian Keith is Gloria and Jessica Walker is among the other singers in a multiplicity of parts. Opera House, Wednesday (July 23), 7.15pm – £15 –£49. Further performance, 26 July, 2.30pm.
Rozanna Madylus/ Finnegan Downie Dear, resonantly named young mezzo-soprano and pianist with Oxford Lieder connections perform Goethe settings by Schumann – Kennst du das Land? Heiss mich nicht redden; Loewe – Meine Ruh’ ist hin (Gretchen am Spinnrade!); Schubert – Suleika I and II; Brahms – Die Liebende schreibt; and Wolf – Kennst du das Land? plus Dvořák – Love Songs Op 83; Rachmaninov – selection); Poulenc – Métamorphoses. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday (July 24), 12-noon – £15.
Scenes From an Opera, the turn of the understudies for The Jacobin in the Festival Chorus to show what they can do. Palace Hotel, Thursday (July 24), 3.15pm – £12.
Matthew Jorysz, the second of the two Oxbridge recitals given by an organ scholar from Clare College, Cambridge at St John’s Church, Thursday (July 24), 4.30pm – £10.
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.