Nick Fletcher, another of the regular recitals from Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national repute and increasingly heard on nationwide classical radio, most recently tracks from his latest CD A Moment of Stars some which he plays here along with pieces by Bach, Barrios, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, Domeniconi and self-composed works. Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions. Nick’s website
Andrew Bryden, organ, Ripon Cathedral’s director of music since November 2003, a former Canterbury Cathedral organ scholar and director of music at St John’s, Ranmoor, includes Vierne – Allegro Maestoso (Symphony No 3); Franck – Choral No 2; and Parry – Fantasia & Fugue in G, in his programme at the first of a new series of 45-minute Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome. Cathedral website
Luca Luciano, Neapolitan-born clarinettist, resident in London and ”the friendly face of contemporary clarinet,” according to the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Extremely well thought about, especially in jazz circles, his range of genre is all-embracing and almost all for solo clarinet, as here in self-composed pieces: Sequenza # 2; She Likes Vivaldi on a theme from the Four Seasons; Fragment # 5; Fragment # 6; arrangement form: Gershwin’s Summertime; and, as written: the clarinet movement from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, September 19, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome. Website
The Hallé, opening concert of the 2014-15 Sheffield International Concert Season with a Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, a Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, and a programme of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, the so-called Elvira Madigan, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition after proceedings have got underway with scenes from Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella. City Hall, Friday, September 19, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. City Hall website
Albion, Fraser Wilson’s highly accomplished double consort (or thereabouts) of singers open the Tideswell Arts Festival with some familiar repertoire: Wishes (etc), Salley Gardens, Ash Grove, New Jerusalem, Skye Boat Song, Month of Maying, Stanford’s Blue Bird, Gaudete, Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves, My love is like a red rose, Miller of Dee, Oliver Cromwell, The Lord’s my shepherd, Danny Boy; and share three joint items with the Tideswell Singers: Jerusalem, Alleluia psallite, God be in my head; who elsewhere, under the direction of Carol Bowns, contribute: Tallis – O nata lux; MacMillan – O radiant Dawn; and Stainer – God so loved the world, to the proceedings. St John’s Church, Tideswell, Saturday, September 20, 7.30pm – £10. Tideswell Arts Festival website
Marie Curie Charity Concert, joint concert featuring Sheffield-based freelance violinist Lucy Phillips, pianist Tim Horton, the Abbeydale Singers, director Kevin Haighton, and a string orchestra directed by Robin McEwan variously performing Boyce – Symphony No 1; two pieces by Mendelssohn – Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor, the earlier one resurrected by Yehudi Menuhin in 1951, and Four Sacred Part Songs; Dvořák – Nocturne for strings; and Warlock – Capriol Suite. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church S11 8LW, Saturday, September 20, 7.30pm – £12, £8 concessions, available in advance from email@example.com
Sheffield Chamber Choir, attractive concert conducted by Robert Webb of Allegri – Miserere Mei; Britten – Hymn to the Virgin; Holst – Nunc Dimittis; James MacMillan – In Splendoribus Sanctorum (one his Strathclyde Motets); Paul Mealor – Stabat Mater; Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria); John Tavener – Funeral Ikos and Magnificat. David Milsom and Jonathan Gooing offer violin and piano pieces by MacMillan – Kiss on Wood; and Arvo Pärt – Fratres to give vocal chords a rest and Matthew Knowles is the trumpet player in the choral piece by MacMillan. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Saturday, September 20, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, cash bookings City Hall box office – card bookings, plus 10% fee. SCC website
Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s opera set spectacularly on Sydney Harbour Bridge by Australian Opera. Odeon, Arundel Gate, Thursday, September 18, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions. Book here
Tideswell Singers, and their music director Carol Bowns anchor a three-hour workshop built around the theme of celebration, including part of piece you can sing at the Albion concert in the evening. All, of any ability, welcome at St John’s Church, Tideswell, Saturday, September 20, 2pm-5pm – £3. The Singers’ website
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 online at http://www.wegottickets.com/musicintheround. 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.