Scaw Duo, while not normally listing the monthly, lunchtime coffee concerts in Buxton, this one cried out as an exception, the duo being Sarah Watts: bass clarinet, and Antony Clare: piano, with an intriguing programme that includes many works written for them: Sadie Harrison: Owl of the Hazels; Christopher Hussey: Mystic Stardance; Harrison Birtwistle: Verses; Sohrab Uduman: Glitschig; Thomas Simaku: My Beautiful Mores; and Antony Clare himself: Fall of the King. Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, Friday, 1pm – £10 on the door, £7 in advance – 01298 72190.
Lucy Phillips, second concert of five from the young Sheffield-based freelance violinist taking in the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, Brahms: Scherzo in C minor; Dvořák: Romance Op 11; Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 4 Op 23; Elgar: Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de matin Op 15; Haydn: Adagio from Violin Concerto in C Hob Vlla: 1; and Beethoven: Sonata No 5 Op 24 Spring. Her pianist of note on this occasion is Emmanuel Vass, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £8 concessions.
Moricosta String Trio, perform trios by Schubert, Kurtág and Mozart for Peak Music Society, Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Tuesday, 7.45pm – £15. If interested, check availability as it is part of a subscription series, 01433 630982.
Neil Taylor, Sheffield Cathedral’s director of music gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 18th of February, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Stephen Raine, young British pianist based in London who seems to be making a bit of name for himself and was moved to take up the piano and study music after hearing Bach with whom he starts here, courtesy of Myra Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, followed by Mozart: Sonata No 14 K457; Schubert: two Op 90 Impromptus, No’s 2 and 3; and Chopin: the posthumous Nocturne in C sharp minor and Etude Op 25 No 10, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 19th of February, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome. NB: not one this week due to schools half term.
The Hallé, with the renowned Finnish conductor Okko Kamu on the podium to guide the orchestra through the Fifth Symphony of his fellow countryman Sibelius after a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with a seemingly suitable flamboyant soloist in Alexander Gavrylyuk, Richard Strauss getting proceedings underway with Don Juan in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 20th of February, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
After Hours, attractive little a cappella wind down after The Hallé concert with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and its music director Darius Battiwalla and taking their cue from Sibelius with a performance of Rakastava (The Beloved) in the vocal version that preceded the orchestral suite by over a decade, plus Arvo Pärt’s setting the Magnificat, and two pieces by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Vakars (Evening) and Lielupe (The River Lielupe). City Hall Ballroom, Saturday, 20th of February, 9.30pm – free, but ticket required. ‘The Beloved – After Hours! at www.bernardleemusic.com
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Weekend Festival from Music in the Round, 19th –21st February. Concerts only listed, all in the Crucible Studio and a discounted weekend pass is available. Fuller details next week.
Peter Hill, performs Bach: French Suite No 2 BWV 813; French Suite BWV 816; Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor from Well-Tempered Clavier Book II BWV 891; and Aria from the Goldberg Variations BWV 988. Friday, 19th of February, 7.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. NB: No interval.
Ensemble 360, Bach: Trio Sonata in C minor BWV 1079; Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op 109 for cello and piano; Schumann: Piano Quartet Op 47. Friday, 19th of February, 9pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. NB: No interval.
Ensemble 360, Sterndale Bennett: Chamber Trio Op 26; Schumann: String Quartet Op 41 No 3. Saturday, 20th of February, 1.30pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Ensemble 360, Schumann: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano Op 70; Mendelssohn: Piano Trio Op 49; Reinecke: Flute Sonata Undine; Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op 80. Saturday, 20th of February, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Ensemble 360, Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba (cello) in D BWV 1028; Flute Sonata in E minor BWV 1034; Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op 44 No 1. Sunday, 21st of February, 11.30am – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Ensemble 360, Clara Schumann: 3 Romances Op 22 for violin and piano; Grieg: Violin Sonata in C minor Op 45; Schumann: Piano Quintet Op 44. Sunday, 21st of February, 3pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Goodbye, Mr Chips, not strictly staged perhaps, though some movement may be employed, nor the 1969 film musical with music by Leslie Bricusse, but with the score that never was by André Previn, no less. Not clear why it was never used but, in all likelihood, was a victim of the protracted shenanigans with lawsuits, sackings, walkouts, etc, before filming started. Odds are you have never heard any Previn’s songs – over 20 of them according to the Department of Music’s Dominic McHugh, most of them have never even been heard. Well, here they are with Previn’s blessing and backed by a 36-piece orchestra conducted by Matthew Malone. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
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
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and the next block of six begins on Thursday, 7th April, fortnightly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session) – one place available. Also, new: a Composing for Beginners class starting Monday, 4th April, weekly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
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.