Joshua Hales/ Neil Taylor, Sheffield Cathedral’s assistant director of music and its director of music are advertising themselves simply as ‘piano’ – sounds like an excuse for some piano duets and, maybe, the odd solo piece at the weekly Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (June 11), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Ella Taylor, the city’s former BBC Chorister of Year, now soprano, includes Poulenc and Hugo Wolf in a Broomhill Festival lunchtime concert at which the pianist is her dad, Neil Taylor, director of music at Sheffield Cathedral where it all began. St Mark’s Church, Friday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Invitation to the Dance, extended by Hallam Sinfonia and its music director Natalia Luis-Bassa for a foot-tapping (occasionally vigorously) evening of Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre; Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite; Dvořák – Slavonic Dances No’s 1, 7 and 8; Ravel – Boléro; Ginastera – Dances from the ballet Estancia (Ranch) which actually began life as four-movement orchestral suite, its last movement and the short-ish ballet’s final dance, Malambo, being one the composer’s most popular pieces; and Arturo Márquez (a prominent Mexican composer) – Danzón No 2, but no room for the famous piece by Weber (orchestrated Berlioz) that gives the concert its title, at High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, 7pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 (19-25), under 18 free.
Choral Classics, celebratory for the most part and just about all well known, not to say extremely familiar, offered by the Sheffield Bach Choir and its eminent music director Simon Lindley taking in Handel – Zadok the Priest and My Heart is Inditing; Howells – Like the Hart; Mathias – Let the People Praise Thee; Vaughan Williams – O Clap Your Hands; Sibelius – Finlandia Hymn; Mascagni – Easter Hymn (Cavalleria Rusticana); Steel – O Clap Your Hands Together; Stanford – Beati Quorum Via, this at the request of Canon Trevor Page, the choir’s president who is retiring; Parry – I Was Glad and Jerusalem; and Elgar –Land of Hope and Glory. David Houlder is the organist at the choir’s contribution to this year’s Broomhill Festival, St Mark’s Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free.
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s nationally acclaimed classical guitarist gives another of his regular recitals in the city performing works by two highly influential South American composers Manuel Ponce – if Mexico is strictly relocated south a little! and particularly Uruguayan-born Abel Carlevaro, plus some of his own compositions, at Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Joshua Stephens, the former Sheffield Cathedral chorister who developed a fascination for the organ so went to the RNCM to pursue it, recently graduating as a fully fledged recitalist, gives a Broomhill Festival lunchtime concert taking in Liszt – Fantasia and Fugue über B-A-C-H; Christopher Gibbons (Orlando’s son!) – Verse (Voluntary?) for Double Organ; Bach – Fantasia and Fugue BWV542 and Schmücke Dich, o liebe Seele BWV654; and Widor – Allegro from Symphonie No 6, at St Mark’s Church, Tuesday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Piano Masterclass, the head of chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Jeremy Young, works on Grieg’s Lyric Pieces with pianists from Sheffield Music Academy, including performances, as part of the Broomhill Festival, at St Mark’s Church, Wednesday (June 17), 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Robin Ireland, the former Lindsay Quartet viola player returns to the Broomhill Festival with students from Birmingham Conservatoire with a varied programme ranging through Bach to transcriptions for four violas of Debussy’s Cakewalk and traditional Irish reels, at St Mark’s Church, Thursday (June 18), 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Paul Israel, young concert pianist of no mean ability it seems, at present chiefly active in the south-west and Wales, ventures a little further north to perform Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (June 18), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
NB: Broomhill Festival items listed are classical music events and there is considerably more in the community festival, which ends this coming Sunday, the 21st of June. Full details can be found at broomhillfestival.org.uk
La Bohème, Puccini’s opera seems to be everywhere at present and here it is again in the Royal Opera House staging that has been subjected to numerous revivals down the years. Not anymore; this it its last after which it will be put out to pasture and it’s getting a star studded send off with Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja heading the cast in this live relay direct from Covent Garden on Wednesday (June 10), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, July 2, 1pm – £6. Also, September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.