Rachel Podger, much lauded, internationally renowned violinist comes to town to give Sheffield University’s annual tribute recital in memory of the much-missed Peter Cropper with a programme of solo Baroque music taking in Bach: Partita in G minor (trans Podger from Flute Partita in A minor BWV 1013); Biber: Passacaglia from the Mystery Sonatas; more Bach: Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004; and Tartini: Sonata in B minor, at the last event in the present Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Wednesday, 17th of May, 7.30pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
Hallam Sinfonia String Quartet, a new foursome led by a doyen among Sheffield violinists, John Cooper, plus: Paul Schatzberger: violin, Helen Mather: viola, Charlie Hardwick: cello, open a new five-concert series in a venue described as ideal for chamber music in an idyllic setting. The main work appears to be Haydn's Quartet Op 33 No 2, The Joke – so don’t be in too greater hurry to start applauding at the end! Included before it are Fauré’s Pavane, a solo piano piece in its original form so a chamber music environment can be called fitting; and, ditto: some Brahms, Hungarian Dances, originally four-handed piano music. Not specified which, so take your pick out of the 21 he wrote, although it seems reasonable to assume that No’s 1 and 5 will be there. Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Whirlow Spirituality Centre, S11 9RX, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 disabled, concessions, £6 students, free ten and under, including interval drinks.
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Sheffield Music Academy Junior Concert, solo and group performances (more specific details not known) celebrating the achievements of younger students – age range, eight to 12 – in SMA’s 10th anniversary year, the academy having come into being as the brainchild of Peter Cropper it is worth noting in light of the concert three days earlier. Wesley Hall, Crookes, S10 1UD, Saturday, 7pm – free, donations on the door.
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, this Saturday, 20th of May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/woodwind-fitness-day.html