Alison (Claire) Robertson/ Neil Taylor, the Australian-born, Sheffield-based coloratura soprano and Sheffield Cathedral’s director of music (playing piano) join forces with Simon Twigge: horn, to variously perform Purcell, Handel, Britten, Gilbert Vinter and Lieder, including Franz Lachner and Schubert: Auf dem Strom, plus Richard Strauss: Horn Andante, at the weekly Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (February 12), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Postgraduate Students, from the Department of Music give the first of short series of hour-long Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concerts at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Iolanta/ Bluebeard’s Castle, double bill of Tchaikovsky’s impossibly neglected, smashing last opera and Bartók’s slightly better known, only opera forms the next offering relayed live, direct from the New York Metropolitan Opera. A marvellous cast has been assembled to espouse the virtues of the Tchaikovsky for its first production at the Met with Anna Netrebko playing the blind princess who falls in love with Piotr Beczala’s Count Tristan. Alexei Tanovitski (who recently appeared with Netrebko and Beczala in Tchaikovsky’s best known opera Eugene Onegin) plays her over-protective father who would prefer her to marry Alexsei Markov’s Robert. Valery Gergiev is the conductor, a further massive plus, as he is for the Bartók in its first Met staging in Hungarian (don’t worry, there are always English subtitles!) with Mikhail Petrenko as the wife collector and Nadja Michael as the latest one, Judith. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.30pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Norma, Bellini’s super operatic tale of a love triangle in Druid/ Roman times with Sondra Radvanovsky as the high priestess who discovers that her secret Roman lover, Gregory Kunde as Pollione, is having an affair with one of her acolytes, Ekaterina Gubanova as Adalgisa. Raymond Aceto is Oroveso and the conductor is Renato Palumbo in a live relay from the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Tuesday, 7pm – £16.
The Sound of Music, last performances of the new touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s biggest hit to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the massively successful film version. Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (February 11) to Saturday, 7.30pm; Wednesday, Thursday – £27 –£36; Friday, Saturday – £30 –£38; plus, Wednesday (February 11), Thursday (February 12), 2pm – £22 –£31; Saturday, 3pm – £27 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, March 5, 1pm – £6. Also, March 26; May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Come and Sing Brahms’ German Requiem, in German! at a University of Sheffield Singers’ Society (SingSoc)-anchored, in depth workshop-cum-rehearsal with three experienced choral directors, Peter Taylor (SingSoc, Hallam Choral Society), Robert Webb (Sterndale Singers, Bel Canto Choir, Sheffield Chamber Choir) who has recently conducted the work, and Carol Bowns (Tideswell Singers, Buxton Kaleidoscope Choir) who graduated from the university with a BA Hons in German, as well as music. A subsequent public performance, with piano duet, will be held at Firth Hall on the 28th of February at 6pm. University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank (across the road from Firth Hall and stood back a little lower down), this Saturday, 10am-5pm – £25. Further information on the Digest page, http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/digest; the Sing Soc website, http://singsoc.weebly.com/come-and-sing-brahms-german-requiem.html; or by contacting Carol Bowns at email@example.com
Sheffield Cello Day, 4strings88keys event for cellists of all ages and ability taking in masterclasses and study sessions to diploma level, plus Alexander technique and activities for groups and individuals. Gemma Rosefield and Thomas Carroll are the principal tutors with Sarah Huson-Whyte catering for children, grades 4 –6; plus, further professional cellists for adults and children. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, March 29, 9.30am–5pm – juniors: 9.30am-3pm; adults: 9.30am-5pm. Fees: £55 adults; £20 students, school age, with free admission to recital by Gemma Rosefield/ Thomas Carroll recital post-5pm. Further details and application forms at www.4strings88keys.org
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 with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 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. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, 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.