Ollie King, talented student melodeon player gives the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (March 12), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
University of Sheffield Wind Ensembles, woodwind ensembles more precisely and a fascinating affair of three pieces by Guy Woolfenden (over 150 scores for the Royal Shakespeare Company among other things): Serenade No 2 (Reflections) for dectet; Prelude, In Memoriam and Scherzo for wind sextet; and Three Dances for clarinet choir – 11 of them; only a couple for Bagatelles for two clarinets by John McCabe who died in February; and there is a 16-member flute choir offering three items, including Hoagy Carmichael’s Skylark. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (March 12), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Sheffield Chamber Choir, give a concert for Sheffield Music Club taking in a couple of items* that appear on the splendid CD recorded at St Marie’s Cathedral last Saturday (they’re back there in a couple of weeks): Paul Mealor – Stabat Mater*; Howells – Requiem; Tallis –Jesu salvator saeculi, and vv. 1.1 and 1.2 from The Lamentations of Jeremiah; Byrd – Haec dies; John Tavener – Funeral Ikos*; and Lotti – Crucifixus. Robert Webb is the conductor and Jonathan Gooing the organ/ piano accompanist while also offering an organ solo by Howells: Master Tallis’ Testament, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £18, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Camerata Salzburg, drop off in the city on a UK tour with Nicola Benedetti who performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No 3 and, in all likelihood, his Rondo for violin and orchestra K373 with them. Left to its own devices, there is a further work by Salzburg’s most famous son, his Symphony No 29, but he doesn’t entirely hog proceedings with Bartók getting look in with his Divertimento for strings and Bruckner with his sublime Adagio for strings. The conductor is a Salzburg Festival conductors’ competition winner, Ben Gernon, in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See Mozart from Salzburg under FEATURES
Escafeld Chorale, Haydn and Mozart from the choir and conductor Ian Roberts with the former coming off best: his Nelson Mass; Insanae et Vanae Curae, the motet he cobbled from a chorus in his 1775 oratorio Il Ritorno di Tobia; and Abendlied du Gott, a late, sacred part-song with piano; while from the latter is Exsultate Jubilate, which everyone knows; not so the 17 instrumental Epistle Sonatas, two of which get performances here; and has the Escafeld Players (led by Amanda Rowden-Martin) such a player among its number for the Adagio for glass harmonica? Cally Youdell: soprano, Keren Hadas: mezzo-soprano, Chris Hughes: tenor, Jak Laight: baritone, are the soloists and George Parsons is on hand for organ duties, at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, £3 under 16s.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, and its conductor Jonathan Lo offer a second chance to very quickly hear Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme again, but it will sound a little different as Robin Ireland is playing a viola transcription of the cello part after the concert has started with Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin. The Tchaikovskian First Symphony of Sibelius ends it, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
SUWO On Screen, Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (with some familiar faces from this Thursday’s foray into Sheffield Cathedral) takes a break from symphonic wind repertoire and goes to the movies to raise funds towards a tour to Berlin in the summer and further enhance a European reputation that has been there almost since it was started in 2000 by Anthony Houghton, still its director and a tribute to him that its performance standard has never dipped over 15 years, despite the itinerant nature of the orchestra. On offer is music from the likes of The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond (plenty to go at there), Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Godfather, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £5.
Stephanie Ho, Nicola Lucas, two pianists share the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Erwin Wieringa/ Inja Davidovic, natural horn and fortepiano specialists offer a mini-reappraisal of Carl Czerny (born the year Mozart died, 1791, and departed this mortal coil in 1857) with a programme of Beethoven – Horn Sonata Op 17 and Piano Sonata Op 2 No 1; Czerny – Brillante Fantasien Op 339, three of them for horn and piano, and Nocturne in D flat major Op 368 No 4; Chopin: Nocturne in D flat major Op 27 No 2; and Czerny – Andante e Polacca for horn and piano. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 60, £4 under 26, students. See Not Just a Pedagogue under FEATURES
Francisco Amaya, Spanish organist with numerous concerts to his name across Europe and made it to America last October performing at Harvard University and New York’s Grace Church. Later his year he plays at Notre Dame in Paris. Also a conductor, he studied choral direction for four years with Helmuth Rilling at the Stuttgart Bach Academy. His home base, so to speak, is Los Angeles (it translates as The Angels, should you need reminding) Church in Valencia and his programme at Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital takes in Cabezón – in English, Differences on the plainchant of the Knight; Juan Bautista Cabanilles – Corrente Italiana; Buxtehude – Ciaconna in E minor; Bach – Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582; and Franck - Chorale No 2 Op 39; Thursday (March 19), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler: violin; Gareth Deate: cello; Robert Howarth: harpsichord, core members of the group, Italian Baroque specialists, play violin music by and dedicated to one of most influential violinists of the time, Johann Georg Pisendel, including a couple of pieces by him: Sonata in C minor and Sonata a Violino Solo in A minor; plus two of the four sonatas, per Monsieur Pisendel, penned by Vivaldi: RV19, RV29; Albinoni: Sonata in E flat; and Antonio Montanari: Sonata in D minor. Music in the Round at St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (March 19), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. See For Monsieur Pisendel under FEATURES
La Traviata, Verdi’s opera relayed live the London Coliseum in an acclaimed production by Peter Konwitschny (wonder if he’s related to conductor Franz?) for English National Opera with Elizabeth Zharoff making her UK debut as Violetta, Ben Johnson (who people say complimentary things about) as Alfredo and one Britain’s leading baritones, Anthony Michaels-Moore (who has a big international reputation) as his father. Wednesday (March 11), 7.30pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £10.50, £8.50 concessions.
La Donna del Lago, Rossini’s rarely encountered, glorious Italianate take Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of the Lake, its scarcity of performances not having anything remotely due to it being no good. The hurdle is finding a cast capable of singing it and having the vocal stamina to see it through to end. Here it is in a seemingly triumphant production relayed direct from the New York Metropolitan with Joyce DiDonato as Elena who finds herself caught up in love quadrangle with Juan Diego Flórez throwing off B flats and top Cs as the king of Scotland Giacomo V and Daniele Barcelliona as her true love Malcom, a trouser role. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 4.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
La Traviata, here it is again on the occasion of another visit to the city by Chisinau National Opera under the auspices of Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International. Sung in Italian with English surtitles at the City Hall, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £32.50, £29, £26, £16.
Faust, Gounod’s once ubiquitous opera in what now must called rare staging, courtesy of Swansea City Opera in its 10th anniversary season and garners good reviews generally. Buxton Opera House, Wednesday (March 18), 7.30pm – £18, £21, £24. 0845 12 72190
Swan Lake, Anthony Dowell’s 1987 production for the Royal Ballet which went back to the Petipa/ Ivanov choreography of 1895 relayed live in a revival staging from the Royal Opera House, Tuesday, 7.15pm, at Sheffield Cineworld – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Wuthering Heights, Northern Ballet staging of the Emily Bronté classic with music composed by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, he of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon-fame, Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (March 18) to Saturday, 7.45pm – Wednesday-Thursday £15 –£35; Friday-Saturday £17 –£37; plus matinees, Thursday, 2pm £12 –£27; Saturday, 3pm £15 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, March 26, 1pm – £6. Also, May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.