Lucy Turner/ Jake Constable, another joint University Lunchtime Concert from two more final year students with former, a soprano, offering Handel: Qual farfalletta from Partenope; Sibelius: 6 Lieder Op 50; Britten: Cabaret Songs; and Head: Bird Song (an educated guess is that either the Sibelius or Britten (or both) will not be performed complete given the concert’s 45-minute running time); and the latter, a guitarist, is strumming at least six arrangements of ‘80’s music – Jump Van Halen, Africa Toto, Overjoyed Stevie Wonder, etc, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 12th of May, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
The Forgotten Songs of Lerner and Loewe, after the runaway success of The Lost Songs of My Fair Lady last year from the Department of Music’s Dominic McHugh and department alumnus Matthew Malone, more unknown Lerner and Loewe, the second and third of their eight collaborations: What’s Up? (1943) and The Day Before Spring (1945) – Brigadoon appeared next in 1947 and it wasn’t just the songs that were forgotten! The concert, featuring ‘a full Broadway-sized orchestra’ and cast performing the surviving songs from the shows (some unheard for over 60 years), also marks the launch of a new PhD research project focusing on Lerner and Loewe – did you know that Loewe, as Friedrich Löwe, was and remains the youngest solo pianist to appear with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age 13? Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 12th of May, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
London Concertante, drop off at the eighth destination on a spring tour round 13 venues that has sold out at three of them with Mozart: Divertimento in D; Pachelbel: Canon; Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor; Arensky: Variations on Theme by Tchaikovsky; and Vivaldi: Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons. Scottish wunderkind Ben Norris is guest director/ violin, at Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm – £19 –£26, online at firstname.lastname@example.org
¡Hola, Sheffield! family-friendly, all-day festival celebrating the diversity of Spanish-speaking communities within the parish of St Marie's Cathedral, including craft workshops, music, a dance performance and a concert full of Latin passion, at the Winter Garden, Saturday, 11am –5.30pm – free.
Andrew Clegg, rounds the ¡Hola, Sheffield! day off with a concert of Spanish classical guitar music, St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, 7.30pm – free.
Sound Junction, three ‘concerts’, seemingly of one-hour duration (certainly the two at 1pm) of electroacoustic music curated by Adrian Moore with further details beyond the same blurb for all three not known: a glimpse into the fascinating world of electronic music, unbound by pitch or rhythm, instrumentation or abstraction. Transcending barriers of popular and classical, live and recorded, 24 loudspeakers surround the audience in darkness, illuminated by the gentle glow of a laptop operated by a composer. Multiple loudspeakers come to life, immersing you in music; sound spaces are sculpted in three dimensions as effects dart around the room… quite simply Sound Junction is cinema for the ear! Sheffield University Concert Season, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 1pm and 7.30pm; Sunday, 1pm – free, but registering attendance is required: www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts
A Mosaic of the Air, thoroughly enterprising concert from Viva Voce directed by Tony Jones carrying the subtitle Music of Love and Loss from the Metaphysical Poets (and associates), those in question being John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Henry Vaughan, Edward Taylor and Francis Quarles, while among composers inspired by their words are Parry, Finzi – his three Op 27 anthems marking the 60th anniversary of his death, Britten, Richard Rodney Bennett, Judith Weir and a little known American Lloyd Pfautsch. Getting in on the act in different contexts are Dowland, Tobias Hume, Vaughan Williams, Jonathan Dove and the Finnish composer Jaakko Mӓntyjӓrvi. Instrumental support where required is provided by Neil Taylor: organ, Chris Tyler: piano, and Rachel Sever: cello, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free, with refreshments included. ‘Metaphysical Musings’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Ian Roberts, the director of music at St John’s Church, Ranmoor gives the weekly organ recital at the church, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection.
CANCELLED: Sheffield University Pop Orchestra, which should been giving the last in a short series of Rush-Hour concerts at Firth Hall, Monday, 5.45pm.
Ligeti Quartet, the Department of Music’s noted associate artists bring the current Sheffield University Concert Season to a close with a trademark programme of modern and contemporary music by Conlon Nancarrow: String Quartet No 1 (1945); Christian Mason: Tuvan Songbook (2016 – Ligeti Quartet commission); Bartók: String Quartet No 3 (1926); Xenakis: Tetras (1983); George Nicholson: Peter Cropper Tribute (2016 – world premiere); and Ligeti: String Quartet No 1 Métamorphoses nocturnes (1952), at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday 17th, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
Chloe Phillips, final year flautist gives the last in the present series of Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts performing pieces by Katherine Hoover: Winter Spirits; Bach: Sonata in E BWV 1035; two by Ian Clarke: Hypnosis, The Great Train Race; and Chaminade: Concertino for flute and piano Op 107, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 19th of May, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Harvestehuder Sinfonieorchester, Harvestehuder Symphony Orchestra by any other name, the orchestra’s name being that of the district of Hamburg it was founded in as a student orchestra in 1966 and here it 50 years later as a fully fledged, highly successful amateur orchestra celebrating its five decades of existence with a short anniversary tour round the north of England with Dvořák: Cello Concerto; and Brahms: Symphony No 1. Harish Shankar (the orchestra’s music director) is the conductor and Jakob Stepp the soloist in the Dvořák, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 19th of May, 7.30pm.
Music in the Round’s annual festival running daily from until Saturday, the 14th of May, at the Crucible Studio, except where shown.
‘Music in the Round Revisit Beethoven’ and REVIEW of ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are given individually or collectively by members of Ensemble 360: Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan: violins; Ruth Gibson: viola; Gemma Rosefield: cello; Laurène Durantel: double bass; Juliette Bausor: flute; Adrian Wilson: oboe; Matthew Hunt: clarinet; Amy Harman: bassoon; Naomi Atherton: horn; Tim Horton: piano.
Lineage, Øyvor Volle: violin, Bjørg Lewis: cello, from the Vertavo String Quartet, guest artists in Ensemble 360’s first festival ten years ago, return to join them in tracing a line between Bach: Flute Sonata in E flat BWV 1031, through Beethoven: Horn Sonata Op 17, to Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht in its original string sextet form; Wednesday, 11th of May, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
The Torch-Carrier, Schumann’s proclamation that Brahms would be Beethoven’s successor and here represented by his first string sextet, Op 18, with Vertavo Quartet members Berit Cardas: viola, and Bjørg Lewis: cello, sitting in after Beethoven: Clarinet Trio Op 11; and Webern: 5 Movements for string quartet Op 8; Wednesday, 11th of May, 7pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Diabelli, fairly obvious what this title means perhaps: Beethoven’s 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli Op 120 played by Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton – a pretty substantial coda to his Beethoven piano sonata cycle! Wednesday, 11th of May, 9pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
How We Make Our Music, Jenny Jackson, Tom James, Chris Noble and Tom Owen, Sheffield’s composer collective, Platform 4, present an exploration of their contrasting creative processes with live and recorded illustrations and some time for questions; Adelphi Room (Crucible), Thursday, 12th of May, 11am –12noon – £5.
Heritage, Schoenberg: String Trio Op 45 from Ensemble 360; and Beethoven: String Quintet in E flat Op 4 (have you noticed how many works are in the loving key of Eb major in the festival?) from the all-female Norwegian Vertavo String Quartet: Øyvor Volle, Annabelle Meare: violins, Berit Cardas, viola, Bjørg Lewis: cello, with Ruth Gibson: viola, sitting in; Thursday, 12th of May, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Come and Compose, creative workshop with Platform 4, no compositional experience necessary, just some musical imagination and a willingness to give it a go (with professional help!) working on a sequence of music inspired by Sheffield’s industrial heritage – informal performance at 5pm; Adelphi Room (Crucible), Thursday, 12th of May. 2pm – 5.15pm – £10, £8 disabled, unemployed, £6 under 16s.
Greatness: Beethoven: String Quartet Op 74 Harp from the Vertavo String Quartet; and Schubert: String Quintet in C (the concert’s title certainly applies here!) from Ensemble 360 with Bjørn Lewis: cello, sitting in; Thursday, 12th of May, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
On the Shoulders of Mozart, two Beethoven works: 7 Variations on Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen (Mozart's Magic Flute) WoO 46 for double bass and piano, instead the normally heard cello and piano, and Laurène Durantel is a particularly sensitive player; and String Trio Op 3 (another E flat major piece) and, effectively, a six-movement serenade of the sort that Mozart was fond of; Friday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Improvisation, examples of what happens when composers throw off the restraints of form and convention by Beethoven (how often does his music suggest improvisation even when he’s writing within convention?): Fantasia for piano Op 77; Variations on Là ci darem la mano from Mozart's Don Giovanni WoO 28 for (not specified, but written for two oboes and cor anglais – unlikely here; how about oboe, clarinet and bassoon given the programme content elsewhere?); Schoenberg: Phantasy for violin with piano accompaniment Op 47, more Beethoven: Duo for clarinet and bassoon WoO 27; and Haydn: String Quartet Op 76 No 6, on the strength of his ‘trickery’ in its second movement; Friday, 7pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Julian Joseph, undoubtedly best known as an innovative jazz pianist, although not a path he pursues exclusively with 20th century classical composers tucked away in his repertoire and a self-confessed Beethoven fan, to boot – some may recall that he wrote an opera, Bridgetower, almost a decade ago about the violin prodigy George Bridgetower for whom Beethoven wrote what was to become known as the Kreutzer Sonata. Especially keen on Beethoven’s string quartets, here he performs his vision of one of the greatest of them, the A minor quartet Op 132; Friday, 9pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Why Beethoven Threw the Stew, one for the family and based on the illustrated storybook by the renowned cellist Steven Isserlis, one of a series six he has penned ‘humanising’ half-a-dozen great composers with anecdotes and little known facts. The origins of the music are a trifle obscure, except that it is ‘packed with well known tunes’ and, to further quote: was “commissioned by the Leonore Piano Trio (Ben Nabarro, Gemma Rosefield, Tim Horton) it includes many of the great composer’s most popular works interwoven with new material by Rachel Leach,” – the Sheffield-born composer, arranger and animateur who is the concert’s narrator; Saturday, 1pm – £8, £5 under 18s.
The Great Festival ‘Bake-Hoven’ Event, wonder what the origin that inspired this was! Show off your baking skills by making a cake, biscuits, or any other sweet concoction – music-themed creations encouraged – and have it judged by John Suchet and Sheffield Newspapers journalist Julia Armstrong (restaurant reviews among other things for the Sheffield Telegraph) who have some ‘fun prizes’ to award. Prizes awarded, all creations go on sale until they are with all proceeds going to the Lindsay Foundation. Tudor Square from 2pm – register online if you wish to be an entrant: www.musicintheround.co.uk
The Man Revealed, extra-curricular judging duties done, Classic FM presenter and former ITN newscaster John Suchet (yes, David -‘Poirot’- Suchet is his brother!) turns his attention his lifelong passion, Beethoven, and as the author of a highly acclaimed three-volume biography of the composer putting his music into the context of life, who better to expose him; Saturday, 3pm – £5, free under 18s, students.
One Piano-Four Hands, which welcomes back an old friend, Benjamin Frith, to join Tim Horton playing piano duets by Beethoven: Three Marches Op 45; Eight Variations in C on a Theme by Count Waldstein WoO 67; and Grosse Fuge Op 134 on the composer’s own arrangement; Saturday, 4.30pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Radiant Beams, the Grand Finale! – Beethoven: String Quartet Op 95 Serioso; Handel: Trio Sonata Op 2 No 2; and Schubert: Octet – anyone keeping count of how many times this outpouring of joy has brought the curtain down on the MitR May Festival? Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Composing for Beginners, a six-week course for adult musicians taught by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson. Starts, 8th of June, Wednesdays, 7 –9pm. Learn how to compose a short piece from scratch with step-by-step guidance and support and finish your first composition in six weeks! All work is done in the classes (no homework!), which are held at Jenny’s home in S11, cost £90. More information and booking at www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/composing-for-beginners
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.