David Allatt, pianist and composer from Barnsley best known as part of the instrumental band Explorers Society and noted for his cinematic minimalist compositions, plays the Explorers Society Suite, solo versions of original compositions he usually performs with the band, plus some contemporary favourites by Tiersen, Sakamoto and Glass at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, 12th November, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Onyx Brass Quintet, if you are still itching for more, here they are again with Brahms, Schumann, Dowland and others for Peak Music Society, Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Thursday, 12th November, 7.45pm – £15. If interested, check availability as it is part of a subscription series, 01433 630982.
Chiaroscuro Quartet, internationally acclaimed string quartet founded and led by an even bigger name of renown around the world, Alina Ibragimova, who believes Classical-period chamber music should be played on the gut strings it was written for and champions performing it accordingly. See what you think at this Music in the Round concert when the foursome perform Mozart: Divertimento in F K138, advertised with the soubriquet Salzburg Symphony – doubtless, there will be an explanation; Haydn: Quartet Op 20 No 6; and Beethoven: Quartet Op 74 Harp, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, with a highly attractive programme of Vivaldi: Concerto for two cellos and strings RV531 (the only one he wrote): Giovanni Battista Serini: Sinfonia No 1 and No 2 – it appears they are from the vaults of York Minster and the university has a doctoral student working on a project involving Serini’s sinfonies; Beethoven: Romance for violin and orchestra in F Op 50; and Joseph Martin Kraus: Symphony in C minor. Ethan Gardner and Toby Gundry-White are the cellists, Rain Yiu is the violinist and Tim Shephard the conductor in the University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged. See ‘The Swedish Mozart’ at www.bernardleemusic.com
Tactus, guitar music from New Zealand performed by Dylan Lardelli with Renee Timmers: violin, taking in repertoire by Nancy Haliburton: Music for Guitar; Chris Watson: …about nothing really… Douglas Lilburn: selection from 17 Pieces for guitar; Jack Body: Ramandriana for violin and guitar; and Dorothy Ker: Tactus i, ii, iii – first performance, at the first of a short series of Sheffield University Rush Hour Concerts, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Beethoven Plus – 2, second of four concerts by the distinguished duo of Krysia Osostowicz: violin, and Daniel Tong: piano, taking in the ten Beethoven violin sonatas and pairing each with a newly commissioned, related companion piece of around five minutes duration by some of today’s leading composers. Here we have the Sonata No 3 paired with a piece by Elspeth Brooke: Swoop; Sonata No 4 followed by Judith Bingham: The Neglected Child; and Sonata No 5 Spring followed by Huw Watkins with a logically titled piece, Spring! Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged. See ‘Beethoven Plus’ at www.bernardleemusic.com
In Memory of Peter Cropper – 1, first of two concerts programmed by Peter to celebrate his 70th birthday that have sadly become memorial events following his death at the end of May. This one he intended to celebrate with his family: Martin: violin; Hazel: oboe; Adrian Wilson: oboe (his son-in-law); and ‘extended family’, Leon Bosch: double bass; members of Ensemble 360; and two young string quartets he was tutoring, the Cassia and Marmen, who will now be performing Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon; Bach: Concerto for oboe and violin BWV1060R; Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins RV522; Bach: Concerto for two violins BWV1043; Mozart: Oboe Quartet; and Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending, without him at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Wednesday, 18th November, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. NB: Returns Only!
Ensemble Class, presumably instrumental groups give a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 19th November, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
The Fates, Sheffield a cappella trio give the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, 19th November, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Jonathan Eyre, sub organist and assistant director of music at Bradford Cathedral with past strong Sheffield connections gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 19th November, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Bring and Play Day, we should have had this under workshops for the last few weeks – sorry! Martin Cropper and the Marmen Quartet invite string players, young and adults to approximately Grade 5+ standard, to join them to works on a couple of Bach works, the Double Violin Concerto BWV1043 and Brandenburg Concerto No 3 followed by an informal performance for friends and family at 3.15pm. Music in the Community at the Cadman Room, Millennium Gallery, Sunday, 15th November, 11.15am to 3.45pm – music provided but take your own lunch. Tickets – £10, £8 disabled, unemployed, £6 students, under 18s should be booked at www.tinyurl.com/mitrBachStringDay
ST ANDREW’S MUSIC FESTIVAL
Ends Saturday, 14th of November at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church.
All concerts begin at 7pm and admission for each is £10, in advance £8.80 at www.samfest.uk except where noted.
See St Andrew’s Music Festival under FEATURES
New Music Trio, a programme of premieres with pianist Christopher Hedland performing his own work, Defiance; cellist Lucy Revis playing a piece by Sheffield-based composer Gareth Widdowson; the two performers uniting with soprano Keren Hadas for a new work by Ray Kohn, Time’s Dance; Wednesday, 11th November.
Larkin Strings, Sheffield-based group led by violinist and conductor Gavin Usher with a performance of Dvořák’s Op 77 string quintet and the first performance of Seven Glimpses of One Secret by Ray Kohn described by him as “enigmatic”; Thursday, 12th November.
Sheffield Music School, another showcase concert, this one from the long-established, Saturday morning music education concern; Friday, 13th November – free, retiring collection for the music school.
Villiers String Quartet, the second of the two young British string quartets with impressive international pedigrees to appear in the festival close it with Beethoven: Quartet Op 18 No 6; Ray Kohn: Quartet No 16; and further Beethoven: Quartet Op 59 No 2 Razumovsky; Saturday, 14th November.
Compose Yourself! weekly creative composition classes over six weeks run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians with an urge to compose but who don't know where to start. A new batch of six classes begins on Wednesday the 11th of November, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per two-hour session, and places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks. Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and, if interested, or would like to know more, follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, 3rd December, 1pm – £6.
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.