Hwei Ho Yen and Eleanor Gibson, the former (a pianist) plays Bach: Overture in F; Rachmaninov: Elégie Op 3 No 1; Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch; and partners the latter (a soprano) in Handel: As When the Dove Laments her Love; Bononcini: Perla Gloria d’ardorarvi; Hugo Wolf: In dem Schatten meiner Locken and Das Verlassene Mägdlein; Fauré: Au bord de l’eau; Barber: Sure on this shining night; and Finzi: It was a lover and his lass, as a series of Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts get underway at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 14th of April, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Sterndale Bennett Bicentenary, illustrated talk by Barry Sterndale Bennett on his great-great grandfather Sir William Sterndale Bennett, Sheffield’s best known composer, born here exactly 200 years ago today – Wednesday, 13th of April, for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 1.45 –3.45pm – £3. ‘No Slavish Mozart Imitator’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Hallam Sinfonia, if you fancy travelling further afield, Tim Horton is the soloist here in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 14. There is also a Vivaldi concerto for two trumpets, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and another chance to hear the orchestra and Natalia Luis-Bassa performing Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, at the Jubilee Hall, Wakefield Girls High School, Margaret Street, WF1 2QS, Saturday, 7.30pm – £11, £9 concessions, £3 students, under 16 free.
Sheffield Chorale, with a concert carrying the entirely apt title, Off the Beaten Track, taking in the Latvian composer Uġis Prauliņš: Missa Rigensis – his best known and most frequently performed work; Arvo Pärt: Beatitudes; Will Todd: Footprints; Bob Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass; Eric Whitacre: The Seal Lullaby; and James Erb: his eight-part arrangement of Shenandoah. Neil Taylor is the conductor, Kevin Haighton taking over for the Pärt while he plays the organ part for it, with Linda Wareham: piano, Harry Poxon: bass, and Dominic Ridler: drums, at Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s; includes refreshments.
Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, and its founder/ director Anthony Houghton offer classics of the wind band repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, including the Jazz Concerto for saxophone quartet and concert band by New Jersey-born (1924) Bill Holcombe and prolific wind orchestra specialist; Masque by Nigel Hess (did you know he is the great nephew of Myra Hess?), the title of the work being no great surprise given the number Shakespeare plays he has provided theatre music for; and the four-movement Second Suite (Latin Mexicana) by Alfred Reed, another American (1921-2005) and hugely prolific composer of concert band music. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
Sterndale Bennett Celebration, a small selection from nearly 130 works – 42 with opus numbers and 85 without – penned by William Sterndale Bennett to mark the bicentenary of his birth in Sheffield on the 13th of April interspersed with pieces by his contemporaries. By the birthday boy himself are two part songs: Come live with me and Sweet stream; the chorus God is a Spirit from his oratorio The Woman of Samaria; two anthems: Lord who shall dwell in Thy tabernacle and Now, my God, I beseech Thee; four solo songs: May dew, To Chloe, Indian love and Sing, maiden, sing – drawn from two sets of six songs, Op 23, Op 35; and two piano solos: unknown, but plenty to go at! By other hands are three anthems, by Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Blessed be the God and Father; Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley: Is it nothing to you? John Goss: O Saviour of the world; and two pieces by Mendelssohn: Entflieh' mit mir (from his choral songs Op 41) and Richte mich, Gott (Psalm 43); plus Bach: a chorale from the St Matthew Passion. Principal performers, aptly, are the Sterndale Singers, director Robert Webb, with David Watkin-Holmes: tenor, Jonathan Gooing: piano, and Barry Sterndale Bennett anchors proceedings at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £5 students, free under 16s. ‘No Slavish Mozart Imitator’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
George Parsons, Sheffield-based freelance organist and pianist gives the weekly organ recital at St John’s Church, Ranmoor Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection.
Mo Sacoor Scholarships Concert, is the second in a short series of University Rush-Hour Concerts, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Sheffield University Chamber Choir, perform motets by Bruckner and his Missa Solemnis under the direction of Mark McCombs in the Sheffield University Concert Season at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill (NB: venue), Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
Jiayi Wang and Yuen Yan Rain, the former (a flautist) offers Quantz: Flute Sonata in C minor No 276 and Jules Mouquet: Sonata Op 15 La flûte de Pan, but the contribution/s of latter (a violinist) not to hand for the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 21st of April, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Roberto Devereux, penultimate live relay of the season from the New York Metropolitan Opera which sees American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky complete her quest for ‘opera’s triple crown’ – taking on Donizetti’s three Tudor queen operas, Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and this one! – in one season. Super works all and a gruelling achievement. Here, she is Elizabeth I in a complex plot (another incorrigible re-writing of English history by Donizetti) that sees the man she secretly loves, the Earl of Essex (Roberto Devereux) – tenor Matthew Polenzani (also an American) – eventually decapitated following the machinations of the Duke of Nottingham which doesn’t go down at all well with the Duchess – Elīna Garanča, at Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – around £2 cheaper online if you register.
Guys and Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Frank Loesser's musical goes on the road after a highly praised run in the West End with Louise Dearman: Miss Adelaide, Anna O'Byrne: Sarah Brown, Richard Fleeshman: Sky Masterson, and Maxwell Caulfield: Nathan Detroit. Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm; plus, Wednesday-Thursday, 2pm, and Saturday, 3pm – Tuesday to Thursday £28.50 –£41; Friday and Saturday £33 –£43; 2pm performances £26 –£36; 3pm performance £31 –£41.
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson and held at her home in S11. Informal, practical and aimed at adult musicians, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself-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.