Russell Watson, ‘the voice’ is back touring a new show, Songs From the Heart, and reportedly leaving a trail of sell-outs its wake; City Hall, Friday, 7.30pm – £32.50 to £45.
The Creation, Haydn’s oratorio is the centrepiece of Sheffield Music Academy’s 10th anniversary launch with Elenor Bowers-Jolly: soprano, Martyn Hill: tenor, and Michael Bundy: bass, as the soloists and the current clutch of 95 students forming the chorus with a little help from other choirs. The orchestra, consisting of SMA staff and alumni as well as external professionals, also gets to play Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Milhaud’s Scaramouche with Myvanwy Smith the saxophone soloist. The academy’s founding director John Grundy returns to conduct proceedings, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7pm – £5.
Caccia Wind Quintet, and friends, Lucy Phillips, Hannah Thompson-Smith: violins, Roy Phillips: piano, variously offer Adolphe Deslandres: Andante en Quintette; Warlock: Capriol Suite; Malcolm Arnold: Three Shanties for wind quintet; Telemann: Violin Sonata in F, TWV 41:F4; Fauré: Berceuse for violin and piano; Shostakovich: Duets for two violins and piano; Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs; Janna Kolodub: Ukranian Suite; Bizet: Carmen selection; Nigel Hess: Ladies in Lavender; Bartók: Romanian Dances; and Abreu: Tico-Tico no Fuba. Charity concert with proceeds going to the Friends of the Rowan School Music Therapy Programme, at Millhouses Methodist Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8, £7 concessions, £2 under 16s.
Midsummer Miscellany, an evening of light music featuring John Rutter's The Wind in the Willows, narrated by Radio Sheffield's Gerry Kersey, from the Sheffield Chorale, plus selections from West Side Story, The Sound of Music, Porgy and Bess, Carousel and popular classics: Three Times a Lady (Lionel Richie), My Funny Valentine (Rodgers and Hart), The Heavenly Aeroplane (Rutter), The Pasture (Randall Thompson/ Robert Frost), The Way You Look Tonight (Kern) and All the Things You Are (Kern and Hammerstein, arr Swingle). Linda Wareham is the pianist and Neil Taylor the conductor, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s.
8th July to 24th July
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•Only opera performances and music events listed – there is also a free, ten-minute Song at Six at 6pm every day, except Sunday and Wednesday, from the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand with members of the Festival Chorus.
•For details of a comprehensive, often star-studded Literary Series, see the Festival website - www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
•Each opera performance is preceded by a 30-minute Pre-Opera Talk at the Opera House, 6pm (£2.50) unless otherwise indicated.
•Festival for a Fiver – ticket offer of £5 on all available seats for under-30s.
Deborah Calland, trumpet player of repute with a wide international career, yet seems to remain under the radar, offers Handel: Overture from Atalanta; Jeremiah Clarke: Suite of Ayres for the Theatre; Bach: Toccata in D Minor, BWV538 (Dorian); Huw Watkins: Three Orations; Gershwin: Someone to Watch over Me, I Got Rhythm; and Iain Farrington: Live Wire, her distinguished musical partner here on organ. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 13th of July, 12-noon – £15.
Lawson Trio, concert hinged on the Boulanger sisters, Nadia and Lili, and some of Nadia’s pupils from the excellent piano trio, so named as the pianist is Annabelle Lawson (daughter of Peter); Philip Glass: Head-On; Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps and D’un soir triste; Copland: Vitebsk: ‘Study on Jewish Themes’; Nadia Boulanger: Vite et Nerveusement Rythmé from 3 Pieces for cello and piano; Virgil Thomson: Tango Lullaby, a Portrait of Mlle Alvarez de Toledo (from Three Portraits – arr violin and piano); and Piazzolla: Tango Revolucionario. Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday, 13th of July, 3.30pm – £15.
Bertie Baigent, from Jesus College, Cambridge plays Bob Chilcott, Bach, Buxtehude, Reger and Walton at the first of the two organ recitals given by Oxbridge organ scholars. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 13th of July, 5pm – £12.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi, super production from a musical stand point of Bellini’s operatic version of the Romeo and Juliet story. Sung in Italian with English side titles. Opera House, Wednesday (13th of July), Saturday, 7.15pm; Wednesday (20th of July), 2.30pm (Opera talk, 1.15pm) – £21 to £68. Review and By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Duo Antipodes, Irish/ Australian twosome, Manus Noble: guitar and Jehanne Bastoni: cello, play Boccherini: La Musica Notturna delle Strada di Madrid; Piazzolla: Café 1930 (from Histoire du Tango); de Falla: Nana/ Asturiana (from Suite Populaire Espagnole); Granados: Andaluza; Barrios Mangoré: Un Sueño en la Floresta; Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel; Gary Ryan: Benga Beat; and Joe Hisaishi: Howl’s Moving Castle. St John’s Church, Thursday, 14th of July, 12-noon – £15.
Opera Scenes, the understudies from the Festival Chorus for Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi present excerpts from the opera. Palace Hotel (a regular festival venue until the Arts Centre opened), Thursday, 14th of July, 2pm – £12.
Stephen Kovacevich, one of the most admired pianists of the day performs Berg: Piano Sonata Op 1; Bach: Partita No 4 in D, BWV828; and Schubert: Piano Sonata No 20 in A, D959. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday, 14th of July, 3.30pm – £30.
Tamerlano, last three performances of Handel’s opera with two British countertenors of international repute on the same stage, Rupert Enticknap in the title role and Owen Willetts as Andronico. The versatile Paul Nilon sings Bajazet, up-and-coming Swiss soprano Marie Lys is his daughter Asteria and part of Irene is taken by mezzo-soprano Catherine Hopper. A co-production by the period instrument English Concert and Buxton Festival, Laurence Cummings is the conductor, Francis Matthews the director and it is sung in Italian with English side titles. Opera House, Thursday (14th of July), 7.15pm; Sunday, 2.30pm (Opera talk, 1.15pm); Thursday (21st of July) – £21 to £68. By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Crimes Against Taste, actually a Fringe event but you may wish to go if you missed ‘Tenor and Baritone’ in Sheffield recently, or fancy an encore in the company of Graham Neal, Jon Openshaw and their pianist Robert Webb. The Railway, Bridge Street, SK17 6BS, Thursday, 14th of July, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
I Got Gershwin, Great America Songbook specialist Robert Habermann sings the songs and tells the story of the George Gershwin. Pavilion Gardens Café, Thursday, 14th of July, 9pm – £20.
Roderick Williams, Music in the Round’s recently appointed singer-in-residence offers a foretaste of what is to come with an all-Schubert recital taking in settings of poems by Schiller, Claudius and Schober: An die Freude; Laura am Klavier; Klage um Ali Bey; Bei dem Grab meines Vaters; Am Grabe Anselmos; An eine Quelle; Täglich zu singen; Am Bach im Frühling; Trost im Liede; An die Musik; Sehnsucht; Pax Vobiscum; Todesmusik; Der Pilgrim; and Dithyrambe, with Gary Matthewman: piano. Pavilion Arts Centre, Friday, 12-noon – £20.
Chilingirian Quartet, with an old friend, Ronald Birks the second violin these days, play Haydn, Bartók and Dvořák at St John’s Church, Friday, 3.30pm – sold out.
Alex Yellowlees, the modern-day Stephane Grappelli returns with guitarists Ged Brockie and Mike Nisbet and bassist Kenny Ellis with more swing reminiscent of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France. Pavilion Gardens Café, Friday, 9pm – £20.
Leonore, period-costumed, quirky production with strong musical values of Beethoven’s opera that became Fidelio. Sung in German with English side titles. Opera House, Friday, Tuesday, 7.15pm – £21 to £68. Review and By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Anne Sophie Duprels, quietly attractive recital from the French soprano of song cycles by her fellow countrymen: Messiaen: Poèmes pour Mi; Debussy: Proses Lyriques; and three from the pen of Satie: Trois mélodies (1887), 3 mélodies (1916) and 4 petites melodies (1920), with Antoine Palloc: piano. Pavilion Arts Centre, Saturday, 12-noon – £15.
Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet, extremely versatile foursome in their own right perform Grieg: Holberg Suite; Piazzolla: Bordello, 1900; and Café, 1930 from Histoire du Tango; Michael Torke: July; Gershwin: Three Preludes; Dvořák: first movement of the American Quartet; Jenni Watson: Tinged; and Paul Patterson: Diversions. St John’s Church, Saturday, 3.30pm – £20.
Tir Eolas, described as an eclectic alternative folk group, five of them – flute, guitar, viola, bass, percussion, and they all sing – and extremely successful in fusing Celtic and English folk music in their own unique style. Pavilion Gardens Café, Saturday, 9pm – £20.
Festival Mass, this week featuring Beethoven’s Mass in C from Buxton Musical Society with soloists from the Festival Opera Chorus, St John’s Church, Sunday, 11.15am – free.
Joo Yeon Sir, Korean violinist of some renown and sufficient esteem to have her concert sponsored by The Musicians Company warms up for Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 9, the Kreutzer, with a work by the Russian violinist and occasional composer Igor Prolov (b1937): Concert Fantasy on Porgy and Bess, which she might just have been introduced to by her Russian pianist Irina Andrievsky. Pavilion Arts Centre, Sunday, 12-noon – £15.
Manchester Chamber Choir, director Paul Spicer offer a nicely contrasted concert starting with Bach: Der Geist hilft; followed by Lotti: Crucifixus; Purcell: Remember not, Lord, our offences; Whitacre: When David heard; G Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo; MacMillan: three Strathclyde Motets – Benedicimus Deum Caeli, The Canticle of Zachariah, Qui Meditabitur; Paul Mealor: Let Fall the Windows of Mine Eyes (Shakespeare’s Richard III); Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs; and ending with Bach: Singet dem Herrn. St John’s Church, Sunday, 7.30pm – £25.
Schubert Ensemble, outstanding piano and strings group formed in 1983 and globally travelled since offer Mahler: Piano Quartet movement; Schumann: Piano Quartet Op 47; and Fauré: Piano Quartet No 1 Op 15. Pavilion Arts Centre, Monday, 12-noon – £20.
Northern Chamber Orchestra, with a night off in the Opera House reduces itself to more normal size to offer Corelli: Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 3; Tippett: Little Music for Strings; Bellini: his not un-operatic seven to eight minute Oboe Concerto; Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Vaughan Williams: Cavatina (Symphony No 8); and Bach: Concerto for violin and oboe. Kenny Sturgeon is the oboist and the violinist in NCO director Nicholas Ward, at St John’s Church, Monday, 3.30pm – £20.
The Golden Dragon, one-off performance of a Music Theatre Wales production of a work by Peter Eötvös in its UK premiere. To quote the blurb for it: Set in a Pan-Asian restaurant found in any city anywhere, The Golden Dragon is a compelling fable of modern life – funny, shocking and touching in equal measure. Migration, exploitation, hopes and lost dreams are all here. At the heart of this East-meets-West tale, is the discovery of a decayed tooth in a bowl of soup. It belongs to a kitchen ‘boy’, a long way from home and with no papers. He’s also looking for his sister, but she’s been forced into a very different kind of service just next door … It is in 21 scenes over 90 minutes – a synopsis of each scene can be found under ‘Opera Series’ on the festival website and it is worth noting MTW’s artistic standards are extremely high. Opera House, Monday, 7.15pm – £16 to £51.
Angela Hewitt, plays Bach, Scarlatti, Haydn and Beethoven, Pavilion Arts Centre, Tuesday, 12-noon – sold out.
Opera Scenes, the understudies from the Festival Chorus for Handel’s Tamerlano perform scenes from the opera with two mezzo-sopranos covering the countertenor roles. Palace Hotel, Tuesday, 2pm – £12.
Hathaway – Eight Arias for a Bardic Life, dramatised scenario with Anne Hathaway at the centre of it after the death of her husband, William Shakespeare, with arias from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Verdi’s Falstaff, Macbeth and Otello; Berlioz’s Le mort de Ophélie; Thomas’s Hamlet; and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (two). Elin Pritchard, last year’s Lucia di Lammermoor, sings them and her pianist is Noah Mosley. Pavilion Arts Centre, Tuesday, 4.30pm – £15.
Jubilee Quartet, multi-award winning female foursome formed at the Royal Academy of Music and another Musicians Company-sponsored concert featuring Janáček: String Quartet No 2 Intimate Letters; Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet; and Beethoven: String Quartet No 11 Serioso. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 20th of July, 12-noon – £15.
The English Concert, emerge from the Opera House orchestra pit and take a break from Handel with some Telemann: Tafelmusik Suite in B flat; CPE Bach: Symphony No 5 in B minor; Bach Brandenburg Concerto No 5; more Telemann: Concerto for flute and oboe d’amore, viola d’amore and strings; and further Bach: Orchestral Suite No 1 in C, BWV 1066. The perhaps not obvious link is that Telemann was the godfather of Bach’s son CPE and there are distinguished soloists under the direction of harpsichordist Laurence Cummings; Nadja Zwiener: violin, Lisa Beznosiuk: flute, Katharina Spreckelsen: oboe d'amore, and Huw Daniel: viola d'amore. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 20th of July, 7.30pm – £25.
Stephen Barlow/ Laurence Cummings, strictly part of the festival’s large literary series and an early start required if you want to hear the festival artistic director the period performance-inclined conductor discuss authenticity in performance. Old Clubhouse (adjacent Opera House), Thursday, 21st of July, 9am – £10.50.
James Gilchrist, super programme from one the UK’s finest tenors and one of its leading piano accompanists Anna Tilbrook with Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel, bisecting two Schumann song cycles: Liederkreis Op 24 and Dichterliebe. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday, 21st of July, 12-noon – £20.
Opera Scenes, the understudies from the Festival Chorus for Beethoven’s Leonore perform scenes from the opera. Palace Hotel, Thursday, 21st of July, 2pm – £12.
Lionel Handy, cellist with an outstanding pedigree performs Schumann: 5 Stücke im Volkston Op 102; Bax: Folk-Tale; and Poulenc: Sonata for cello and piano, Jennifer Hughes: piano. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday, 21st of July, 3.30pm – £15.
Anna Lapwood, senior organ scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford – the first woman to hold the post, plays Patrick Gowers, Bach, Mendelssohn, Widor and Messiaen at the second Oxbridge organ scholar recital. St John’s Church, Thursday, 21st of July, 5pm – £12.
Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, are in town with their 21st birthday show, ‘The Swing’s the Thing’. Pavilion Gardens Café, Thursday, 21st of July, 9pm – £20.
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