Paul Derrett, busy organist based in Hull and a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital regular gives another one of Brahms – Prelude & Fugue in G minor; Bach – arrangement of Sheep May Safely Graze; Messiaen – as it is Ascension Day, his four meditations, L’Ascension; Cyril Christopher – Scherzo-Caprice; and Henri Mulet – Carillon Sortie; Thursday (May 14), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Not the Eurovision, super-looking concert from the Sterndale Singers and director Robert Webb of sacred and secular Renaissance music, folk song arrangements and number of Shakespeare settings from 20 of the countries that take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. Includes music by Monteverdi, Victoria, Bach, Mozart and Rachmaninov at St Timothy’s Community Hall, Crookes, S10 1NZ, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 12 free. See Not the Eurovision under FEATURES for full details
The Four Seasons by Candlelight, describing itself as the UK’s leading chamber ensemble, the London Concertante is on the road again and drops off here with Mozart – Divertimento in F; Telemann – Concerto for four violins (not specified which of the four he penned); Bach – Concerto for two violins; and Vivaldi – The Four Seasons, with Owen Cox: guest director/ violin and Qian Wu: violin, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £26, £23, £18, available through London Concertante website and, presumably, on the door.
Warsaw Philharmonic, bring the curtain down on the 2014-15 Sheffield International Concert Season with Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, the Choral, in company with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Wioletta Chodowicz: soprano, Hannah Pedley: mezzo soprano, Andrew Rees: tenor, and Paul Carey Jones: baritone. Jacek Kaspszyk is the conductor and the concert begins with Schubert’s Symphony No 3 at the City Hall, Sunday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See ‘Choral’ Musings under FEATURES
University Rush-Hour Concert, given by Mo Sacoor prize winners at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Luca Luciano, adventurous and highly successful Italian clarinettist based in London returns with a trademark programme of solo clarinet music featuring Rollick & Romp by Greg Bartholomew; Lied for clarinet solo by Berio; Homage to Benny Goodman: Bernie’s Tune by Bernie Miller; and self-composed pieces: Sequenza No 1 Il Prescelto, and a three-movement Suite all’Italiana the second of which is Prelude to Act 3 of Tosca with a little help from Puccini; Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (May 21), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
MUSIC IN THE ROUND MAY FESTIVAL
Ends Saturday 16th May and this year Celebrating Youth and Experience. All events at the Crucible Studio and feature Ensemble 360, except where noted.
Allegro Tristement, a programme of last works after the PowerPlus student piece by Finlay Teather (High Storrs School): Voyage Valse for string quartet, with the Debussy Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata, two of six such works he planned to write but only managed three; and Poulenc Oboe Sonata (its last movement is said to be the last thing he wrote), dedicated to the memory of Prokofiev, and Clarinet Sonata which he dedicated to the memory of Honegger, Wednesday (May 13), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Is It True? the question stemming Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op 13 which was based on a theme from one his early songs, Ist es Wahr? – Is it True? and drew its inspiration from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 132, the original manuscript for which carries a famous question that no one can answer: Musst es sein? – Must it be? plus shorter works by Sibelius: Andante Festivo in its original 1922 string quartet version; and Webern: his passionate one-movement Langsamer Satz. Wednesday (May 13), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Free But Lonely, the whole of the FAE Violin Sonata – Frei Aber Einsam (Free But Lonely), not just the Brahms movement, but those by Schumann and his pupil Albert Dietrich as well, all three being based on the private motto of great violinist of the day, Joseph Joachim – Frei Aber Einsam! Late Brahms follows, the Clarinet Trio Op 114, and proceedings begin with a piece by PowerPlus student Callum Holyer (Ecclesfield Secondary School): Through the Winding Wheel for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. Thursday (May 14), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Enfance, meaning childhood and applicable here to Bruch’s Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, cello and double bass, a work of verve and charm written when he was 11 and discovered 120 years later in 1969. Shostakovich was 16 when he penned his one-movement Piano Trio No 1 Op 8, original title Poéme. Gifted American composer Elizabeth Ogonek admits to being born in 1989 and will be present to hear the world premiere of a work based on a Rimbaud poem that reminisces on childhood and youth – much of her music is influenced by literary texts. Completing proceedings, Ravel was in his 42nd year when he completed his bluesy G major violin sonata in the 1920s. Thursday (May 14), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A with Elizabeth Ogonek.
The Amorous Flute, rather nice programme that begins with the fifth and last PowerPlus student piece by Ndumiso Ndlovu (Fir Vale School): Russian Nightmare for string quartet, of Schubert – Introduction and Variations on Tröckne Blumen from Die Schöne Müllerin for flute and piano; Beethoven – Variations on La ci darem la mano from Mozart’s Don Giovanni for oboe, violin and viola; Weber – Trio Op 63 for flute, cello and piano, penned while he was in process of writing his best known opera Der Freischütz, and it sounds like it! Friday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Stormwatch, Stormfall, or was to have been the UK premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s so-titled work which has unfortunately had to be cancelled. However, there is still a Maxwell Davies ‘fix’, two actually: Five Little Pieces Op 24 for piano from 1964, and Sea Eagle Op 103 for horn which he penned in 1982 and, like the cancelled work, has Hebridean origins. Both remain book-ended, as scheduled, by Mozart’s first and last string quintets, K174 and K614, with Peter Cropper the second viola player. Friday, 7pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Leanabh an Oir, or Golden Girl and a taste of the culture, music, language and landscape of the Outer Hebrides from the highly thought about young Mischa Macpherson Trio, last year’s winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award: Mischa Macpherson: Gaelic singer and clàrsach (Gaelic harp), Conal McDonagh: border pipes and whistles and Innes White: guitar. Friday, 9.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Peter and the Wolf, a beastly concert for the young and those in their second childhood with Richard Wilson (yes, Victor Meldrew, Gaius!) putting an appearance in to narrate Prokofiev’s famous tale and, possibly, Alan Ridout’s Ferdinand the Bull, which is written for violin and narrator. Luciano Berio’s four-movement Opus Number Zoo for wind quintet (there’s a festival favourite from the past!) has narration, too (if it’s used), but the musicians themselves usually provide it. Saturday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
A Fairy Tale, the festival finale taking its title from the second piece being performed at a concert of could be called breakthrough works, En Saga (A Fairy Tale or Saga) by Sibelius in its reconstructed form as Septet for flute, clarinet and string quintet. Proceedings begin with Bartók’s Piano Quintet in C (1903-04), which many consider a far better work than its neglect suggests as he sets about to shaking off the influence of Wagner and German Romanticism, and end Spohr’s Nonet (another festival blast from the past!) for violin, viola, cello, double bass and wind quintet, which he suitably described as a Grand Nonetto, cementing his position in Vienna with it in 1813. Saturday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Come and Take Part, a series of events as part of this year’s Music in the Round May Festival, all in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
Music Box Workshops, for three-to-five-year-olds and similar to the preceding, except being another round of the regular, successfully tried and tested Polly Ives-led workshops, again 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Wednesday (May 13), 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Spaces limited – booking 0114 249 6000.
Come and Sing, with Helen Cowan’s Sheffield Junior Singers and Sheffield Young Singers, Thursday (May 14), Years 3 to 6, 4pm-5pm; Years 7 to 13, 5pm-6pm; and the newly formed community choir Sheffield Singers catering for adults, Friday, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or email@example.com Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
La Bohème, English Touring Opera’s much admired staging of Puccini’s opera and if you missed it in Sheffield recently, two chances to catch it sung in Italian (English surtitles) at Buxton Opera House, Thursday (May 14), Saturday, 7.30pm – £18 –£34. 0845 12 72190
Wild Man of the West Indies, yes, it is an opera by Donizetti, Italian title Il Furiso all’Isola di San Domingo – The Madman on the Island of San Domingo, described as a romantic melodrama by the composer. Premiered in 1833, it was phenomenally popular throughout Europe until around 1890 when it sank into total oblivion, not being seen again until re-surfaced in 1958. English Touring Opera present it as the company’s second offering at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £18 –£34.
The Pirates of Penzance, Mike Leigh, director of the film Topsy Turvy about Gilbert and Sullivan, makes his operatic debut directing their indestructible piratical yarn relayed live in an English National Opera production; Tuesday, 7.30pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £10.50, £8.50 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, June 4, 1pm – £6. Also, July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.