O Adonai, Advent anthems, antiphons and Christmas carols from the excellent Sheffield University Chamber Choir and its conductor Mark McCombs taking in music by Hildegard von Bingen, Praetorius, Sweelinck, Rachmaninov, Poulenc and Lauridsen among others. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Wednesday, 14th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions, 16 and under free.
The Snowman, the super Carrot Productions presentation returns with Howard Blake’s score played live by leading musicians from the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Phil, BBC Phil, Manchester Camerata and in perfect synchronisation under the direction of Steven Magee. Preceding it this year is a re-telling of everyone’s favourite fairytale, Cinderella, for orchestra and narrator. City Hall, Thursday, 15th of December, 1.30pm and 7pm – £22 –£15; £17 –£13 concessions; £15 –£12 child; family ticket £65 –£49.
SingSoc, a little more precisely, one the Sheffield University Singers’ Society’s three choirs, Melodia, which offers Britten’s Ceremony of Carols in all likelihood under the direction of Kate Thompson at a rush-hour concert in the University Concert Season(Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 15th of December, 5.45pm – free.
Sheffield Carols, described as a great family evening designed to introduce newcomers to traditional Sheffield Carols, learn and enjoy singing them, as well as other Christmas songs with a live band, plus “delicious” refreshments and, this being the season that it is, Christmas gift stalls! St Andrew’s Church Psalter Lane,Thursday, 15th of December, 6.30 –9pm – free.
Carols by Candlelight, from Sheffield Chorale in the form of Nine Lessons and Carols, conductor Neil Taylor and Joshua Hales: organ, with all profits this year going to Myeloma UK. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday, 15th of December, 7.30pm– free.
Viennese Christmas, following a sell-out in Dublin the night before, the London Concertante land in the city with guest director/ violin Ben Norris for a candlelit evening of Strauss: Tales from the Vienna Woods; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; Schubert: Rondo for violin and strings; further Strauss: Trisch-Trasch Polka; further Tchaikovsky: Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty; and yet more Strauss: The Blue Danube. Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm (doors 6.30pm) – £19 –£28, in advance at www.londonconcertante.com and, presumably, on the door if available.
Hallam Choral Society, carols by candlelight taking in a mix of familiar Christmas and Advent items for all to sing, plus choral items from the choir and readings. St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Saturday, 7pm – £10, £8 concessions, under 16 free.
A Child’s Christmas in Wales, enterprising, alternative festive entertainment built round an adaptation with string quartet of the childhood memories of Dylan Thomas. Actor Matthew Bulgo (change of personnel) narrates the Welsh poet’s words with music arranged by Charlotte and Adam Caird performed the Ligeti Quartet, except Sunjata’s Time by Fodé Lassana Diabaté, a balafon (a Mali xylophone) piece transcribed and arranged for string quartet by Jacob Garchik. Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 1pm and 6pm – £10, £8 under 18, £30 family ticket.