Castello Duo, aka, James Woodrow: violin, Mattia Corda: theorbo, who performed in a RNCM production of Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses and decided they wanted to further explore instrumental music of the time. Fast-forward not too far on in time and here are some intriguing Venetian samplings from the composer whose name they have adopted, Dario Castello (c1590-c1630) – the first and second Sonate Concertate of his Book 2; Biagio Marini (1594-1663) – Sonata Quarta Op 8; Marco Uccellini (? -1680) – Sonata Quarta; and Giovanni Fontana (c1571-1630, the year of the great plague in Venice) – Sonata Seconda. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (January 15), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Elias String Quartet, Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant: violins; Martin Saving: viola; Marie Bitlloch: cello, reach the penultimate stage of their highly thought of survey of the complete Beethoven string quartets with performances of No 5 – Op 18 No 5; No 9 – Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky; and No 14 – Op 131. The final instalment is on the 3rd of March. Music in the Round, Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Friday, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
John Taylor Trio, the pianist and his duo partner, vocalist Diana Torto, become a trio when leading British saxophonist Julian Siegel joins them to perform, among other things, Paul McCartney song arrangements. Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round, Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, students, £3 under 16s.
Endcliffe Orchestra, strike up under the baton of Martin Lightowler to play Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with cellist Liz Hanks, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No 104, the London, at St Luke's Church, Blackbrook Road, Lodge Moor S10 4LQ, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, children. Buy tickets online.
Melvyn Tan Masterclass, the world-renowned Singapore-born British pianist works on selected pieces from the 11 Variations for Judith by distinguished British composers with pianists of all ages. Music in the Round, Crucible Studio, Tuesday (January 20), 4.30pm-6pm – public free, ticket required from box office. See ‘Judith’s Variations’ under FEATURES.
Melvyn Tan, gives a Kurzman Piano Recital funded by the Miss D Kurzman legacy awarded by ACE, playing Bach: English Suite No 2; a selection from Variations for Judith; John Field: two nocturnes; Chopin: three Nocturnes Op 9 (No 2 is probably his most famous piece); Liszt: Trois études de concert (Three Concert Études); and Chopin: Scherzo No 2. Music in the Round, Crucible Studio, Tuesday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A.
Yiddish Folksongs, another fascinating lunchtime recital as internationally acclaimed soprano Juliana Yaffé brings her world-wide touring programme of eleven East European Jewish vocal gems to the city along with John Yaffé: piano, a celebrated musician and conductor in his own right, and Adrian Summerhayes: violin. Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (January 22), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, get the Sheffield International Concert Season back underway after the ‘winter break’, as European football commentators drive you crazy saying to describe the Christmas/ New Year period, with the orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder making his only trip to the city during the season to guide it through Elgar’s “passionate pilgrimage of the soul,” as he called his Symphony No 2. Proceedings begin with another passionate work, Schumann’s Piano Concerto, written for his wife Clara to play and here performed by the highly noted German pianist Martin Stadtfeld. City Hall, Friday, January 23, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
The Merry Widow, operetta occupies the stage at the next live relay direct from the New York Metropolitan in a new production of Lehàr’s immortal masterpiece of romantic intrigue by award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman with Renée Fleming in the title role and heart throb barihunk – sorry, baritone! – Nathan Gunn as her errant swain, Danilo. Distinguished Brits are prominent with Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta and Andrew Davis is the conductor, while Jeffrey Sams has come up with a new English translation. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday: February 5; March 5; March 26; May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3, 1pm – £6.
Come and Sing Brahms Requiem, all welcome at a University of Sheffield Singers’ Society-anchored workshop-cum-rehearsal with a performance at Firth Hall on February 28. University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank (across the road from Firth Hall and stood back a little lower down), Saturday, February 14, 10am-5pm – £25.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
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.