Seven Ages, Shakespeare-inspired words and music coffee concert as part of this year’s Broomhill Festival which ends this coming Sunday with David Ryder: baritone, Rosalind Rogerson: piano, and Shelagh Marston: narrator; Beacon (Broomhill) Methodist Church, Thursday, 16th of June, 10.30am – donations to this year’s festival charities. Full Broomhill Festival details at www.broomhillfestival.org.uk
Sarah Simpson’s Story, a fascinating words and music proposition it transpires. Over to Patrick Vaughan, its instigator: “On researching my (pre-Victorian) house’s history in the City Archives, I have discovered that Sarah Simpson, the teenage daughter of the first owner of this house, fled to America with her father when he became bankrupt. She was musical, and later earned a livelihood as a piano teacher in Georgia and Texas. She appears to have learned to play as a youngster on a beautiful Collard & Collard Grand Piano, which was abandoned in the house, and sold at auction in Sheffield in 1846 – as I learned from the local newspaper advert! Liz Cashdan has written a series of dramatic poems around this story.” The quietly celebrated local poet herself and Ian Enters will be reading them a Broomhill Festival event interspersed with piano interludes played by Derek Grover featuring music that Sarah (1830-1919) may have played and heard in America, around a dozen pieces by the likes of Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann and, ‘from across the pond’, Edward MacDowell, William Mason and Scott Joplin. St Mark’s Church (Upper Room), Thursday, 16th of June, 7.30pm – £3, includes booklet of poems.
Robin Ireland, former Lindsay Quartet viola player returns to the Broomhill Festival this time in the company of cellist Tom McMahon and programme of viola/ cello music by Bach: transcriptions of five of his two-part inventions; a self-composed (Robin) piece: Duo; Beethoven: ‘Eyeglass’ Duo; Lutoslawski: Bucolics – five short pieces for the instrumental combination; and Handel/ Halvorsen: Passacaglia – cobbled from Handel’s Suite No 7 by Grieg’s pal in 1897, at the last of the festival’s four lunchtime concerts in memory of long-time Broomhill resident and activist Eva Wilkinson; St Mark’s Church, Friday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, not the best-known name among the many Cambridge University chapel college choirs but eminently meriting the term ‘best kept secret’, certainly since Sarah MacDonald was appointed music director in 1999. On a mini-tour of the region, a ‘Remembrance’ concert here takes in Howells: Requiem; Brahms: Three German Motets; Croft: O Lord rebuke me not; Britten: Deus in adjutorium; Ireland: Greater Love Hath No Man; Parry: I Was Glad; and two recent pieces, including one by Mark Blatchly. Worksop College, S80 3AP, Friday, 7.30pm – £11, 10 concessions. ‘Unostentatious Magnificence’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, offer A Celebration of English Choral Music, although not all the composers are English-born. It includes the previous evening’s Britten and Croft pieces and works by the latter’s earlier contemporaries, Byrd: Christ Rising Again, and Peter Philips: Ascendit Deus; plus, a more recent Easter anthem by Colin Mawby: Alleluia, Christus Resurrexit. Three settings of When David Heard also include a recent one, by Ben Ponniah, as well as by Tomkins and a less familiar one by Robert Ramsey. Finally, after two contemporary classics, by Jonathan Dove: Seek Him, and James MacMillan: A New Song, proceedings end on more familiar territory with Finzi: My spirit sang all day; Vaughan Williams: The Turtle Dove; Stanford: The Bluebird; and Pearsall: Lay a Garland. Wentworth Parish Church, S62 7TW, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8 pre-booked (01909 560795), £9 on the door. ‘Unostentatious Magnificence’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Stephen Carleston, Lichfield-based organist performs works by Enrico Bossi, Alfred Hollins, Cesar Franck, Joseph Jongen, Eugene Gigout and Louis Vierne at the penultimate, weekly organ recital at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection. Light refreshments at 3.45pm.
Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge, a third and final stand with a ‘short recital’ after joining the Schola Cantorum for Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 5.30pm – free.
Simon Lindley promises a recital of music to suit all tastes when he falls back on his ‘day job’, that of a renowned organist, to celebrate the centenary of the marriage of his grandparents at Broomhill Chapel on the 20th of June 1916 – yes, this very day! – on the famous ‘Father’ Willis Organ at Nether Green (now Beacon) Methodist Church, S11 7EH, Monday, 7.30pm – post-concert refreshments and admission free. Retiring collection donated to the Sheffield Bach Society.
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.