Listings, as always, assembled and curated by BERNARD LEE, to whom we offer thanks for continued work on listings, features, and articles . The richness and sheer quantity of this week's listings show how much is going on, and he does a grand job of gathering it all together.
Martha Hayward, soprano, an attractive programme of Gurney – Five Elizabethan Songs; Howells – A Real Minuet; Schubert – Shepherd on the Rock; and Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate with Tristan Watson: clarinet and Ruth Milsom: piano to get a new series of weekly Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts underway. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 16), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome
Hazel Baker/ Peter Waring, soprano, piano, with a rather nice programme of Frank Bridge – Love went a-riding, Thy hand in mine and So early in the morning, O; Handel – Tutta raccolta ancor from Scipione; Purcell – Dido’s Lament and Fairest Isle; Fauré – Dans les Ruines d’une Abbaye, Après un Rêve and Soir; Dvořák – Rusalka’s Song to the Moon; and Quilter – Now sleeps the crimson petal, The wild flower and arrangement of Heaven, Heaven (I gotta robe), at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (October 16), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Enrico Pieranunzi Trio, the internationally celebrated Italian pianist who fuses classical technique with jazz pays a visit with Pete Turner: bass and Dave Walsh: drums. Music in the Round in association with Sheffield Jazz. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £15, £12 concessions, including students, £3 under 16s.
BRIDGE – The Final Audition, two young professional string quartets perform for a distinguished panel chaired by Peter Cropper to determine which will have the rare funded opportunity for artistic mentoring and professional development with Music in the Round over a three-year period. Each quartet will play for an hour, the Cassia Quartet from 2.30pm and the Marmen Quartet from 4pm, each performing Haydn’s Op 76 No 1 quartet and pieces of its own choice. The result is not expected after the joint concert to which the public is invited at the Crucible Studio – £5 for individual concert, £10 for both.
Escafeld Chorale, with a concert entitled ‘Before the Lights Went Out’ consisting of music written before 1914 and some that saw the light of day in 1994, John Rutter’s A Sprig of Thyme, otherwise, Elgar – From the Bavarian Highlands, plus They are at rest, My love dwelt in a northern land and Nimrod (organ solo); Parry – Crossing the bar; and Vaughan Williams – The Vagabond, Youth and Love from Songs of Travel. Escafeld’s associate soloist this year Jak Laight sings the VW, last year’s Laura Lister is involved in the Rutter, George Parsons is the accompanying pianist (also organist) and Ian Roberts the conductor. Proceeds to Rowan Primary Special School. Central United Reformed Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £11, £8 concessions, £5 students. See ‘Elgar or Handel’ under FEATURES
Hallam Choral Society, intersperse Handel’s Coronation Anthems with music by Haydn – The Heavens are Telling from The Creation (a performance of it is scheduled next April) and his motet Insanae et Vanae Curae; and Mozart – Ave verum corpus and Laudate Dominum, the latter with Leeds-based soprano Sarah Potter who contributes solo pieces elsewhere with pianist Daniel Justin by the three respective composers: Handel – Myself I shall adore from Semele; Haydn – The Wanderer; and Mozart – Per pietà, bell’idol mio K76. Instrumental accompaniment elsewhere is provided by Douglas Jones: organ, and the conductor is Peter Taylor, at St Luke’s Church, Blackbrook Road, S10 4LQ, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12.50, £10 concessions, £5 students, under 16 free. See ‘Elgar or Handel’ under FEATURES
Hallam Sinfonia, get a new season underway with music director Natalia Luis-Bassa and an all-Russian concert of Glinka – Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila; Prokofiev – ‘selections’ from the Suites 1 and 2 he cobbled from his ballet Romeo and Juliet; and Tchaikovsky – his relatively neglected, and unfairly, Ukrainian Symphony No 2, the Little Russian. High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, S11 7LH, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 under 25.
Mary Dullea, piano, the director of performance in the Department of Music at Sheffield University celebrates the release of her CD featuring non-prescriptive piano sonatas by reclusive composer Eric Craven at the end of this month and performs, or realises other recent solo piano music at the first in short series of 45-minute University Rush-Hour Concerts, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free.
Singing Freedom, pioneering UK jazz double bassist Gary Crosby of Jamaican descent, a founder member of the original Jazz Warriors and all-round giant in the British jazz industry, brings what is described as “his phenomenally talented young band Groundation” (made up with members of his latest clutch of Tomorrow’s Warriors perhaps?) to revisit the Afro-Caribbean road to freedom from slavery through to the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th Century in the company of Rachel van Duyvenbode from the University of Sheffield’s School of English and remembered in “stunning new jazz arrangements,” by Crosby – who else!? Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26.
Ensemble 360, more precisely, Matthew Hunt: clarinet and Tim Horton: piano, play a transcription of Mozart’s Violin Sonata K380 and John Ireland’s Fantasy-Sonata in the same key, E flat, punctuating them with Gerald Barry’s Low, the composer’s programme note for the work, “It is sometimes high and sometimes low” taking the prize for the shortest of all time. In reality, it would appear to be a spectacular piece. Music in the Round, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday (October 23), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Inja Davidovic, excellent Croatian pianist with something of an obscurity, as it is advertised – ‘J. Donaldson: Sonata for the Piano Forte (Sheffield premiere)’. An educated guess would be that it is an older, rather than new-ish piece; for ‘the’ piano forte suggests fortepianos were still around Inja does play that instrument. Chopin: Nocturne Op 27 No 2 and Scherzo No 2 are elsewhere at the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 23), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Joshua Stephens, organ and a young musician who has been and continues to be the recipient of numerous awards ands prizes, one of the most recent graduating from the RNCM with First Class degree with honours, as principal study organist. It all started as treble soloist in Sheffield Cathedral Choir under the direction of Neil Taylor who later became his first organ tutor and he returns to his former stomping ground to perform Bach – Toccata in F BWV540 and Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV654; and Duruflé – Suite Op 5, at the Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (October 23), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Le Nozze di Figaro, James Levine is back on the conductor’s podium at the New York Metropolitan Opera as the company’s long-standing music director after back surgery to direct a new production of Mozart’s opera from Richard Eyre with another star-studded cast in the latest live HD relay direct from New York: Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role, German soprano Marlis Petersen as Susanna, Swedish baritone and Mozart specialist Peter Mattei as the Count, American soprano Amanda Majeski as the Countess and fellow American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Cherubino. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
Manon, Kenneth MacMillan choreographed ballet after Massenet’s opera in a Royal Ballet staging relayed live from the Royal Opera House, Thursday (October 16), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions (encore repeat, October 19, 2pm – £12.50, £10); Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Sheffield Chamber Music Weekend, Advanced Course in ensemble playing, primarily for young string players Grade 7 and above, with possible spaces for adults coached by the emergent members of the Gildas String Quartet. Applicants also welcome for a one-day (Saturday) Introduction to Playing Chamber Music Course for young people, Grades 5-7. High Storrs School, Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2. Further detail, including charges, at www.4strings88keys.org Better still now call 01909 770367, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, November 6; Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
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. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 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. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact email@example.com 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.