Vocal Students, resume the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert series after the Easter break, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 16), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Sheffield Music Academy, varied programme of solos and ensembles from students and staff directed by Martin Cropper. Sheffield Music Club concert at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Piano Trio Symposium, beginning a chamber music weekend, hosted by the Department of Music at Sheffield University involving piano and strings, this all-day event culminates with a concert from the Fidelio Trio in the evening. Three of the four speakers are from the department: Simon Keefe, Head of Department, talks about Mozart piano trio editions, 10.30am; George Kennaway, a guest from Leeds, examines 19th century performance practices, 12.15pm; Mary Dullea, Director of Performance and Fidelio Trio pianist, on the performance practice and editions of Ravel's Piano Trio, 2.30pm; and Dorothy Ker, Reader in Composition, discusses with the Fidelio Trio her new work written for it, Inscriptions, 3.45pm. All feature performance and demonstrations with Q&A and it takes place at the Department of Music, Jessop Building, 34 Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, Saturday, 10.30am –5.30pm, admission – free!
Fauré Requiem, joint Vivacity Choir/ Stannington Mixed Choir performance, also the composer’s Cantique de Jean Racine and remain in spiritual realms elsewhere with Locus iste (almost certainly Bruckner’s setting), Non Nobis Domine (Quilter), All in the April Evening (Roberton) – that’s one from the past! as is All things Bright and Beautiful, here in John Rutter’s adaptation; plus Joyful, Joyful (from Sister Act 2); Down to the River to Pray (as in the film Brother Where Art Thou?) and Let There Be Peace On Earth. Fund-raising concert for Christian Aid and Weston Park Cancer Charity at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 6.30pm – £6, £7.50, free 16 and under.
Fidelio Trio, of international repute, Darragh Morgan: violin, Adi Tal: cello, Mary Dullea: piano; give a concert as part of a two-day visit to the city to feature in a Piano Trio Weekend, performing Beethoven (no surprise given the threesome’s name): Piano Trio Op 76, No 1 Ghost; Dorothy Ker – UK premiere of Inscriptions written for the Fidelio; and Ravel – Piano Trio. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 60, £4 under 26, students.
Sheffield Rep Orchestra, strike up again with a concert for strings, and an interloping bassoon and piano, taking in Tippett – Little Music for Strings; Tom James – first performance of new work by the Platform 4 composer, Green Man for bassoon, strings and piano; Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; and Tchaikovsky – Serenade for strings. Laura MacKenzie is the bassoon soloist and George Morton the conductor at Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Crookes, Saturday, 7pm – £10, concessions available.
Sheffield University Chamber Choir, and its talented young conductor Mark McCombs turn their attention to Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil, popularly but erroneously known as Vespers – only the first six (the sixth is the regularly extracted Rachmaninov Ave Maria) of the 15 movements qualify. As it is, with no interpolations and even performed in its original language, Church Slavonic, in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 60, £4 under 26, students.
Sheffield University Big Band, has a stand in the University Rush-Hour Concert series at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Anna Huntley/ Simon Lepper, a saturation period of Sheffield University events continues with a visit by the rapidly rising in fame young mezzo-soprano and one of the finest younger generation piano accompanists and the chance to hear a somewhat rare live performance of Grieg’s super song cycle Haugtussa and, even more scarce, four of the 12 Songs from the Norwegian by Delius: Summer’s Eve (text, Paulsen), Longing (Kjeruff) and two Bjørnsen settings, Twilight Fancies, Sweet Venevil. A change of idiom follows with Poulenc’s Banalitiés to five unrelated Apollinaire texts and Britten’s Cabaret Songs to texts by Auden: Tell me the truth about love, Funeral Blues, Johnny and Calypso. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 60, £4 under 26, students. See Norwegian Love and Life under FEATURES
University of Sheffield Wind Orchestra, with Mendelssohn – Ouvertüre für Harmoniemusik Op 24; Guy Woolfenden – Deo Gracias; Wagner – Trauersinfonie; and Holst – Second Suite in F, to get a new series of weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals underway, Thursday (April 23), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Impresario, one-act singspiel by Mozart performed in an English version by Opera on Location that eliminates most of the reams of spoken dialogue, keeping enough to link the music numbers. Chloe Saywell, Andrea Tweedale and Gareth Lloyd are the performers in a production directed by Louise Pymer and are joined in the second half of the evening by Matthew Palmer, Aidan Edwards and, possibly, Rosie Middleton for arias and duets from Rossini’s Barber: Dunque io son and Una voce poco fa; Mozart’s Figaro: Se vuol ballare; Verdi’s Rigoletto: Caro nome, and the Quartet; Britten’s Midsummer Night’ Dream: Bottom’s Dream; Massenet’s Manon: Adieu, notre petite table; Donizetti’s Don Pasquale: Bella siccome un angelo; Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now; Wagner’s Walküre: Winterstürme; and Strauss’s Fledermaus: Laughing Song. Plenty there for pianist Ewan Gifford to display his stylistic abilities at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10. See Mozart Hi-jinks under FEATURES
Ivan the Terrible, the latest offering, relayed live from the Bolshoi in Moscow is the ballet created by the legendary Yuri Grigorovich in 1975 to a score by Prokofiev for Sergei Einstein’s unfinished film trilogy, Battleship Potemkin. Sunday, 3pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Showroom, Paternoster Row – £13.
Jesus Christ Superstar, another blockbuster touring musical from Bill Kenwright who seems to be making Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice shows something of a speciality - this one stars Glenn Carter: Jesus (a role he is danger of becoming typecast in), Tim Rogers: Judas and Rachel Adejezi: Mary Magdalene, but no Rhydian Roberts: Pontius Pilate, due to indisposition. Lyceum Theatre, Monday to Saturday, May 8, 7.45pm: Monday –Thursday – £27 –£35, family ticket £130; Friday-Saturday – £30 –£38; plus, Thursdays, 2pm – £22 –£31; Saturdays, 3pm – £27 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, May 7, 1pm – £6. Also, June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Piano Trio Weekend, University of Sheffield-hosted symposium and workshop hinged on a visit by the noted Fidelio Trio to give a concert this Saturday after a Symposium earlier if the day (see CONCERTS). The following day, Sunday, sees Chamber Music Coaching sessions for piano and strings ensembles by members of the Fidelio Trio with each group allocated its own room for rehearsal and coaching sessions. Department of Music, Jessop Building, 34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RD, 12pm - 5.30pm – £45, £15 students (includes concert entry the night before). For further information and applications if still open, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Classical Babies, 40-minute concert hosted by London-based Classical Babies and Sheffield string quartet Silver Strings with 20 minutes of free-play to explore percussion and mini-violins, Monday, May 11, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free.
Songbuds Music Workshops, for two-to-three-year-olds led by Vanessa Johnson of Sheffield’s Songbuds and 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Tuesday, May 12, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
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 at all three, 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, May 15, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or email@example.com Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
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.