Verdi Requiem, Nigel Simeone’s illustrated talk for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millhouses Methodist Church, Friday, has had to be CANCELLED because of a funeral.
Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s pianist offers a foretaste of Music in the Round’s May Festival this year – Russia in the Round! Rachmaninov: Four Preludes from Op 23 and Op 32; three items by Scriabin: Étude Op 2 No 1, Three Pieces Op 45, Sonata No 5; three by Chopin: Ballade No 1, Two Nocturnes Op 27; and Prokofiev: Sonata No 7. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Why was Vladimir Lenin always happy to listen to Beethoven’s Appassionata? cultural historian and pianist Alexander Jakobidze-Gitman answers the question and then plays the sonata at another Rush Hour Concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free.
Maxwell Quartet, young Scottish string quartet rapidly making a name for itself across the UK and making inroads abroad play Bridge: Three Idylls; Sally Beamish: Reed Stanzas, also designated ‘String Quartet No 3’ and premiered by the Elias Quartet in 2011; and Mozart: String Quartet No 21, the first Prussian quartet. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Wednesday, 22nd of February, 3pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
London Mozart Players, the world famous chamber orchestra returns with its distinguished conductor laureate, pianist Howard Shelley and Mozart: his Piano Concerto No 17 – worthy of more performances than seem to be its lot, and Symphony No 40, plus early works by two English composers, Britten: Simple Symphony, and Elgar: Serenade for strings. Keep an eye, and ear open for the LMP’s principal flute, it should be Ensemble 360’s Juliette Bausor and, indeed, the principal viola is Judith Busbridge (ex-Ensemble 360). Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Friday, 24th of February, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Lowry Brass Quintet, emergent Manchester-based group lean towards the Iberian peninsula here with seven pieces from Renaissance Spain, an arrangement of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, El Gato Montés by Manuel Penella (1880-1939), but not exclusively with such things as Eric Maschwitz’s A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – actually, the tune is by Manning Sherwin, the brass quintet by Michael Kamen (1948-2003) and a popular brass chamber music piece, the anonymous, late 17th century Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder. Matlock Music. Highfields School (Wheeldon Hall), Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 24th of February, 7.30pm – £12, under 18 free.
Shake the Chains, focussing on British, and Yorkshire history, Nancy Kerr, Hannah Martin, Greg Russell, Findlay Napier and Tim Yates, with guest Martin Simpson explore the role music and song has played in social change. Sheffield University Concert Season (Global Soundtracks strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, 24th of February, 7.30pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
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