The Hallé, in the company of two musicians with strong Sheffield connections, the orchestra’s principal guest conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and internationally celebrated soprano Elizabeth Watts – a splendidly apt coincidence on the first day of the showcase Classical Sheffield Festival! – and a programme of Mahler: Symphony No 4; Richard Strauss: five orchestral songs, including Morgen! and Cäcilie; and the non-related Johann Strauss: An der schönen blauen Donau, as he knew it, or The Blue Danube as it is usually known in the English-speaking world. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
‘Songs for Pauline’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Discovering Traditional Chinese Music, a late change to originally advertised performers in the Sheffield University Concert Season and a sort of elongated encore in the company of Department of Music ethnomusicology guru Andrew Killick from the Shanghai musicians involved in the three concerts featuring in the coming weekend’s Classical Sheffield Festival. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Monday, 5.30pm – free.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, also late in the day and an eclectic – and free! –mix of Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 1; Giovanni Battista Serini (c1710-after 1765): Symphony No 4 in F; Mozart: Arias from The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni; Schoenberg: Notturno for strings and harp; and Beethoven: Symphony No 1 – conducted, intriguingly, by George Nicholson. Anna Feather is the soprano soloist and the Department of Music’s Serini research student has been in York Minster’s archives again! University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – free!
Ensemble 360, with two piano quintets, one familiar: Dvořák’s Op 81, the other not, by Vaughan Williams: penned in 1903, premiered in 1905 but not published, disappeared after 1918. VW’s widow gave the score to the British Library 40 years later after his death placing an embargo on its performance and lifting it in the 1990s. Said to be well worth hearing, the nearest it gets to sounding like recognisable VW it seems is in the central movement with suggestions of Brahms, Dvořák and Schubert in the two outer movements. It is also scored for the same forces as the latter’s Trout Quintet, and much more familiar VW precedes it, The Lark Ascending in a ‘chamber arrangement’! Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 22nd of March, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. No booking fees.
Lunchtime Concert, given by masters students in the University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Thursday, 23rd of March, 1.10pm – free.
Manchester Collective, fairly recently formed ensemble cross the Pennines to perform Janáček’s String Quartet No 2 Intimate Letters, and give the first performance of a song cycle by Australian composer Huw Belling, Inside Mr Enderby celebrating the centenary of the birth of Clockwork Orange author Anthony Burgess. Mitch Riley, a baritone of increasing renown in contemporary music circles, sings it. The Chimney House, Kelham Island, Thursday, 23rd of March, 8pm – £12.
More on this concert @ www.bernardleemusic.com.
CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC:
Friday, 17th March to Sunday, 19th March
Groups and organisations presenting and/or promoting classical music in the city come together for a second time and an even more comprehensive weekend showcase.
Ongoing indisposition and time have meant abandoning the intention of listing concerts and events over the extremely busy three days, particularly Saturday. However, all the information can be found at www.classicalweekend.com
Festival overview @ www.bernardleemusic.com.