Sing! Project Concert – 2, the project being Sheffield Cathedral’s Saturday morning gathering of local primary school pupils who want to sing, a lot of them if two 200-strong choirs are anything to go by with the second one giving voice here to seasonal songs accompanied by a live band of professional musicians, at the Cathedral, Wednesday, 16th of December, 2.20pm – free, but ticket required, email@example.com
Sheffield Music Hub Christmas Concert, with among those taking part the excellent Senior Orchestra, Sheffield Young Singers and the Alley Cats Clarinet Choir and music ranging from Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Elgar: Nimrod; Prokofiev: Troika from Lieutenant Kijé; and Leroy Anderson: Christmas Festival Overture, to John Rutter's Angel's Carol and an Ave Maria by Saint-Saëns to take in all sorts of things, including audience carols, at Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday, 16th of December, 6.30pm – £6, £3 children, students.
‘Spitewinter’ Concert, Sheffield Folk Chorale’s hugely popular alternative festive fare (the Sheffield Cathedral date 21/ 12 is sold out) but there are still some tickets here when the guests are early music super-group York Waits and such things as Chanticleer, Herrick's Wassail, I am Christmas (John Conolly), Shepherd of the Moor, Story of a Child (Italian traditional), When the Green Man Walks the Forest (Graeme Miles) and White Shepherd (Mike O’Connor) are performed at Ecclesall Parish Church, Wednesday, 16th of December, 7.30pm – £7. 07805 642 536, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Federico Furnari, Ross Davidson with Liam Johnson, seemingly a couple of guitarists and, presumably, a pianist give a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 17th of December, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Breast Cancer Care Carol Service, at Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday, 17th of December, 7pm – £10, £5 under 16s (under four, free), reservations: 0114 263 6481, or email@example.com
Carols by Candlelight, Sheffield Chorale’s annual outing with a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols. Includes Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter; Rutter: Shepherds’ Pipe Carol; Howells: A Spotless Rose; Warlock: Benedicamus Domino; Carter: Chanticleer’s Carol; Willcocks: Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day; Bruckner: Ave Maria; Walton: All this Time; Handel: Messiah excerpts; and congregational carols, with Neil Taylor: conductor, and Ian Roberts: organ. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday, 17th of December, 7.30pm – free, retiring collection in aid of Save the Children of Nepal.
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus Carol Concert, annual festive fixture this year featuring four young Sheffield singers, sopranos Molly O’Toole, Tabitha Smart, Caitlin O’Toole and mezzo-soprano Ella Verity, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Thursday, 17th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 under 16, students.
Andrew Linn, deputy organist (luxury indeed!) at St Matthew’s, Carver Street gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 17th of December, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Cathedral Archer Project Carol Service, this project being the support centre that Sheffield Cathedral runs for homeless people, at the Cathedral, Friday, 12.30pm.
A Time there was … thoroughly enterprising, cosmopolitan tour of Christmas past, present and future with Viva Voce chamber choir including, roughly working forward, pieces by, Lassus; a London Waits quodlibet; Reginald Spofforth: Hail Smiling Morn – a Sheffield carol; Vaughan Williams: Wassail Song; a ‘Bluegrass Gregorian Chant’ number in the form of While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks! a Spanish villancico: Rui, Rui, chiu; Niels Gade; Veljo Tormis: two Estonian Lullabies; Warlock: Benedicamus Domino, Lullaby my Jesus (trans Carter); Howells: Long, Long Ago; Bob Chilcott: The Wellspring; to the future, Matthew Martin: Adam Lay Ybounden; Francis Pott: Balulalow; Will Todd: My Lord has Come; Jonathan Dove: The Three Kings; and a nod back to Cahn/ Styne: Let it Snow! (written during a heat wave in 1945) – plus, festive instrumental music by Schoenberg (nothing to get jitters about – a gorgeously tranquil piece!), Liszt and Finzi, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s.
Carols with Albion, the popular pocket chamber choir has another festive sell-out on its hands again at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Friday, 8pm; but you can still catch it at St John’s Church in Buxton on Saturday, at the time of writing!
Carols Galore, aimed at Christmas shoppers, but everyone welcome to go and let rip at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 11am and 1pm.
Dore G&S Society Christmas Concert, but unlikely to be exclusively Gilbert and Sullivan, Dore Methodist Church, Saturday, 2.30pm – £7, check availability, 0114 236 2299, it normally sells well.
Christmas Brass and Voices, with an interesting addition to the popular annual Sheffield Cathedral Choir/ Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band offering this year, a soprano soloist with the band. Not just any soprano but one with a huge European reputation in opera and concert, especially in Baroque music, Deborah York, long-based in Germany but actually born here, in Sheffield! Nothing remotely classical about her two contributions, just the classic Mel Tormé/ Robert Wells Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting, etc) and the Gene Autry (‘The Singing Cowboy’) hit, Frosty the Snowman, from 1950. Band only items include Leroy Anderson: Christmas Festival; Verdi: La Forza del Destino (must be the overture); Hollings: Festive Intrada; Bach: Toccata in D minor, and among choir pieces, Britten (St Nicolas): For forty years our Nicolas; Leighton: O leave your sheep; Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter; Sans Day Carol; Mathias: Sir Christemas; Cornelius: The Three Kings; Berlin: White Christmas; The 12 Days of Christmas; plus, four well known pieces for all, including Parry’s Jerusalem in the arrangement by the intriguing Mr Herbert, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7pm – £12, available Cathedral Shop or Blue Moon Café.
Carols by Candlelight, in the company of Hallam Choral Society and Sheffield Junior Singers at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, S11 8YL, Saturday, 7pm – £10, includes refreshments, under 16 free.
Carols with Albion, repeat of the previous evening’s sell-out concert at Millhouses, highlights this year including new arrangements: In the Bleak Midwinter, The Castleton Carol, We Three Kings; new settings of traditional texts: One Star, Made Infinite (Thomas Traherne); new interpretations of ancient and mediaeval music: Advent Antiphons, Salutation; and old favourites: Ding, Dong! Merrily on High, The Coventry Carol, The Angel Gabriel and Away in a Manger all, as always, with music by or arranged by the pocket choir’s non-conducting music director, Fraser Wilson. St John’s Church, Buxton, Saturday, SK17 6HJ, 7pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £3 unemployed, 25 and under. http://www.albionchoir.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&id=187
The Snowman/ Peter and the Wolf, the evening performance with the earlier matinee (1.30pm) sold out and another screening of popular animated film with a live orchestra playing Howard Blake’s music soundtrack, the Sheffield Rep Orchestra conducted by George Morton, who programme it with Prokofiev’s popular tale of Peter doing battle with a Wolf narrated by Rony Robinson, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7pm – tickets in advance, online only, www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts - £12, £8 under 18, £30 family ticket; on the door £15, £10, £40.
Ceremony of Carols, Britten’s perennially popular work, particularly at this time of the year, is part of Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 4pm.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, this one is ‘in-house’ with the choirs of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sunday, 6.30pm.
Carols by Candlelight, from the Sheffield Cathedral Consort taking in Vaughan Williams: The Truth from Above; Up Good Christen Folk (Piae Cantiones); In dulci jubilo (traditional, arr Pearsall); Ding Dong Merrily (traditional); Poston: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree; The Holly and the Ivy (traditional); Walton: All this Time; Warlock: Bethlehem Down; A Virgin Most Pure (traditional); Lully, lulla (traditional); I Saw a Maiden (Basque); Tavener: The Lamb; Cornelius: The Three Kings; Tomorrow (arr Willcocks); A Merry Lad (traditional); and Berkeley: I Sing of a Maiden, at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 8pm – £9, includes mulled wine and mince pies, available from Cathedral Shop or Blue Moon Café.
‘Spitewinter’ Concert, Sheffield Folk Chorale’s hugely popular, annual alternative Yuletide entertainment, long sold-out at Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7.30pm – tickets may still be available for the concert’s Ecclesall outing tonight, Wednesday!
Sing-Along Nativity, one for the family at Sheffield Cathedral, Tuesday, 2.30pm.
Show Boat, Jerome Kern’s epic musical is the Crucible’s ‘Christmas show’ this year and it looks set to break all box office records with the its run extended. It opened last Friday, the 11th of December and runs through to the 23rd of January with at least one show just about daily, except Sundays, 25th of December to the 28th and the 1st of January.
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and start on Thursday, 7th January, 10am –12pm, fortnightly (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop for ages 18-plus on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes with specialist Carla Rees. Whether you already play a low flute, have only dabbled with them, or want to try them out, the day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems, extended techniques, projection and intonation. Find out how low flute playing can help with your C flute playing too! This is the ideal opportunity to try new ideas, solve problems and develop your low flute playing. The day starts and ends with ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes. Woodwind shop, Just Flutes, will also be there with a selection of instruments and sheet music to browse and try! Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sitwell Road, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 27th February 2016, 10am-5pm – £50. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
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.