Joshua Stephens, highly thought of organ scholar at Sheffield Cathedral gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 17th of March, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Kaoru Bingham, widow of famed Sheffield pianist John Bingham and highly gifted pianist in her own right gives the last of the present series of Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals (sorry, programme details not to hand), Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Doric String Quartet, Alex Redington, Jonathan Stone: violins, Hélène Clément: viola, and John Myerscough: cello, return to Music in the Round with a fully-fledged, globe-trotting reputation of increasing renown and a programme of Haydn: Quartet Op 64 No 2; Korngold (something of a Doric speciality): the wistful Second of his three string quartets composed in 1933 shortly before he fled from Hitler and found fame and fortune in Hollywood; and Schubert: Quartet No 15 in G, usually reckoned as his last Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Friday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. Pre-concert talk with the quartet, 6.15pm.
Syzygy Saxophone Quartet, Naomi Sullivan, Dominic Childs, Michaela Stapleton, Neil McGovern, respectively: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, who formed themselves as quartet after meeting at the 2009 World Saxophone Congress with the aim of promoting and performing established contemporary works, alongside new music written especially for the ensemble. Not sure Mozart and Beethoven have ‘established contemporary works’ to their name (it’s just difficult to keep them down!), but Messiaen does – in all likelihood, O Sacre Convivium, and piece by the American composer David Maslanka has to be Songs for the Coming Day for which the quartet has the European performing and recording rights. Sheffield Music Club at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national renown with his first recital of 2016 taking in music from his latest CD and he is promising Danza Characteristica by Leo Brouwer at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, and its music director Alan Eost offer a nicely planned concert with the beginning of Holy Week only hours away when it gets underway, Duruflé’s serene, Fauré-inspired Requiem perhaps being dangled to get you there to hear less familiar music by Henryk Górecki and Morten Lauridsen, an American should you not know and composer of some superb, mainly religious choral music. One his finest pieces gets a performance here, a transcendental setting of Lux Æterna (Eternal Light), the Communion antiphon in the Requiem Mass, an expanded version of it and premiered in 1987, the year Duruflé died, as did the shorter piece by Górecki for unaccompanied chorus, Totus Tuus (Totally Thine), Pope John Paul II’s apostolic motto and the first two words of a short prayer to Mary. It was written for occasion of his third visit to his native Poland and Górecki expanded it with the words of a suitable poem. Anna Harvey: mezzo-soprano, is the soloist in the Duruflé, Joshua Hales the all-important organist and also, presumably, provides the instrumental contributions in the Lauridsen, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 concessions, £5 students, under 16s.
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, it must be some sort of saxophone season, although after four of them 24 hours earlier, just a solitary one here in a major work for saxophone performed by rising star Amy Green in a thoroughly enterprising concert of American music, though not all written by an American – Four Pictures from New York for saxophone and symphony orchestra, was penned by the Italian composer and noted viola player Roberto Molinelli in 2001. Fabulously depictive music (and lip-shattering when it swings!) in four movements: In Dreamy Dawn, Tango Club, Sentimental Evening, Broadway Night, he could have been a native New Yorker with a prominent piano part (Chris Noble) virtually making it double concerto. Elsewhere is Charles Ives, his five-movement Second Symphony completed around 1901 but not premiered (rapturously!) until 1951 because he hummed and hawed about it (probably concerned about his growing reputation as a modernist!) and proceedings begin under Juan Ortuño’s baton with Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 unwaged, £5 students, children.
Giselle, Adam’s famous ballet in a staging by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia founded in 1979, now rated one of the best in Russia and presently on a March tour of the UK under the auspicies of Raymond Gubbay, at Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 17th of March, 7.30pm – £23 –£39.50, £3.25 off concessions (not Circle), half price students, children (ditto). 01298 72190.
The Sleeping Beauty, the ‘Cinderella’ of Tchaikovsky’s three ballets but reckoned by many to be his best from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia, at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £23 –£39.50, £3.25 off concessions (not Circle), half price students, children (ditto).
Swan Lake, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia with a third and final, inevitable offering at Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £23 –£39.50, £3.25 off concessions (not Circle), half price students, children (ditto).
Carmen, if you missed it at the City Hall recently, or fancy seeing it again, Bizet’s opera in the Ellen Kent production for Opera and Ballet International, sung in French with English surtitles at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £30 –£40, £3.50 off concessions (not Circle).
Compose Yourself! weekly ‘Composing for Beginners’ classes starting Monday, 4th April run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson and held at her home in S11. Informal, practical and aimed at adult musicians, 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! – 10am –12pm, £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-beginners
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.