Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, tune up for a Rush-Hour Concert in the University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand) to perform a new work by Nadim Jauffer: An everlasting spring; Bach: Concerto for two violins BWV 1043 – soloists Olivia Shotton, Jenny Espin; and Haydn: Symphony No 97. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 17th of November, 5.45pm – free.
Gjylaci Brothers, aka Nik and Jon and a highly rated violin/ guitar duo present a programme of music by Paganini, Giuliani and de Falla built round a performance of Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango at the St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Thursday, 17th of November, 7pm – £10, pre-booked at www.samfest.uk £5.50, £5 concessions.
Ensemble 360, with a fairly prominent Matthew Hunt featuring for Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op 73 for clarinet and piano; Brahms: Piano Trio No 2 Op 87; the first performance of Ostara for clarinet, cello and piano by Dani Howard who seems to have commissions all over the place at present (this one by the Royal Philharmonic Society, no less, was for Music in the Round); and Mozart: Clarinet Quintet. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 17th of November, 7.15 –9.05pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. Pre-concert talk, with Dani Howard, 6.15pm.
Menuhin – 100 Years On, centenary reflections and liberal samplings of the great violinist performing presented by Sam Copnell at this month’s meeting of the Sheffield Recorded Music Society. The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA, Friday, 1.30 –3.30pm – £3. NB: permanent change of venue
Vivaldi Four Seasons, performed by Sheffield Music Academy music director Martin Cropper and his talented charges as part of the St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7pm – free.
Sarah Jarosch, highly thought of young American singer-songwriter, a mandolin and banjo prodigy rooted in folk music. Sheffield University Concert Season (Global Soundtracks strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, 7.30pm – all tickets £17.50, in advance at www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee), or on the door.
Villiers String Quartet, return to close this year’s St Andrew’s Music Festival, the quartet-in-residence at Oxford University doing so with Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No 1 after two works by Sheffield composer Ray Kohn: String Quartet No 18, and the premiere of Three Memorials to Béla Bartók, Marc Chagall and Primo Levi for clarinet and string quartet with Victoria Soames Samek: clarinet/ bass clarinet, said to be one of the UK’s most versatile clarinettists, sitting in. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7pm – £10, pre-booked at www.samfest.uk £5.50, £5 concessions.
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, and its music director Alan Eost are joined by the formidably accomplished Austonley Brass for Bob Chilcott’s Salisbury Vespers – Marian motets rubbing shoulders with traditional Vesper psalms and concluding with a substantial setting of the Magnificat from 2009, and John Rutter’s early setting of the Gloria (1974) with two Elgar anthems: Give unto the Lord (Psalm 29) and Great is the Lord (Psalm 48), completing the programme. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 concessions, £5 students, under 16.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, get a new season of concerts underway with a new and clearly gifted music director, Jack Lovell, settling in and some interesting thoughts on repertoire if Tchaikovsky’s not too frequently performed, five-movement Symphony No 3, nicknamed Polish (but not by the composer) being performed here after Brahms: Serenade Op 11, is anything to go by. Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
University Undergraduate Ensembles, a lunchtime showcase in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, a screening of a now recognised silent film masterpiece (1928), condemned and unseen in the country of its origin, France, on its release and banned completely in England, with a live soundtrack of 15th century choral music performed by specialists in the field, the much acclaimed Orlando Consort, no less. Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 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.
Ensemble 360, more precisely, Ruth Gibson: viola, and Tim Horton: piano, with a rather attractive 60 minutes of Prokofiev (arr Borisovsky): Four Pieces from Romeo and Juliet – Introduction, Mercutio, Dance of the Knights and The Young Juliet; Britten: Lachrymae; and Franck: a transcription of the Violin Sonata in A. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 24th of November, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
University Masters Students, give a Rush-Hour concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 24th of November, 5.45pm – free.
La Calisto, three-night stand by English Touring Opera on its autumn travels with a trio of Baroque opera masterpieces starting with Francesco Cavalli’s irreverent take on the relationship between gods and man with Jupiter pursuing the beautiful Calisto and Diana forming an unlikely liaison with the handsome Endymion. Sung in English at Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 17th of November, 7.30pm – £19.50 –£36.50, £3 off concessions (not dress circle), half price students, children (not dress circle). No booking fees. 01298 72190
Ulysses’ Homecoming, anyone’s guess what is wrong with the usually encountered The Return of Ulysses, the obvious English translation of the title of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse, and English Touring Opera’s second Baroque offering charting what Ulysses does when he returns from his years of travel and finds three suitors occupying his home harassing his faithful wife. Sung in English at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £19.50 –£36.50, £3 off concessions (not dress circle), half price students, children (not dress circle). No booking fees.
Xerxes, transplanted from ancient Persia to Battle of Britain days in WW2, Handel’s late Baroque opera takes flight as English Touring Opera’s third production which has received rave reviews, both for strong music values and the originality of its staging concept. Wonder if Xerxes singing Ombra mai fu (the famous Largo, actually larghetto!) to a plane tree had anything to do with prompting it!? Sung in English at Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7.30pm – £19.50 –£36.50, £3 off concessions (not dress circle), half price students, children (not dress circle). No booking fees.
Rita, first two performances of six around local pubs for Donizetti’s one-act comic opera from Opera on Location with Gareth Lloyd and Matthew Palmer both wishing they were not married to Andrea Tweedale! Both Monday, The Rising Sun, 471 Fulwood Road, S10 3QA, 2 –3pm; and Shakespeare's, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB, 5.45 –6.45pm – free.
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