Bill Skipworth, partially sighted local pianist, a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital regular, gives the first of a new weekly series, Thursday, September 17, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, get a new Sheffield International Concert Season underway with a Rachmaninov double of ‘thirds’, the composer’s Third Piano Concerto (colloquially known as ‘Rach Three’) and Third Symphony, having got proceedings started with Glinka’s Overture to his opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. South Korean pianist Sunwook Kim is the soloist in the concerto and the conductor is the orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder at the City Hall, Friday, September 18, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students and under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See Fingering Gymnastics
Julian Hellaby, quite distinguished pianist goes solo instead of the instrumental half at a song recital with a programme headed ‘The 19th Century Ballade’, five of them book-ended by Chopin’s No 3 and No 1, respectively, with his No 2 bisecting Sigismond Thalberg’s Op 76 and No 2 of Liszt’s pair at the weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, September 24. 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Ensemble 360 launches Music in the Round’s autumn season of concerts in Sheffield and celebrates its 10th birthday in the process with Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and winds Op 16, Martinů’s Nonet No 2 for wind quintet, string trio and double bass, and Elgar’s Piano Quintet Op 84. Guy Eshed, founder flautist of Ensemble 360 in 2005, makes a welcome return in a guest capacity, at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, September 26, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35s, students. Pre-performance talk, Ensemble 360 in conversation, 6.15pm – free, with concert ticket.
Albion Underground, again! Last year’s descents into the bowels of the earth at Peak Cavern, popularly known as the Devil’s Arse, having been hugely popular sell-outs the pocket chamber choir is repeating the exercise, four times! – so a quadruple rendering of God Be in My Head at the top of the ‘Devil’s Staircase’, perhaps? Peak Cavern, Castleton, S33 8WS, Saturday, September 26, 7.30pm and 9pm; Sunday, September 27, 6pm and 7.30pm – £15. NB: Number for each subterranean descent is restricted to 50. Tickets: peakcavern.co.uk
La Traviata, Russian State Ballet and Opera House production of Verdi’s opera sung Italian with English surtitles and ‘accompanied by a large live orchestra’ (it says here), Buxton Opera House, Thursday, September 17, 7.30pm – £20 –£36. 01298 72190
Compose Yourself! weekly composition classes starting Thursday the 17th of September run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at musicians with an urge to compose but don't know where to start, or composers needing a new perspective and an opportunity to try new methods of working or scoring. If interested and would like to know more, follow the link to Jenny’s website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself, or contact her to discuss any queries – or can't make Thursdays! Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per session. NB: Places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small; Thursday, October 1, 1pm – £6. Also, November 5; December 3.
Grow Your Own Flute Style, with globetrotting performer, fervent flute teacher and ethnomusicologist Jessica Quiñones, in association with Sheffield Flute Choir. If you have always wanted to perform music without fear of ‘getting it all wrong’, this flute workshop is for you. Learn techniques to simplify the interpretation process no matter which genre you love to play. Experiment with new genres, including tango (Jessica is a specialist in Argentinean tango), choro, folk, Bollywood and Chinese folk songs and ‘grow your own unique flute style’! Suitable for Grade 3-plus and ages 18-plus with spaces limited to 12 participants each day – the same workshop is on two days. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 11, 10am-5pm – £60. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/grow-your-own-flute-style.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.