The Planets, Holst’s interplanetary suite as, in all likelihood, you have not encountered it before, travelling through the cosmos, possibly on the starship Enterprise! The commander, covering for James T Kirk, and tour guide is Prof Paul Crowther from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Physics and Astronomy who interjects short talks with real life planetary images as the cosmos unfolds on projected visuals created by Sheffield creative design agency Human depicting all manner of cosmic phenomena in far-away galaxies. If you can focus on it, Holst’s music is performed by the Sheffield Rep Orchestra, conductor George Morton, and the creative producers are Stewart Campbell and Paul Crowther. Part of the university’s Festival of the Mind. Beam to the – watch out for that comet! – Sheffield University’s Octagon Centre (across the road from Firth Hall), Thursday (September 18), 7.30pm – free, but registration of attendance is vital email@example.com
Luca Luciano, Neapolitan-born clarinettist, resident in London and ”the friendly face of contemporary clarinet,” according to the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Extremely well thought about, especially in jazz circles, his range of genre is all-embracing and almost all for solo clarinet, as here in self-composed pieces: Sequenza # 2; She Likes Vivaldi on a theme from the Four Seasons; Fragment # 5; Fragment # 6; arrangement form: Gershwin’s Summertime; and, as written: the clarinet movement from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm– free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, opening concert of the 2014-15 Sheffield International Concert Season with a Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, a Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, and a programme of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, the so-called Elvira Madigan, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition after proceedings have got underway with scenes fromProkofiev’s ballet Cinderella. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See ‘Nordic Mozart’ under FEATURES
Albion, Fraser Wilson’s highly accomplished double consort (or thereabouts) of singers open the Tideswell Arts Festival with some familiar repertoire: He Wishes (etc), Salley Gardens, The Ash Grove, New Jerusalem, Skye Boat Song, Month of Maying, Stanford’s Blue Bird, Gaudete, Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves, My love is like a red rose, Miller of Dee, Oliver Cromwell, The Lord’s my shepherd, Danny Boy; and share three joint items with the Tideswell Singers: Jerusalem, Alleluia psallite, God be in my head; who elsewhere, under the direction of Carol Bowns, contribute: Tallis – O nata lux;MacMillan – O radiant Dawn; and Stainer – God so loved the world, to the proceedings. St John’s Church, Tideswell,Saturday, 7.30pm – £10. tideswellfestival.co.uk
Marie Curie Charity Concert, joint concert featuring Sheffield-based freelance violinist Lucy Phillips, pianist Tim Horton, the Abbeydale Singers, director Kevin Haighton, and a string orchestra directed by Robin McEwan variously performing Boyce – Symphony No 1; two pieces by Mendelssohn – Concerto for Violin and Piano in D minor, the earlier one resurrected by Yehudi Menuhin in 1951, and Four Sacred Part Songs; Dvořák – Nocturne for strings; and Warlock – Capriol Suite. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church S11 8LW, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £8 concessions, available in advance firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield Chamber Choir, attractive concert conducted by Robert Webb of Allegri – Miserere Mei; Britten – Hymn to the Virgin; Holst – Nunc Dimittis; James MacMillan – In Splendoribus Sanctorum (one his Strathclyde Motets); Paul Mealor – Stabat Mater; Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria); John Tavener – Funeral Ikos and Magnificat. David Milsom and Jonathan Gooing offer violin and piano pieces by MacMillan – Kiss on Wood; and Arvo Pärt – Fratres to give vocal chords a rest and Matthew Knowles is the trumpet player in the choral piece by MacMillan. St Marie’s RC Cathedral,Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, cash bookings City Hall box office – card bookings, plus 10% fee. See ‘Liturgical Luminosity’ under FEATURES
James Wilson, Heriberto Cruz, flautist clearly with a flair for the unusual and a strong suggestion of leanings towards things South American: one of half a duo that performs Brazilian music and a Mexican pianist, who is a 2014 beneficiary of Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts. After starting with Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op 12 (which should be piano only), he offers a piece by Sigrid Karg-Elert (well known in organ circles): Flute Sonata Op 121, and the UK premiere ofSemblantes de Pan by the German-born composer Gehart Münch (died Mexico 1988) which is performed by permission from the Mexican music organisation it was written for. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Sebastian Thomson, organ, a former director of music (2005-09) at St Matthew’s Church in Northampton famed for its continuing practice of commissioning works started by the Rev Walter Hussey in 1943 with Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb – pieces by Tippett, Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley, Finzi (Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice) quickly followed – gives the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, September 26, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s pianist strays to towards Chesterfield and S18 7TR to play Beethoven – Sonata Op 28Pastoral and Sonata Op 109; Rachmaninov – Preludes Op 23 no's 1, 4, 7 and Prelude Op 32 No 2; Debussy – Images Book 1; and Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie Op 61. Barlow Church (St Lawrence), Friday, September 26, 7.30pm – £12, includes interval wine and canapés. 01246 55052, or 07780 675 612
Madama Butterfly, this year’s opera, the third to be set spectacularly on Sydney Harbour Bridge by Australian Opera isPuccini’s tear jerker. Odeon, Arundel Gate, Thursday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Carmen, Mid Wales Opera’s 25th Anniversary staging directed by Jonathan Miller, no less, who sets Bizet’s opera pre-Spanish War to a new English translation by Rory Bremner. Splendid Australian mezzo Helen Sherman is a blonde Carmen and it is also worth noting that Nicholas Lester is in the graveyard role of Escamillo. Buxton Opera House, Sunday, September 28, 7.30pm – £15, £19, £23. 0845 12 72190
Tideswell Singers, and their music director Carol Bowns anchor a three-hour workshop built around the theme of celebration, including part of piece you can sing at the Albion concert in the evening. All, of any ability, welcome at St John’sChurch, Tideswell, Saturday, 2pm-5pm – £3.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact email@example.com or call 0114 281 4660.
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.