Neil Taylor, Sheffield Cathedral’s director of music gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 18th of February, 8pm – free, retiring collection. NB THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience
Stephen Raine, young British pianist based in London who seems to be making a bit of name for himself and was moved to take up the piano and study music after hearing Bach with whom he starts here, courtesy of Myra Hess: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, followed by Mozart: Sonata No 14 K457; Schubert: two Op 90 Impromptus, No’s 2 and 3; and Chopin: the posthumous Nocturne in C sharp minor and Etude Op 25 No 10, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Leipzig Years, Crucible Studio, Friday to Sunday – see below
The Hallé, with the renowned Finnish conductor Okko Kamu on the podium to guide the orchestra through the Fifth Symphony of his fellow countryman Sibelius after a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto with a seemingly suitable flamboyant soloist in Alexander Gavrylyuk, Richard Strauss getting proceedings underway with Don Juan in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
After Hours, attractive a cappella wind down after The Hallé concert with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and its music director Darius Battiwalla and taking their cue from Sibelius with a performance of Rakastava (The Beloved) in the vocal version that preceded the orchestral suite by over a decade, plus Arvo Pärt’s setting the Magnificat, and two pieces by the Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, Vakars (Evening) and Lielupe (The River Lielupe). City Hall Ballroom, Saturday, 9.30pm – free, but ticket required. ‘The Beloved – After Hours!’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Beethoven Plus – 3, third instalment of four featuring in the complete Beethoven violin sonata cycle (plus!) from Krysia Osostowicz: violin, and Daniel Tong: piano, here taking in Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op 2 No 1 and Violin Sonata No 2 Op 12; Peter Ash: A Major Chase (the preceding Beethoven violin sonata is in A major!); Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 7 Op 30; and Philip Ashworth: Air. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students. ‘Beethoven Plus’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
MENDELSSOHN AND SCHUMANN: THE LEIPZIG YEARS
Weekend Festival from Music in the Round running to open its spring season in Sheffield, Friday to Sunday. All events in the Crucible Studio, except where indicated, and a discounted weekend pass is available.
Discovering Musical Leipzig, schools concert with Ensemble 360 and presented by Andy Smith (BBC Ten Pieces) to introduce children (ideal for Y2 to Y4) to the music and musicians in Leipzig during the 18th and 19th centuries, including its most famous inhabitants, Bach, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Friday, 1.30 –2.30pm – £3 per child, teachers free.
Peter Hill, performs Bach: French Suite No 2 BWV 813; French Suite No 5 BWV 816; Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor from Well-Tempered Clavier Book II BWV 891; and the Aria he based the Goldberg Variations BWV 988 on. Friday, 7.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. NB: No interval.
Ensemble 360, offer more Bach: the Trio Sonata for flute, violin and continuo from The Musical Offering BWV 1079; plus Mendelssohn: Song without Words Op 109 for cello and piano; and Schumann: Piano Quartet Op 47. Friday, 9pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. NB: No interval.
Shop with Schumann! and many others, during a Musical Morning at John Lewis in Barker’s Pool, Saturday, 11am –2pm – full details at www.musicintheround.co.uk
Ensemble 360, celebrate the bicentenary of the birth this year of Sheffield’s own William Sterndale Bennett who spent long periods of time in Leipzig between 1836 –42 following an initial invitation from Mendelssohn with whom he became a close friend and also, subsequently, of Schumann. Both composers admired his music, represented here by his Chamber Piano Trio Op 26 (written in 1839) and spiritually re-unites with Schumann: String Quartet Op 41 No 3. Saturday, 1.30pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
‘True pleasure is serious business’, the motto of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Concert Hall (home of one the world’s oldest and most eminent orchestras) serves as the title for symposium at which three eminent speakers, Laura Turnbridge (Oxford University and a Schumann scholar), Timothy Baycroft (Sheffield University) and Julian Horton (Durham University) discuss the changing development of musical language in the city during the 19th century. Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre, Saturday, 3pm – £5.
Mendelssohn String Quartet Op 80, his sixth and last string quartet, a devastated response to the death of his sister Fanny, also the last major work he completed before, inconsolable, he died two months later in 1847, is examined by Julian Horton, who is becoming a regular at MitR weekend festivals, and Ensemble 360 at an illustrated lecture. Saturday, 5pm – £5.
Ensemble 360, with Schumann: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano Op 70; Mendelssohn: Piano Trio Op 49, the first and best known of the two he penned; Carl Reinecke: Flute Sonata Undine, probably the best known work of the prolific Reinecke, also the longest serving music director of the Gedwandhaus Orchestra and a highly influential teacher; and Mendelssohn: the aforementioned String Quartet Op 80. Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Ensemble 360, a coffee concert-style affair of Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba (cello) in D BWV 1028 and Flute Sonata in E minor BWV 1034 – a lung-burster for Juliette Bausor! plus Mendelssohn: String Quartet Op 44 No 1 – his third string quartet. Sunday, 11.30am – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Ensemble 360, close the weekend with Clara Schumann: 3 Romances Op 22 for violin and piano; Grieg: the best known of his three violin sonatas, No 3 Op 45 – Grieg studied in Leipzig (with Reinecke) and maintained links there; and Schumann: Piano Quintet Op 44. Sunday, 3pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
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
Open Music Box Workshops, another round of Music in the Round’s popular hands-on musical activity for toddlers under its Music in the Community outreach umbrella where young children, age three to five here, can move, sing and play instruments – and grown-ups can join in. Polly Ives has acquired a co-presenter on this occasion, pianist Fraser Wilson, at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 12th of March, 10.30am and 11.45am – £6 per child, grown-ups free. Tickets from Crucible Theatre Box Office, 0114 249 6000, or www.musicintheround.co.uk
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 the next block of six begins on Thursday, 7th April, fortnightly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session) – one place available. Also, new: a Composing for Beginners class starting Monday, 4th April, weekly, 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
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.