Piano Masterclass, the head of chamber music at the Royal Northern College of Music, Jeremy Young, works on Grieg’s Lyric Pieces with pianists from Sheffield Music Academy, including performances, as part of the Broomhill Festival, at St Mark’s Church, Wednesday (June 17), 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Robin Ireland, the former Lindsay Quartet viola player returns to the Broomhill Festival with students from Birmingham Conservatoire with a varied programme ranging through Bach to transcriptions for four violas of Debussy’s Cakewalk and traditional Irish reels, at St Mark’s Church, Thursday (June 18), 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Paul Israel, young concert pianist of no mean ability it seems, at present chiefly active in the south-west and Wales, ventures a little further north to perform Beethoven, Chopin and Prokofiev at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (June 18), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Jacob George and Noa King, the principal violin of the Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra and former principal second violin of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, plays sonatas by Debussy and Grieg in partnership with a Messiaen scholar at the last lunchtime concert in this year’s Broomhill Festival, St Mark’s Church, Friday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, brings its present season to a close with a rather attractive mix of Rossini – William Tell Overture; Elgar – Cello Concerto; Ravel – Mother Goose Suite; and Stravinsky – The Firebird. London-based freelance cellist Michelle So is the soloist in the Elgar and the conductor is the orchestra’s music director Juan Ortuño at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 unwaged, £5 students.
Requiem for a Soldier, Chorus UK and the Sheffield ‘Pops’ Orchestra commemorate 200 years of conflict since the Battle of Waterloo with what might be called eclectic imagination: Battle Hymn of the Republic; a Les Miserables medley; One Day Like This (with G4’s Jonathan Ansell, no less); Men of Harlech; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – the hugely popular WW2 hit for the Andrews Sisters; Colonel Bogey March – written in 1914 long before The Bridge on the River Kwai hit cinema screens; Moonlight Serenade; A Soldier’s Wife; Requiem for a Soldier – one would guess owing more to Amici Forever than Katherine Jenkins; Sanctus – must be from Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man; 633 Squadron; Wherever You Are; Bui-Doi (Jonathan Ansell reappearing!) – Miss Saigon should you not know!; a remembrance sequence of Hymn to the Fallen, The Last Post and Eternal Father; and, although pre-Waterloo, the 1812 Overture replete with its not too often heard final choral section, sung in Russian! City Hall, Sunday, 4pm – £7.50 to £17.50.
Jill Crossland, the much lauded Yorkshire-born pianist who, curiously, has never hit the big time her reputation, especially in Bach and Baroque music generally (she is no mean Mozartian either it seems) would appear to merit, returns with another Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (June 25), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
20th June to 27th June with all concerts at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield
Onyx Brass, Niall Keatley, Alan Thomas: trumpets; Amos Miller: trombone; David Gordon-Shute: tuba; Andrew Sutton: horn, described as leaders in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for chamber music – you can believe it with well over 100 commissioned works! perform what looks like three original works on this occasion, by James Maynard – Fanfare; Alex Jackson – Anything But; and Kenny Wheeler – One for Five; otherwise, arrangements, of Brahms – Two piano pieces (plenty to go at!); Handel – Royal Fireworks Music suite; Bach – Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, seemingly the first movement of the cantata (No 61), not the chorale prelude; and Toccata & Fugue in D minor (hardly a stranger to being transcribed!); and Copland – Three Dance Episodes from Rodeo. Saturday, 7.30pm – £15. Concert includes performances of two short works, both solo, by the winners of a joint Bradfield Festival/ Sheffield Music Hub young musicians award scheme, by two clearly gifted youngsters: Lily Frascina who plays Bernhard Krol’s Laudatio for horn; and Adam West who offers Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for oboe.
4Girls, 4Harps and Ella Taylor, the quartet being Harriet Adie, Eleanor Turner, Elizabeth Scorah, Keziah Thomas, who got together in 2000 and became something of a minor phenomenon. Here, they offer their 15th Anniversary celebratory commission Tetra, a four-movement piece written by four female composers, Alissa Firsova, Nicola LeFanu, Savourna Stevenson and Ayanna Witter-Johnson, the only other original work being by the one of their number, Harriet Adie – Elemental. Elsewhere, are arrangements of pieces by Ravel – Five Popular Greek Melodies; Rachmaninov – 18th variation from Paganini Rhapsody; Shostakovich – Waltz 2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra; and Sophia Giustina Corri (probably best known as Sophia Dussek) – a solo harp piece, La Chasse; Ella Taylor’s first two items also being by noted 18th century British musicians, Thomas Linley (the elder) – The lark sings high in the cornfield; and Stephen Storace – The curlew tolls the knell of parting day. A second slot for Sheffield’s former BBC Chorister of the Year, now soprano, takes in Bach/ Gounod – Ave Maria; Puccini – O mio babbino caro; and Britten – two folk song arrangements, O Waly, Waly and the less frequently encountered Bonny at Morn. Monday, 7.30pm – £15.
Jennifer Pike, who seems to have been around forever, yet is still only 25, the illusion being created for those who remember her stunning performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in 2002 when winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the ripe old age of 12. She has been in the limelight since (Proms debut aged 15), establishing herself as one the finest violinists in the world and is recital mode here playing Beethoven – Violin Sonata No 3; Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending; the hugely prolific Miklós Rósza – an early work by a composer forever to be remembered for Hollywood film scores, but an industrious composer of non-film music, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song Op 4; Dvořák – Four Romantic Pieces Op 75; and Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso. Her pianist is her composer-father Jeremy Pike, her regular piano partners, such as Martin Roscoe, no doubt being otherwise engaged; mind you, dad is no mean substitute! Tuesday, 7.30pm – £15.
Rebeca Omodia and Amy Dickson, super concert from the much praised young Romanian/ Nigerian pianist and Australian saxophonist taking in works by Milhaud (Scaramouche), Chopin, Prokofiev (Piano Sonata No 7), Piazzolla, Ireland, Rachmaninov, Bozza (Aria), Fred Onovwerosuoke – a highly thought of Ghanaian-born Nigerian composer; Rudy Wiedoeft – an American saxophonist of German extraction, known as ‘the Kreisler of the Saxophone’ in his day; and Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde. Wednesday (June 24), 7.30pm – £18. For full details of the whole enterprising affair see Chopin and African Rhythms under FEATURES
Brodsky Quartet, world-famous string quartet of Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton: violins, Paul Cassidy: viola, Jacqueline Thomas: cello, the latter and Ian Belton being original members of the adventuresome foursome since its formation in 1972. Given the sort of concerts it has been involved in with the likes of Björk, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, an entirely safe programme of Schubert – Quartettsatz; Webern – Six Bagatelles Op 9; Zemlinsky – String Quartet No 4 (the nearest it gets to off the beaten track); and Beethoven – String Quartet No 13. Thursday (June 25), 7.30pm – £18.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, July 2, 1pm – £6. Also, September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.