BBC Philharmonic, take a musical trip to Northern climes, mainly in Nordic regions: to Norway for six items from Grieg’s Peer Gynt suites – Morning; Anitra’s Dance; In the Hall of the Mountain King; Ingrid’s Lament; Peer Gynt’s Homecoming; Solveig’s Song; then after a detour, via Russia to take in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme; to Denmark for Nielsen’s Symphony No 1; and to Finland for Sibelius’s Finlandia. The guide is the orchestra’s principal guest conductor John Storgårds, aptly from Finland, and the cello soloist in the Tchaikovsky is Leonard Eischenbroich, at the City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation with Leonard Eischenbroich, 6pm. See ‘Nordic Variations’ under FEATURES
Sheffield Rep Orchestra, engaging and imaginative programme of transcendental Webern – Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement); Haydn – Cello Concerto in D; and some fabulous Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), all string music in other words, conducted by George Morton and Natalie Halliday returning as soloist in the Haydn. Wesley Hall, Crookes, S10 1UD, Saturday, 7pm – £10, £5 concessions, 0114 275 5082
Leveret, a newly formed trio of leading English folk musicians, Sam Sweeney: fiddle; Rob Harbon: English concertina; and Andy Cutting: melodeon, which dresses ancient English tunes in new, original settings and performs them alongside new compositions by today’s finest folk tunesmiths. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £13.50, £10 university students, under 16s. Joint ticket with following, £18.50.
Will Pound Band, another recently formed group of leading folk music luminaries, a quartet, actually, of Will Pound: harmonica; John Parker: double bass; Chris Sarjeant: guitar, vocals; and Henry Webster: fiddle, that combines traditional music with shades of blues, bluegrass and jazz. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 under 26, students. Joint ticket with preceding, £18.50.
Ella Taylor, the young soprano, at present a Sheffield University music undergraduate, gives the first in a new series of weekly University Lunchtime Concerts at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (February 26), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Emily Chaplais, young Sheffield-based freelance violinist gives the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (February 26), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Der Fliegende Hollander, Bryn Terfel returns in Wagner’s opera (The Flying Dutchman) as the seaman doomed to sail the oceans for eternity, but able to make land once every seven years to look for the true love of a woman and gain redemption. Adrianne Pieczonka is Senta here with Peter Rose as her father Daland in a revival staging of Tim Albery’s modern dress production unveiled in 2009 and conducted by Andris Nelsons in a live relay direct from the Royal Opera House, Tuesday 24th, 7.15pm; at Sheffield Cineworld – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Top Hat, stage adaptation of the most successful (if not necessarily best) Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film from 1935, unveiled in 2011 and currently on a 47-week tour drops off in the city for a couple of weeks so don the White Tie and Tails, too (along with other Irving Berlin hits) and go Cheek to Cheek to Face the Music and Dance at the Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, February 24 to Saturday, March 7 (except Sunday-Monday, March 1-2), 7.45pm – £29 –£39 (Tuesday-Thursday), £32 –£42 (Friday-Saturday); plus matinees, Wednesday (February 25), Thursdays, Tuesday (March 3), 2pm – £27 –£37; and Saturdays, 3pm – £32 –£42.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, March 5, 1pm – £6. Also, March 26; May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Sheffield Cello Day, 4strings88keys event for cellists of all ages and ability taking in masterclasses and study sessions to diploma level, plus Alexander technique and activities for groups and individuals. Gemma Rosefield and Thomas Carroll are the principal tutors with Sarah Huson-Whyte catering for children, grades 4 –6; plus, further professional cellists for adults and children. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, March 29, 9.30am–5pm – juniors: 9.30am-3pm; adults: 9.30am-5pm. Fees: £55 adults; £20 students, school age, with free admission to recital by Gemma Rosefield/ Thomas Carroll recital post-5pm. Further details and application forms at www.4strings88keys.org
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 with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 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. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.