Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and its music director Edward Gardner re-start the Sheffield International Concert Season after the festive break and offer one of the finest British symphonies from the 20th century, Walton’s stormy, melancholic and ultimately triumphant First. Not inappropriately, Elgar’s Cello Concerto from one of the world’s foremost cellists, Truls Mørk, precedes it and proceedings begin with Wagner’s Overture to his disowned opera Rienzi, the only part of the work that keeps it in the public eye that, and to a lesser extent, the item from the opera the overture is built on, ‘Rienzi’s Prayer’ late on in the work. City Hall, Thursday, 19th of January, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Tales From the Prompter’s Box, a title suggesting that the Sheffield Recorded Music Society’s guest this month, David Patmore, will be offering musical reminiscences on his time at the Royal Opera House in London before coming to Sheffield as the city’s, then director of arts many years ago. The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA, Friday, 20th of January, 1.30 –3.30pm – £3.
SMA Piano Trio, an expert Sheffield Music Academy threesome of the academy’s director Martin Cropper: violin, with Richard Jenkinson: cello, and Anne Bolt: piano, perform piano trios by Haydn, Schubert and Shostakovich to raise cash for the academy’s instrument fund. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 20th of January, 7.30pm – £10, under 18s free.
Gould Piano Trio, Lucy Gould: violin, Alice Neary: cello, Benjamin Frith: piano, probably the most celebrated piano trio around at present return after a long absence with Schubert’s two masterpieces for the three instruments, in B flat and E flat, to get Music in the Round’s spring season in Sheffield underway. Crucible Studio, Friday, 27th of January, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. MitR Spring Season 2017 @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Sterling Trio, innovative threesome of Sarah Atter: flute, Thomas Verity: clarinet, Lauren Hibberd: piano, offer a programme of Paul Agricole Génin (1832-1904): Grand Duo Concertant Op 51; Bach: Trio Sonata in G BWV1038; Bishop: Lo! Here the Gentle Lark; Granados: Trio Op 50; Saint-Saëns: Tarantella Op 6; Robert Manno (1944-): Three Scenes From the Mountains – The Wind on the Water, The Meadow at Dawn, The Forest at Night; Howard Blake: Fantasy Trio Op 662a (1956, rev 2014); and Malcolm Arnold: Suite Bourgeoise, at a Matlock Music concert. Highfields School (Wheeldon Hall), Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 27th of January, 7.30pm – £12, under 18 free.
Sterndale Singers, director Robert Webb, embark their 40th anniversary year with a concert of Fauré: Requiem; Poulenc: Gloria; and Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, with Harriet Mountford: soprano, John Mountford: alto, David Watkin-Holmes: tenor, Peter Taylor: baritone, and Jonathan Gooing: organ. St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 28th of January, 7.30pm – £12, £5 students, under 16s free.
Ensemble 360, opens its Sheffield account for 2017 with engagingly eclectic collection of Sibelius: En Saga (original septet version); Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (arranged, obviously); Martinů: Nonet (almost certainly the second one); Lutoslawski: Dance Preludes; and Spohr: Nonet. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 1st of February, 7.15 –9.05pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. MitR Spring Season 2017 @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Roméo et Juliette, Gounod’s fabulous opera relayed live from the New York Metropolitan Opera with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo as the star-crossed lovers and Gianandrea Noseda conducting. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 21st of January, 5.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
Annie Get Your Gun, last performances of the Crucible’s raved about Christmas show with Anna-Jane Casey and Ben Lewis at loggerheads as sharp-shootin’ Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Irving Berlin’s classic musical. Crucible Theatre, Wednesday, 18th of January, ends Saturday, 7.15pm, with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.15pm. Ticket prices are a minefield ranging from £28, £25.50 concessions to £47, £44.50 concessions with many variations in between.