Francisco Amaya, Spanish organist with numerous concerts to his name across Europe and made it to America last October performing at Harvard University and New York’s Grace Church. Later this year he plays at Notre Dame in Paris. Also a conductor, he studied choral direction for four years with Helmuth Rilling (no less!) at the Stuttgart Bach Academy. His home base, so to speak, is Los Angeles (it translates as The Angels, should you need reminding) Church in Valencia and his programme at Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital takes in Cabezón – in English, Differences on the plainchant of the Knight; Juan Bautista Cabanilles – Corrente Italiana; Buxtehude – Ciaconna in E minor; Bach – Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582; and Franck - Chorale No 2 Op 39; Thursday (March 19), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
La Serenissima, Adrian Chandler: violin; Gareth Deate: cello; Robert Howarth: harpsichord, core members of the group, Italian Baroque specialists, play violin music by and dedicated to one of most influential violinists of the time, Johann Georg Pisendel, including a couple of pieces by him: Sonata in C minor and Sonata a Violino Solo in A minor; plus the third and fifth of five sonatas, per Monsieur Pisendel, penned by Vivaldi: RV19, RV29; Albinoni: Sonata in E flat; and Antonio Montanari: Sonata in D minor. Music in the Round at St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (March 19), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. See For Monsieur Pisendel under FEATURES
Sheffield Youth Big Band, first of four showcase events promoted by Sheffield Music Hub and an evening for jazz fans of all ages with alumni returning to join in at Queen's Social Club, Queens Road, Saturday, 7pm.
Hallam Sinfonia, and its conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa go all-Beethoven at their next concert with performances of the Egmont Overture, Piano Concerto No 4 and Symphony No 7 with, as he nears the end of a journey through much solo Beethoven: the composer’s piano sonata cycle, Ensemble 360’s pianist Tim Horton joining them as the soloist in the concerto, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 under 25, under 12 free.
Sheffield Chorale, present Songs for the Spirit, a wide variety of songs to lift the spirit relating to spiritual love, mostly linked to mournful occasions, the spirit of a nation and people through folk songs and spirituals: Poulenc – Mass in G, prompted by the death of a close friend but dedicated to his father who had died 20 years earlier; Howells – Take him, earth, for cherishing, the composer’s reaction to the assassination of John F Kennedy; Tavener – Song for Athene, famously known for its use at Princess Diana’s funeral, though penned four years earlier in memory of Athene Hariades, a young half-Greek actress; James MacMillan – The Gallant Weaver and A Child’s Prayer, dedicated to victims of the Dunblane massacre; Finzi – My spirit sang all day; Elgar – My love dwelt in a northern land; Vaughan Williams – Bushes and Briars; Matyas Seiber – 3 Hungarian folk songs; plus arrangements of Roving in the dew (Chapman, after Butterworth), Among the leaves so green (Byrt), Swing low, sweet chariot (Carter), Dixie (Luboff), De Battle of Jericho (Lang) and Nobody knows the trouble I see. Neil Taylor is the conductor at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, offers its spring term concert, perhaps a little unfortunately on another rather busy Saturday night, but there is the lure of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto and Malcolm Arnold’s early Oboe Sonatina Op 28, a delightful if slightly misleadingly titled piece – a full-bodied sonata in miniature, as someone has described it, fits the bill. Rui Travasso and Rosie Pollock are the respective soloists and the concert, conducted by Tim Shepherd, is made up with a new work by Chris Bell at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 60, £4 under 26, students.
Sterndale Singers, perform a programme of Baroque Gems at a second hugely attractive choral concert this Saturday, the choir-proclaimed highlight being a Miserere setting in C minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka. He was a Bohemian-born composer (1679-1745) who spent most of his life in Dresden. Bach admired him and his closest friends included Telemann and Johann Georg Pisendel (who is celebrated at St Marie’s Cathedral this Thursday). After his death, Zelenka’s musical estate was purchased by the Court of Saxony and kept under lock and key as valuable court possessions, a fate that befell Pisendel. When his works, largely religious, began to be discovered in the late 20th century they revealed an originality that placed him among the giants of the Baroque era. Already established giants are among those with works elsewhere in the concert: Schütz – German Magnificat and Psalm 100: Jauchzet dem Herren, both for double choir; Vivaldi – Magnificat; Bach – O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht; Lotti – Crucifixus for 8 voices; and Sweelinck – Laudate Dominum. Robert Webb is the conductor, a string quartet is on hand, as should a soprano soloist for the Zelenka, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free.
Sheffield Music Hub Celebration Concert, the ‘big one’, so to speak, presented as a Family Concert and featuring over 500 young people on stage variously presenting a wide range of music collaborations, including a massed choir from primary schools, the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, a rock band from High Storrs School among others. An exciting finale with orchestra, choir and soloists is promised with the assurance that you won’t be able to stop yourself from singing along with, at the City Hall, Sunday, 4pm – £8 over 16, £3 16 and under, £20 family ticket.
Beethoven Mass in C, Buxton Madrigal Society and its long-time director and founder Michael Williams take on the not too frequently heard work in a Classical Vienna concert that further takes in Mozart’s last piano concerto, No 27, with Stephen Barlow, artistic director of the Buxton Festival, wearing his not inconsiderable pianist’s cap. St John’s Church, Buxton, Sunday, 7.30pm – £12, £10.50 concessions. 0845 12 72190
Voice in a Million, staggeringly successful organisation that came into being in 2009 – first concert, January 2010 – and began staging arena concerts with as many children as it could muster to take part, the aim of the concerts being to raise awareness and give a ‘voice’ to the millions of children throughout the world who do not have a family to take care of them. It comes to the city as part of the Sheffield Music Hub celebrations after a sell-out concert at Wembley Arena a week ago with a choir of nearly 7,000 and there will be 500 children from Sheffield (well, London is a much bigger place and ViaM is well-established down there!) and the surrounding area for the concert who will be rehearsing for it all afternoon before going on stage at the City Hall, Monday, 7.30pm – £12.
Music for Youth Primary Schools Prom, last event in the Sheffield Music Hub celebration and was for schools only, two hour-long around-lunchtime concerts at the City Hall on Tuesday. Was, because they both sold out some while ago! There is surely something significant about that!
Christina Jones/ John Truss, versatile soprano who graduated with a honours degree in Law from Sheffield University in 2008 but has since pleaded guilty to the charge that music is her passion, and her widely experienced pianist offer a nicely put together programme of Dowland – Flow My Tears; Purcell – Crown the Altar; Vivaldi – Col Piacer Della Mia Fede (Arsilda); Handel – Piangero, La Sorte Mia (Giulio Cesare); Rossini – La Pastorella Delle Alpi; Schumann – Seit Ich Ihn Gesehen; Schubert – Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt; Mozart – Das Veilchen; Gluck – O Toi Qui Prolongeas (Iphigénie en Tauride); Fauré – Mandoline; Celius Dougherty – Beauty is Not Caused; Britten – Nocturne, Seascape (both from On This Island); and Barber – Sure on this shining Night, at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Thursday (March 26), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Faust, Gounod’s once ubiquitous opera after Goethe about an aging philosopher who sells his soul to the Devil to regain his youth in what now must be called rare staging, courtesy of Swansea City Opera in its 10th anniversary season and garners good reviews generally. Buxton Opera House, Wednesday (March 18), 7.30pm – £18, £21, £24. 0845 12 72190
Ruddigore, Grenoside and Birley Carr Players annual Gilbert and Sullivan production, this one the tale of bad baronets running amok and again supporting St Luke’s Hospice, at Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside, Tuesday to Saturday (March 28), 7.30pm – £8, £5 children, £7 senior citizens (Tuesday only). 01226 754462
Wuthering Heights, Northern Ballet staging of the Emily Bronté classic with music composed by Claude-Michel Schoenberg, he of Les Misérables and Miss Saigon-fame, Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (March 18) to Saturday, 7.45pm – Wednesday-Thursday £15 –£35; Friday-Saturday £17 –£37; plus matinees, Thursday, 2pm £12 –£27; Saturday, 3pm £15 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (March 26), 1pm – £6. Also, 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, 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.