The Hallé, Elgar’s Symphony No 1 opens the orchestra’s penultimate appearance in the 2016/ 17 Sheffield International Concert Season, a work it has remained indelibly associated with since premiering it in 1908. Following it is Symphony (2016) by the highly regarded Huw Watkins, which the orchestra premieres in Manchester 24 hours earlier and proceedings, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, end with Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra as originally conceived in 1945, with narration. Eric Crozier wrote the original narration but it is doubtful this will be used, as delivering it are actors from Manchester Metropolitan University School of Theatre. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free, and possibly incorporating talk of the 2017/ 18 Sheffield International Concert Season, details of which are scheduled to be unveiled on the night.
Silent Conversations, first event of three in a ‘Classical Weekend’ at the Yellow Arch Studios in Neepsend and the first performance of a work, or works by Christopher Hawkins that grew out of his fascination for sacred chants, both well known and less so. Accordingly, he went into James Bacon’s piano studio in Sheffield two years ago and began recording 25 of them in arrangement form. As he progressed he realised his more complex re-imaginings would benefit from being heard in instrumental combinations, rather than purely for solo piano, so violin, viola and cello entered the reckoning and here is, or are the results from Chris Hawkins: piano; David Milsom: violin, viola; Liz Hanks: cello; Tim Smedley: cello, a stellar trio in itself before the ‘special guests’ are added. Yellow Arch Studios, Burton Road, S3 8BX, Friday, 7.30pm – £10.
Yogesh Samsi, a master tabla performer appears in the Global Soundtracks strand of the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Friday, 8pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
Music in Miniature, second of the three events making up the ‘Classical Weekend’ at the Yellow Arch Studios finds the Sheffield Rep Orchestra and its conductor George Morton in residence and a chamber rendition of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5 on offer, plus Dances from Stravinsky’s Petrushka and a rare opportunity to hear Peter Warlock’s (Philip Heseltine) superbly languid song cycle The Curlew, four settings of poems by Yeats for tenor, flute, cor anglais and string quartet. Glyn Herron is the tenor. Yellow Arch Studios, Burton Road, S3 8BX, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10.
Gypsies of Bohemia, one of Yellow Arch Studios’ favourite bands, it says, bring the ‘Classical Weekend’ to its conclusion, although how ‘classical’ remains to be heard as the Manchester-based band takes its inspiration from Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France and the Hot Club of Clowntown happens to be the support act in an evening of “gypsy jazz foolery and merriment.” Yellow Arch Studios, Burton Road, S3 8BX, Sunday, 8pm – £7.50.
Rush Hour Concert, the presence of PhD Students was scheduled but now it is a Sheffield High School Outreach affair. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Monday, 5.45pm – free.
Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s most popular opera relayed direct from the New York Metropolitan Opera with Anna Netrebko as Tatiana which left critics drowning in a barrage of superlatives when she first assumed the role in 2013. Excellent Swedish baritone Peter Mattei is Onegin, the man who breaks her heart then his own over her, and the much-in-flavour Robin Ticciati (a Brit of Italian ancestry) is the conductor. Sung in Russian with English subtitles. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 5.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
Nabucco, everyone knows the Lament of the Hebrew Slaves in Verdi’s opera but there is super stuff elsewhere in it and Ellen Kent usually finds a baritone capable of doing justice to the title role and a soprano for the killer role of Abigaille when Opera and Ballet International put it on. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. City Hall, Sunday, 7.30pm – £16.24 –£37.52, suggesting booking fees are included.
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, 20th of May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/woodwind-fitness-day.html