Joshua Hales, organ, Sheffield Cathedral’s assistant director of music gives the weekly Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 20), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
St Luke’s Charity Concert, an evening of music and song in aid of the Sheffield hospice organised by Peter Fagerlind, a classically trained pianist seemingly with a penchant for arranging such events. Here he is joined by Anne Padget: soprano and piano; Simon Cottingham: singer; Lindsey James; soprano; and Katie Stewart: lounge singer, with on offer a wide range of music, including the andante from Mozart’s 21st piano concerto arranged for solo piano, Schubert’s Serenade, Satie’s Gymnopedie No 1, Solveig’s Song from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, songs from musicals and the crooner era of Sinatra and Matt Monro. Sheffield Town Hall – Mirror Room, Friday, 7pm - £15, includes choice of tea, coffee or wine. 07808 927 848, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, and its music director Juan Ortuño get a new season of concerts underway with two works by Debussy: Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un Faune and Nocturnes; and Holst: The Planets, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 unwaged, £5 students.
Sheffield University Chamber Choir, in a purple patch under its director Mark McCombs take on Parry’s six Songs of Farewell at what suggests itself to be have been prompted by the centenary of the outbreak of World War One with included elsewhere A Short Requiem by one of Parry’s pupil Henry Walford Davies penned in 1915, ‘In Sacred Memory of all those who have fallen in the war’. University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26. Read this feature about the concert.
Sheffield University Big Band, give the third of four 45-minute Rush-Hour Concerts, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
New Zealand String Quartet, a major international foursome that celebrates its 28th birthday next year and joined here by Peter Cropper, no less, for Brahms’ second String Quintet Op 111 which will no doubt find the former first violin of the Lindsay Quartet playing the second viola part. Elsewhere are Mozart’s Quartet No 22, the second ‘Prussian’ quartet K589, Bartók’s No 3 and a piece by New Zealand composer John Psaphas, Kartsigar. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26.
Ensemble 360, with the passionate outpouring that is Franck’s Piano Quintet, which led Nadia Boulanger to remark that it contained more ppp and fff markings than any other chamber music piece. Generally assumed to have been prompted by the composer’s infatuation with one of his students at the time – probably why Franck’s wife registered her disgust for it, publicly! – the work’s dedicatee Saint-Saëns, who played the piano part at its premiere, wasn’t overly keen either. Hating its never-ending modulations, he stalked of stage at the end of the performance. Proceedings are a little calmer pre-interval with the longest of Haydn’s four ‘London Trios’ for flute, violin and cello (actually written for two flutes and cello), No 3; Saint-Saëns’ late Oboe Sonata; and Mozart’s A major flute quartet, K298. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (November 26), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, given by Department of Music undergraduate students, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 27), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Aglaia Tarantino, London-based Italian pianist of much more than passing ability if she is collaborates with the likes Maxim Vengerov on a regular basis and going by a programme here of Domenico Scarlatti – three sonatas; Chopin – Andante spianto und Grande Polonaise brillante; Debussy – Deux Arabesques; and Liszt – Isolde’s Liebestod after Wagner and the Paraphrase after Verdi’s Rigoletto – that’s a killer! Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (November 27), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia, the opera buffa of all ‘opera buffe’ in a revival staging of Rossini’s Barber of Seville in the New York Metropolitan Opera’s hit production by Bartlett Sher and the latest live relay in HD from the Met of the Saturday afternoon matinee. Of particular interest, because the most famous son of Cleethorpes (bet you didn’t know that), superb baritone Christopher Maltman (at Firth Hall two or three years ago) is Figaro who employs his guile to ensure two leading American singers as Rosina and Count Almaviva get each other, mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and Lawrence Brownlee, the only tenor who can keep Juan Diego Flórez off the Met stage in this sort of role. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
L’Eliser d’Amore, from Rossini’s most popular comic opera to Donizetti’s and in another revival of a hit production, this one by Laurent Pely for the Royal Opera House from where it relayed live with British soprano of international repute Lucy Crowe, who rose to fame in the realms ‘historically informed performance’ and is now spreading her wings with equal success, as Adina. From the land where they seem to have disappeared when once there hundreds comes an Italian tenor of international note, Vittorio Grigolo, as Nemorino and, here’s Bryn Terfel in a comic role as the quack doctor, Dulcamara! Wednesday (November 26), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
The Nutcracker, Moscow State Ballet staging of Tchaikovsky’s perennial favourite at this time of the year, a little early but the C season did get started around the end of September – wrong, August! Buxton Opera House, Wednesday (November 19), 7.30pm – £20, £23, £25. 0845 12 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, December 4 (Memorial Hall), 1pm – £6.
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. Crucible Studio, Saturday, December 6, 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. Book on line at www.musicintheround.co.uk For further information contact 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.