An Evening with Tim Horton, a week before he reaches the climax of his journey through the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle for Music in the Round, the pianist chats with well known writer and broadcaster Paul Allen about the challenges posed by the music with a liberal sprinkling of music examples and takes audience questions. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (April 1), 7.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Tim Horton, and here it is, the final instalment of the Beethoven piano sonata cycle from Ensemble 360’s pianist with performances of the last three, No’s 30, 31 and 32 – Op 109, Op 110 and Op 111. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (April 8), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Marius Neset Quintet, the brilliant young Norwegian saxophonist offers live, physical proof as to why he seen as the natural heir to his innovative countryman Jan Garbarek with an Anglo-Scandinavian band of Magnus Hjorth: piano, Jim Hart: vibes, Petter Eidh: bass, and Josh Blackmore: drums. Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round at the Crucible Studio, Thursday (April 9), 7.30pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, students, £3 under 16s.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, slightly less of a mouthful than with its German title, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, the Bertolt Brecht/ Kurt Weill satire on money, greed and morality in the pleasure-seeking, fictional city of Mahagonny with a fabulous cast assembled for its first staging at the Royal Opera House, among it: Kurt Streit as Jimmy, Christine Rice as Jenny, who gets the famous Alabama Song to sing, and Anne Sofie van Otter as Leokadja Begbick. Sheffield-born Mark Wigglesworth is the conductor and it is sung in English in a live relay from the Royal Opera House, Wednesday (April 1), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions. Recorded repeat: Vue, Meadowhall, Sunday, 2pm – £12.50, £10 concessions.
Barnum, the circus comes to town in the shape of Cy Coleman’s musical – book: Martin Bramble; lyrics: Michael Stewart – based on the life of Phineas T Barnum, self-styled as America’s greatest showman in a Cameron Mackintosh revival staging unveiled at the Chichester Festival Theatre in July 2013 and now on a national tour with Brian Conley in the title role and Linzi Hateley as ‘Chairey’. Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday (April 11), 7.45pm: Tuesday –Thursday – £33 –£42; Friday-Saturday – £36 –£45; plus, Wednesday-Thursday, 2pm – £29 –£38; and Saturday, 3pm – £36 –£45.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, May 7, 1pm – £6. Also, June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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, this 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.
Piano Trio Weekend, University of Sheffield-hosted symposium and workshop hinged on a visit by the noted Fidelio Trio to give a concert on Saturday, April 18. Earlier in the day, entry to the Symposium on performance practice and editions, 10.30am - 5.30pm, is free – further details on the Classical Sheffield Calendar. Chamber Music Coaching for piano and strings ensembles by members of the Fidelio Trio, £45, £15 students (includes concert entry the night before), is on Sunday, April 19, 12pm - 5.30pm, with each group allocated its own room for rehearsal and coaching sessions. Department of Music, Jessop Building, 34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RD (concert at Firth Hall, not too far away!). For further information and applications, contact email@example.com
Come and Take Part, a series of events as part of this year’s Music in the Round May Festival, all in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
Classical Babies, 40-minute concert hosted by London-based Classical Babies and Sheffield string quartet Silver Strings with 20 minutes of free-play to explore percussion and mini-violins, Monday, May 11, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free.
Songbuds Music Workshops, for two-to-three-year-olds led by Vanessa Johnson of Sheffield’s Songbuds and 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Tuesday, May 12, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Music Box Workshops, for three-to-five-year-olds and similar to the preceding, except being another round of the regular, successfully tried and tested Polly Ives-led workshops, again 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Wednesday, May 13, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Spaces limited at all three, booking 0114 249 6000.
Come and Sing, with Helen Cowan’s Sheffield Junior Singers and Sheffield Young Singers, Thursday, May 14, Years 3 to 6, 4pm-5pm; Years 7 to 13, 5pm-6pm; and the newly formed community choir Sheffield Singers catering for adults, Friday, May 15, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or firstname.lastname@example.org Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
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.