Alessandro Bianchi, Como-born organist who has given concerts all over the world and is presently based at St Edward’s Anglican Church in Lugano returns with a nicely off the beaten track programme of Pierre Phalèse – the younger, going by the date shown for Suite of Dances, 1583; John Bull (1562-1628) – Rondò in G; Massimo Nosetti (1961-2013) – Elegy on an American folk tune (Shenandoah); Hans Andrè Stamm (1958- ) – Toccata Giocosa (dedicated to Alessandro Bianchi) and Rondò alla latina; Hal H Hopson (1933- ) – Processional in C from 1,000-plus works to his name; Joel Raney (1956- ) – Hymn: ‘Raise me up’; and Louis Vierne (1870-1937) – the Final of Symphonie No 2 Op 20, at the penultimate Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Friday (NB: day), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Midsummer Mix, Viva Voce chamber choir with what promises to be a highly entertaining couple of hours or so with guests the Peak District Youth Choir and its director Naomi Baynes taking Baltic Midsummer Solstice rituals, Estonian wedding songs, songs from Venezuela, Nigeria and Zulu-land, encounters with Mack the Knife, Sweeney Todd and a Hobbit, English folk songs, a rummage in the Great American Song Book – get the picture? David Mellor Visitor Centre, Hathersage, Saturday, 6pm to 8.30pm – free! You can read all about it in Midsummer Manoeuvres under FEATURES
Escafeld Chorale, and perhaps, friends on this occasion present an American Independence Day programme book-ending it with excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Bernstein’s West Side Story. In between, the choir’s associate soloist this season, baritone Jak Laight offers three war songs (WW1) by Charles Ives: In Flanders Fields, He is There, and Tom Sails Away; and remains in conflict mode for three songs by Ned Rorem from his cycle of five Walt Whitman settings, War Scenes: A Night Battle, A Specimen Case, and An Incident. His accompanist George Parsons, meanwhile, plays piano transcriptions of three Gershwin songs: Do it again, Do, do, do, and Who Cares? Emily Chaplais is there, too, to play two violin solos, by Copland: Hoe-Down from Rodeo; and Jay Ungar: Ashokan Farewell. The choir is not silent, giving voice to Eric Whitacre: Seal Lullaby, and Five Hebrew Love Songs in their SATB version with piano and violin. Ian Roberts is the conductor and, following her recent death, the concert is being dedicated to the memory of long-time Escafeld member and secretary for many years, Janet Grahame. St Andrew's Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £4 students, under 16s free.
City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir, attractive programme of It’s a Grand Night for Singing from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair; America from Bernstein’s West Side Story; John Farmer’s Fair Phyllis I Saw; Dowland’s Fine Knacks for Ladies, a couple of arrangements by the choir’s founder David Clover: Go Down Moses and Joshua at de Battle ob Jericho; Howard Goodall’s setting of The Lord is My Shepherd; Ward Swingle’s of How Do I Love Thee; arrangements of Goin’ Home and Danube So Blue from Waltzes from Vienna, a Johann Strauss film musical directed by Alfred Hitchcock! and Jay Althouse/ Sally Albrecht’s I Am a Small Part of the World. Vocal chords get a rest when Matthew Pitts, the choir’s accompanist, plays Gottschalk’s La Scintilla Op 20 and the conductor is Ralph Green at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Thursday (July 9), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Carmen, short notice but it has only just surfaced in the first revival of Catalan director Calixto Bieito’s 2012 production for English National Opera that sets Bizet’s opera in the last days of Franco’s Spain with Justina Gringyte returning in the title role. Live relay, sung in English, from the London Coliseum tonight, Wednesday (July 1), 7.30pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Guillaume Tell, you have heard the famous overture often enough but how many times have you seen what comes after it when he curtain goes up on Rossini’s pulsating last opera, William Tell? Well, here is a rare opportunity in a new production of it relayed live from the Royal Opera House conducted by Antonio Pappano which reunites the three principal singers on his recent recording of it, baritone Gerald Finley in the title role, soprano Malin Byström as Mathilde and tenor John Osborn as Arnold; Sunday, 2.45pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (July 2), 1pm – £6. Also, September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.