Moments with Mahler, a selection of his music presented by David Haynes for Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 1.45 –3.45pm – £3.
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, 80th birthday concert from the Phil with the Sheffield Bach Choir and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joining in the party, an all-Vaughan Williams celebration with six of his works being performed: O Clap Your Hands; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Dona Nobis Pacem; The Lark Ascending; Serenade to Music; and Let All The World in Ev’ry Corner Sing. The various soloists are Jennifer Rust: soprano; Joshua Ellicott: tenor; Oliver Dunn: baritone; Callum Smart: violin, who first hit the headlines in 2010 when he won the string category of the BBC Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13; Neil Taylor: organ; and Darius Battiwalla is the conductor, at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. ‘Happy 80th, SPC!’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, unfortunate clash with the preceding, although they are not related. They used to be, when what we now know as the Sheffield International Concert Season went under the name, Sheffield Philharmonic Concerts, as they were known when the Sheffield Philharmonic Society was established in 1935 to put annual seasons of classical music concerts on at the City Hall. The chorus was formed immediately, the orchestra ten years later. Proceedings begin here under recently appointed new music director Jack Lovell with a work by the woefully neglected and underrated Granville Bantock (1868-1946): the fifth of his six tone poems, and exciting, The Witch of Atlas dating from 1902, followed by a work by one his foremost admirers (reciprocated!), Sibelius: Violin Concerto, with Sarah Thornett as soloist, and conclude with Prokofiev: Symphony No 5, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
Geoffrey Woollatt, assistant organist at Manchester Cathedral gives a complete performance of the Symphony No 5, famous fifth movement Toccata and all, by Widor (who actually has a vast output of other music to his name) at the weekly St John’s Church, Ranmoor organ recital, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection. Light refreshments at 3.45pm.
Chorus UK, two of the three choruses that make up the organisation, the Semi Chorus and Kid’s Chorus, perform at the opening night (The Beatles appear to be prominent) of this year’s Broomhill Festival; St Mark’s Church, Wednesday, 8th of June, 7.30pm – £8, £5 concessions. Details of other events in the 2016 Broomhill Festival, 44 of them, at www.broomhillfestival.org.uk
U3A Ukulele Group, a coffee concert of old time and family favourites – NB, the correct spelling of ukulele, not ukelele as is all over Broomhill Festival literature for it; Beacon (Broomhill) Methodist Church, Thursday, 9th of June, 10.30am – £5, £3 concessions.
Joshua Stephens, much vaunted young organist nationally (he is currently joint acting director of music at Sheffield Cathedral) gives the first of the Broomhill Festival’s four lunchtime concerts, all of them dedicated to the memory of long-time Broomhill activist Eva Wilkinson; St Mark’s Church, Thursday, 9th of June, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Chorus UK, the full chorus turns out at the Broomhill Festival with music director Andy Booth; St Mark’s Church, Friday, 10th of June, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Merrie England, concert performance of Edward German’s once hugely popular comic opera from 1902, courtesy of an unlikely source, the Sheffield Bach Choir! Principal singers are soprano Kristina James, mezzo-soprano Lucy Appleyard, tenor Peter Condry and baritone Philip Wilcox, but will not have spoken dialogue to remember, as there is a narrator, Elizabeth Horsey. David Horsey is the piano accompanist and Simon Lindley the conductor at a Broomhill Festival event; St Mark’s Church, Saturday, 11th of June, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s. ‘Dan Cupid Hath a Garden!’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s nationally acclaimed classical guitarist has one of his regular recitals at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 11th of June, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Sheffield Chorale, ‘voices and bells for a summer evening’ in the company of the Northern Bell (hand-held) Orchestra and taking in the Missa Regensis by Uģis Prauliņš, Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby, All the Things You Are and music from West Side Story from the choir; the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, What a Wonderful World, selections from Lord of the Rings and Les Misérables from the ‘bells’; plus, one joint item: the traditional All Through the Night. Neil Taylor and Tim Willetts are the respective conductors, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 11th of June, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s.
Composing for Beginners, a six-week course for adult musicians taught by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson. Starts, 8th of June, Wednesdays, 7 –9pm. Learn how to compose a short piece from scratch with step-by-step guidance and support and finish your first composition in six weeks! All work is done in the classes (no homework!), which are held at Jenny’s home in S11, cost £90. More information and booking at www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/composing-for-beginners
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.