Benjamin Nabarro/ Tim Horton, violin and piano, should you need informing and, enterprisingly, a rare chance to hear George Enescu’s Violin Sonata No 3 dans le caractère populaire roumain Op 25 – ‘in popular Romanian folk style’, and not a work violinists fall over themselves to perform. Yehudi Menuhin, an Enescu pupil, was the last one to perform it with any regularity. Mozart’s Violin Sonata No 35 K526 is a tasty and substantial hors d'œuvre. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 2nd of March, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. No booking fees.
Mo Sacoor Scholarship, not sure what to expect here, although talented music students will probably figure and some performers are known, Anna Feather: voice; Jonny Poole: saxophone; Liam Johnson: acoustic guitar; and Matt Jacobson: clarinet. Rush Hour Concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Thursday, 2nd of March, 5.45pm.
Elijah, welcome outing for Mendelssohn’s oratorio under the direction of Simon Lindley in the company of the Sheffield Bach Choir and National Festival Orchestra with four excellent and familiar soloists, Debra Morley: soprano, Margaret McDonald: contralto, Stephen Liley: tenor, and Mark Rowlinson: bass. Andrew Farn, a chorister at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, is the treble soloist and the performance is this year’s annual John Dethick Memorial Concert. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free.
Undergraduate Students, engaging Lunchtime Concert in the University Concert Season taking in Hamilton Harty’s In Ireland – Alice Hughes: flute; Lutoslawski’s Subito – Olivia Shotton: violin; three numbers from musicals, Jason Robert Brown’s Another Life (Bridges of Madison County), Hugh Martin and Robert Blane’s Love Can Change The Stars (Athena) and Sondheim’s Everybody Loves Louis (Sunday in the Park) – Lucy Grant: voice; Michael Hedges’ Arrowhead and Doyle Dykes’ Chet Stuff - Liam Johnson: guitar; and one of flautist Ian Clarke’s in-pieces at present, Touching the Ether – Ellen Sargen: flute. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
Folk and Indian Music Ensemble, give a Rush Hour Concert in the University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Thursday, 9th of March, 5.45pm – free.
Stephen Hough, one of the world’s most sought-after pianists is trapped by Music in the Round to perform Debussy: Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque); Images Book 2; Schumann: Fantasie Op 17; further Debussy: La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune (Preludes Book 2); Images Book 1; and Beethoven: Sonata in F minor Op 57 Appassionata, at a Kurzman Piano Recital. Crucible Studio, Thursday, 9th of March, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. No booking fees. *SOLD OUT*
‘Flanders and Swann’, as part of Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s 50th anniversary celebration, the company’s guiding artistic light Andrew Nicklin revives his highly successful cabaret act and assumes the guise of ‘Donald Swann’ with a new ‘Michael Flanders’, Donald Maxwell, of all people. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 9th of March, 7.30pm – £14 –£18, no booking fees. 01298 72190
Madame Butterfly, a little curiously launches a Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company 50th anniversary celebration in a well thought of production of Puccini’s opera by Heritage Opera, a company jointly founded by soprano Sarah Helsby Hughes and tenor Nick Sales (remember South Yorkshire Opera?) who head the professional cast in the lead roles. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. More predictably, The Mikado (Saturday) is to come after The Sorcerer (Friday). Buxton Opera House, Wednesday, 8th of March, 7.30pm – £22 –28, no booking fees. 01298 72190
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