Jill Crossland, piano, plays Bach: Partita in C minor BWV 826; Mozart: Rondo if F K494; and three pieces by Chopin: Nocturnes Op 32 No 1 and 58 No 1, plus Ballade No 1. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome. Cathedral website
Callum Hilton, glowingly praised 11-year-old pianist from Manchester who was awarded a full scholarship to study at the world-renowned Chetham’s School of Music at the age of eight plays Scarlatti – two G major sonatas (single movement works), K146, K427; Bach – two B flat major works, Prelude & Fugue BWV866, Invention No 14 BWV785; Chopin – two posthumous nocturnes, in C minor, in C sharp minor; Rachmaninov – Prelude in C sharp minor Op 3 No 2; Haydn – Sonata in F Hob XVI: 23; Debussy – Rêverie; and two works by English composers born in 1920 – John Vallier (died 1991) – his best known piece, Toccatina; Peter Racine Fricker (died 1990) – Toccata No 2; plus selected cello pieces performed by the burgeoning young talent with Robert Webb: piano. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, August 30, 7pm – £10, £8 concessions. See A Star is Born?
La Bohème, promenade performances of Puccini’s opera from Opera on Location, sung in English with piano accompaniment, with Andrea Tweedale (Mimi), Gareth Lloyd (Rodolfo) and Chloe Saywell (Musetta) among the cast. Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Wednesday to Saturday, August 20 to 23; Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 and 27; Friday and Saturday, August 29 and 30, 7.30pm – £20, £18 concessions. http://sivtickets.com/event/labohemegravesgallery. Also see this feature
The Pirates of Penzance, two performances of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan work around in recent years in an Andrew Nicklin-conducted and staged production for Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Company with Michael Tipler as the Pirate King. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, August 21; Friday, August 22, 7.30pm – £16, £18, concessions available.
The Yeomen of the Guard, the nearest Gilbert and Sullivan got to writing a serious opera, although with a highly unlikely story-line is second offering from Derby G&S and a work the company has made something of a speciality. Andrew Nicklin is again the director and conductor for a single performance at Buxton Opera House, Saturday, August 23, 7.30pm – £16, £18, concessions available.
Aspects of Love, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1989 musical, the one with Love Changes Everything in it, has been described as a modern opera, probably because it is through-composed, and Jean Gemmell’s Derby-based Present Company stage it here. Buxton Opera House, Thursday to Saturday, August 28 to 30, 7.30pm; plus Saturday, 2.30pm – £14, £16, £18 (evenings); £12.50, £14.50, £16.50 (matinee), concessions available.
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see their Classical Sheffield pages.