Marmen Quartet, the first ensemble on Music in the Round's 'Bridge' scheme travel a short distance to play string quartets by Haydn: Op 77 No 1; Beethoven: Op 95; and Ravel’s solitary essay for Matlock Music at Highfields School (Wheeldon Hall), Lumsdale, Matlock DE4 5NA, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, half price students, free under 18. Further info @ www.matlockmusic.org.uk
Embodiments, adventurous collaboration by Sheffield’s composer collective Platform 4: Jennie Jackson, Chris Noble, Tom James and Tom Owen, with soprano Andrea Tweedale and choreographer/ dancer Hannah Wadsworth to perform new works in which sound embodies movement and movement embodies sound. University Drama Studio, Glossop Road, S10 2TD, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £5 students, available in advance at email@example.com and on the door if there are any left. Embodiments @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Sheffield Chorale, and its conductor Neil Taylor travel a short distance to give a concert at this year’s Wentworth Festival offering a performance of the Missa Rigensis (Riga Mass) by Uģis Prauliņš, ‘songs from the shows’ and others, Wentworth Parish Church, Rotherham, S62 7TW, Saturday, 7.30pm – £7, £6 concessions.
Neil Taylor gives a recital on the church’s refurbished ‘Father’ Willis organ earlier in the day, 1pm – £7, £6 concessions.
O Sing Unto the Lord, choral and spiritual music from the Sterndale Singers covering 500 years, including the Tudor period in Renaissance times – Weelkes: Alleluia, I heard a voice; Tallis: If ye love me; Byrd: Ave verum corpus; Gibbons: O clap your hands; and from roughly the same time, near continent pieces by Guerrero, Victoria, Hassler and Viadana. Moving forward in time, there is Rossini: a not too often heard, small scale setting of O salutaris hostia from 1857 and, more frequently heard, Bruckner: three motets, including Locus iste; the three Op 38 motets by Stanford; Rachmaninov: Bogorodistye dyevo (Ave Maria, should not know by now); Duruflé: Ubi caritas et amor; Judith Weir: Drop down ye heavens; a setting of Psalm 98: O sing unto the Lord by the Sterndale’s director Robert Webb, before proceedings end with Steal away and Joshua fit the battle of Jericho. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Saturday, 7.45pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, free under 16.
The Hallé, and its music director Sir Mark Elder get a new Sheffield International Concert Season underway, as they did in 2013 with one of the five symphonic poems based on Czech folk ballads that a homesick Dvorák penned in quick succession after returning home from his American sojourn in 1896, The Golden Spinning Wheel. The third of them, it has slightly less dark literary content than the first (The Water Goblin, heard three years ago) and has a happy ending with the huge bonus of Dvořák’s colourful score for 30 minutes before you get there! Liszt, the father of the symphonic poem (usually programmatic), follows with his one-movement Second Piano Concerto with Benjamin Grosvenor, no less, as the soloist before proceedings end with one of Beethoven’s few programmatic works – a famous one, the Pastoral Symphony! City Hall, Friday, 30th of September, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s – pre-concert talk with Trisha Cooper, 6pm – free.
Bach B minor Mass, heralds the start of the Sheffield Bach Choir’s new season under its eminent conductor Simon Lindley with a first-rate quartet of soloists: Alison Smart: soprano, David Allsopp: countertenor, Stephen Liley: tenor, Thomas Asher: bass, and the excellent National Festival Orchestra. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 1st of October, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions.
A Flute Player’s Blueprint, one-day workshop with Dr Jessica Quiñones in partnership with Rachel Shirley and Sheffield Flute Choir for flute players of all levels aged 18-plus at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 29th of October 2016, 10am -5pm: £60. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/a-flute-players-blueprint.html
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