Beth Nichol, talented young clarinet player gives a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, October 22, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Nick Fletcher, after flamenco guitar this Thursday, Sheffield’s classical guitar player of national repute moves in with José Luis Merlin: Suite del Recuerdo – a six-movement work; Agustin Barrios Mangore: Don Perez Friere; and a self-composed work: Voice From the Past, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, October 22, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Peter Heginbotham, the organist at St Matthew’s, Carver Street gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, October 22, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Bassekou Kouyate, African musician who has revolutionised the sound and narrative possibilities of the ngoni, a lute-like instrument that is essential to Mali’s Griot culture; musician storytellers whose lineage stretches back centuries. A world superstar as a result, here he performs solo, or with single musician accompaniment, including stripped down versions of some of his best known songs and chats with author/ journalist Andy Morgan as part of Sheffield University’s series of Global Soundtracks concerts, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, October 22, 8.30pm – in advance £14, £12 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts on the door £16, £14, £6.
The Hallé, under the baton of the orchestra’s principal guest conductor, Sheffield-born and raised Ryan Wigglesworth, also a noted composer and pianist, conjure up the pagan rites and rituals of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring after partnering French-Canadian pianist Marc-André Hamelin in the fairly recent Piano Concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage – fear not, it’s only of 20-minute duration and fairly harmless. Proceedings begin with Mozart’s Symphony No 35, the Haffner, in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
Richard Longman, local organist plays Rheinberger: Sonata No 7; Reger: Toccata & Fugue in D minor Op 57, plus arrangements of music by Mendelssohn, Liszt and Schumann, at the monthly organ recital; St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Monday, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Ligeti Quartet, recently appointed Sheffield University Concerts’ first-ever Associate Artists perform a programme of mainly American music as part of the New York strand in the University Concert Season taking in pieces by Steve Reich: Different Trains; avant-gardist George Crumb: his thorny Black Angels; two by Wadada Leo Smith: String Quartet No 3 ‘Black Church’, and No 4 ‘In the Diaspora’; and Joanna Bailie (a Brit): Five Famous Adagios, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged. See ‘Crumb and Reich’ on Bernard Lee's Music blog
Onyx Brass, family concert, courtesy of Music in the Round, from the personable quintet making yet another visit to the city with a lively (occasionally silly) introduction to brass music and brass playing – top quality guaranteed there! – plus, audience participation involving raspberry-blowing so be sure to take something suitable with you to the City Hall Ballroom, Wednesday, October 28, 11am – £8, £4 children, students, £18 family ticket (maximum four).
Tosca, Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International return with Puccini’s opera from the Chisinau National Opera, sung in Italian with English surtitles at the City Hall, Saturday, 7.30pm – £17 to £33.50/ £12 to £28.50 senior citizens.
The Bodyguard, whether it is this show based on the Whitney Houston film or her stage reincarnation, Alexandra Burke, it has been selling like hot cakes with 12 of the 16 outings on its fortnight run in Sheffield have limited ticket availability, if not now sold out. Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday, November 7. Only performances not shown to have limited availability: October 28, 2pm; October 29, 2pm; October 31, 3pm; and November 5, 2pm.
Compose Yourself! weekly creative composition classes over six weeks run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians with an urge to compose but who don't know where to start. A new batch of six classes begins on Wednesday the 11th of November, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per two-hour session, and places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks. Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and, if interested, or would like to know more, follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, November 5, 1pm – £6. Also, December 3.
CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSICFriday, 23rd October to Sunday, 25th October
Groups and organisations (though not all) presenting and/ or promoting classical music in the city come together over one weekend showcase featuring over 600 performers across 30 events at seven venues.
Unless otherwise specified, individual admission to events is £5, aged 18 and under free. A discounted weekend pass, £20, to all events, except those indicated* is available. Saturday-only passes are sold out. £10 Sunday only.
Pop-Up Performances, Winter Garden, 2 –5pm – all free.
The Hallé, open rehearsal to witness the orchestra, conductor and pianist fine-tuning Mozart, Turnage and Stravinsky before donning formal attire for the evening’s concert in the Sheffield International Concert Season; City Hall, 4 –5.15pm – free.
Choral Evensong, Sheffield Cathedral, 5.45 –6.25pm – free.
*The Hallé, City Hall, 7 –9pm-approx – see under CONCERTS for details.
An Albion Adventure, after The Hallé concert; meet Barker’s Pool for a very short walk with pocket chamber choir to a secret venue, 9-approx –9.30pm – free.
Breakfast @the Blue Moon, to the accompaniment of music by Bach, Handel, Borodin, Beethoven, Liszt, Piazzolla, Guerroro and others from Sheffield Rep Orchestra soloists (seemingly, string players); Blue Moon Café, adjacent Sheffield Cathedral main entrance, 9 –11am, or just drop in. The music’s free; vegan/ vegetarian breakfast served 9am-10am, £6 per head; hot and cold drinks served from 10am.
*Music Box Workshop –1, festival special for the hugely popular Music in the Community event curated by Polly Ives for three to five year-olds with mum or/and dad able to join in the activities, singing and dancing – a spider dance to Gliére’s Tarantella is scheduled! Crucible Studio, 10.15 –11.10am – £6 per child, grown-ups free (no ticket needed).
Pop-Up Performances, that we know about:
Sheffield Flute Choir, 11.30am
Platform 4 composer collective, 12.30pm and also 2.30pm
Winter Garden, 11am –5pm – all free.
*Music Box Workshop –2, repeat of 10.15am event, 11.30am –12.25pm.
Chichester Psalms, Bernstein’s serenely affirmative six psalm settings written 50 years ago for the Chichester Festival performed by the Hallam Sinfonia, Hallam Choral Society and Tideswell Singers, Sheffield Cathedral; 12.30 –1pm.
Steal Away – Spirituals and others, the first being Tippett’s five Child of Our Time settings: Steal Away; Nobody Knows the Trouble I See; Go Down, Moses; O, By and By; and Deep River, from the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus; plus the ‘others’: John Tavener’s Russian Orthodox-inspired Syvati (O Holy One); and Arvo Pärt’s setting of the Magnificat; City Hall Ballroom, 1.30 –2.15pm. See ‘Sisters Steal Away’ on Bernard Lee's Music blog
The City Sings, seven choirs from the numerous choral bodies within its boundaries entertain in 15-20 minute slots. Stay for the whole thing, come and go, or drop in to a favourite choir.
Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society is away first @ 3.30pm, then
Sheffield Bach Choir, with Handel: Zadok the Priest; Stanford: Beati quorum via; Howells: Like as the Hart; and final chorale from Bach: St John Passion, 3.55pm
Escafeld Choral Society, 4.20pm
Sheffield Junior Singers, 4.45pm
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, 5.10pm
Vivacity Choir and Sterndale Singers, 5.25pm
City Hall Ballroom, 3.30 –6pm
The Last Waltz, Classic FM and former ITN newscaster John Suchet tells the story of the Viennese Strauss dynasty of the 19th century, courtesy of Music in the Round in association with the Off the Shelf Festival; Crucible Studio, 3.30 –4.30pm.
Made in Sheffield, new music from Sheffield’s composer collective Platform 4, Jenny Jackson: Lament; Tom James: Waxing Crescent and Waning Crescent; Chris Noble: Arran Sketches; and Tom Owen: Three Songs of Swooping, suggesting a singer – splendid soprano Andrea Tweedale; Sheffield Cathedral, 4.45 –5.30pm.
Ensemble 360, in contemporaneous mode with Huw Watkins: Piano Trio (2009); György Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages (excerpts); Pierre Boulez: Notations for piano; and Bartók: String Quartet No 3; Crucible Studio, 6 –7pm – £10, £5 disabled, unemployed, students, free under 18. Eligible for Saver Tickets.
North Indian Ragas, performed by tabla player John Ball and Jasdeep Singh Degun: sitar, supported by a University of Sheffield Indian music ensemble; Sheffield Cathedral, 6.30 – 7.15pm.
Dvořák String Quintet, a melodic delight with the deceptively high opus number of 77 (to the composer’s annoyance) from Ensemble 360; Crucible Studio, 7.20 –8.05pm – £10, £5 disabled, unemployed, students, free under 18. Eligible for Saver Tickets.
Postcards to Bill Evans, tribute paid by Bruno Heinen: piano and Kristian Borin: guitar to one of greatest jazz’s greatest pianists and innovators focussing on his lesser-known work, presented by the Department of Music at Sheffield University; Firth Hall, Western Bank, 8 –9pm.
Frank Martin, the Swiss composer’s superb Mass for double choir performed by the Sheffield Chamber Choir; Sheffield Cathedral, 8.30 –9pm.
Barber and Menotti, the latter’s 20-minute operatic two-hander, The Telephone, with the first’s half-as-long A Hand of Bridge with four characters, plus his solo Knoxville: Summer of 1915, are offered by Opera on Location; Crucible Studio, 8.30 –9.15pm. See ‘Childhood Memories of Knoxville’ on Bernard Lee's Music blog
Massenet’s Cinderella, Sheffield City Opera present excerpts from its recent production of the French composer’s Cendrillon (Cinderella); Sheffield Cathedral, 1 –1.35pm.
Kodály’s Háry János, the suite cobbled by the composer from his opera performed by Sheffield Senior Schools Orchestra; City Hall Ballroom, 2 –2.25pm – admission includes the following event, or just go to one or the other.
Pictures at an Exhibition, the preceding remain in-situ to join the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Danzon No 2 by Marquez before the adults ‘promenade’ round Mussorgsky’s depictions of old Russia; City Hall Ballroom, 2.40 –3.45pm.
New York Counterpoint, with the Platform 4 ensemble joining forces with Manchester-based Sounds of the Engine Room for a performance of Terry Riley’s In C, Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint and works by Morton Feldman, John Cage and Christian Wolff, presented by the Department of Music at Sheffield University, Firth Hall, 7.30 –9pm.
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.