University of Sheffield Wind Orchestra, with Mendelssohn – Ouvertüre für Harmoniemusik Op 24; Guy Woolfenden – Deo Gracias; Wagner – Trauersinfonie; and Holst – Second Suite in F, to get a new series of weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals underway, Thursday (April 23), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, give the penultimate concert in the present Sheffield International Concert Season under the direction of its former principal guest conductor Markus Stenz and a programme of Mahler – Symphony No 1; Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto, with brilliant Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma as soloist; and Boccherini-Berio – Ritirata notturna di Madrid, at the City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation with Hallé’s head of artistic planning Geoffrey Owen about the 2015-2016 season (new season brochures available on the night), 6pm. See Retreats under FEATURES
Albion, the highly successful pocket chamber choir include the first performance of A Quaker Invocation by the choir’s director Fraser Wilson as it begins a busy four weeks at St Lawrence’s Church, Barlow, S17 8TR, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, includes refreshments. 0114 289 0436, or 01246 550152 if you want to be certain of getting in. See An Invocation and Cakes under FEATURES
Albion, a little further afield in Derbyshire to give a charity concert in aid of Aquabox at St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, DE4 4DQ, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, includes interval drink. 01629 820987
The Creation, Peter Taylor bows out as music director of the Hallam Choral Society with a performance of Haydn’s oratorio featuring Clare Wheat: soprano, Ben Inman: tenor, and Andrew Randall: bass, as the soloists and instrumental support from the Pennine Sinfonia at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12, £5 students, under 16s free.
University of Sheffield Wind Orchestra, on home ground with its term concert in the University Concert Season and another outing for Mendelssohn’s Ouvertüre für Harmoniemusik Op 24; plus, Richard Strauss: Allerseelen Op 10 No 8 (there is a wind band arrangement of the well known song by Albert O Davis); Ernst Toch: Spiel Op 39; and the first performance of a new work by Emma Dowson: Le Vignaud. Anthony Houghton, as always, directs proceedings at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 65, £4 under 26, students.
Mark McCombs, organ, gives the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 30), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Matthew Blaiden, the organist and Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond (the Surrey one) gives the weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (April 30), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Cavalleria Rusticana/ I Pagliacci, the most famous of operatic double bills is the last of this season’s live relays direct from the New York Metropolitan in a new production by David McVicar and the big guns have certainly been wheeled out for it with Marcelo Álvarez taking on both Turiddu in Cav and Canio in Pag and sharing the stage with Eva-Maria Westbroek: Santuzza, and Željko Lučić: Alfio, in the Mascagni opera; and Patricia Racette: Nedda, and George Gagnidze: Tonio, in the Leoncavallo. Sheffield Cineworld, Saturday, 5.30pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
The Gondoliers, after moonlighting with Lehár’s Merry Widow last year Dore G&S Society return to the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan and their last big success at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Wednesday (April 29) to Saturday, May 2, 7.30pm (Wednesday –Friday); 2.30pm (Saturday) – £12.
Jesus Christ Superstar, performances of Bill Kenwright’s blockbuster touring production of one of the most popular Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice shows continue with Glenn Carter playing Jesus, Tim Rogers as Judas and Rachel Adejezi as Mary Magdalene. Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (April 22) to Saturday, May 2, 7.45pm: Monday to Thursday – £27 –£35, family ticket £130; Friday-Saturday – £30 –£38; plus, Thursdays, 2pm – £22 –£31; Saturdays, 3pm – £27 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday, May 7, 1pm – £6. Also, June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Come and Take Part, a series of events as part of this year’s Music in the Round May Festival, all in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
Classical Babies, 40-minute concert hosted by London-based Classical Babies and Sheffield string quartet Silver Strings with 20 minutes of free-play to explore percussion and mini-violins, Monday, May 11, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free.
Songbuds Music Workshops, for two-to-three-year-olds led by Vanessa Johnson of Sheffield’s Songbuds and 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Tuesday, May 12, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Music Box Workshops, for three-to-five-year-olds and similar to the preceding, except being another round of the regular, successfully tried and tested Polly Ives-led workshops, again 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Wednesday, May 13, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Spaces limited at all three, booking 0114 249 6000.
Come and Sing, with Helen Cowan’s Sheffield Junior Singers and Sheffield Young Singers, Thursday, May 14, Years 3 to 6, 4pm-5pm; Years 7 to 13, 5pm-6pm; and the newly formed community choir Sheffield Singers catering for adults, Friday, May 15, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or email@example.com Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
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.