Jill Crossland, the much lauded Yorkshire-born pianist who, curiously, has never hit the big time her reputation, especially in Bach and Baroque music generally, would appear to merit, here plays Bach – No’s 1, 2, 6, 16-18 from Book 1 of her speciality work the Well-Tempered Clavier; plus Schumann – Arabeske Op 18, Novelette Op 21 No 1; and Chopin – Ecossaise Op 72 No 3, when she returns with another Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (June 25), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Nick Fletcher and John Hackett, the nationally acclaimed classical guitarist and internationally-trotting vertical flute player join forces again for a programme of Vivaldi – ‘Goldfinch’ Concerto, it is a flute concerto, No 3 of six Op 10; Handel – Sonata in C, he did write flute sonatas; Ibert – Entr’acte; Carlo Domeniconi (a Fletcher favourite) – Sonatina Mexicana; and self-composed pieces, at Wesley Hall, Crookes, S10 1UD, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Viva Voce, ‘pop up’ again a year later at Clumber Park with two more sacred and profane, 45-minute a cappella concerts on the National Trust property, the first taking in folk songs from Finland and Estonia celebrating the Midsummer solstice and sacred choral music from the Renaissance to the present in park’s Chapel, 2pm; the second, madrigals, folk song-inspired arrangements and numbers by Porter, Gershwin and their crowd from the Great American Songbook in the Walled Kitchen Garden, 3.45pm. Clumber Park, Worksop, S80 3AZ on Saturday – there was an admission charge of £3.90 for non-National Trust members to Walled Garden last year and a charge for car-parking.
Endcliffe Orchestra, strikes up again with a summer (if it ever comes!) concert of Wagner – Overture to The Mastersingers Overture, aptly as it is Midsummer Day today (Wednesday); Bach (arr Webern) – Ricercata from A Musical Offering; Schubert – Rosamunde Overture; Rimsky-Korsakov – March of the Nobles from his opera-ballet Mlada; and the two winning pieces from the Janet Altman Composing Competition run by the orchestra. Andrew Linn performs Bach – Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor at some stage and Martin Lightowler is the conductor, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, children – aged under four, free. Tickets available online.
Vespers of 1610, the commonly usual title for Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine – Latin for Vespers of the Blessed Virgin, built round Biblical texts used liturgically on feast days associated with Mary in the Catholic Church and largely a collection of Psalms, including an eight-part setting of Laudate pueri Dominum with organ and an unaccompanied ten-part Nisi Dominus, and motets (which may, or may not have been intended as antiphon substitutes), before a setting of the hymn Ave Maris Stella and two Magnificats if the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus sing them both at this performance with Laurie Ashworth, Jennifer France: sopranos, Ben Williamson: countertenor, James Geer, Christopher Lemmings: tenors, Christopher Cull, Andrew Heighton: basses, the South Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alan Eost marshalling all, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £5 students, under 16s.
Sospirante, period instrument ensemble of Baslow-based violinist Lara James, Katharine May: harpsichord, and Tom Collingwood: cello, welcome soprano Kate Huddie to sing a selection from Handel’s Nine German Arias and the soprano aria from Bach's Cantata 171, which has virtuoso violin part. Further violin pyrotechnics can be anticipated in pieces by the not too often heard Francesco Veracini (1690-1768) and there are also some Domenico Scarlatti harpsichord sonatas on the programme, at St Anne’s Church, Baslow, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 students, under 18s.
BRADFIELD FESTIVAL OF MUSIC
20th June to 27th June with all concerts at St Nicholas’ Church, High Bradfield
Rebeca Omodia and Amy Dickson, super concert from the much praised young Romanian/ Nigerian pianist and Australian saxophonist taking in works by Milhaud (Scaramouche), Chopin, Prokofiev (Piano Sonata No 7), Piazzolla, Ireland, Rachmaninov, Bozza (Aria), Fred Onovwerosuoke – a highly thought of Ghanaian-born Nigerian composer; Rudy Wiedoeft – an American saxophonist of German extraction, known as ‘the Kreisler of the Saxophone’ in his day; and Spanish saxophonist Pedro Iturralde. Wednesday (June 24), 7.30pm – £18. For full details of the whole enterprising affair see Chopin and African Rhythms under FEATURES
Brodsky Quartet, world-famous string quartet of Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton: violins, Paul Cassidy: viola, Jacqueline Thomas: cello, the latter and Ian Belton being original members of the adventuresome foursome since its formation in 1972. Given the sort of concerts it has been involved in with the likes of Björk, Elvis Costello and Paul McCartney, an entirely safe programme of Schubert – Quartettsatz; Webern – Six Bagatelles Op 9; Zemlinsky – String Quartet No 4 (the nearest it gets to off the beaten track); and Beethoven – String Quartet No 13. Thursday (June 25), 7.30pm – £18.
Viennese Fever, highly regarded violinist Adrian Summerhays directs a hand-picked ensemble of Joanna Lawrence, Michael Jones: violins; Jayne Coyle: viola; Trevor Burley: cello; Malcolm Creese: double bass; Karen Street: accordion, a former member of The Fairer Sax; Alison Hayhurst: flute; and Mark Smith: horn, on a trip to Old Vienna with the aim of showcasing Fritz Kreisler – the composer! Seven pieces by him: Liebesfreud, Liebeslied, Schön Rosmarin – three pieces usually played separately but originally one three-movement work, Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen; Praeludium and Allegro; Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice; Caprice Viennoise; and Tambourin Chinois. Leavening the ‘Kreisleriana’ are works by Strauss – Die Fledermaus Overture, Wine, Women and Song, Tales From the Vienna Woods, The Blue Danube; Lehár – The Merry Widow Waltz; and Tchaikovsky – Waltz of the Flowers. Friday, 7.30pm – £15. See False Attribution under FEATURES
Cantamus, twenty-odd items from the world famous Mansfield-based girls’ choir just about evenly split between arrangements and pieces in their original form, the latter taking in five items by Mozart – three of his Nocturnes, or Canzonettas, Luci care, luci belle K346, Due pupille amabili K439 and Ecco quel fiero istante K436; Smanie implacabili, Dorabella’s first aria in Così fan Tutte sung as such by Emma Ward, and the Papagano/ Papagena duet from The Magic Flute. Also included, by Nigel Osborne – Songs from the Bare Mountain; Andrew Downes – Butterfly, a recent choir commission in memory of its founder and conductor Pamela Cook; Lubomir Pipkov – The Butterfly; and Howard Goodall – The Good Morrow; while among the arrangements are A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Kern’s The Way You Look Tonight, Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, four songs from Kismet – The Sands of Time, Baubles, Bangles and Beads, Stranger in Paradise, And This is My Beloved. Everything is choral, except the Mozart aria and duet. Saturday, 7.30pm – £15.
Cendrillon, tuneful Massenet opera based on the Cinderella story and a rather enterprising choice for Sheffield City Opera to gets its teeth into in a production by former Lantern Theatre artistic director Kay Guccione. Principal cast members are newcomer Sarah Richards in the title role; Rebecca Lambert: her Prince (a trouser role); Jak Laight: her father; Rachel Abbott: her stepmother and Lorraine Webb: the Fairy Godmother. Robert Webb conducts a small orchestra and it is sung in English, at the Library Theatre, Tudor Square, Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday, 2.30pm, 7.30pm – £15 to £8. See O Yes, It Is! under FEATURES
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (July 2), 1pm – £6. Also, September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.