Christina Jones/ John Truss, versatile soprano who graduated with a honours degree in Law from Sheffield University in 2008 but has since pleaded guilty to the charge that music is her passion, and her widely experienced pianist offer a nicely put together programme of Dowland – Flow My Tears; Purcell – Crown the Altar; Vivaldi – Col Piacer Della Mia Fede (Arsilda); Handel – Piangero, La Sorte Mia (Giulio Cesare); Rossini – La Pastorella Delle Alpi; Schumann – Seit Ich Ihn Gesehen; Schubert – Nur Wer Die Sehnsucht Kennt; Mozart – Das Veilchen; Gluck – O Toi Qui Prolongeas (Iphigénie en Tauride); Fauré – Mandoline; Celius Dougherty – Beauty is Not Caused; Britten – Nocturne, Seascape (both from On This Island); and Barber – Sure on this shining Night, at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Thursday (March 26), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, return with the highly regarded German clarinettist-turned much acclaimed conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens at the latest concert in the Sheffield International Concert Season with the equally high-flying young Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhis for a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 1, preceding it with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Suite and ending proceedings with the regularly passionate strains of the Symphony No 1 by Sibelius. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake? under FEATURES
Sheffield Chamber Choir, perform Liszt’s Via Crucis as the central work in a concert of Lenten music with the Howells Requiem the principal work elsewhere among pieces by Stanford: Justorum Animae; Purcell: Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei; and Tallis: Jesu Salvator Saeculi and the first two verses of his setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. Robert Webb is the director and organist in the Liszt at St Marie RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £5 students. See Choral Rarities under FEATURES
Rachmaninov Vespers, from the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus with Russian and East European pieces for piano or organ punctuating the work’s movements. Peter Heginbotham is the organist and two conductors are advertised, music director Alan Eost and Joshua Hales, assistant director of music at Sheffield Cathedral suggesting a sub-choir somewhere in the building where the performance takes place, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, £11 concessions, £5 students, under 16. See Choral Rarities under FEATURES
Requiem, two little-known but super and widely contrasted settings of the Missa pro Defunctis from Viva Voce Chamber Choir and Players, the latter a small period instrument band being employed in André Campra’s rather jolly Messe de Mort which is paired with Pizzetti’s more austere, unaccompanied and neo-Medieval Messa di Requiem at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free. See Choral Rarities under FEATURES
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, and its music director Juan Ortuño strike up to offer a concert, without a singing voice in sight on Saturday night, a programme of Sibelius: Finlandia; Brahms: Violin Concerto with Sophie Rosa the notable soloist; and Dvořák: his generally sunny Symphony No 8 with its Bohemian folk-inflected tunes, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, children.
An Evening with Tim Horton, a week before he reaches the climax of his journey through the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle for Music in the Round, the pianist chats with well known writer and broadcaster Paul Allen about the challenges posed by the music with a liberal sprinkling of music examples and takes audience questions. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (April 1), 7.15pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Ruddigore, Grenoside and Birley Carr Players annual Gilbert and Sullivan production, this one the tale of bad baronets running amok and again supporting St Luke’s Hospice, at Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside, Wednesday (March 25) to Saturday, 7.30pm – £8, £5 children. 01226 754462
La Bohème, new production of Puccini’s opera from English Touring Opera of all people and has been reviewed extremely favourably and, against ETO’s usual practice, is sung its original language – Italian with English surtitles. The lead parts are all double cast, meaning the two main protagonists Rodolfo and Mimi will be either David Butt Philip or Robyn Lyn Evans/ Ilona Domnich (a fine soprano) or Paula Sides (a reliable ETO regular) and the conductor is the excellent Michael Rosewall. Lyceum Theatre, Monday, 7.45pm – £19 –£28, concessions £2.50 off.
The Siege of Calais, which is perhaps a little more colourfully inviting as L’Assedio di Calais, an opera by Donizetti with splendid music in it about the burghers of Calais offering their lives to save the city from a besieging English army. English Touring Opera’s second offering this year in a revival staging that went down well when it was new last year and is again sung in Italian with English surtitles. Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, 7.45pm – £19 –£28, concessions £2.50 off.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, just as much a mouthful with its German title and the Bertolt Brecht/ Kurt Weill satire on money, greed and morality in the pleasure-seeking, fictional city of Mahagonny with a fabulous cast assembled for its first staging at the Royal Opera House, among it: Kurt Streit as Jimmy, Christine Rice as Jenny, who gets the famous Alabama Song to sing, and Anne Sofie van Otter as Leokadja Begbick. Sheffield-born Mark Wigglesworth is the conductor and it is sung in English in a live relay from the Royal Opera House, Wednesday (April 1), 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, nb: Memorial Hall, Thursday (March 26), 1pm – £6. Also, May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Sheffield Cello Day, 4strings88keys event for cellists of all ages and ability taking in masterclasses and study sessions to diploma level, plus Alexander technique and activities for groups and individuals. Gemma Rosefield and Thomas Carroll are the principal tutors with Sarah Huson-Whyte catering for children, grades 4 –6; plus, further professional cellists for adults and children. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, this Sunday, March 29, 9.30am–5pm – juniors: 9.30am-3pm; adults: 9.30am-5pm. Fees: £55 adults; £20 students, school age, with free admission to recital by Gemma Rosefield/ Thomas Carroll recital post-5pm. Further details and application forms at www.4strings88keys.org
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
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.