Derek Grover, the assistant director of music at St John’s Church, Ranmoor performs Stanford’s Organ Sonata No 3 and a piece by York Bowen at the weekly organ recital at the church, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection. Light refreshments at 3.45pm.
Moments with Mahler, a selection of his music presented by David Haynes for Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 3rd of June, 1.45 –3.45pm – £3.
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, 80th birthday concert from the Phil with the Sheffield Bach Choir and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra joining in the party, an all-Vaughan Williams celebration with six of his works being performed: O Clap Your Hands; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Dona Nobis Pacem; The Lark Ascending; Serenade to Music; and Let All The World in Ev’ry Corner Sing. The various soloists are Jennifer Rust: soprano; Joshua Ellicott: tenor; Oliver Dunn: baritone; Callum Smart: violin, who first hit the headlines in 2010 when he won the string category of the BBC Young Musicians Competition at the age of 13; Neil Taylor: organ; and Darius Battiwalla is the conductor, at the City Hall, Saturday, 4th of June, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. ‘Happy 80th, SPC!’ @ bernardleemusic.com
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, unfortunate clash with the preceding, although they are not related. They used to be, when what we now know as the Sheffield International Concert Season went under the name, Sheffield Philharmonic Concerts, as they were known when the Sheffield Philharmonic Society was established in 1935 to put on annual seasons of classical music concerts on at the City Hall. The chorus was formed immediately, the orchestra ten years later. Proceedings begin here under recently appointed new music director Jack Lovell with a work by the woefully neglected and underrated Granville Bantock (1868-1946): the fifth of his six tone poems, and exciting, The Witch of Atlas dating from 1902, followed by a work by one his foremost admirers (reciprocated!), Sibelius: Violin Concerto, with Sarah Thornett as soloist, and conclude with Prokofiev: Symphony No 5, at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 4th of June, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
Composing for Beginners, a six-week course for adult musicians taught by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson. Starts, 8th of June, Wednesdays, 7 –9pm. Learn how to compose a short piece from scratch with step-by-step guidance and support and finish your first composition in six weeks! All work is done in the classes (no homework!), which are held at Jenny’s home in S11, cost £90. More information and booking at www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/composing-for-beginners
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.