Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman, growing in repute flute and piano duo with numerous recitals under their belt since joining forces in March 2013, including Ripon and Manchester cathedrals, Bridgewater Hall and, looming, St Martin-in-the-Fields. Little wonder they are in demand with programmes of music like is, by Belfast-born Geraldine Green: Nocturne; Edward German: Souvenir (written as a violin work); Lennox Berkeley: Sonatina; Richard Rodney Bennett: Winter Music 1 and 2; Ian Clarke (also a celebrated flautist): Spiral Lament; Peter McGarr: Rare Dawn (a Pennines-inspired piece); and Hamilton Harty: In Ireland (a fantasy he penned in 1918), at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in present series, Thursday, 26th November, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Viva Voce @ David Mellor, complimentary festive evening of seasonal music in the company of the Sheffield chamber choir with mulled wine and canapés at the David Mellor Centre, Country Shop and Design Museum, Hathersage, Thursday, 26th November, 6.30pm – limited spaces and pre-booking essential: 01433 650220, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prague Symphony Orchestra, comes to town with its recently installed (in September) chief conductor Pietari Inkinen and Chloë Hanslip, no less, as the soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. She will have sympathetic partner on the conductor’s podium, as Inkinen is also a highly accomplished violinist. Either side of the concerto the orchestra is on extremely familiar ground with Smetana: Šárka, the warrior-maiden third subject of his Má Vlast cycle of tone poems; and Dvořák: Symphony No 8, which some will tell you is his finest one! Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Thursday, 26th November, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm – Revolts and Warrior Maidens @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Leonore Piano Trio, a familiar Ensemble 360 threesome: Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, and Tim Horton: piano, wearing their independent piano trio cap and a fairly formidable one at that as all three are first rate soloists in their own right. Plenty of evidence of this on the horizon as they launch into the first of eight concerts for Music in the Round taking in the complete violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios by Beethoven, beginning here – logically, with No 1 in each instance; Crucible Studio, Thursday, 26th November, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, second and main event of a three-date residency celebrating the orchestra’s 175th anniversary this year with Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro Overture; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; further Mozart: Symphony No 35 Haffner; and more Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4 Italian on offer. Lithuanian-born violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin – principal guest conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia since 2014 – performs both duties at Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7pm – £12.50 to £32.50. Pre-concert talk with the celebrated Julian Rachlin, a child prodigy, 5.45pm. 01298 72190
Maria João Pires, a rare opportunity to see and hear one of the world’s most eminent pianists who gave her first recital at the age of five and was publicly playing Mozart concertos at seven, before continued acclamation worldwide after winning the Beethoven Bicentennial Competition in Brussels in 1970 at close quarters. In a joint recital with Armenian pianist Ashot Khachatourian, whom she mentors on her Partitura project for gifted young pianists from around the world at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo, Belgium (it must be fine-tuning with his pedigree to date!), the Portuguese pianist begins proceedings here with Haydn: Sonata in F Hob XVI: 23, and ends them Beethoven: Sonata in C minor Op 111 (No 32); her ‘protégé’ contributing Beethoven: Sonata in A Op 101 (No 28), and Haydn: Sonata in E flat Hob XVI: 52. Music in the Round Kurzman Piano Recital at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students. Post-concert Q&A with the two pianists.
Magnificat! two settings of the great Marian canticle, ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord’, from the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, the one by Johann Sebastian Bach’s fifth son Carl Philipp Emanuel (better known in his lifetime than his dad) and, seemingly, the better known one in D major by pater himself. It was actually a reworking of one for the feast of the Visitation (July), from where the canticle stems, he had penned ten years earlier (1723) in E flat major for Christmas. Both were published, the second version (D major) shorn of the four Christmas hymns Bach had inserted in the first version, raising a question as we approach the season as to whether the choir’s conductor Alan Eost has been tempted to restore them. He has four excellent soloists, Andrea Ryder: soprano, Cari Searle: mezzo-soprano, John Dunford: tenor, Edward Harvey: bass, and instrumental support is provided by the Skipton Camerata at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £15, £12 concessions, £5 students, under 16s.
Cara Dillon, one of the most distinctive voices in folk music comes to town with her band of skilled acoustic folk instrumentalists as part Sheffield University’s series of Global Soundtracks concerts at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – in advance £20 at www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts on the door £22. NB: No concessionary rates.
Sheffield University Pop Orchestra, give this week’s Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
New Music Ensemble, director George Nicholson, celebrate the 90th birthday of Pierre Boulez, the centenary of New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn (tutored by Vaughan Williams) and premiere works by George’s composition students in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged.
Ensemble 360, in somewhat ziguener mood with Haydn: Piano Trio in G Hob XV:25 Gypsy Rondo; Ligeti: Trio for horn, violin and piano Hommage à Brahms; and the real thing, Brahms: Piano Quartet Piano Quartet No 1 Op 25. Music in the Round at the Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 2nd December, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Die Fledermaus, Ellen Kent doing something different with Opera and Ballet International, although not entirely new it seems as it had its ‘world premiere’ in 2006! There are things Strauss would not recognise: two champagne fountains, two bats (!), and ‘some scenes from the Russian Die Fledermaus’!? Ellen herself has penned an English translation and based it on “Herbert von Karajan’s famous version” – presumably his Decca recording with its roster of distinguished opera singers letting their hair down in act two. It’s scheduled for the City Hall next year (28th of April) but, if you can’t wait, here it is at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £36.50 –£40, concessions £3.50 off. 01298 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, 3rd December, 1pm – £6.
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 now underway, no date is yet set for a further half-dozen, which are held at Jenny’s home in S11. For more information follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop on playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes with specialist Carla Rees. Whether you already play a low flute, have only dabbled with them, or want to try them out, the day will help you with repertoire advice, tone production and technical problems, extended techniques, projection and intonation. Find out how low flute playing can help with your C flute playing too! This is the ideal opportunity to try new ideas, solve problems and develop your low flute playing. The day starts and ends with ensemble playing, trying out some of Carla's fabulous arrangements for groups of low flutes. Woodwind shop, Just Flutes, will also be there with a selection of instruments and sheet music to browse and try! Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sitwell Road, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 27th February 2016, 10am-5pm – £50. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
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.