26th April to 6th May
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Joachim Raff, the enormously prolific Swiss composer (1822-82) is scrutinised by Spohr champion Chris Tutt for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society. The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA, Friday, 1.30 –3.30pm – £3.
Clare Hammond, highly regarded young pianist plays Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665-1729): Suite No 6 in G; Kim Ashton: Ornithology (dedicated to the pianist); Beethoven: Sonata No 4; Debussy: L'isle joyeuse; Dutilleux: Au gre des ondes; Fauré: two Nocturnes, No 8 Op 37, No 12 Op 107; and Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite at her second concert for Matlock Music. Highfields School (Wheeldon Hall), Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, under 18 free.
Kaoru Bingham, the widow of Sheffield’s much-missed pianist of international repute, John Bingham, and notable pianist in her own right performs Bach: Partita in C minor; Liszt: Petrarch Sonnets No’s 123, 104 and Concert Etude No 3; and Chopin: Polonaise Op 40 No 1, two Mazurkas, Op 50 No 38 and Op 59 No 2, and Fantaisie Op 49. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, £7 students, children, includes programme notes and interval refreshments.
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national repute tunes his newly acquired James Lister guitar – “A very special instrument!” – up music by Carlo Domeniconi, Torroba, Ponce, Sor and self-composed pieces. Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm –£10, £5 concessions
Russia in the Round, opening concert of this year’s May Festival, 5th –13th May, from Music in the Round and the superbly accomplished musicians of MitR’s resident group Ensemble 360, six of whom and a guest cellist, offer a sizeable taste of the curiously undervalued Glazunov, three pieces: String Quintet Op 39 (the two cellos), Réverie for horn and piano Op 24 and Idyll for horn and string quartet, before ending proceedings with Tchaikovsky’s symphonic Piano Trio Op 50 – did you know that he hated this particular combination of instruments, by the way, but still came up with this magisterial masterpiece? Crucible Studio, Friday, 5th of May, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35s, students.
Pre-concert Talk, Prof Marina Frolova-Walker from Cambridge University sets the scene for the festival, 6pm – free, concert ticket holders.
‘Russia in the Round @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Sound Junction Weekend, investigate the frontiers of contemporary electronic music over four concerts, described as an ‘immersive experience of three-dimensional sound; unbound by pitch or rhythm, instrumentation or abstraction’, with guests Jonty Harrison and Denis Smalley in residence throughout and pitching their work against that by students and staff from Sheffield University’s state of the art Sound Studio led by Adrian Moore. Concert 1, Friday, 5th of May, 7.30pm (pre-concert talk, 7pm). Concert 2, Saturday, 6th of May, 1pm.
Concert 3, Saturday, 6th of May, 7.30pm. Concert 4, with Leeds University Music Department participation, Sunday, 7th of May, 1pm. Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank – all concerts are free admission but booking is required: www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts or 0333 6663366.
A Child of Our Time, Tippett’s secular oratorio in heard at the penultimate concert in the Sheffield International Concert Season after an outing for Haydn’s Symphony No 103 Drum Roll. Performers are The Hallé, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Hallé Choir, Elizabeth Llewellyn: soprano, Madeleine Shaw: mezzo-soprano; Joshua Ellicott: tenor, James Platt: bass, and the conductor is Ryan Wigglesworth. City Hall, Saturday, 6th of May, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
The Day Before Spring, Dominic McHugh/ Matthew Malone resuscitation of Lerner and Loewe’s third show which had the Billboard Magazine proclaiming that “Lerner and Loewe look like potential supermen” following its premiere in 1945. Prophetic words, because two years later Brigadoon opened and they never looked back! Meanwhile, the tale of a married woman running into an old flame at a college reunion drifted into obscurity until a New York theatre company decided to put on a concert staging in 2007 and hit a snag: the score was never published and whereas there was an extant copy of the show’s complete text, the music, like Brigadoon, had vanished! So someone (Aaron Gandy, actually) painstakingly pieced together the entire original score from extensive parts of it among Loewe documents that had been bequeathed to Library of Congress in Washington. The show’s UK premiere was in 2010 at the Sadlers Wells Theatre in London and here it is now getting two outings in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Tuesday, Thursday, 4th of May (also pre-concert talk, 6.10pm, Thursday only, when Dominic McHugh and Matthew Malone discuss the show’s background), 7.30pm – in advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee).
On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
Tosca, English Touring Opera’s staging of Puccini’s opera, seen at the Lyceum recently, and sung in Italian with English surtitles. Buxton Opera House, Thursday and Friday, the 4th and 5th of May, 7.30pm – £28 –£36.50, no booking fees; 01298 72190.
Patience, second offering, by Gilbert and Sullivan, from English Touring Opera on its spring tour and also recently at the Lyceum. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 6th of May, 7.30pm – £28 –£36.50, no booking fees.
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, 20th of May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/woodwind-fitness-day.html