Zoë Everatt and Ella Taylor, joint Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert from two gifted final year sopranos with Ella performing Hugo Wolf: a selection from his Mörike Lieder (plenty to go at), and Jonathan Dove: 3 Songs from Ariel; while Zoe’s programme will include William Walton: his song cycle A Song For the Lord Major's Table, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 28th of April, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Kaoru Bingham, widow of celebrated Sheffield pianist John Bingham, and highly accomplished pianist in her own right, plays Mozart: Sonata No 8 K310; Schumann: Kinderszenen; and Debussy: Préludes – not specified which, for Sheffield Music Club at Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Albion on Song, advertised as the popular pocket chamber choir’s only scheduled Sheffield concert this year – surely only at present! According to the a cappella dozen’s non-conducting music director, composer and arranger Fraser Wilson, proceedings will be closely related to the Albion and Ales concert that won the Award for Best Vocal Performance at last year’s Buxton Fringe Festival. At the time of writing, programme details remain to be finalised but there will be various songs with drinking/ watery themes, including Oliver Cromwell, Loch Lomond and What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Scarborough Fair seems a distinct possibility, too, and there is always that pint of hand-pulled Albion Ale (or wine, soft drink) everyone will get when they arrive, at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, S7 2GY, Saturday, 7.30pm –£10, £8 senior citizens, £3 age 25 and under, unemployed.
Benjamin Newlove, talented young organist from the other side of the Pennines who becomes organ scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in September gives the weekly organ recital at St John’s Church, Ranmoor Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection.
Beyond Borders, the ever-increasing in renown Fidelio Trio: Darragh Morgan: violin, Adi Tal: cello, Mary Dullea: piano, are joined TS Eliot Prize-winning Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey in an exploration of displacement, liberation and dialogue, including a new work written by the latter in collaboration with composer Piers Hellawell for poet and piano trio which is receiving its first performance. Either side of it are works by the disgracefully neglected Chausson: Piano Trio Op 3, a super four-movement piece that moves from high drama to a sort of dance-like solace, and Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht in Eduard (Edward) Steuermann’s arrangement for piano trio. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students.
Rosanna Todd and Nicola Lucas, another joint University Lunchtime Concert featuring two final year pianists who variously play movements from Tchaikovsky’s Seasons Op 37a: February (Carnival) and October (Autumn Song); two Debussy Préludes from Book 1: No 5 – Les Collines d’Anacapri, and No 12 – Minstrels; and two of Carl Vine’s Five Bagatelles: No 1 and No 5 Threnody, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 5th of May, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Elektra, a much acclaimed production and performance of Richard Strauss’s opera brings the curtain down on this season’s live relays of Saturday afternoon performances from the New York Metropolitan Opera with Nina Stemme in the vengeful title role, Adrianne Pieczonka as her sister Chrysothemis, Waltraud Meier as her mother Klytämnestra and Eric Owens as her brother Orest. Esa-Pekka Salonen is the conductor and the opera was the last one to be directed by Patrice Chéreau. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – around £2 cheaper online if you register.
The Pirates of Penzance, annual G&S offering from Grenoside and Birley Carr Players and hardly in need of introduction. Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside, S35 8PR, Wednesday, 27th of April to Saturday, 7.30pm – £8, £5 children.
Die Fledermaus, something a little different from Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International for a change, although hardly a work off the beaten track, at least in its original form! To quote Ellen’s blurb for the production given its “world premiere” in 2006! This unique version includes two champagne fountains, two bats, a mystery celebrity guest and an introduction of some scenes from the Russian Die Fledermaus! Further it is “based on Herbert von Karajan’s famous version” – whatever that is or was, unless it was the recording in which some of world’s greatest opera singers to let their hair down at Orlovsky’s party. Doubtless, Johann Strauss is in there somewhere and it is sung in English, at the City Hall, Thursday, 28th of April, 7.30pm – £33.50 –£17; £28.50 –£12 over 60s.
The Marriage by Lantern-Light/ Trial by Jury, enterprising double bill which Opera on Location is performing under the heading Masters of Operetta – but don’t tell Offenbach that if you happen to see him! He is the author of the one you will not know, while everyone knows the source of the other one, Gilbert and Sullivan. As the pieces have four singers appearing in both, Offenbach characters appear first (using the names OoL has given them) Gareth Lloyd – Babolet; Counsel, Jenny Carson – Paquerette (Denise); Bridesmaid, Chloe Saywell – Navette; Plaintiff, Hollie-anne Bangham – Bluette; Usher – plus, in Trial, Tom Hopkinson – The Judge and, new to the company, Dominic Stewart – Defendant, Joseph Gawley – Jury! Stage direction is in the hands of Louise Pymer and the music director/ pianist is Ewan Gilford, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions. It is also at All Saints Church, Bakewell, DE45 1FD on Friday at 8pm – same admission prices. ‘Marriage by Lantern-Light’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
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.