Elizabeth Charlesworth/ Hugh Finnigan, versatile soprano who sings a wide repertoire ranging from the Baroque era through to contemporary music – she actually specialises in 20th century song and gained a MMus degree in research and performance at Sheffield University. With a pianist who needs no introduction is Sheffield music circles, an attractive programme on offer here starting in Italy (where she has recently been performing) with Giordani: his well-known Caro mio ben; Paisiello: Nel cor piu non mi sento; Verdi: In solitaria stanza, plus two settings from Goethe’s Faust, Perduta ho la pace and Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata; before moving on to Quilter: Five Shakespeare songs Op 23 – Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, Under the Greenwood Tree, It was a Lover and his Lass, Take, O take those lips away, Hey, ho, the Wind and the Rain; and three folksongs from the British Isles: Early One Morning (England, arr Grainger), An Eriskay Love-lilt (Scotland), and My Love’s an Arbutus (Ireland), at this week’s Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
David Clover Festival of Singing, fairly substantial new ‘curtain-raiser’ to this year’s usual singing competition administered by the City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir which takes place the following weekend, a Singers’ Platform aimed at singers between the ages of 19 and 28 already studying at universities and conservatoires and being privately tutored at advanced level. The initiative has garnered much interest and attracted 25 entrants from as far apart as Glasgow and London and the event takes place over two days beginning with Recital Class Session 1 at Sheffield High School, Rutland Park, S10 2PE, Friday, 6pm; and continuing Saturday with Recital Class Session 2, 9.15am and Recital Class Session 3, 1.45pm at Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, S10 3BU; Non-Recital Classes (three), 2pm at Sheffield High School; and concluding with the Recital Class Final and performances by the Non-Recital Class winners, 6.45pm at Tapton Hall – £3, £2 concessions, per session.
Marios Panteliadis, a recipient of Making Music’s Award for Young Concert Artists and first-prize winner in many national and international piano competitions with numerous successful concerts and recitals under his belt, from Vienna’s Musikverein across Europe to Sydney Opera House. Here, for Matlock Music, he performs Haydn: Theme and Variations in F minor; Schumann: Kreisleriana; Tchaikovsky: Variations on an Original Theme Op 19; Scriabin: Sonata No 3; and Prokofiev: a selection from 10 Pieces Op 75, plus Toccata Op 11, at Highfields School, Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 7.30pm – £12.
Turandot, after the live relay of an opera known chiefly to many by one number, Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers a fortnight earlier, another one from the New York Metropolitan Opera that can be said to fall into the same category, Puccini’s unfinished last opera (completed by Alfano) which similarly has much worthy music (albeit, more in your face!) in it other than a ubiquitous tenor aria at the beginning of act three. In a revival of Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular 1987 production, Marco Berti sings Nessun Dorma here as the Unknown Prince who falls for the icy, man-hating princess Turandot – in the capable hands of dramatic soprano Nina Stemme – to the dismay of Liù (Anita Hartig), the serving girl ‘eyes’ of his blind father. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – they’re around £2 cheaper online if you register.
HMS Pinafore, semi-staged concert performance conducted by Martin Handley from Tarantara Productions, a professional company formed in 2014 to find a new audience through educational projects and to do ‘justice’ to the spirit of Gilbert and Sullivan. To quote its manifesto: “Tarantara’s performances reject the outdated stylistic conventions of the past but without embracing those modern ‘updatings’ of this glorious repertoire which, in attempting to reinvent the genre, do not do justice to the essence of what are a set of core works within the English speaking music theatre repertoire.” Such well-tried G&S specialists as Frances McCafferty and Barry Clark are on board – Rebecca Bottone plays Josephine here on Saturday evening! at Buxton Opera House, Wednesday, 3rd of February, Saturday, 6th of February, 7.30pm; plus Saturday, 2.30pm – £14 –£32. 01298 72190
Iolanthe, fairies clash with the House of Lords in a second G&S offering from Tarantara Productions in another semi-staged concert performance (apparently, full staged ones are in the company’s repertoire) with most of the Pinafore cast on duty again, in different roles! Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 4th of February and Friday, 5th of February, 7.30pm – £14 –£32. You can read more about Tarantara Productions and some clearly talented young singers, as well as the occasional seasoned performer, at www.tarantaraproductions.co.uk
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop for ages 18-plus 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
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and the next block of six begins on Thursday, 7th April, fortnightly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session) – one place available. Also, new: a Composing for Beginners class starting Monday, 4th April, weekly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
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.