City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, Shakespearean summer concert conducted, as always, by its inspirational music director Christopher Gayford and taking in Elgar’s super, but rarely heard symphonic study Falstaff, based on the character’s appearance in the Henry IV plays not more regular incarnation in The Merry Wives of Windsor. ‘Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet’ is also vaguely advertised thus, though obviously not the complete ballet – one of his three suites from it presumably, while ‘Berlioz’s Beatrice and Benedict’ has to be the Overture to the opera. Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7.30pm – £12, £6 aged 21 and under, available in advance from the Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road; Sheffield Scene, Surrey Street; or on 07763 128 598. Falstaff @ www.bernardleemusic.com
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN:
No Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton again this year having re-located in Harrogate where it opens on the 3rd of August – details www.gsfestivals.org – but, as last year, the festival-founded, professional National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company presents its productions for the year in the High Peak town prior to them opening in Harrogate after which they embark on a national tour. Box office 01298 72190
The Pirates of Penzance, Yeomen of the Guard having got the week underway the night before, the ‘Slave to Duty’ moves in with Richard Gauntlett: Major General Stanley, Brendan Collins: Pirate King, Adrian Dwyer: Frederic, and Leigh Rhianon Coggins: Mabel, Pauline Birchall: Ruth, and Bruce Graham: Sergeant of Police. David Steadman conducts the splendid National Festival Orchestra – temporarily re-christened National Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra, and the director is a Sheffield son, the massively talented John Savournin. Buxton Opera House, Wednesday, 27th of July, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £27, £30, £35.
HMS Pinafore/ Trial by Jury, not the G&S Opera Company here but Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Company (in its 50th anniversary year) and Trent Opera ‘joining forces’ – personnel does overlap and they have the same guiding artistic force Andrew Nicklin (remember South Yorkshire Opera?) who directs and conducts both. Other familiar faces in the casts are Mike Tipler: Dick Deadeye: Counsel (Trial) and Stephen Godward: Captain Corcoran. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 28th of July, 7.30pm – £18, £20, £22.
The Yeomen of the Guard, with a one-time familiar face to Sheffield audiences, Nick Sales as Colonel Fairfax, plus Richard Gauntlett: Jack Point, Bruce Graham: Wilfred Shadbolt, Jane Harrington: Elsie Maynard, Fiona Mackay: Phoebe Merryl, and Pauline Birchall: Dame Carruthers, with David Steadman and John Savournin the respective conductor and director Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £27, £30, £35.
The Mikado, with all the usual suspects by now, except Martin Lamb: The Mikado – Richard Gauntlett: Ko-Ko, Bruce Graham: Pooh-Bah, Adrian Dwyer: Nanki-Poo, Leigh Rhianon Coggins: Yum-Yum, and Pauline Birchall: Katisha. David Steadman is still waving the baton but there is a different director, the G&S Festival’s founder and artistic director Ian Smith. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £27, £30, £35.
Summer Flute Play-day, for flute players – plus, piccolo, alto and bass flute, and bigger! – aged 18-plus and around Grade 5 upwards hosted by Sheffield Flute Choir at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 13th of August 2016, 10am -4.30pm: £20. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/summer-flute-playday.html
A Flute Player’s Blueprint, one-day workshop with Dr Jessica Quiñones in partnership with Rachel Shirley and Sheffield Flute Choir for flute players of all levels aged 18-plus at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 29th of October 2016, 10am -5pm: £60. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/a-flute-players-blueprint.html