Roman Rudnytsky, the highly active worldwide American pianist of Ukrainian descent returns to perform Manuel Herrarte (1924-74) – Tres Danzas; Ravel – Miroirs and a transcription of Ma Mere l’Oye; and Liszt – another transcription, of Rossini’s William Tell Overture, at the first concert of the day featuring an internationally noted piano prodigy. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Angela Brownridge, here is the other one, perhaps with more renown and something of a coup for Sheffield Music Club, with a programme of Beethoven – Appassionata Sonata; Liszt – Il Penserose and Petrarch Sonnet 104 from Années di Pèlerinage Book 2; Debussy –Pour le Piano, Prélude, Sarabande, Toccata; Chopin – Sonata in B flat minor; and Scriabin – Studies No’s 1, 2, 11, 12 from Op 8. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
Joshua Hales, organ, Sheffield Cathedral’s assistant director of music gives the next Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (February 5), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Andrea Chénier, somewhat rare staging of the super French Revolution opera by Giordano with everyone’s favourite tenor these days, Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, although he shouldn’t steal the show with soprano Eve-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena de Coigny (Rosalind Plowright plays her mother!) and Željko Lučić as Carlo Gerard around as well. Live relay from the Royal Opera House of a new production by David McVicar conducted by Antonio Pappano; Thursday (January 29) 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions – recorded repeat here, Sunday, 2pm.
Les Contes d’Hoffmann, revival staging of Bartlett Sher’s production of Offenbach’s opera (The Tales of Hoffmann) relayed live from the New York Metropolitan with that rare animal these days, an Italian tenor of international repute, Vittorio Grigolo as the poet who relates his ill-luck in love with a sparkling array of sopranos, Erin Morley: Olympia; Hibla Gerzmava (who doubles as Stella): Antonia; and a Brit, Christine Rice: Giulietta, who gets to sing the ubiquitous Barcarolle with Hoffmann’s muse Nicklausse: Kate Lindsey, while manipulating all as the opera’s four villains is Thomas Hampson. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
The Sound of Music, new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s biggest hit to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the massively successful film version. Danielle Hope is Maria (first week of the run only) and Steven Houghton plays Captain von Trapp at the Lyceum Theatre, Monday to Saturday February 2-14 (except Sunday & Monday February 8 & 9), 7.30pm; Monday –Thursday – £27 –£36; Friday-Saturday – £30 –£38; plus, Thursdays, Wednesday (February 11), 2pm – £22 –£31; Saturdays, 3pm – £27 –£35.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (February 5), 1pm – £6. Also, March 5; March 26; May 7; June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Come and Sing Brahms’ German Requiem, in German! at a University of Sheffield Singers’ Society (SingSoc)-anchored, in depth workshop-cum-rehearsal with three experienced choral directors, Peter Taylor (SingSoc, Hallam Choral Society), Robert Webb (Sterndale Singers, Bel Canto Choir, Sheffield Chamber Choir) who has recently conducted the work, and Carol Bowns (Tideswell Singers, Buxton Kaleidoscope Choir) who graduated from the university with a BA Hons in German, as well as music. A subsequent public performance, with piano duet, will be held at Firth Hall on the 28th of February at 6pm. University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank (across the road from Firth Hall and stood back a little lower down), Saturday, February 14, 10am-5pm – £25. Further information on the Digest page, http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/digest; the Sing Soc website, http://singsoc.weebly.com/come-and-sing-brahms-german-requiem.html; or by contacting Carol Bowns at email@example.com
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives with a singer/ songwriter and guitarist helping out of this occasion. Crucible Studio, Saturday, April 4, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. To find out more or to book go to www.musicintheround.co.uk Alternatively, contact Fraser Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0114 281 4660.
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.