Mark McCombs, organ, gives the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 30), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Matthew Blaiden, the organist and Director of Music at St Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond, Surrey, who can put private study with Gillian Weir and Nicolas Kynaston on his CV and can be said to be reflected in a programme of Liszt – Excelsior! and Am Grabe Richard Wagners; Whitlock – Folk Tune from Five Short Pieces; Jehan Alain - Première Fantaisie and Deuxième Fantaisie; Vaughan Williams – Rhosymedre from Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes; before ending with more Liszt – Vallée d’Obermann from the first Years of Pilgrimage suite, arr Johannes Geffert, at the weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (April 30), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Albion, after a couple of concerts in Derbyshire last weekend, the popular pocket chamber choir and its non-conducting director, arranger/ composer Fraser Wilson are on home ground to introduce a new choir, Company (about twice as big as Albion from which it takes its inspiration), and a special guest, local classical guitarist of national repute Nick Fletcher. Also, to invite you to tuck into some cakes, at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, S7 2GY, Saturday, 4pm – £10, £6 concessions. See An Invocation and Cakes under FEATURES
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and music director Darius Battiwalla perform the second of Bruckner’s fine, though somewhat under-performed, three numbered Mass settings which more less coincided with the beginning of the symphonic career for which he is best remembered. The Mass No 2 has a particularly Gregorian feel to it, nowhere more so than in the a cappella, eight-part writing of the Kyrie, although it not an a cappella work and employs a wind band of woodwind and brass, nor are soloists involved unlike the other two settings. Górecki’s Totus Tuus, written for the occasion Pope John Paul’s third visit to his native Poland in 1987, also gets an outing, as does Tavener’s Svyati with Simon Turner playing the virtuoso solo cello part, while the singing voice will not be heard at all in Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Not sure who the Sheffield Camerata are (possibly a David Milsom pick-up band?), at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7pm – £17, £7 concessions.
Singing Day with John Rutter, the popular composer and choir director comes to town for a Bank Holiday special, courtesy of Music in the Round, and an invitation open to all to rehearse and perform in an informal atmosphere some his favourite choral pieces down the centuries with the odd piece by him thrown in, such as Birthday Madrigals and Feel the Spirit. Tea, coffee and soft drinks available throughout the day, but take own lunch. Music provided on the day at Forge Valley School, Wood Lane, S6 5HG, Monday, 10.30am-5pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Fay Sargeson, Noel Hung, pianists, although not entirely clear whether performing separately or as piano duo at the last Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, in the present series, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (May 7), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Nina Vinogradova, much travelled Russian-born concert pianist of international repute now living in Suffolk who was taught by mother, a pupil of Glazunov and professor of piano at St Petersburg Conservatoire, plays four pieces by Chopin: Fantasie Impromptu Op 66, Etudes No’s 1 and 12 Op 10, Etude No 1 Op 25; Mozart: Fantasie No 3 K397; Schumann: Aufschwung and Warum from Fantasiestücke Op 12; Schubert: Impromptu in E flat; and Liszt: Concert Study in D flat, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (May 7), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Gondoliers, after moonlighting with Lehár’s Merry Widow last year Dore G&S Society return to the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan and their last big success at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Wednesday (April 29) to Saturday, 7.30pm (Wednesday –Friday); 2.30pm (Saturday) – £12.
La Fille mal Gardée, one of the sunniest and oldest ballets around, music Ferdinand Hérold (1828), which took on a whole new lease of life when Frederick Ashton adapted it for the Royal Ballet in 1960. It has never been out of the repertoire since and here it is in its latest revival relayed live from the Royal Opera House; Tuesday, 7.15pm, at Cineworld Sheffield – £19.30, £15.50 concessions; Vue, Meadowhall – £15, £12.50 concessions; Odeon, Arundel Gate – £13, £11 concessions.
Jesus Christ Superstar, last performances of Bill Kenwright’s blockbuster touring production of one of the most popular Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice shows with Glenn Carter playing Jesus, Tim Rogers as Judas and Rachel Adejezi as Mary Magdalene. Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (April 29) to Saturday, 7.45pm: Wednesday-Thursday – £27 –£35, family ticket £130; Friday-Saturday – £30 –£38; plus, Thursday, 2pm – £22 –£31; Saturday, 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 (May 7), 1pm – £6. Also, June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
Come and Take Part, a series of events as part of this year’s Music in the Round May Festival, all in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
Classical Babies, 40-minute concert hosted by London-based Classical Babies and Sheffield string quartet Silver Strings with 20 minutes of free-play to explore percussion and mini-violins, Monday, May 11, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free.
Songbuds Music Workshops, for two-to-three-year-olds led by Vanessa Johnson of Sheffield’s Songbuds and 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Tuesday, May 12, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Music Box Workshops, for three-to-five-year-olds and similar to the preceding, except being another round of the regular, successfully tried and tested Polly Ives-led workshops, again 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Wednesday, May 13, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Spaces limited at all three, booking 0114 249 6000.
Come and Sing, with Helen Cowan’s Sheffield Junior Singers and Sheffield Young Singers, Thursday, May 14, Years 3 to 6, 4pm-5pm; Years 7 to 13, 5pm-6pm; and the newly formed community choir Sheffield Singers catering for adults, Friday, May 15, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or firstname.lastname@example.org Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
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.