Ensemble 360, in somewhat ziguener mood with Haydn: Piano Trio in G Hob XV:25 Gypsy Rondo; Ligeti: Trio for horn, violin and piano Hommage à Brahms; and the real thing, Brahms: Piano Quartet Piano Quartet No 1 Op 25. Music in the Round at the Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 2nd of December, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
University of Sheffield Christian Union Carol Service, Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday, 3rd of December, 8pm.
Mingus Profiles Sextet, six leading jazz musicians effectively led by Chris Biscoe: alto sax, alto clarinet, Tony Kofi: alto sax, tenor sax, Henry Lowther: trumpet, flugelhorn, Kate Williams: piano, Larry Bartley: bass, Stu Butterfield: drums, pay tribute to Charles Mingus by way of re-imagining his musical profiles of friends, lovers, political enemies, musicians and one cat! Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round; Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, £7 students, £3 under 16s.
Harlequin Brass, touted as the North of England’s premier brass ensemble (quintet, actually), although seemingly not as active these days, but still around and perhaps with some seasonal spirit here at St Mark’s Church, Mosborough S20 5AE, Saturday, 7pm – £7, under 16s free.
In Memory of Peter Cropper – 2, second of the two concerts Peter had planned to celebrate his 70th birthday which Music in the Round has chosen to go ahead with following his death at the end of May. For it he decided invite some of his friends from the music world to perform Haydn: Piano Trio in C Hob XV: No 27 and Beethoven: Piano Trio No 7 Op 97 Archduke, with Moray Welsh: cello and Martin Roscoe: piano, most of his last ten years having being spent as one third of a piano trio with them; and to do a little reminiscing with Janet Hilton: clarinet and Louise Williams: viola, two regular ‘guests’ in Lindsay String Quartet days in Mozart: Clarinet Quintet. Sitting in for Peter in the first violin’s chair is Benjamin Nabarro, the second violin in the Mozart being Martin Cropper at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students – RETURNS ONLY. Pre-concert talk, Classic FM presenter and former ITN newscaster John Suchet on Beethoven and the Archduke Trio, 6.15pm.
Choros Amici, the extremely successful ‘choir of friends’ descend on Sheffield with a concert of Christmas music entitled The Bethlehem Star, the title of the piece Bob Chilcott wrote in memory of Alan Greaves, the savagely murdered organist at St Saviour’s Church, High Green. The choir, on the go since 1992 when its music director Chris Mallinson invited friends from choirs around the country to form it, meets for occasional weekend rehearsals and its first big success was winning in the 2000 Sainsbury Choir of the Year. It has since competed in international festivals all over the place, but four singers will not be travelling far here, as they are members of the city’s Viva Voce chamber choir. One them, with a leaning towards composing, Honey Smith, having also penned a new piece for the concert, Chanticleer, an emerging dawn chorus, at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £9, under 16s free; interval refreshments provided, donations going to Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Appeal.
Escafeld Chorale – 1, as always at this time of the year, celebrate Christmas in words and music with carols both familiar and less well known, interspersed with readings, plus seasonal refreshments, at Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Saturday, 7.30pm – an admission cost, but not known. Repeated at Ecclesall Parish Church on Tuesday.
London Concertante, return with a Viennese Christmas by Candlelight taking in Strauss: Tales From the Vienna Woods; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite; Schubert: Rondo for violin and strings; more Strauss: Wine, Women and Song; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5; and yet more Strauss (well, who else do you expect at Viennese concerts?): The Blue Danube, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £19, £23, £36. 0333 666 3366, or www.concerts.ticketsource.co.uk presumably on the door also, if available.
Christmas Festival of Music, courtesy of Weston Park Hospital at Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 7.30pm – according to the online booking source www.sivtickets.com SOLD OUT. A call to 07918 556 552 could confirm it.
Sheffield University Big Band, give this week’s Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Messiah, the first Monday in December can only mean one thing when it comes to music in the city, the Sheffield Bach Choir’s annual performance of Handel’s oratorio now restored to its former glory under the direction of Simon Lindley and with some highly experienced soloists this year, Debra Morley: soprano, Margaret McDonald: mezzo-soprano, Tim Kennedy: tenor – making a quick return to the venue, and Alex Ashworth: baritone. Alan Horsey is the keyboard continuo player, with the excellent National Festival Orchestra, Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, under 16s free.
Escafeld Chorale – 2, more or less repeat of the previous Saturday’s concert at Wentworth, in association with South Yorkshire Refugee Law and Justice and ASSIST, featuring seasonal words and music with carols familiar and less well known, interspersed with readings, plus festive refreshments, with Ian Roberts: conductor, George Parsons: organ, and Lindsey James: soprano, at Ecclesall Parish Church, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £4 students, under 16s free.
Britten Oboe Quartet, founded and led by oboist extraordinaire Nicholas Daniel, his colleagues not being exactly also-rans either, Jacqueline Shave: violin, Clare Finnimore: viola, and Caroline Dearnley: cello. On offer is some Mozart rubbing shoulders with noted British composers, Britten: Phantasy Quartet – written for another peerless English oboist Leon Goossens in 1933; Lennox Berkeley: String Trio (1943); E.J Moeran: Fantasy Quartet – also written for Goossens, 1946; Mozart: Adagio for cor anglais and strings; Oliver Knussen: Cantata – an early work for oboe and string trio from 1977; and Mozart: Oboe Quartet. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Christmas Celebration, Sheffield Cathedral, Tuesday, 7.30pm.
James Clarke and Jonathan Aasgaard, joint leader and long-time principal cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic end the orchestra’s three-event Buxton residency with violin/ cello duos by Ravel and Gliére at a coffee concert, Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday, 9th of December, 1pm – £7 in advance, £10 on the door. 01298 72190
Mercy Ships Carol Service, the charity that operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, Africa Mercy, to deliver free medical care to the world’s poorest people hosts its popular annual event with Sheffield Cathedral Choir in attendance, at the Cathedral, Thursday, 10th of December, 7.30pm.
Miss Liberty, forgotten 1949 musical by Irving Berlin is the latest musical theatre resuscitation in concert performance (its UK premiere as such) by the Department of Music’s Dominic McHugh. The original orchestrations are played by a 40-piece orchestra again conducted by Matthew Malone and The Great British Bake-Off’s Howard Middleton returns as narrator at what looks like the final event in the New York strand of the Sheffield University Concert Season (the Miss Liberty in question is the Statue of Liberty!) at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Wednesday, 9th of December and Thursday, 10th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged. Pre-concert talk, Dominic McHugh discusses the background behind Berlin’s show, Thursday, 6.30pm. Miss Liberty Revealed at www.bernardleemusic.com
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, 3rd December, 1pm – £6.
Compose Yourself! weekly creative composition classes over six weeks run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians with an urge to compose but who don't know where to start. A new batch of six classes now underway, no date is yet set for a further half-dozen, which are held at Jenny’s home in S11. For more information follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Low Flutes Day, full-day workshop 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. Age 18+. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/low-flutes-day.html
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.