Hazel Baker, soprano, performs art song from the 17th to 20th centuries, including by Purcell, Handel, Fauré and Quilter, with Peter Waring: piano, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 4th of March, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Chris Tutt, the long-standing (or sitting?) secretary of the Spohr Society of Great Britain explores 19th century music – plenty of that to go at! but with a Hummel concerto included, the century’s giants may not be on his agenda for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society at Millennium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY, Friday, 1.45 –3.45pm – £3.
Leonore Piano Trio, Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, and Tim Horton: piano, familiar faces with the second of their eight concerts taking in the complete Beethoven piano trios, violin and cello sonatas for Music in the Round: Violin Sonata No 2, Op 12 No 2; Cello Sonata No 3, Op 69; Violin Sonata No 7 Op 30 No 2; and Piano Trio No 6, Op 70 No 2, at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom, children’s concert (ideal aged three to eight) in which the six-year-old knight goes in search of a famous ‘Golden Sausage’ and has to battle with some filthy trolls in his latest adventure based on Giles Andreae’s book by Music in the Round’s children’s composer-in-residence Paul Rissmann. Catchy songs, vivid story-telling and lots of audience participation promised by Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives at the Crucible Theatre, Saturday, 11am – £8, £5 children, students.
St John Passion, tri-annual performance of Bach’s work from the Sheffield Bach Choir, also the annual John Dethick memorial concert (the choir’s former president and noted local bass-baritone), with the choir’s ‘resident’ Evangelist Stephen Liley again returning and also singing the tenor arias. Thomas Hunt sings Christ’s words and the other soloists are Phillipa Hyde: soprano, Kathryn Woodruff: alto, and Thomas Asher, bass, with the National Festival Orchestra all under the distinguished direction of Simon Lindley at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free.
Reflection of Silence, four musicians: Tara Jaff, Hossein Alishapour, Mehdi Rostami and Adib Rostami (if their names mean anything to you) from different musical backgrounds, but with a shared interest in Iranian and Kurdish music, offer a contemporary exploration of Persian and ancient Kurdish music traditions as part of the ongoing Global Soundtracks strand in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – on the door, £12.50, £10 senior citizens, £6 unwaged, under 26, students; in advance, £10, £8, £5 – www.sheffield.ac/uk/concerts
Tim Peters, tenor, gives the Julian Payne Recital prize (meaning he is worth noting) at a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert taking in Handel: Love sounds th’alarm from Acis and Galatea; Caldara: Come raggio di sol; Schubert: Gute Nacht, Frühlingstraum, Die Post from Winterreise; Gurney: Sleep, Song of Silence, Reconciliation; Butterworth: Loveliest of Trees, When I was One and Twenty, Is My Team Plowing? from A Shropshire Lad; and Britten: Seascape from On This Island. Pianist not known, at Firth Hall, Western Bank,
Thursday, 10th of March, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Rebecca Robertson/ Jane Robertson, trumpet/ piano duo, either related or a stunning coincidence, the ‘star’ being the former and a young trumpet player of no mean ability if reports are anything to go by with Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 11th of March, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Kofi-Barnes Aggregation, two alto saxophonists, Tony Kofi and Alan Barnes, merge their widely contrasting tonal sounds with a John Turville, piano-led rhythm trio at a Sheffield Jazz concert as part of Music in the Round’s season at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 11th of March, 7.15pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, £7 students, £3 under 16.
Ringing the Changes, a celebration of bell-ringing with readings, music, song and dance aimed at raising funds towards buying a new bell to add to the 12 at Sheffield Cathedral, including traditional and early music referencing ‘bell music’ with contributions from noted lute player Stewart McCoy, Beekeepers chamber folk group, local harpist Heather Ashton and local women’s harmony group The Gamebirds – folk songs inspired by bell-ringing! Ceilidh dancing will show the relationship between ringing and dancing and, running through the evening, amusing and informative historical readings, illustrating both local ringing history – it seems Sheffield was a leading centre for bell-ringing in the 19th century! – and its development across the ages, all at Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 11th of March, 7.30pm – £8, including glass of wine/ juice – available from the Cathedral shop in advance.
Manon Lescaut, rather neglected Puccini opera languishing under the giant shadows of Tosca, Bohème and Butterfly in a new production by Richard Eyre (a film noir affair set in 1940’s occupied Paris) relayed live in HD from the New York Metropolitan Opera with Latvian soprano and highly regarded Puccini specialist Kristine Opolais in the title role and Roberto Alagna making his role debut as Des Grieux in the two parts that matter with British bass Brindley Sherratt the source of their woes as Geronte, at Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – around £2 cheaper online if you register.
Carmen, Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International is back in town with international soloists in Bizet’s indestructable opera in all its traditional glory replete with its Goya-esque Seville square, the only known performer being Caspian, a white Andalucian stallion – wonder Escamillo makes his entrance!? Sung in French with English surtitles at the City Hall, Saturday, 7.30pm – £17 –£33.50, over 60s £5 off all full price tickets.
Into the Woods, Croft House Theatre Company production of the Stephen Sondheim musical at the Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday, 2nd of March to Saturday, 7.15pm; plus, Saturday, 2pm – £22, £20, £12; Friday and Saturday evenings: £23, £21, £13.
Open Music Box Workshops, another round of Music in the Round’s popular hands-on musical activity for toddlers under its Music in the Community outreach umbrella where young children, age three to five here, can move, sing and play instruments – and grown-ups can join in. Polly Ives has acquired a co-presenter on this occasion, pianist Fraser Wilson, at the Crucible Studio, Saturday, 12th of March, 10.30am and 11.45am – £6 per child, grown-ups free. Tickets from Crucible Theatre Box Office, 0114 249 6000, or www.musicintheround.co.uk
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.