Lucy Phillips, Sheffield-based freelance violinist embarks on a series of concerts with pianist David Hammond taking in the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, starting with the first three completed in 1798; plus, Clara Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano Op 22; and Mozart: Adagio in E flat K261 – possible slow movement replacement for his Fifth Violin Concerto; and Rondo in C K373, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, September 11, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions, on the door, or in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national repute gets his season underway at Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, September 12, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Albion in the Dales, having performed in this year’s English Music Festival in deepest Oxfordshire, Sheffield’s pocket chamber choir just had to be involved when the EMF stages an autumn festival in deepest Yorkshire, presenting a perfect excuse for Scarborough Fair and possibly, ‘the dark, satanic mills’ of Jerusalem! The EMF being keen on new English music, Invocation to a Quaker text, premiered earlier this year, will also get an outing, at St Mary and Alkelda Church, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4PQ, Saturday, September 12, 7.30pm – £15. More information and tickets at http://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/forthcoming-events.html
A Little Night Music, operatically inflected Stephen Sondheim musical after Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night in a Jean Gemmell-directed staging for Derby-based Present Company. Did you know that the show’s most famous number, Send in Clowns, nearly wasn’t there? Sondheim wrote it at the 11th hour after discovering that the original Desirée, actress Glynis Johns, could sing but lacked the power to sustain long phrases! Among all the amorous intent here, the most important characters vocally are played by David Lovell: Frederik Egerman; Laura Brookes: Desirée Armfeldt; Alice Hands: Anne Egerman; Craig Arme: Henrik Egerman; Jon Morris: Count Carl-Magnus; and Rachael-Louise Bray: Countess Charlotte. Buxton Opera House, Thursday (September 3) to Saturday, 7.30pm; plus Saturday, 2.30pm – £15, £17, £19; matinee: £13.50, £15.50, £17.50. 01298 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small; NB: Memorial Hall, Thursday (September 3), 1pm – £6. Also, October 1; November 5; December 3.
Compose Yourself! weekly composition classes starting Thursday the 17th of September run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at musicians with an urge to compose but don't know where to start, or composers needing a new perspective and an opportunity to try new methods of working or scoring. If interested and would like to know more, follow the link to Jenny’s website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself, or contact her to discuss any queries, or can't make Thursdays. Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per session. NB: Places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks.
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.