‘War and Peace’, Michael Copeland: baritone, Shelagh Marston: recitations, Rosalind Rogerson: piano, perform their hour-long, 25-item words and music tribute to those who have died in war as part of Ecclesall Theatre Company's Patrons' Night. Included is music by Handel – Where'er you Walk; Schumann – The Two Grenadiers; Novello – Keep the Home Fires Burning, We'll Gather Lilacs; Ireland – The Soldier; Butterworth – Is My Team Ploughing? Bax – The White Peace; Washing on the Siegfried Line; White Cliffs of Dover; We’ll Meet Again; and among well-known poets are Laurence Binyon (For the Fallen), Rupert Brooke, Robert Southey, Wilfred Owen (Dulce et Decorum Est) and R.S. Thomas. Ecclesall Parish Hall, bottom of Ringinglow Road, Wednesday (September 3), 7.30pm – E.T.C Patrons only.
Proms in the Peak, an afternoon of light, popular and classical music hosted by Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity with vivacious Sheffield soprano Deborah Norman and tenor John Hudson meriting their billing as the headline acts. Elsewhere, Sheffield-based Junction 33 Dance Band evoke the spirit of Glenn Miller, Mexborough-based Bel Canto Choir and its director Robert Webb (the afternoon’s artistic director) offer contributions and there is some energy-expounding euphoria from street dance group DanceDaze. Radio Sheffield presenter Paulette Edwards is the MC in the grounds of Losehill Hall YHA, Castleton, Sunday, 2.30pm – £15, £13 concessions, available at www.promsinthepeaks.org.uk
Nick Fletcher, another of the regular recitals from Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national repute and increasingly heard on nationwide classical radio, most recently tracks from his latest CD A Moment of Stars some which he plays here along with pieces by Bach, Barrios, Tarrega, Villa Lobos, Domeniconi and self-composed works. Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, September 13, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Andrew Bryden, organ, Ripon Cathedral’s director of music since November 2003, a former Canterbury Cathedral organ scholar, begins a new series of 45-minute Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals, Tuesday, September 16, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Luca Luciano, Neapolitan-born clarinettist, resident in London and ”the friendly face of contemporary clarinet,” according to the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Extremely well thought about, especially in jazz circles, his range of genre is all-embracing and almost all for solo clarinet, as here in self-composed or arranged pieces: Sequenza # 2; She Likes Vivaldi on a theme from the Four Seasons; Fragment # 5; Rondo Contemporaneo; act three prelude to Puccini’s Tosca (these last three making up a Italian Suite) and, as written, Gershwin’s Summertime and Berio’s Lied for clarinet solo. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, September 19, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé, opening concert of the 2014-15 Sheffield International Concert Season with a Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu, a Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, and a programme of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, the so-called Elvira Madigan, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition after proceedings have got underway with scenes from Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella. City Hall, Friday, September 19, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
Albion, Fraser Wilson’s highly accomplished double consort (or thereabouts) of singers open the Tideswell Arts Festival with some familiar repertoire: He Wishes (etc), Salley Gardens,
Ash Grove, New Jerusalem, Skye Boat Song, Month of Maying, Stanford’s Blue Bird, Gaudete, Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves, My love is like a red rose, Miller of Dee, Oliver Cromwell, The Lord’s my shepherd, Danny Boy; and share three joint items with the Tideswell Singers: Jerusalem, Alleluia psallite, God be in my head; who elsewhere, under the direction of Carol Bowns, contribute: Tallis – O nata lux; MacMillan – O radiant Dawn; and Stainer – God so loved the world, to the proceedings. St John’s Church, Tideswell, Saturday, September 20, 7.30pm – £10.
Sheffield Chamber Choir, attractive concert conducted by Robert Webb of Allegri – Miserere Mei; Britten – Hymn to the Virgin; Holst – Nunc Dimittis; James MacMillan – In Splendoribus Sanctorum (one his Strathclyde Motets); Paul Mealor – Stabat Mater; Rachmaninov – Bogoroditse Devo (Ave Maria); John Tavener – Funeral Ikos and Magnificat. David Milsom and Jonathan Gooing offer violin and piano pieces to give vocal chords a rest and Matthew Knowles (trumpet) is in there somewhere. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Saturday, September 20, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, cash bookings City Hall box office – card bookings, plus 10% fee.
Madama Butterfly, Puccini’s opera set spectacularly on Sydney Harbour Bridge by Australian Opera. Odeon, Arundel Gate, Thursday, September 18, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Tideswell Singers, and their music director Carol Bowns anchor a three-hour workshop built around the theme of celebration, including part of piece you can sing at the Albion concert in the evening. All, of any ability, welcome at St John’s Church, Tideswell, Saturday, September 20, 2pm-5pm – £3.
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.