Leonore Piano Trio, Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, and Tim Horton: piano, reach the third stop of eight on a journey through the complete violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios by Beethoven with performances of the Violin Sonata Op 47 Kreutzer, 12 Variations on Handel's See the conquering hero comes for cello and piano WoO 45, and Piano Trio Op 1 No 3. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 30th of November, 7.15 –9.05pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Stan Sulzmann/Nikki Iles Duo, highly accomplished saxophonist and pianist present a Sheffield Jazz concert in association with Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15 –9.45pm – £16, £12.50 concessions, £7 students, £3 under 16s.
Joglaresa, super Medieval music group now half way through its third decade of existence with a sequence of Caroles of Nunnes and Roses featuring nowells, wassails and Christmas lullabies – including the gorgeous Nuns of Chester Christmas lullaby, it says here – while accompanying themselves on fidel, harp, bagpipes and a range of exotic percussion instruments. Well worth encountering if you never have before and are inclined to travel a relatively short distance. Matlock Music. Highfields School (Wheeldon Hall), Lumsdale, Matlock, DE4 5NA, Friday, 7.30pm - £12, under 18 free.
Ensemble 360, the whole group on duty on this occasion with the Op 11 serenade by Brahms receiving a chamber ensemble (ten instruments) performance, although it has to be a reconstruction. In its original form a winds/ strings nonet, he destroyed it after scoring the work for full orchestra. Programmed with it, after an outing for Schubert’s Quartettsatz, is another Brahms work that started life in a different guise, the Op 34 piano quintet, which was conceived as a string quintet and met the same fate as the aforementioned nonet, but the piano duet derived from it before the piano quintet was published. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.15 –9.10pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Escafeld Chorale, comes a-wassailing with its annual, traditional mix of familiar and less-familiar carols, including audience items, also contributions from Escafeld’s associate soloist this season, soprano Keren Hadas, plus readings and seasonal refreshments. George Parsons provides and organ accompaniment and with Ian Roberts now departed to Newcastle, Francis Wells stands in as conductor. Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8 on the door, £7 in advance at http://www.wentworthchurch.com/node/174
*Repeated at St Andrew’s Church Psalter Lane, Tuesday, 6th of December.
John Wade Singers, generally light-hearted mix of carols, most familiar and six with audience participation, plus solo slots from soprano Rebecca Lambert, mezzo-soprano Jo Savournin, organ/ piano accompanist Kristin Markay, seasonal readings and all surrounded by the church’s reputed Christmas Tree Festival – 40 of them! Jonathan Lazell is the conductor and JWS are still singing for charity with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Rowan School. Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA, Saturday, 7.30pm – £9, £7 concessions, children free.
Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, the highly regarded symphonic wind band and its inspiring music director Anthony Houghton strike up with Michael Torke: Javelin; Wouter Lenaerts: Elegia; Guy Woolfenden: Divertimento; Gareth Wood: Legends of the Bear; Robert Jager: Heroic Saga; Adam Gorb: Scene: An English Landscape; César Franck (transcribed Percy Grainger): Organ Choral No 2; Steven Verhelst (arr Tetsuya Watanabe): A Song for Japan; and John Williams (arr Donald Hunsberger): Star Wars Trilogy. University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – in advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee). On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
University Undergraduates, not the originally advertised Julian Payne Prize Recital, but first year students giving the scheduled lunchtime concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
Messiah, it’s that time of the year again and here we are on the first Monday in December which can only mean one thing, the Sheffield Bach Choir’s annual performance of Handel’s oratorio, as vibrant as ever these days under the direction of Simon Lindley and with the National Festival Orchestra the icing on the cake. A quartet of young London-based soloists are not without interest this time round having impressed everyone at a workshop hosted by the Bach Choir last January: soprano Kirsty Hopkins, a member of Harry Christophers’ ‘Sixteen’; contralto Laura Lamph; tenor Ruairi Bowen; and bass Ed Ballard who received rave reviews for his performance as Werther last year in a staging of Massenet’s opera in an obscure baritone version. Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free. It sold out last year, which it is prone to doing – advance-booking options at www.sheffieldbachchoir.org.uk
Escafeld Chorale, repeat in association with Sheffield Samaritans of the previous Saturday’s seasonal concert at Wentworth. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £4 students, under 16s free.
Lerner Without Loewe, Sheffield University Concert Season watchers over the last two or three years will not need telling that senior lecturer Dominic McHugh and Department of Music alumnus Matthew Malone have been blowing some more dust off dormant musical theatre material, but Alan Jay Lerner without Frederick Loewe? Surely, you can’t have one without the other!? Well, this is almost true in Loewe’s case with a couple flops to his name before meeting Lerner and spectacularly sticking with him, but not the lyricist who collaborated with among others, Leonard Bernstein, John Barry (My Love, Lolita), André Previn (Coco) and Burton Lane of Finian’s Rainbow-fame and discoverer of Judy Garland. Songs written with them feature here, although Previn is not mentioned in the concert blurb, but “first ever performances of recently discovered songs” are. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – in advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee). On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
Ensemble 360, an engaging 60 minutes in the company of Laurène Durantel: double bass, and Tim Horton: piano, the former also providing the second pair of hands for a four-handed piano arrangement of Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg before ending proceedings with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No 2, as written and not transposed! They begin with the solo Passacaglia that ends Heinrich Biber’s virtuosic Rosary Sonatas from around 1675, also known as the Mystery Sonatas (15 short violin/ continuo pieces dwelling on events in the life of Christ and his mother Mary), followed by another Beethoven cello work, Bei Männern Variations from Mozart’s Magic Flute WoO 46. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 8th of December, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. Post-concert Q&A with the musicians.
University Undergraduates, third year students on stage here for a rush-hour concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand), Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 8th of December, 5.45pm – free.