John Cooper and Linda Wareham, two highly respected local music teachers often seen pursuing their passion for music in public, including among other activity, John currently leading the Hallam Sinfonia, Linda official accompanist for the annual David Clover Competition and a member of the Abbeydale Singers. They also form a violin/ piano duo and offer a stylistically ranging programme of Handel – Sonata in D; Schubert – Sonatine in D (No 1); Finzi – Elegy; and Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances, at this week’s Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, October 1, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera, not so much a concert perhaps, more a case of words and music but eminently worth noting as one of series of such equally interesting, two-hour affairs put on by Sheffield Recorded Music Society (formerly Sheffield Gramophone Society), founded in 1947 and still going strong. Here, John Bryan, professor of music at the University of Huddersfield, investigates the musical styles that Monteverdi mixed in 1607 to create Orfeo, widely acknowledged as the first real opera, at Millenium Hall, Polish Catholic Centre, 518-520 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PY (entrance on Wilson Road), Friday, 1.45pm – £3, or £20 if you take out an annual subscription!
Marmen Quartet, the foursome appointed to Music in the Round’s ‘Bridge’ development scheme, which supports a young string quartet with particular promise through the early stages of its career. A cleverly linked programme for its first length concert in the venue features Haydn - Quartet Op 103; Beethoven – Quartet Op 18 No 1; Josquin Desprez – two Chansons; and Bartók – Quartet No 4, at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35s, students. Pre-performance talk, the Marmen Quartet in conversation, 6.15pm – free, with concert ticket.
BBC Philharmonic, come to town to give the second concert in the 2015-16 Sheffield International Concert Season with Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet Overture; Mozart – Horn Concerto No 4; Beethoven – Symphony No 3 Eroica on offer. Ben Gernon is the conductor and the soloist in the Mozart is the orchestra’s principal horn player Alberto Menéndes at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. See Mozart Hornology at www.bernardleemusic.wordpress.com
Gemma Rosefield and Tim Horton, super programme from Ensemble 360’s cellist and pianist of 19th-century music written for, or adapted for cello and piano taking in Chopin – Introduction and Polonaise Brillante Op 3; Tchaikovsky – Nocturne Op 19 No 4; and Grieg – Cello Sonata Op 36, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Tuesday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35s, students.
ARKangel, well-established professional violin and guitar duo that specialises in Spanish and South American music returns with its Lullaby of Andalusia programme featuring four pieces by de Falla – Miller’s Dance, El Paño Moruno, Nana, Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy; three by Garcia Lorca – Nana de Sevilla, El Café de Chinitas, Anda, jaleo; two by Rodrigo – Adela and the second movement of Concerto Aranjuez (which ends proceedings); plus, Jacob Gade – Jalousie (you will most certainly experience that!); Maximo Diego Pujol – San Telmo; and the traditional La Llorona, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, October 8, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Il Trovatore, a new season of Saturday afternoon matinees at the New York Metropolitan Opera relayed live in HD begins with Verdi’s blood and thunder tale to memorable music with a cast that cannot be bettered, although not certain (having not heard him) about South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee who sings the pivotal role of Manrico, but reading international rave reviews of his performances there is a strong suggestion that he could well bring the house down at the end of act three. In the equally important role of Leonora is Anna Netrebko, no less; his ‘mother’, Azucena, is sung by Dolora Zajick; while his rival, Count di Luna, is in the ideal hands of Dmitri Hvorostovsky – it’s one of his signature roles. The production is a Goya-inspired one (the opera is ostensibly set in Spain) by David MacVicar, at Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £19.40, £15.60 concessions – they’re around £2 cheaper online if you register. Also, the strange ticket prices suggest they may include booking fees!
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 begins on Wednesday the 11th of November, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per two-hour session, and places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks. Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and, if interested, or would like to know more, follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small; NB: Memorial Hall (Cliff Richard is in the main hall later), Thursday, October 1, 1pm – £6. Also, November 5; December 3.
Grow Your Own Flute Style, with globetrotting performer, fervent flute teacher and ethnomusicologist Jessica Quiñones, in association with Sheffield Flute Choir. If you have always wanted to perform music without fear of ‘getting it all wrong’, this flute workshop is for you. Learn techniques to simplify the interpretation process no matter which genre you love to play. Experiment with new genres, including tango (Jessica is a specialist in Argentinean tango), choro, folk, Bollywood and Chinese folk songs and ‘grow your own unique flute style’! Suitable for Grade 3-plus and ages 18-plus with spaces limited to 12 participants each day – the same workshop is on two days. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 11, 10am-5pm – £60. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/grow-your-own-flute-style.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.