MUSICAL: The Glenn Miller Story, it looks as if all the ill-fated, famous American bandleader’s biggest hits are there in this Bill Kenwright-devised stage show with an unlikely headline star, Tommy Steele – a long-time Miller fanatic, it seems! Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday, 16th to Saturday, 20th of August, 7.30pm; plus Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 2.30pm – £23 to £42, in advance www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk or 0114 249 6000
CONCERT: The Last Waltz, the story of Vienna’s Strauss dynasty and if it sounds faintly familiar – yes, you may have caught it in Music in the Round’s recent May Festival! However, there is a difference. It is expanded as John Suchet has an orchestra with him on this occasion, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, no less, waltzing its way through The Blue Danube, Tales from The Vienna Woods, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Radetzky March, among others and directed Johann Strauss-style by RLPO leader James Clark from the violin. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 20th of August, 7pm – £15.50 to £32.50, in advance www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190 – no booking fees!
OPERA: Tosca, three performances of Puccini’s opera sung in English by Opera on Location and set prohibition-era America with projected visuals. Andrea Tweedale sings the title role, Gareth Lloyd is Mario Cavaradossi, Phil Wilcox makes first appearance with OoL as Scarpia and pianist Ewan Gilford is once again the ‘orchestra’ and music director. Abbeydale Picture House, Abbeydale Road, S7 1FS, Thursday 25th to Saturday, 27th of August, 7.30pm – £20, £18 concessions, in advance http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/opera-on-location-9844280950 or 0113 469 3748. Tosca in Chicago! @ www.bernardleemusic.com
LIGHT OPERA: Merrie England, three performances from Derby-based Present Company of Edward German’s once hugely popular operetta to a libretto by Basil Hood. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 27th of August, 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Monday, 29th August, 3pm – £14 to £19. Book for Present Company’s staging of The Scarlet Pimpernel, opening 1st of September, at the same time and receive £2 off each ticket, in advance www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190 – no booking fees! In England, Merrie England @ www.bernardleemusic.com
MUSICAL: The Scarlet Pimpernel, four performances from Derby-based Present Company of Frank Wildhorn’s 1997 musical adaptation of Emma (Baroness) Orczy’s most famous creation and worthy of much more attention than appears to be its lot. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 1st to Saturday, 3rd of September, 7.30pm; plus Saturday, 2.30pm – £14 to £19. Book for Present Company’s staging of Merrie England a few days earlier at the same time and receive £2 off each ticket, in advance www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk or 01298 72190 – no booking fees!
Summer Flute Play-day, for flute players – plus, piccolo, alto and bass flute, and bigger! – aged 18-plus and around Grade 5 upwards hosted by Sheffield Flute Choir at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 13th of August 2016, 10am -4.30pm: £20. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/summer-flute-playday.html
Bob Chilcott Workshop, hosted by Sheffield Oratorio Chorus with one of Britain's leading choral composers working on excerpts from two of his works, Salisbury Vespers and Nidaros Jazz Mass, culminating with an informal concert. St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Upper Hanover Street, S3 7RQ, Saturday, 10th of September, 10am –5pm (approx) – £10 students, £20 SOC members, £30 non-members. Prior registration and payment essential; download an application form at www.oratorio.org.uk
A Flute Player’s Blueprint, one-day workshop with Dr Jessica Quiñones in partnership with Rachel Shirley and Sheffield Flute Choir for flute players of all levels aged 18-plus at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 29th of October 2016, 10am -5pm: £60. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/a-flute-players-blueprint.html