Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, a second helping of items from Department of Music postgraduate students, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (December 4), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Lindsay Aitkenhead/ Ian Sharpe, and the viola player is not offering any klezmer – suppose with a pianist-performing partner it would not have been easy. Instead, Lindsay ties her hair back to perform Bach’s Sonata in G for viola da gamba BWV 1027, the first and second movements of Brahms’ Viola Sonata Op 120 No 2 and Rebecca Clarke’s Morpheus, plus some of Ian’s piano compositions, at the last Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital in the present series, Thursday (December 4), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Tim Horton reaches the penultimate stop on his journey through Beethoven’s piano sonata cycle with performances of Op 79; Op 28, the Pastoral; and Op 108, the Hammerklavier. Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Thursday (December 4), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
University of Sheffield Christian Union Carols, Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (December 4), 7.30pm.
Ensemble 360, a formidable foursome, Benjamin Nabarro: violin, Gemma Rosefield: cello, Tim Horton: piano, and Naomi Atherton: horn, is drawn from the group to celebrate Music in the Round’s 30th birthday playing two works by Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston (Five Pieces in Folk Style) for cello and piano Op 102 and Piano Trio No 2 Op 80, and two by Brahms: Horn Trio Op 40 and Violin Sonata No 2 Op 100. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s See ‘Happy 30th Birthday!’ under FEATURES.
Sheffield Bach Choir Carol Concert, by demand, a new departure for choir and its conductor Simon Lindley who normally content themselves with Handel’s Messiah at this time of the year. Instrumental support is provided by the internationally renowned Fine Arts Brass ensemble, no less (and doubtless with some pieces not involving the human singing voice) and Jonathan Gooing: organ, at Central United Reformed Church (Crucible end of Chapel Walk), Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, includes refreshments.
Escafeld Chorale, annual Christmas concert of music, readings and festive refreshments, includes the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, Jak Laight: baritone, Escafeld’s associate soloist this season, George Parsons: organ and possibly piano, and Ian Roberts is the conductor. Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, Saturday, 7.30pm. Repeated Ecclesall Parish Church, 16th of December.
Weston Park Hospital Carol Concert, Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 7pm.
Sheffield University Wind Orchestra, the highly accomplished, award-winning body of young musicians and its conductor Anthony Houghton are not quite as unpredictable as normal with Vaughan Williams – Flourish for Wind Band; and Robert Russell Bennett – Symphonic Songs, rumbustious ‘Celebration’ and all; but, Andris Riekstinś – Ziemelu Karnevãl; and a new work by Richard Stanbrook! Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26.
Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, a second helping of items from Department of Music undergraduate students, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
DLA Piper Carol Service, Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 5pm.
Mercy Ships Carol Service, Sheffield Cathedral, Tuesday, 7.30pm.
New Music Ensemble, directed by George Nicholson perform works by his composition students. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, under 26.
Breast Cancer Care Carol Service, Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday (December 10), 7pm - to reserve tickets, 0114 263 6471 or www.breastcarecancer.org.uk
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Carol Service, Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (December 11), 7.30pm.
La Bayadère, major 1877 ballet with music by Minkus and choreography by Petipa set in India with one of the most celebrated scenes in the history of ballet, The Kingdom of Shades. The tale of impossible love between the temple dancer Nikiya and warrior Solor, and is seen as part of the present Bolshoi Ballet season in a recording at the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sunday, 3pm – £13.
Hazel Flagg, another Jule Styne musical in concert performance from the source that gave us his Subways Are For Sleeping in May, Sheffield University’s Department of Music. This one began as a technicolour screwball comedy film in 1937, Nothing Sacred with Carole Lombard (colourful music by Oscar Levant), and Styne’s musical appeared in 1953, running for 153 performances on Broadway before going into oblivion (it is due for an off-Broadway revival next March, actually). The following year it became a film again, Living it Up, as a vehicle for Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis with Hazel becoming Homer Flagg played by Lewis. Basically, small-town girl Hazel is dying from exposure to radium, then finds out she has been misdiagnosed after accepting an invitation to go to New York to do a newspaper interview. Eager to see the big city, she keeps quiet and becomes a media darling when she gets there. It is performed using the full original orchestrations with a narration in place of the script delivered by Howard Middleton (Great British Bake Off), at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Wednesday (December 3), 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £4 under 26, students.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops usually on the City Hall stage, this one in the Memorial Hall, led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (December 4), 1pm – £6.
Music Box Workshops, hugely popular, highly interactive 45-minute Music in the Community events for children aged three to six exploring percussion and action songs led by Polly Ives. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 10.30am: three-to four-olds; 11.45am: five-to-six-years-olds; 1pm: three-to-six-year-olds – £6 participating children, accompanying adults free. http://www.wegottickets.com/musicintheround
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.