Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom, schools’ performances of the latest Sir Scallywag adventure (family concert in the spring) adapted from the book by Giles Andreae illustrated by Korky Paul and set to music by Paul Rissmann, children’s composer in residence at Music in the Round. Polly Ives, as always, curates proceedings with Ensemble 360 in attendance at the Crucible Theatre, Wednesday, November 4, 10.45am and 1.30pm – £3 per child, teachers free.
Tim Kennedy, former treble at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, now a freelance lyric tenor based in Manchester specialising in recital and oratorio work. Here, he offers an extremely varied, but attractive programme of Handel: Forte e Lieto from Tamerlano; Finzi: four movements from Dies Natalis – Rhapsody, The Rapture, Wonder and The Salutation; Schubert: An die Musik; and Tchaikovsky: Lenski’s Aria from Eugene Onegin, with John Gough: piano, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, November 5, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Classical String Quartet, is explored by Sam Copnell with plenty to go at over two hours by way of illustration at this month’s Sheffield Recorded Music Society event; Millennium 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!
Meiningen Ensemble, violinist David Milsom and pianist Jonathan Gooing, both well known locally are members of what is described as “a flexible chamber ensemble” performing duos to nonets. Formed by David earlier this year, it is affiliated to the Huddersfield University Centre for Performance Research of which he is director, a clue to what makes the ensemble ‘different’. It plays on modern instruments but, as here in a programme of piano trios: “according to principles of string and piano playing outlined in 19th century writings and demonstrates how scholarship that closely examines performance practices of bygone traditions can stimulate creativity in shaping a contemporary performance” – David Milsom. On offer at this Sheffield Music Club concert is the programme of piano trios the ensemble made a rapturous debut with in Huddersfield in April, by Niels Gade: in F Op 42; Mendelssohn: in D minor Op 49; and Schubert: in B flat Op 99. George Kennaway is the cellist, at Shirley House, Psalter Lane (adjacent St Andrew’s Church) S11 8YL, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students. Taster for the curious: last movement of the Gade trio recorded in concert at St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield, 24th of April 2015, at https://youtu.be/ygmGVfJiP78
Fauré Requiem, from the boy choristers and songmen of St John’s, Ranmoor as part of a service of remembrance at the church, Friday, 8pm – free.
The Hallé, return with Nicholas Collon, described as “one of the brightest stars in British music,” a claim it is difficult to refute. Among other things, his CV can show one of his mentors as being Colin Davis and he has worked with Mark Elder; that he has been appointed principal conductor of The Hague Philharmonic as from August 2016; and that he conducted the first-ever opera staged on the West Bank, Mozart’s Magic Flute, directed by Samuel West in 2007. He is joined here by the much-travelled, distinguished Chinese cellist Jian Wang for performances of Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No 1 and Dvořák: Silent Woods, the fifth of his six-movement, four-handed piano cycle, From the Bohemian Forest, which he transcribed for both cello and piano and cello and orchestra. Book-ending them are Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, and Beethoven: Symphony No 7, in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. Saturday
Gloire à Dieu, enterprising concert from the Sheffield Chorale and its conductor Neil Taylor with Vivaldi’s Gloria dangled as the principal carrot to get you there but the main interest has to be a rare opportunity to hear Parry’s Songs of Farewell – all six of them, not just the frequently encountered My Soul, There is a Country. Taken as whole, it’s Parry’s choral masterpiece! Another attractive inducement are six varied songs on the themes of water and love from guest soprano Katie Wood, by Elgar: Sea Slumber Song from Sea Pictures; Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu Singen; Britten: O Waly, Waly; Gordon Jacob: Mother, I will have a husband; Purcell: If music be the food of love; and Gilbert and Sullivan: Were I thy bride from The Yeomen of the Guard. Graham Wilkinson is the organist and Linda Wareham the pianist at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, under 16 free. Free parking at King Edward VII School from 6.30pm.
Mozart Requiem, not a lot can be said about this that hasn’t already been said in the millions of words spilt over it, although programming it with Mozart’s equally ubiquitous and late Clarinet Concerto has a ring originality about it – also both works feature in the Sheffield Bach Choir’s second concert in its season! No, a hitherto unknown choral version of the concerto has not been unearthed, but there is a gifted young soloist playing it, Helen Bywater, and it is an opportunity to witness Simon Lindley conducting something that it not choral. Mozart does not entirely hog proceedings with a couple of Bach cantatas also getting outings, No 68: Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt – God so Loved the World, and No 118: O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht – O Jesus Christ, Light of my Life, which will probably precede the Requiem. Ella Taylor: soprano; Alison Hudson: contralto; Christopher Trenholme: tenor; and Thomas Asher: bass, are the soloists with the National Symphony Orchestra, at Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students.
An Audience with Lesley Garrett, celebrating a so-far 30 year career, the popular soprano from these parts chats with Mike Neary at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £24. 01298 72190
Juliette Bausor and Tim Horton, Ensemble 360’s flautist and pianist present a thoroughly engaging programme with an American flavour: Copland: Duo for flute and piano; Barber: Canzone; and after a piano-only ‘breather’, Chopin: Ballade No 3; Dvořák: Sonatina Op 100, the last work he wrote at the end of his American sojourn and originally conceived for violin, though he later transcribed it for both flute and cello. Cue, a nice piece of trivia: he wrote the second movement larghetto down quickly on his shirt sleeve while on a visit to the Minnehaha Falls in Minnesota! Music in the Round, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Tuesday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Duruflé Requiem, it must be the season for Requiems, here is another – nay, two from the excellent Sheffield University Chamber Choir and its conductor Mark McCombs. Sharing the concert with the Duruflé is the rather splendid Requiem by Herbert Howells, penned 1932 or 1933 but not published until 1980, three years before the composer’s death. Why, is the subject of speculation but somewhere in the reasoning has to be his son Michael’s death at the age of nine in 1935. It consists of six movements should you not know it with texts drawn from Catholic and Anglican liturgies for the dead. An away day in the Sheffield University Concert Season at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged.
David Allatt, pianist and composer from Barnsley best known as part of the instrumental band Explorers Society and noted for his cinematic minimalist compositions, plays the Explorers Society Suite, solo versions of original compositions he usually performs with the band, plus some contemporary favourites by Tiersen, Sakamoto and Glass at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, November 12, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Onyx Brass Quintet, if you are still itching for more, here they are again with Brahms, Schumann, Dowland and others for Peak Music Society, Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Thursday, November 12, 7.45pm – £15. If interested, check availability as it is part of a subscription series, 01433 630982.
Chiaroscuro Quartet, internationally acclaimed string quartet founded and led by an even bigger name of renown around the world, Alina Ibragimova, who believes Classical-period chamber music should be played on the gut strings it was written for and champions performing it accordingly. See what you think at this Music in the Round concert when the foursome perform Mozart: Divertimento in F K138, advertised with the soubriquet Salzburg Symphony – doubtless, there will be an explanation; Haydn: Quartet Op 20 No 6; and Beethoven: Quartet Op 74 Harp, at Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, November 14, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
ST ANDREW’S MUSIC FESTIVAL
6th November to 14th of November at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church.
All concerts begin at 7pm and admission for each is £10, in advance £8.80 at www.samfest.uk except where noted.
See St Andrew’s Music Festival under FEATURES
Sheffield Music Academy, the talented students at the centre of excellent get the festival started; Friday, 6th November – free, retiring collection for the academy.
Pete Lyons/ Jude Sacker Quartet, made up with Hannah Brady: alto sax and Graham Jones: bass, re-unite for the umpteenth time to play swing tunes, gentle bossa novas, standards from the Great American Song Book and post-1950 standards by the likes of Miles Davis and Stan Getz; Saturday, 7th November.
Cavaleri Quartet, first of two visits to the festival by a couple of young British string quartets with impressive international pedigrees, this one to perform Haydn: Quartet Op 74 No 1; Ray Kohn: Quartet No 9 Plutarch; and Beethoven: Quartet: Op 74 Harp; Sunday.
Ralph Dawson/ Polly Sharpe, the well-known local violinist and York-based pianist offer Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 5 Spring, plus pieces by de Falla, Brahms and Kreisler; Monday.
New Music Trio, a programme of premieres with pianist Christopher Hedland performing his own work, Defiance; cellist Lucy Revis playing a piece by Sheffield-based composer Gareth Widdowson; the two performers uniting with soprano Keren Hadas for a new work by Ray Kohn, Time’s Dance; Wednesday, 11th November.
Larkin Strings, Sheffield-based group led by violinist and conductor Gavin Usher with a performance of Dvořák’s Op 77 string quintet and the first performance of Seven Glimpses of One Secret by Ray Kohn described by him as “enigmatic”; Thursday, 12th November.
Sheffield Music School, another showcase concert, this one from the long-established, Saturday morning music education concern; Friday, 13th November – free, retiring collection for the music school.
Villiers String Quartet, the second of the two young British string quartets appear to close this year’s festival with Beethoven: Quartet Op 18 No 6; Ray Kohn: Quartet No 16; and further Beethoven: Quartet Op 59 No 2 Razumovsky; Saturday, 14th November.
The Bodyguard, it has been selling like hot cakes with 12 of the 16 outings on its fortnight run in Sheffield have limited ticket availability, if not having sold out. Lyceum Theatre ends Saturday, November 7. Only performance not shown to have limited ticket availability, November 5, 2pm.
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. Thursday, November 5, 1pm – £6. Also, December 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.