Thursday, 5th of October, 5.45pm
UNIVERSITY RUSH HOUR CONCERT
Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank
Effectively, the opening concert a new University of Sheffield Concert Season given PhD students attached to the Department of Music, the season proper beginning on the 15th of October.
Friday, 6th of October, 7pm
CHAMBER MUSIC AT TWILIGHT
St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Upper Hanover Street, S3 7RQ
First in a new series of six concerts (60-minute duration) followed by refreshments, actually entitled In:spire: Chamber Music at Twilight, but it loses something without the church spire illustration in place of the first colon.
The brainchild of splendid pianist Annabelle Lawson, artistic director of the series, who launches it with a programme of solos and duets exploring the theme of childhood in the company her distinguished father, pianist Peter Lawson.
Gordon Crosse (the concert also celebrates his 80th birthday): Ron’s Toyes; Fauré: Dolly Suite Op 56; Gordon Crosse: world premiere of Piano Sonata No 1, plus pieces by Chick Corea, Debussy, Satie, Schumann and Ornstein.
Suggested donation, £7 on the door (cash only)
Saturday, 7th of October, 7.30pm
Sheffield Bach Choir launches its 68th season with a performance of Haydn’s oratorio under the direction of Simon Lindley.
Kristina James: soprano; Paul Dutton: tenor; Quentin Brown: bass, are the soloists and instrumental support is provided by the excellent National Festival Orchestra.
£16, £13 concessions
Monday, 9th of October, 7.15pm
Opening concert of Music in the Round’s autumn season in Sheffield with a seemingly random mix though, in reality, an enterprising blend of Schubert: String Quartet No 11; Berio: Sequenza IV for piano; Mahler: his early one-movement Piano Quartet; and Korngold: Piano Quintet Op 15, written before Hollywood came calling – and you can hear why!
£20, £14 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35s, students
Music in the Round – Autumn 2017 @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Thursday, 12th of October, 7.00pm
ROYAL NORTHERN SINFONIA
Sheffield International Concert Season
Baroque music specialist Paul McCreesh moves forward to music’s Classical period to direct Mozart’s rarely heard ballet music from his opera Idomeneo and Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1 with Guy Johnston as soloist, before advancing further to the borders of Romanticism with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 3, the Scottish – or Scotch, as he knew it!
£21, £19, £16, £5 under 18s, students
Pre-concert talk: Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm – free to ticket holders
Saturday, 7th of October, 5.55pm
Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, S9 2EP
Curzon Cinema, George Street, S1 2PF
Bellini’s tale of Druid and Roman conflict in a production by David McVicar raises the curtain on a new series of live relays of Saturday afternoon matinees direct from the New York Metropolitan Opera.
Sondra Radvanovsky and Joyce DiDonato would difficult to better these days in the roles of Norma and Adalgisa, with Joseph Calleja the object of their affections (to start with) as Pollione and British bass Matthew Rose is Norma’s father Oroveso.
Carlo Rizzi, due at the City Hall in a couple of months, is the conductor and it is sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Cineworld – £20.70, £16.70 all concessions
Curzon (off High Street) – £20
Saturday, 21st of October, 10.00am –4.00pm
COMPOSE YOURSELF – FOR FLUTE
Shirley House, Psalter Lane, S11 8YL
Workshop run by Platform 4 composer Jenny Jackson and flautist Rachel Shirley designed to enable you to compose your own short piece for flute with one-to-one support and ideal for adults (18+) with little or no composing experience in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
Proceedings end with an informal performance when the pieces will be recorded and there is a good chance that one or more will be selected for a Flute Choir concert the following day in the two-day Classical Sheffield mini-Festival.
Tea and coffee provided, take your own lunch. Further information and to book: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/workshops-courses-classes/compose-yourself
Saturday, 28th of OctoberCLARINET DAYSt Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church
Three events hosted by bass clarinet virtuoso Sarah Watts, director of MA performance at Sheffield University.
Workshop, 10.00am –12noon, group session aimed primarily at school students, but open to all (bass clarinets very welcome), focusing on ensemble skills, warm ups, technique and sound production.
To sign up email your name, contact number and approximate grade to firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers welcome to bring groups of students – email a list of names and approximate standards.
A massed bass clarinet choir rehearse an arrangement by Sarah Watts of Holst's St Paul's Suite.
To book your place please visit: http://www.scawduo.com/Scawduo/Playday2017.html for further details and booking form.
SCAW duo recital
Sarah Watts: bass clarinet, Antony Clare: piano, offer Darkness Visible by Sheffield-based composer George Nicholson and other works before proceedings end with the massed bass clarinet choir performing Holst’s St Paul's Suite.
Tickets on the door or discounted in advance via: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/416797