With no events known about after this Saturday (8th) until the 21st of April, the next listings bulletin will be in a fortnight’s time.
Come and Sing Messiah, or just go and listen when the Sheffield Bach Choir offer a special outing for Handel’s oratorio to mark the 275th anniversary of its first performance in 1742 and, in all likelihood, as you have never heard it before – with brass band accompaniment! Accordingly transcribed by Denis Wright and first performed in 1946, it is now rarely heard and the occasion was an opportunity to give the edition an airing so, playing the Pifa and all the instrumental music, although David Houlder: organ is involved somewhere in the proceedings, is the Rothwell Temperance Band with soloists Joanne Dexter: soprano, Alison Hudson: contralto, Joseph Doody: tenor and Quentin Brown: bass, all under the distinguished direction of Simon Lindley. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday 8th, 7pm – £10 to sing or listen, £5 under 15.
The Trumpet, and Trombone! Shall Sound @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, play Tchaikovsky, a Swan Lake Concert Suite – well, waving the baton is Barry Wordsworth, principal guest conductor at the Royal Ballet with whom he has a long association going back to 1972, including two spells as music director. The suite should be quite lengthy as it occupies post-interval proceedings. Before it, after an outing for the Karelia Suite by Sibelius, Natasha Paremski is the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 1, a better work than it is sometimes credited for being. Completed in 1891 by an 18-year-old Rachmaninov, with the more celebrated Second and Third piano concertos under his belt, he decided to give it a major overhaul in 1917 and left it sparkling afresh without losing the work’s youthful exuberance and impetuosity. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Saturday 8th April, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper ‘in conversation’, 6pm – free.
Woodwind Fitness Day, for all woodwind players on keeping you and your instrument in good condition to play. Sessions will cover Alexander Technique, breathing, posture, injuries and instrument maintenance and repair. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, 20th of May, 10am –4.30pm – £30. Further details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/woodwind-fitness-day.html