Friday, 7th of July, 1.30pm
The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA
Strictly a words and music event as Gary Midgley examines music by among others Borodin, Schubert and Debussy, the implication being unfinished works, at the final gathering of the Sheffield Recorded Music Society this season.
Saturday, 8th of July, 3.30pm
SMA – END OF TERM SHOWCASE
Heeley Hall, Birkdale School
Concert featuring all of Sheffield Music Academy's students, eight to 19, in solo or group performances, including the Junior Choir and Chamber Orchestra.
Saturday, 8th of July, 6.30pm
St Mark’s Church, Broomhill
40th Anniversary Concert with friends and ex-members and featuring in an outing for Spem in Alium, the 40-part motet by Tallis somewhere in the proceeding which further include Parry: I Was Glad; Britten: Hymn to St Cecilia; Tippett: Five Negro Spirituals (Child of Our Time); Jakko Mäntyjärvi: Four Shakespeare Songs; Judith Cloud: Mesa Songs – an American composer of chiefly choral music; and her fellow countryman Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei – his Adagio with words!
Jonathan Gooing provides organ support and the conductor is Robert Webb.
On the door: £12, £6 students, under 16s free
In advance: £10, £5 at www.sterndalesingers.org.uk
Saturday, 8th of July, 7.30pm
SHEFFIELD ORATORIO CHORUS
Holst: Three Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda, settings of Sanskrit holy writings; Kodály: Missa Brevis, a re-working of his instrumental Organ Mass penned in the cellar of Budapest Opera House towards the end of WW2; and Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, his setting in cantata form of an idiosyncratically quirky poem by Christopher Smart.
Three of the talented young Sheffield soloists, Molly O’Toole, Tabitha Smart, Timothy Peters, contribute unspecified solo items, the other three being Caitlin O’Toole, Nicholas Cox and, from the chorus, Anthony Trippet.
SOC music director Alan Eost conducts the Holst and Britten, while Joshua Hales takes charge of the Kodály.
£15, £12 concessions, £5 students and under 16s
Monday, 10th of July, 8pm
HALLAM CHORAL SOCIETY
Hallam Community Hall, S10 4BD
An evening of operatic choruses and arias – seven composers, Purcell to Puccini, it says here!
£6, under 16s free
Thursday, 13th of July, 8pm
The Chimney House, Kelham Island, S3 8RY
Second concert by the newly formed, highly accomplished group taking in Philip Glass: String Quartet No 4 Buczak – written to celebrate the life of artist Brian Buczak; Jörg Widmann (a leading light among Germany’s younger generation composers): String Quartet No 3 Jagdquartett – Hunt Quartet; and Beethoven: String Quartet No 14 Op 131.
£12. Buy in advance here.
7th July to 23rd July
Box Office: 01298 72190
NB: All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fees.
•Only opera performances and music events listed – there is also a free, ten-minute Song at Six at 6pm every day, except Friday, Saturday and Tuesday from the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand with members of the Festival Chorus.
•For details of a comprehensive, often star-studded Literary Series (bigger than ever this year), see the festival website – www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
•Each opera performance is preceded by a 30-minute Pre-Opera Talk at the Opera House, 6pm (£2.50), except where noted.
Friday, 7th of July7.15pm: MACBETH, Opera House
Staging of the original 1847 version of Verdi’s first Shakespearean opera in a production by leading stage director Elijah Moshinsky with Stephen Gadd and Kate Ladner as the Macbeths and conducted by festival artistic director Stephen Barlow.
Sung in Italian with English side titles
Also Tuesday, 11th July, 2.30pm
Hail, Macbeth! – Mark 1! @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Saturday, 8th of July12-noon –1.30pm: PAUL LEWIS, Pavilion Arts Centre
First in a string of world-class pianists gracing this year’s festival.
Bach: Partita No 1 BWV825; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 4 Op 7; Chopin: Waltzes Op 34 No 2, Op 70 No 2 and Op 64 No 1 (Minute waltz); Weber: Piano Sonata No 2 Op 39.
7.15pm – ALBERT HERRING, Opera House
One of Britten’s odd man out fitting-into-society operas, except this one looks at it from a generally jovial, comic perspective with Bradley Smith in the title role.
Justin Doyle is the conductor and Francis Matthews directs the proceedings.
Also, Wednesday, 12th July
Two Tyrants and May Queen Called Albert @ www.bernardleemusic.com
9.00 –10.30pm: BARB JUNGR, Pavilion Gardens Café
Internationally celebrated English chansonnière and songwriter of Czech/ German parentage sings the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with piano and bass accompaniment.
Sunday, 9th of July12-noon –1pm: RACHEL NICHOLLS, Pavilion Arts Centre
Widely recognised emergent dramatic soprano replaces Alwyn Mellor to perform Duparc: L’Invitation au Voyage; Chanson artiste; Phidylé; Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder; Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire; Cecilia McDowall: Radnor Songs, with Paul Plummer: piano.
3.30 –5.00pm: CLAIRE WICKES and TOMOS XERRI, St John’s Church
Fast rising stars in flute and harp circles reveal, respectively, why with Ibert: Entr’acte; Fauré: Après un rêve; Hymne; Morceau de Concours; Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis; Takemitsu: Toward the Sea; Liam Mattison: new work; Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango.
7.15pm: LUCIO SILLA, Opera House
Mozart’s ‘coming-of-age’ opera with a string of notable arias about a Roman dictator with a bizarre twist at the end in a joint festival/ The English Concert production conducted by the world famous orchestra’s director Laurence Cummings.
Harry Silverstein is the stage director and it is performed in Italian with English side titles.
Also, Thursday, 13th July
Two Tyrants and May Queen Called Albert @ www.bernardleemusic.com
9.00 –10.30pm: CHRIS INGHAM QUARTET, Pavilion Gardens Café
Hoagy Carmichael celebration, a hit and usually a sell-out when ever and wherever it gets an outing.
Monday, 10th of July
11.45am –1.15pm: FIBONACCI SEQUENCE, Pavilion Arts Centre
Festival return by the itinerant group of some of the UK’s finest chamber musicians with founder/ artistic director Kathron Sturrock: piano, joined by Daniel Pioro: violin, and Benjamin Hughes: cello, for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio Op 50 after Erwin Schulhoff’s Janácek-ian homage, Duo for violin and cello.
3.30 –5.00pm: BRODSKY QUARTET, St John’s Church
Hardly in need of introduction and still unassailable even if only two of the original foursome that got together in 1972 remain.
Schubert: Overture in C minor D8; Barber: Adagio from Quartet Op 11 – where a certain Adagio for strings first saw the light of day; Beethoven: String Quartet No 16 Op 135; Shostakovich: String Quartet No 5 Op 92.
7.30 –9.30pm: OZ AND ARMONICO – Drink to Music, Opera House
Wine writer Oz Clarke in the company of Christopher Monks’ much-celebrated Armonico Consort and Baroque Players to narrate “an attractive journey through the world of wine tasting.” Hic!
Tuesday, 11th of July12-noon –1.00pm: RAPHAEL WALLFISCH and JOHN YORK, St John’s Church
Long-standing, renowned cello/ piano duo perform Beethoven: Variations on Bei Männern from Mozart’s Magic Flute; Schubert: ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata; Franck: Cello Sonata in A.
1.30 –2.30pm: DODO STREET BAND, Pavilion Arts Centre
Festival/ Festival Fringe event with virtuosity a-plenty from a highly notable quintet of Adrian Summerhayes: fiddle, Piers Adams: recorder, Murray Grainger: accordion, Malcolm Creese: double bass; Cormac Byrne: percussion.
2.30pm: MACBETH, Opera House – as above, Opera Talk, 1.15pm
Further performances, 14th, 18th, 21st July, all 7.15pm
7.30 –9.30pm: THE ENGLISH CONCERT, St John’s Church
Four eminent members of the orchestra, Nadja Zwiener: violin, Lisa Beznosiuk: flute, Alfonso Leal del Ojo: viola, Joseph Crouch: cello, temporarily escape the Lucio Silla orchestra pit.
Haydn: Trio for flute, violin and cello Op 11 No 5; Schubert: String Trio in Bb; Mozart: Flute Quartet in C K285b; J C Bach: Flute Quartet in C; Mozart/ J S Bach: Adagio (Prelude?) and Fugue K404a No 4; Mozart: Flute Quartet in D K285.
Wednesday, 12th of July12-noon –1.00pm: ANDREY LEBEDEV and LOTTE BETTS-DEAN, St John’s Church
Well-travelled Moscow-born guitarist and Berlin-born mezzo-soprano offer some Dowland: a selection of lute songs arranged as ‘guitar songs’; Britten: folksong arrangements for voice and guitar; prolific Australian composer Brett Dean (Lotte’s dad, b1961): Gertrude Fragments; de Falla: Canciones Populares Espanolas.
4.00 –5.30pm: PAUL NILON and NANCY COOLEY, Pavilion Arts Centre
Reflecting this year’s Festival operas, an enterprising, wide-ranging recital of 20-plus items from the highly thought-of British tenor and his pianist. If interested, the full extensive programme can be found at www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
5.00 –6.00pm: OXBRIDGE ORGAN RECITAL, St John’s Church
First of the two annual recitals by leading Oxford and Cambridge organ scholars has Joseph Wicks from St John’s College, Cambridge seated at the four-manual organ at St John’s.
Programme details at www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
7.30pm: ALBERT HERRING, Opera House – as above
Further performances, 15th, 19th (2.30pm), 22nd July
Thursday, 13th of July12-noon –1.00pm: ASHLEY RICHES, ILKER ARCAYÜREK, SIMON LEPPER, Pavilion Arts Centre
Two BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists (meaning, no slouches and being recorded), a British bass-baritone and a Turkish-born, Viennese-educated tenor and a dean among piano accompanists with a programme of Schubert, Ravel, Poulenc, Schumann, Butterworth and Vaughan Williams – details at www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
3.15 –4.15pm: ‘Gabrieli in Venice’, St John’s Church
Huge programme of Giovanni Gabrieli – 11 items are scheduled, plus four by Frescobaldi and an organ piece by Sweelinck, Mein junges Leben when the Northern Chamber Orchestra Brass take a break from Verdi and Britten and join forces with Matthew Malone: organ – details at www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
7.15pm: LUCIO SILLA – as above
Further performances, 16th (2.30pm), 20th July
9.00 –10.30pm: JOANNA EDEN: Embraceable Ella, Pavilion Gardens Café
Ella Fitzgerald remembered by largely unsung jazz singer, songwriter and pianist, although she will not need the latter skill here as Chris Ingham is on hand.