Ensemble 360, opens its account in Sheffield for Music in the Round with a surprise, a work by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, the “African Mahler” (born in London of Creole descent!), a phenomenally popular composer in his day whose opus 30, Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast (1898), was so widely performed in England (internationally, too!) it rivalled Messiah and Elijah in the public’s affections. You might ask, where is it now? As you might, when you last heard one of the other 81 opus numbers he penned before his early death at the age of 37, although there are signs that the recording industry is stirring. There is one on offer here, live! Coleridge-Taylor’s Op 1 (1893): Piano Quintet in G minor (first modern day performance, 2001), “a superbly characterful work with an especially original finale” (BBC Music Magazine). Proceedings begin with Elgar, a big Coleridge-Taylor fan along with Stanford and Parry among others: Violin Sonata; and end with a work by the African Mahler’s biggest hero, Dvořák: Piano Quartet No 2. Crucible Studio, Thursday, 6th of October, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Pre-concert talk, Sheffield musician, teacher and academic Catherine Carr who tracked down Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘lost’ opera, Thelma, after doing a doctorate on his life and work at Durham University dwells on the composer’s extraordinary story, 6.15pm – free.
Van Kuijk Quartet, young French string foursome founded in Paris in 2012 and rapidly rising in renown throughout Europe, its last major success being in 2015 when it not only won the Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition, it also walked away with the Best Beethoven and Best Haydn prizes as well. You can hear why at the quartet’s Music in the Round concert here in performances of Haydn: Op 76 No 4 Sunrise, and Beethoven: Op 127, separating them with Ravel’s celebrated string quartet essay. Crucible Studio, Wednesday, 12th of October, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. Pre-concert talk with the Van Kuijk Quartet, 6.15pm – free.
Hallam Sinfonia, this concert could be entitled Beethoven – 2 after the orchestra and its music director Natalia Luis-Bassa decided to do another devoted entirely to the composer’s music following the success of a Beethoven – 1 in March 2015. Tim Horton, who played the Fourth piano concerto on that occasion, returns to perform both the Second and Third concertos before proceedings end in the familiar realms of the Fifth Symphony. High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, 15th of October, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, free under 15.
Lucy Phillips/Black Velvet Clarinet Quartet, eclectically attractive evening taking in from the former, Schumann: Romance Op 94 No 2; Mozart: Violin Sonata in G K301; Anthony Hedges (born 1931 and massively under-appreciated): Allegro Ritmico; Liszt (transcribed Nathan Milstein): Consolation; Szymanowski: Romance Op 23; and from the female foursome, also Sheffield-based, Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 5; Prokofiev: the brief Poetico movement from Visions Fugitives Op 22 No 17; Piazzolla: Oblivion; plus, unspecified pieces by Byrd, Gordon Jacob and Clare Grundman (a fairly prolific American and actually male, 1913-96). There is one joint piece, Stravinsky: Pastorale in its violin/ wind quartet and Lucy’s pianist, her dad Roy Phillips (recently moved into the area), gets to play Chopin: Etude in E Op 10 No 3. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 15th of October, 8pm – £12, £8 concessions, in advance, email@example.com or on the door.
CLASSICAL SHEFFIELD MINI-FESTIVAL:
Winter Garden, Saturday, 15th of October – Sunday, 16th of October
A showcase featuring an extremely large cross-section of the Sheffield’s music-making organisations and individuals performing in 15 or 20 minute slots: Saturday, 11am –6pm; Sunday, 11.30am –4pm.
Among those scheduled to appear are Sheffield Singers, Sheff University Chamber Choir, Hallam Choral Society, Viva Voce, Sheff Bach Choir, Sheff Chorale, Abbeydale Singers, Sterndale Singers, Sheff Chamber Choir, Waldershelf Singers, Sheff Philharmonic Chorus, Vivacity Choir, Opera on Location, Sheff City Opera, Beekeepers Chamber Folk Group, Sheff Flute Choir, a recorder ‘choir’: Out of the Attic, a trombone foursome: Nuthurst Quartet, Platform 4, Sheff Youth Orchestra, Endcliffe Brass, Sheff Music Academy, pianists Sharon Leech and Peter Fagerlind, guitarist Tom McKinney and violinist Lucy Phillips.
Watch this space next week for more detail on whom, when and, possibly, what you will hear!
Cats, the two-week run for Andrew Lloyd Webber's long running, popular musical in a touring production continues following a long, sell-out run at the London Palladium. The original creative team in 1981, Trevor Nunn: director, Gillian Lynne: choreographer, John Napier: designer, reunited for the ‘revival’, Lloyd Webber has tweaked a few things apparently and Marianne Benedict gets to sing Memory as Grizabella. Lyceum Theatre, Monday until Saturday, 15th of October (except Sunday), 7.45pm; matinees Thursdays, 2pm; Saturdays, 3pm – £23.50 –£47.50. Beware if you are fancying it, many performances are close to being sold out!
A Flute Player’s Blueprint, one-day workshop with Dr Jessica Quiñones in partnership with Rachel Shirley and Sheffield Flute Choir for flute players of all levels aged 18-plus at Sharrow Performing Arts Space, Sheffield S7 1BE, Saturday, 29th of October 2016, 10am -5pm: £60. Details and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/a-flute-players-blueprint.html
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