Sheffield Chamber Choir, French and English choral music from the highly accomplished body of singers and their conductor Robert Webb taking in Charpentier: Ave Maris Stella; Duruflé: Four Motets; Frank Martin: Mass for double choir; Pearsall: Lay a Garland; Poulenc: Tenebrae factae sunt (from Four Motets); Parry: I Was Glad; and Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, with Jonathan Gooing: organ/ piano. Sheffield Music Club at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
The Armed Man, no sign of the popularity of the multi-faith ‘Mass for Peace’ by Karl Jenkins waning and here it is with peace the last thing on many people’s minds in appalling conflicts and situations in several parts of the world presented by Sheffield-based Inyerface Arts Group and performed by the joint forces of Waldershelf Singers and Stannington Mixed Choir (over 100 voices) with an Inyerface Concert Band led by Jack Chapman. Should you have been on a desert island for the last 16 years, the work (a Millennium commission) is built round the framework of the Catholic Mass and incorporates texts from religious and historical sources, including the Islamic Adhan, the Bible and the Hindu epic Mahabharata; plus, among other texts, words by Kipling, Tennyson and Sankichi Toge, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing. The performance is supporting Contact the Elderly and the British Red Cross and is at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 6.30pm – £10 on the door, £8 in advance (07939 259 269), under 16s free.
Ian Roberts/ Derek Grover, the director of music and assistant director of music at St John’s Church, Ranmoor begin a weekly series of organ recitals at the church with a joint recital, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection.
Sheffield University Big Band, begins a short series of University Rush-Hour Concerts, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Perotá Chingó, Firth Hall, Monday – CANCELLED
Beethoven Plus – 4, last instalment of four featuring the complete Beethoven violin sonata cycle (plus!) from Krysia Osostowicz: violin, and Daniel Tong: piano, taking in Beethoven: Violin Sonata No 8 Op 30; Jeremy Thurlow: Mehlschöberl; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 27 Op 90 and Violin Sonata No 10 Op 96; and David Matthews: Sonatina. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 senior citizens, £5 unwaged, under 26, students. ‘Beethoven Plus’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Aurora Ensemble, highly rated UK wind quintet perform works by Rossini, Vivaldi and Walton at the last in the present series of Peak Music Society concerts, Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Tuesday, DE45 1PJ, 7.45pm – £15. If interested, check availability as it is part of a subscription series, 01433 630982.
Hwei Ho Yen and Eleanor Gibson, the former (a pianist) plays Bach: Overture in F; Rachmaninov: Elégie Op 3 No 1; Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch; and partners the latter (a soprano) in Handel: As When the Dove Laments her Love; Bononcini: Perla Gloria d’ardorarvi; Hugo Wolf: two songs, In dem Schatten meiner Locken; Das Verlassene Mägdlein; Fauré: Au bord de l’eau; Barber: Sure on this shining night; and Finzi: It was a lover and his lass, as a series of Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts get underway at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 14th of April, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Orpheus in the Underworld, Offenbach’s hilarious and scathingly satirical operetta from Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society, although the satirical edge is on the blunt side these days. It was extremely sharp in 1858, parodying Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, wooden classical drama performances at the Comédie-Française in Paris, society scandals, Second French Empire politics – he had a go at the lot! The cast principals: Steve Andrews: Orpheus, Gwen Nimmo: Eurydice, Simon Copley: Jupiter, Christine Stubbs: Juno, Judy Savournin: Calliope, Mike Tipler: John Styx, Susan Wilkinson, Jo Hutchesson, include many-a stalwart on Sheffield’s amateur scene at the Montgomery Theatre, Surrey Street, Wednesday, 6th of April to Saturday, 7.15pm; Saturday, 2.15pm only – £13. 0114 250 7155, or 0114 236 0723
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson and held at her home in S11. Informal, practical and aimed at adult musicians, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself-beginners
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.