Lucy Phillips, the Sheffield-based freelance violinist, this time with German-born pianist Beate Toyka, reaches the third of her five (the fourth is on the 17th of September) concerts taking in the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, here performing Op 30 No 1 (No 6) and Op 30 No 2 (No 7) with, enterprisingly sandwiched between them, along with Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op 72, a piece by Beethoven’s ‘right hand man’ Ferdinand Ries who has some 200 works to his name, including six violin sonatas. Lucy is offering the third of them, in F minor Op 19 (1810), at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £12, £8 concessions, on the door or in advance at email@example.com
Abbeydale Singers, and conductor Kevin Haighton celebrate their 30th anniversary and invite former members back, and some local friends to join them in two works they have not previously performed, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Orff’s Carmina Burana, pieces that demand a larger number of singers than their normal complement, with a couple of shorter items, Lotti’s Crucifixus and Eric Whitacre’s Sleep, also getting outings. The soloists are Harry Dugdale: treble, Rebecca Lambert: soprano, Tim Peters: tenor, Jeremy Dawson: baritone, and the 14-member semi chorus children’s choir is drawn from Sheffield Young Singers, conductor Helen Cowen, while the various instrumentalists comprise Louise Thomson: harp, Ian Roberts: organ/ piano, Linda Wareham: piano, and Mixed Metals Percussion Ensemble; St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, includes complimentary interval refreshments.
Kaoru Bingham, Sheffield-based widow of John and first-rate pianist in her own right plays Mozart: Sonata No 8 K310; Schumann: Kinderszenen; Debussy: five préludes; and further Schumann: Sonata No 2, on a piano donated by a parish member a couple of years ago that belonged to her late husband! Proceeds go towards the restoration of the roof at Bakewell Parish Church where the concert takes place, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, in advance £12 – firstname.lastname@example.org or Bakewell Bookshop.
Songs for a Summer Evening, extremely eclectic programme of a cappella choral music, sacred and secular, spanning 500 years from Gibbons to Gershwin! from the Sterndale Singers taking in Gibbons: Almighty and everlasting God; Tallis: If ye Love Me; two pieces by the not overly exposed Richard Farrant: Hide not thy face, and Lord, for they tender mercies' sake; Weelkes: Alleluia, I heard a voice; Bruckner: Locus iste; Rossini: O salutaris Hostia; Hassler (probably Hans Leo): Dixit Maria: Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria); some spiritual settings: Joshua fit the battle, Goin' home to God and Steal away; Frederick Bridge: The Goslings; and arrangements of The Mermaid (arr John Whitworth), It was a lover and his lass (John Rutter), I got rhythm, Autumn Leaves, Tea for Two and Blue Moon. Robert Webb is the conductor, at St Edmund's Church, Castleton, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, free under 16s.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attractive Shakespeare concert from Hallam Choral Society and its conductor Elspeth Slorach with pianist Douglas Jones and the seven settings of Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare by George Shearing (who was English-born) spread out over a running order of Tallis: Why fum’th in fight; Shearing: Live with me and be my love; When daffodils begin to peer; Tallis: If ye love me; Elizabeth Maconchy: Ophelia’s Song; William Shakespeare*: Sonnet 18 (Shall I compare thee, etc) and Sonnet 116; Shearing: It was a lover and his lass; Spring; Arne: When Daisies Pied; Where the Bee Sucks; Shearing: Who is Sylvia?; Verdi: Witches’ Chorus from his opera Macbeth; Wootten & Fragson: The Music Hall Shakespeare – a forerunner of the last item; Shearing: Fie on sinful fantasy; Hey, ho, the wind and the rain; Billy Joel (arr Jones): And so it Goes – not sure how this fits into proceedings!; and Cole Porter (arr Jones): Brush up your Shakespeare (Kiss Me Kate). *The Bard is specified as the composer for the two sonnets so unless someone is reciting them, take your pick on music settings. There are plenty to go at, especially of Sonnet 18; Hallam Community Hall, Hallam Grange Crescent, Monday, 7.45pm – £6.
8th July to 24th July
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•Only opera performances and music events listed – there is also a free, ten-minute Song at Six at 6pm every day, except Friday and Saturday, from the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand with members of the Festival Chorus.
•For details of a comprehensive, often star-studded Literary Series, 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) unless otherwise indicated.
•Festival for a Fiver – ticket offer of £5 on all available seats for under-30s.
Leonore, first two performances of five for Beethoven’s opera that became Fidelio with the young New Zealand-born soprano of Scottish extraction Kirstin Sharpin in the title role, a highly promising Danish heldentenor David Danholt as Florestan, an American bass with a busy career in Europe, Scott Wilde, is Rocco and you probably will not need telling where Pizarro, Hrólfur Sæmundsson, hails from! Festival artistic director Stephen Barlow is the conductor and Stephen Medcalf the stage director. Sung in German with English side titles; Opera House, Friday, Tuesday, 7.15pm – £21 to £68. By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Gemma Lois Summerfield, soprano and winner in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards sings five Lieder by Mendelssohn, including Neue Liebe, Suleika and Hexenlied; one by his sister Fanny: Die Mainacht; Debussy: Ariettes Oubliées; Strauss: Four Lieder Op 27 – four of his best known songs: Ruhe, meine Seele, Cäcilie, Heimliche Aufforderung and Morgen! with high profile pianist Sebastian Wybrew. Pavilion Arts Centre, Saturday, 12-noon – £15.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi, first two performances of five for Bellini’s operatic version of the Romeo and Juliet story, The Capulets and the Montagues, with Canadian mezzo-soprano as Romeo (it’s a ‘trouser role’!) and an excellent young British soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon as Juliet. The other principal singer is young Portuguese tenor Luis Gomes as Tebaldo (Tybalt by any other name); Justin Doyle is the conductor and Harry Fehr the stage director. Sung in Italian with English side titles; Opera House, Saturday, Wednesday, 13th of July, 7.15pm – £21 to £68. By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
The Versatility Serenaders, four of them with three multi-instrumentalists, Matt Redman, Jon Butterfield, Simon Marsh, and a rather fine singer in mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond, an early music specialist but equally at home synthesising the many popular music styles in the first two decades of the 20th century: ragtime, cakewalk, blues, tango, Tin Pan Alley, music hall, etc. Pavilion Café, Pavilion Gardens, Saturday, 9pm – £20.
Festival Mass, featuring Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C K220 from Buxton Musical Society and Orchestra with soloists from the Festival Opera Chorus, conductor Michael Williams; St John’s Church, Sunday, 10.45pm – free.
Elias String Quartet, hardly in need of introduction but there could be a soul out there who never encountered Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant: violins, Martin Saving: viola, Marie Bitlloch: cello, during their time as part of Ensemble 360 before attaining the wide-flung international reputation they now enjoy. Here they are with Haydn: Op 76 No 5; Britten: Quartet No 3; and Mendelssohn: Op 13 quartet; Pavilion Arts Centre, Sunday, 4pm – £20.
Tamerlano, first two of four performances of Handel’s opera which sees two leading British countertenors of international repute on the same stage, Rupert Enticknap in the title role and Owen Willetts as Andronico. The versatile Paul Nilon sings Bajazet, up-and-coming Swiss soprano Marie Lys is his daughter Asteria and part of Irene is taken by mezzo-soprano Catherine Hopper. A co-production by the period instrument English Concert and Buxton Festival, Laurence Cummings is the conductor, Francis Matthews the director and it is sung in Italian with English side titles; Opera House, Sunday, Thursday, 14th of July, 7.15pm – £21 to £68. By Any Other Name… @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Jazz at the Movies, described as a “unique jazz group” – five members: vocalist, reeds, rhythm section – and a regular sell-out across the UK. It was formed to interpret movie themes and soundtrack songs from a wide range of films, familiar and obscure, in its own inimitable way which polarises in a meeting point between song-craft and swing-craft; Pavilion Café, Pavilion Gardens, Sunday, 9pm – £20.
Josep-Ramon Olivé, Spanish baritone and undoubtedly a star of the future performs four Lieder by Richard Strauss: Zueignung, Morgen, Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten, Allerseelen; Mahler: Rückert-Lieder; Ravel: Histoires naturelles; and the Catalan composer Enric Morera (1865-1942): Cançons de carrer, with Mancunian-born pianist Ben Sau-Lau – it will be amazing if we don’t hear more of him in the future as well; Pavilion Arts Centre, Monday, 12-noon – £15.
Ensemble 10/10, the contemporary music ensemble of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and its conductor Clark Rundell offer Britten: Sinfonietta; and Nigel Osborne: Bosnian Voices, a suite seven songs he arranged from pieces written by the people of Srebrenica which actually had its premiere at Buxton Opera House last November. Florieke Beelen is the mezzo-soprano soloist on this occasion; St John’s Church, Monday, 3.30pm – £15.
La Sena Festeggiante, one-off concert performance of a Gallic, rather jolly serenata (an opera-cantata hybrid) by Vivaldi from La Serenissima – who else? – and Adrian Chandler. There is no plot or story, just three allegorical characters, if you can the The River Seine (bass Henry Waddington) a character; The Golden Age (soprano Gillian Keith); and Virtue (contralto Hilary Summers) who generally sing the praises of Louis XV, the French king for whom it was written in 1725. Described as an “excellent introduction” to Vivaldi’s opera, it’s certainly much shorter than most of them and is sung in Italian with English side-titles; Opera House, Monday, 7.15pm – £16 to £46.
White Camelia – The Story of a Courtesan, soprano Sarah-Jane Brandon takes an early break from the festival’s Bellini opera to join baritone Gareth Brynmor-John and pianist Audrey Hyland for a fascinating recital that takes the Violetta/ Germont scene in act two of Verdi’s La Traviata as its starting point but without his music; instead, songs (not in performance order) by Schumann: Ich bin dein Baum, Entfleh mit mir, Meine Rose; Richard Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung, Ach lieb, ich muss nun schieden, Morgen; Schubert: Am Bach im Früling, Abschied von der Erde; Brahms: Immer leise; de Falla: Polo, Asturiana; Massenet: Gavotte (from his opera Manon); Duparc: Chanson Triste; Hahn: L’heure exquise; Rachmaninov: Ah, forsake me not; and Quilter: Music when soft voices die. Pavilion Arts Centre, Tuesday, 12-noon – £15.
La Serenissima, stop overnight to present a concert featuring Vivaldi: Concerto for strings and continuo in D Op 12 No 3; JS Bach: Sonata No 3 for violin, viola and continuo in D, BWV 527 – yes, one of his trio sonatas for organ arranged by Adrian Chandler; Telemann: Sinfonia for strings and continuo in D, TWV 44:1; Leclair: Sonata in B flat for 2 violins and continuo Op 4 No 2; WF Bach: Overture for strings and continuo in G, BWV 1070 – the apparent Orchestral Suite No 5 by JS Bach but reckoned doubtful in some quarters, primarily those occupied by his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann! St John’s Church, Tuesday, 3.15pm – £20.
Deborah Calland, trumpet player of repute with a wide international career, yet seems to remain under the radar, offers Handel: Overture from Atalanta; Jeremiah Clarke: Suite of Ayres for the Theatre; Bach: Toccata in D Minor, BWV538; Huw Watkins: Three Orations; Gershwin: Someone to Watch over Me, I Got Rhythm; and Iain Farrington: Live Wire, her distinguished musical partner here on organ. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 13th of July, 12-noon – £15.
Lawson Trio, concert hinged on the Boulanger sisters, Nadia and Lili, and some of Nadia’s pupils from the excellent piano trio, so named as the pianist is Annabelle Lawson (daughter of Peter); Philip Glass: Head-On; Lili Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps and D’un soir triste; Copland: Vitebsk: ‘Study on Jewish Themes’; Nadia Boulanger: Vite et Nerveusement Rythmé from 3 Pieces for cello and piano; Virgil Thomson: Tango Lullaby, a Portrait of Mlle Alvarez de Toledo (from Three Portraits – arr violin and piano); and Piazzolla: Tango Revolucionario. Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday, 13th of July, 3.30pm – £15.
Bertie Baigent, from Jesus College, Cambridge plays Bob Chilcott, Bach, Buxtehude, Reger and Walton at the first of the two organ recitals given by Oxbridge organ scholars, St John’s Church, Wednesday, 13th of July, 5pm – £12.
Duo Antipodes, Irish/ Australian twosome, Manus Noble: guitar and Jehanne Bastoni: cello, play Boccherini: La Musica Notturna delle Strada di Madrid; Piazzolla: Café 1930 (from Histoire du Tango); de Falla: Nana/ Asturiana (from Suite Populaire Espagnole); Granados: Andaluza; Barrios Mangoré: Un Sueño en la Floresta; Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel; Gary Ryan: Benga Beat; and Joe Hisaishi: Howl’s Moving Castle. St John’s Church, Thursday, 14th of July, 12-noon – £15.
Opera Scenes, the understudies from the Festival Chorus for Bellini’s I Capuleti a i Montecchi present excerpts from the opera; Palace Hotel (a regular festival venue until the Arts Centre opened), Thursday, 14th of July, 2pm – £12.
Stephen Kovacevich, one of the most admired pianists of the day performs Berg: Piano Sonata Op 1; Bach: Partita No 4 in D, BWV828; and Schubert: Piano Sonata No 20 in A, D959; Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday, 14th of July, 3.30pm – £30.
I Got Gershwin, Great America Songbook specialist Robert Habermann sings songs and tells the story of the George Gershwin; Pavilion Café, Pavilion Gardens, Thursday, 14th of July, 9pm – £20.