Fay Sargeson, Noel Hung, pianists, although not entirely clear whether performing separately or as piano duo at the last Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, in the present series, at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (May 7), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Nina Vinogradova, much travelled Russian-born concert pianist of international repute now living in Suffolk who was taught by mother, a pupil of Glazunov and professor of piano at St Petersburg Conservatoire, plays four pieces by Chopin: Fantasie Impromptu Op 66, Etudes No’s 1 and 12 Op 10, Etude No 1 Op 25; Mozart: Fantasie No 3 K397; Schumann: something from Fantasiestücke Op 12; Schubert: Impromptu in E flat; and Liszt: Concert Study in D flat, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (May 7), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Ranmoor Requests, so what choral or organ piece have you asked to be performed, with the pledge of financial inducement, at this fundraising concert by the Choirs of St John’s Church, Ranmoor? where everyone can hear it, Saturday, 7pm – free, retiring collection.
Hallam Sinfonia, with a guest conductor, Gavin Usher, and a programme of Richard Strauss – Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung); Sibelius – Symphony No 2; preceding them with Mozart – selections from The Marriage of Figaro with Ella Taylor: soprano, at High Storrs School, S11 7LH, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 under 25.
SingSoc, University of Sheffield Singers’ Society present Chiaroscuro, a Celebration of Light and Shadow in music in a diverse repertoire of traditional and contemporary choral works ranging through Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs, Bob Chilcott's Canticles of Light, Elgar, Fauré and Poulenc to Mr Blue Sky and Dancing in the Moonlight at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8, £4 concessions.
Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra, with Adrian Moore and Emma Dowson sharing conducting duties, an educated guess being the latter taking charge of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with Manuel Perez Estelles as soloist which is sandwiched between one Dvořák’s smashing tone poems, In Nature’s Realm, and Rachmaninov’s lush Symphony No 2 at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 65, £4 under 26, students.
Showcase Concert, featuring Department of Music undergraduates serves as a Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome.
Paul Derrett, busy organist based in Hull and a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital regular gives another one of Brahms – Prelude & Fugue in G minor; Bach – arrangement of Sheep May Safely Graze; Messiaen – as it is Ascension Day, his four meditations, L’Ascension; Cyril Christopher – Scherzo-Caprice; and Henri Mulet – Carillon Sortie; Thursday (May 14), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
MUSIC IN THE ROUND MAY FESTIVAL
8th to 16th May, this year Celebrating Youth and Experience. All events at the Crucible Studio and feature Ensemble 360, except where noted.
The Prodigy, works written by Mendelssohn for strings and, or solo piano before he reached the age of 17: Piano Quartet Op 3; Songs without Words Op 19b; Sinfonia No 1 in C; and Octet Op 20, this with the Marmen Quartet, its first public sighting since being appointed to Music in the Round’s Bridge development scheme. Friday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants, one of the hugely popular musical adaptations of a children's book by Paul Rissmann presented as a Family Concert by Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 with Rossini’s William Tell Overture (probably the end of it) and Mozart’s Minuet K2 added to today's performance. Saturday, 11.30am – £10, £6 children, students, £25 family ticket.
Prosperous Voyage – Mendelssohn’s Grand Tour, strings and, or solo piano music again with actor Simon Callow assuming a role as the composer’s manservant to commentate on various encounters on the trip with music by Mendelssohn – Sinfonia No 4, Rondo capriccioso Op 14, Song without Words Op 30 No 6 Venetianisches Gondellied, and Intermezzo from String Quintet Op 18; Chopin – Tarantelle Op 43; Donizetti – Introduzione for string quintet; Glinka - Divertimento brillante on themes from Bellini's La Sonnambula for string quintet and piano; and Mozart – String Quartet No 2 K155. Saturday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Huddersfield University’s Rachel Cowgill talks about the Grand Tour, 6.15pm. See Festival Musings under FEATURES
The Bach Walk, a nearly five-mile amble in two stages, though nothing compared to the 250 the young Bach trudged to hear Buxtehude in 1705, with some BWV numbers along the way. Itinerary starts 1.30pm at St Peter's Church, Edensor: Bach’s Chaconne from Violin Partita No 2; 1.45pm: Walk to Beeley; 3.30pm: Bach's Cello Suite No 3, St Anne's Church, Beeley; 4pm: Walk back to Edensor; 4.45pm: Tea and cake; 5.30pm-6.30pm: Bach's Two-part Inventions, Violin Sonata No 1 and sections from The Art of Fugue, St Peter's Church, Edensor. Sunday – full day £26.50, £19 disabled, unemployed, £10 students, under 18s; 5.30pm concert only £11, £7.50, £5. WALK SOLD OUT – see http://www.musicintheround.co.uk/event.php?id=698 for details of reserve list and tickets for the 5.30pm concert only.
From My Life, Smetana’s so-titled autobiographical String Quartet No 1 is performed after very early works by Britten – Movement for wind sextet; two by Elgar – Andante & Allegro for oboe quartet, Soliloquy for oboe and piano; and the first of five pieces over the weekday lunchtime concerts by PowerPlus students, Lizzy Cooper (King Edward VII School): Killarny Jig for string quartet. Monday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Sheffield Music Academy, the 11-year-old Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No 2 is included in a concert from talented young string players, aged 11-18, from the academy under the direction of Martin Cropper. Monday, 5.45pm – £3.
Youth, Golden Youth, two works by Janáček – Mladi (Youth) for wind sextet, written in his 70th year, and Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for cello and piano from the year before; Charles Ives – Violin Sonata No 4 Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting; Hanns Eisler – Septet No 1 Variations on American Children’s Songs (wind & string quartet); Schumann – Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) Op 132 for clarinet, viola and piano; and Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) in David Walter’s arrangement for wind quintet. Monday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Fantasy and Games, Mozart – Kegelstatt (bowling alley) Trio K498 is the main work being performed after Nielsen – Two Fantasy Pieces Op 2 for oboe and piano; Schumann – Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood) Op 15; Pierre Boulez –Notations for piano (12 miniatures from 1945); and PowerPlus student Francesca J M Klempner (All Saints High School): Waltz in G for piano. Tuesday, 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Songs of Youth and Experience, presented in partnership with Samling Academy with Sir Thomas Allen: baritone, Louise Alder: soprano, David Butt Philip: tenor, James Baillieu: piano. Takes in the seven Rellstab settings from Schubert’s Schwanengesang; two of Schumann’s four Op 78 duets, Tanzlied and Ich denke dein; more Schubert: Fischerweise and Licht und Liebe; six Britten folksong arrangements: The Plough Boy, The Foggy, Foggy Dew, Oliver Cromwell, A Brisk Young Widow, The trees they grow so high, The Salley Gardens; two the best known songs by Eric Coates: I heard you singing, Bird Songs at Eventide; plus, Sullivan’s The Lost Chord, Molloy’s Love’s Old Sweet Song, Murray’s I’ll Walk Beside You, Quilter’s By a Fountainside, Drink to me only (arr Quilter), Bridge’s Love went a-riding and Novello’s We’ll Gather Lilacs. Tuesday, 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A with Sir Thomas Allen and Samling Academy members. See Festival Musings under FEATURES
Allegro Tristement, a programme of last works after the PowerPlus student piece by Finlay Teather (High Storrs School): Voyage Valse for string quartet, with the Debussy Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata, two of six such works he planned to write but only managed three; and Poulenc Oboe Sonata (its last movement is said to be the last thing he wrote), dedicated to the memory of Prokofiev, and Clarinet Sonata which he dedicated to the memory of Honegger, Wednesday (May 13), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Is It True? the question stemming Mendelssohn’s String Quartet Op 13 which was based on a theme from one his early songs, Ist es Wahr? – Is it True? and drew its inspiration from Beethoven’s String Quartet Op 132, the original manuscript for which carries a famous question that no one can answer: Musst es sein? – Must it be? plus shorter works by Sibelius: Andante Festivo in its original 1922 string quartet version; and Webern: his passionate one-movement Langsamer Satz. Wednesday (May 13), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Free But Lonely, the whole of the FAE Violin Sonata – Frei Aber Einsam (Free But Lonely), not just the Brahms movement, but those by Schumann and his pupil Albert Dietrich as well, all three being based on the private motto of great violinist of the day, Joseph Joachim – Frei Aber Einsam! Late Brahms follows, the Clarinet Trio Op 114, and proceedings begin with a piece by PowerPlus student Callum Holyer (Ecclesfield Secondary School): Through the Winding Wheel for oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon. Thursday (May 14), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Enfance, meaning childhood and applicable here to Bruch’s Septet for clarinet, horn, bassoon, two violins, cello and double bass, a work of verve and charm written when he was 11 and discovered 120 years later in 1969. Shostakovich was 16 when he penned his one-movement Piano Trio No 1 Op 8, original title Poéme. Gifted American composer Elizabeth Ogonek admits to being born in 1989) and will be present to hear the world premiere of a work based on a Rimbaud poem that reminisces on childhood and youth – much of her music is influenced by literary texts. Completing proceedings, Ravel was in his 42nd year when he completed his bluesy G major violin sonata in the 1920s. Thursday (May 14), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Post-concert Q&A with Elizabeth Ogonek.
Come and Take Part, a series of events as part of this year’s Music in the Round May Festival, all in the Adelphi Room at the Crucible Theatre.
Classical Babies, 40-minute concert hosted by London-based Classical Babies and Sheffield string quartet Silver Strings with 20 minutes of free-play to explore percussion and mini-violins, Monday, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free. BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT.
Songbuds Music Workshops, for two-to-three-year-olds led by Vanessa Johnson of Sheffield’s Songbuds and 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Tuesday, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Music Box Workshops, for three-to-five-year-olds and similar to the preceding, except being another round of the regular, successfully tried and tested Polly Ives-led workshops, again 45 minutes in length, plus 15 minutes free-play, Wednesday (May 13), 10.15am and 11.30am – £6 each child, accompanying adults free.
Spaces limited at all three, booking 0114 249 6000.
Come and Sing, with Helen Cowen’s Sheffield Junior Singers and Sheffield Young Singers, Thursday (May 14), Years 3 to 6, 4pm-5pm; Years 7 to 13, 5pm-6pm; and the newly formed community choir Sheffield Singers catering for adults, Friday, May 15, 1.50pm-2.45pm. To participate, contact Fraser Wilson, 0114 281 4660, or firstname.lastname@example.org Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk See Stimulus and the Sheffield Song Book under FEATURES
La Bohème, English Touring Opera’s much admired staging of Puccini’s opera and if you missed it in Sheffield recently, two chances to catch it sung in Italian (English surtitles) at Buxton Opera House, Thursday (May 14), or Saturday, May 16, 7.30pm – £18 –£34. 0845 12 72190
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small, Thursday (May 7), 1pm – £6. Also, June 4; July 2; September 3; October 1; November 5; December 3.
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.