Ensemble 360, an engaging 60 minutes in the company of Laurène Durantel: double bass, and Tim Horton: piano, the former also providing the second pair of hands for a four-handed piano arrangement of Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg before ending proceedings with Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No 2, as written and not transposed! They begin with the solo Passacaglia that ends Heinrich Biber’s virtuosic Rosary Sonatas from around 1675, also known as the Mystery Sonatas (15 short violin/ continuo pieces dwelling on events in the life of Christ and his mother Mary), followed by another Beethoven cello work, Bei Männern Variations from Mozart’s Magic Flute WoO 46. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 8th of December, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. Post-concert Q&A with the musicians.
University Undergraduates, third year students on stage here for a rush-hour concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand), Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 8th of December, 5.45pm – free.
La Nativité du Seigneur, Messiaen’s reflections on ‘The Birth of the Saviour’ performed by Joshua Hales, acting director of music at Sheffield Cathedral, as part of the Sheffield University Concert Season (Sound Laboratory strand). Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm – free, but booking required: www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts or 0333 666 3366.
Christmas With SingSoc, the three choirs of the Sheffield University Singers’ Society perform a range of traditional carols with, here and there, the odd contemporary festive song and contributions from the Sheffield University Sign Language Society. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, 7.45pm – £8, £4 concessions.
Philharmonic Christmas Concert, part of the city’s seasonal fabric, the annual Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus festive outing comes round again and is once more in the company of the world famous Black Dyke Band. Twenty-one items, most familiar, one or two less so, include four audience pieces and the BBC’s Petroc Trelawny, a hit last year, returns as presenter with Darius Battiwalla conducting the chorus and Nicholas Childs the band. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Saturday, 3pm and 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, not related to the preceding with what has become an annual event at this time of the year, a Family Christmas Concert, which this year includes music from Disney’s Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Christmas Festival, the premiere of The Story of Christmas: A Symphonic Suite for orchestra (arr Martin Higgins), plus a fancy dress competition, carols and post-cost cake. Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 3pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 under 18s, students, free under 10s.
Alina Ibragimova, outstanding British-domiciled, Russian-born violinist has the stage well, sanctuary actually, to herself when she performs Bach: Sonata No 3 BWV 1005, Partita No 3 BWV 1006; and three of the six solo violin sonatas, Op 27, penned by the Belgian violin virtuoso and composer Eugène Ysaÿe when it dawned on that no-one else had attempted to write unaccompanied violin works since Bach taking into account the evolution of music and performing technique over 200 years: Sonata No 4 in E minor, No 5 in G and No 6 in E. Each of the six sonatas was dedicated to one of his violin-playing contemporaries, respectively: Szigeti, Thibaud, Enescu and these three, Fritz Kreisler, Mattieu Crickboom, Manuel Quiroga. Music in the Round. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Saturday, 7.15 –9pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra, conductor George Nicholson, perform Borodin: Overture to Prince Igor: Holst: Ballet Music from The Perfect Fool; Sibelius: The Bard; Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements: and a new work by Ellen Sargen. University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – in advance: £10, £8 over 65, unwaged, £5 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee). On the door: £12, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students.
Christmas Extravaganza, in the company of Sheffield Music Hub and featuring the award winning Sheffield Youth Festival Band, Sheffield Young Sinfonia and Sheffield Festival Choir, plus special guests. Sheffield Cathedral, Monday, 7pm – £6, £3 18 and under.
Martin Simpson, widely travelled, Sheffield-based guitarist in no need of introduction folk music aficionados. Sheffield University Concert Season (Global Soundtracks strand) Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – in advance: £14, £10 over 65, unwaged, £6 under 26, students – www.sheffield.ac.uk/concerts (no booking fee), 0333 666 3366 (subject to £1.50 fee). On the door: £16, £12 over 65, unwaged, £7 under 26, students.
O Adonai, Advent anthems, antiphons and Christmas carols from the excellent Sheffield University Chamber Choir and its conductor Mark McCombs taking in music by Hildegard von Bingen, Praetorius, Sweelinck, Rachmaninov, Poulenc and Lauridsen among others. St Marie’s RC Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Wednesday, 14th of December, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions, 16 and under free.
The Snowman, the super Carrot Productions presentation returns with Howard Blake’s score played live by leading musicians from the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Phil, BBC Phil, Manchester Camerata and in perfect synchronisation under the direction of Steven Magee. Preceding it this year is a re-telling of everyone’s favourite fairytale, Cinderella, for orchestra and narrator. City Hall, Thursday, 15th of December, 1.30pm and 7pm – £22 –£15; £17 –£13 concessions; £15 –£12 child; family ticket £65 –£49.
SingSoc, a little more precisely, one the Sheffield University Singers’ Society’s three choirs, Melodia, which offers Britten’s Ceremony of Carols in all likelihood under the direction of Kate Thompson at a rush-hour concert in the University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 15th of December, 5.45pm – free.
Sheffield Carols, described as a great family evening designed to introduce newcomers to traditional Sheffield Carols, learn and enjoy singing them, as well as other Christmas songs with a live band, plus “delicious” refreshments and, this being the season that it is, Christmas gift stalls! St Andrew’s Church Psalter Lane, Thursday, 15th of December, 6.30 –9pm – free.
Carols by Candlelight, from Sheffield Chorale in the form of Nine Lessons and Carols, conductor Neil Taylor and Joshua Hales: organ, with all profits this year going to Myeloma UK. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday, 15th of December, 7.30pm – free.
L’Amour de Loin, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s opera dating from 2000 when it was premiered at the Salzburg Festival in a live relay from the New York Metropolitan Opera where it is getting its first performances. To a libretto by Lebanese-born French author Amin Maalouf, it tells the tale of the 12th century troubadour Jaufré Rudel of Aquitane and his idealised love for Clémence (Hodierna) of Tripoli, the two communicating with each other through a Pilgrim journeying between France and Africa. Saariaho’s score is said to nod in the direction of Debussy and Messiaen and is conducted here in a Robert Lepage production by her compatriot Susanna Mälkki with Met regulars Eric Owens (Jaufré), Susanna Phillips (Clémence) and Tamara Mumford (The Pilgrim) making up the cast. Cineworld Sheffield, Broughton Lane, Saturday, 5.55pm – £20.70, £16.70 concessions, £2 and £1.60 cheaper, respectively if you create a Cineworld online account.
Annie Get Your Gun, the Crucible’s Christmas show this year with Anna-Jane Casey and Ben Lewis at loggerheads as sharp-shootin’ Annie Oakley and Frank Butler in Irving Berlin’s classic musical. Crucible Theatre, Friday through to Saturday, 21st of January 2017, 7.15pm, with Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees, 2.15pm; except this Saturday, 10th of December, and Wednesday, 14th of December – the official opening night (sold out). Performances prior to it are Previews and ticket prices are a minefield ranging from £28, £25.50 all concessions to £47, £44.50 all concessions with any number of variations between. Preview performances are one price, £20.