Russell Thompson, Lancastrian-based pianist active largely in what appears to be his home county, as a clarinettist as well, plays No’s 1-4 from Chopin’s Etudes Op 10, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Brahms’s Intermezzo Op 118 No 2, Gershwin’s Three Preludes and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 at the first of a new series of weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recitals, Thursday (January 8), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Castello Duo, aka, James Woodrow: violin, Mattia Corda: theorbo, who performed in a RNCM production of Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses and decided they wanted to explore instrumental music of the time. Fast-forward not too far on time and here are intriguing Venetian samplings from the composer whose name they have adopted Dario Castello (c1590-c1630) – the first and second Sonate Concertate of his Book 2; Biagio Marini (1594-1663) – Sonata Quarta Op 8; Marco Uccellini (? -1680) – Sonata Quarta; and Giovanni Fontana (c1571-1630, the year of the great plague in Venice) – Sonata Seconda. Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday (January 15), 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Elias String Quartet, Sara Bitlloch, Donald Grant: violins; Martin Saving: viola; Marie Bitlloch: cello, reach the penultimate stage of their highly thought-of survey of the complete Beethoven string quartets with performances of No 5 – Op 18 No 5; No 9 – Op 59 No 3 Razumovsky; and No 14 – Op 131, with the final instalment on the 3rd of March. Music in the Round; Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Friday, January 16, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
John Taylor Trio, the pianist and his duo partner, vocalist Diana Torto, become a trio when leading British saxophonist Julian Siegel joins them to perform, among other things, Paul McCartney song arrangements. Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round; Crucible Studio, Friday, January 16, 7.30pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, students, £3 under 16s.
Endcliffe Orchestra, strike up under the baton of Martin Lightowler to Bruch’s Kol Nidrei with cellist Liz Hanks, Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Haydn’s Symphony No 104, the London, at St Luke's Church, Blackbrook Road, Lodge Moor S10 4LQ, Saturday, January 17, 7.30pm –Nominated Charity: Sheffield Rape Crisis. £10, £7 concessions, £4 students, children. Buy tickets online.
Swan Lake, Moscow City Ballet, enjoying a particularly purple artistic patch at present, brings Tchaikovsky’s famous balletic tale of Odette and Siegfried – did you know that one its possible sources was a Russian folktale called The White Duck? – to the Lyceum Theatre, Tuesday (January 6) to Saturday, 7.45pm; plus Thursday, 2pm; Saturday, 3pm – £24 -£33, except Thursday, 2pm – £18 -£27; Friday, Saturday, 7.45pm – £26 -£35.
The Merry Widow, operetta occupies the stage at the next live relay direct from the New York Metropolitan in a new production of Lehàr’s immortal masterpiece of romantic intrigue by award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman with Renée Fleming in the title role and heart throb barihunk –sorry, baritone – Nathan Gunn as her errant swain Danilo. Distinguished Brits are prominent with Thomas Allen as Baron Zeta and Andrew Davis is the conductor, while Jeffrey Sams has come up a new English translation. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, January 17, 5.55pm – £19.30, £15.50 concessions.
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.