ARKangel, well-established professional violin and guitar duo that specialises in Spanish and South American music returns with its Lullaby of Andalusia programme featuring four pieces by de Falla – Miller’s Dance, El Paño Moruno, Nana, Le Tombeau de Claude Debussy; three by Garcia Lorca – Nana de Sevilla, El Café de Chinitas, Anda, jaleo; two by Rodrigo – Adela and the second movement of Concerto Aranjuez (which ends proceedings); plus, Jacob Gade – Jalousie (you most certainly know this, too!); Maximo Diego Pujol – San Telmo; and the traditional La Llorona, at the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, October 8, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Noah Kang, talented student pianist gives the first in a series of Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts promoted by the Department of Music at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1pm – free, donations welcome.
A Love Supreme, the title of one of the greatest and influential jazz albums of all time released 50 years ago in February 1965 by the John Coltrane Quartet. Its only live performance, the same year, was on the 26th of July at the Festival Mondial du Jazz Antibes in France which prompted bassist Gary Crosby to devise this Tribute to John Coltrane built round A Love Supreme, a four-movement suite reflecting the spirituality Coltrane found after a near fatal heroin overdose, with Denys Baptiste: saxophone, Joe Armon-Jones: piano, and Rod Youngs: percussion. Opening concert of the main autumn Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 over 65, £5 under 26, unwaged.
Samuel Moore, if you fancy an Iberian encore after this Thursday’s ARKangel concert at Sheffield Cathedral, here it is, when a nationally respected expert in the genre takes a flamenco guitar journey into the heart of Andalusia using the rhythmic forms used to create flamenco, which is improvised should you not know, such as fiery bulerías and introspective solea, plus tarantas, farruca, alegrias and rumba, at the weekly Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Thursday, October 15, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, the latter the locally based folk singer’s longstanding band joined here by members from her Radio 2 award-winning The Full English for the UK concert premiere of her new CD, Old Adam (due for release January 2016), which explores how we use songs, stories and music to understand what it means to be human. Music in the Round; Crucible Studio, Thursday, October 15, 7.45pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Escher String Quartet, highly regarded American foursome based in New York where it was formed at Manhattan School of Music in 2005. Between 2010-12 it was on the BBC New Generation Artists scheme and, by way of a little name-dropping, Pinchas Zukerman invited the ensemble to be quartet in residence on the Young Artists Programme at Canada’s National Arts Centre. It has toured Australia, China and is something of a hit on mainland Europe and you can hear why here in the Op 44 No 2 quartet by Mendelssohn and the Op 51 No 2 quartet by Brahms with, sandwiched in between, the Third Quartet by Zemlinsky, an Escher speciality. Music in the Round; Crucible Studio, Friday, October 16, 7.15pm – £17.50, £12 disabled, unemployed, £5 under 35, students.
Gildas Quartet, the widely travelled foursome return to a venue it first visited twelve months ago, almost to the day, to perform string quartets by Haydn: Op 20 No 6; Mendelssohn: Op 13 No 2; and Ravel: his solitary, familiar essay in the form. Sheffield Music Club (now in its 77th season!) at Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students.
London Concertante, is on the road again and makes the first of two visits to the city with a rather enticing candlelight Baroque evening of Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins in A minor; Bach: Harpsichord Concerto in F minor; Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons; Bach: Double Violin Concerto; and more Vivaldi: Concerto for two violins and cello. Alexander Sitkovetsky is the guest violin/ director, at Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm – £18 - £26.
Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy’s landmark opera, the only one he completed, makes a once-in-a-blue-moon appearance in the nearby vicinity as part an English Touring Opera autumn season of French opera, sadly without Sheffield on the itinerary. On paper, the cast is highly promising with Jonathan McGovern (who seems to spend most of his time in Europe) and Susanna Hurrell as the ill-fated lovers, Stephen Loges (Golaud), Michael Druiett (Arkel) and it is sung in French, at Buxton Opera House, Friday, October 16, 7.30pm – £19.50 to £36.50. Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann and Massenet’s Werther are the on the following two days. 01298 72190
Compose Yourself! weekly creative composition classes over six weeks run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians with an urge to compose but who don't know where to start. A new batch of six classes begins on Wednesday the 11th of November, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per two-hour session, and places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks. Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and, if interested, or would like to know more, follow the link to her website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small. Thursday, November 5, 1pm – £6. Also, December 3.
Grow Your Own Flute Style, with globetrotting performer, fervent flute teacher and ethnomusicologist Jessica Quiñones, in association with Sheffield Flute Choir. If you have always wanted to perform music without fear of ‘getting it all wrong’, this flute workshop is for you. Learn techniques to simplify the interpretation process no matter which genre you love to play. Experiment with new genres, including tango (Jessica is a specialist in Argentinean tango), choro, folk, Bollywood and Chinese folk songs and ‘grow your own unique flute style’! Suitable for Grade 3-plus and ages 18-plus with spaces limited to 12 participants each day – the same workshop is on two days. Sharrow Performing Arts Space, S7 1BE, Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 11, 10am-5pm – £60. More information and booking at http://www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/grow-your-own-flute-style.html
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.