Tim Horton, the final instalment of the Beethoven piano sonata cycle from Ensemble 360’s pianist with performances of the last three, No’s 30, 31 and 32 – Op 109, Op 110 and Op 111. Crucible Studio, Wednesday (April 8), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Marius Neset Quintet, the brilliant young Norwegian saxophonist offers live, physical proof as to why he seen as the natural heir to his innovative countryman Jan Garbarek with an Anglo-Scandinavian band of Magnus Hjorth: piano, Jim Hart: vibes, Petter Eidh: bass, and Josh Blackmore: drums. Sheffield Jazz in association with Music in the Round at the Crucible Studio, Thursday (April 9), 7.30pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, students, £3 under 16s.
Manchester Camerata, with changes to the advertised concert because of illness, Hannah Roberts now being the soloist in Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1, and there is a conductor, Alpesh Chauhan. Otherwise, it’s as you were with performances of Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Sibelius’s Rakastava (The Lover) and Dvořák’s Serenade for strings elsewhere. Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £20, £18, £15, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper, in conversation with the Camerata’s principal double bass Dan Storer, also co-principal at the Hallé, 6pm. See Camerata Changes under FEATURES
City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra, and its inspirational music director Christopher Gayford are headlining Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 as the principal work at the orchestra’s spring concert but most interest must surely focus on the intriguing prospect of hearing the Trombone Concerto by the American composer Christopher Rouse, written in 1991 and dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein who died the year before. Lasting around 30 minutes, it has become one Rouse’s better known works and is described as “a brilliantly crafted journey from dark to light, terror to relief” that “showcases the many different facets of the trombone from menace to lyricism, power to peacefulness.” Former CSYO member for seven years, Kris Garfitt, now forging a professional career in London, returns as soloist and the concert is completed by Holst’s evocative Hammersmith: Prelude and Scherzo which is actually for wind orchestra. Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £4 students, children.
Sacconi Quartet, Ben Hancox, Hannah Dawson: violins, Robin Ashwell: viola, Cara Berridge: cello, highly regarded foursome, and not without good reason, who are still together having formed at the RCM in 2001, celebrate the 150th birthday this year of two Nordic composer giants book-ending a performance the most frequently heard of Nielsen’s four ‘official’ string quartets, No 1 Op 13, with two works by Sibelius, the early Moderato – Allegro appassionato and String Quartet Op 56 Voces Intimae. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 over 65, £4 under 26, students.
Vocal Students, resume the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert series after the Easter break, Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (April 16), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Barnum, the circus comes to town in the shape of Cy Coleman’s musical – book: Martin Bramble; lyrics: Michael Stewart – based on the life of Phineas T Barnum, self-styled as America’s greatest showman in a Cameron Mackintosh revival staging unveiled at the Chichester Festival Theatre in July 2013 and now on a national tour with Brian Conley in the title role and Linzi Hateley as ‘Chairey’. Lyceum Theatre, Wednesday (April 8 to Saturday (April 11), 7.45pm: Wednesday-Thursday – £33 –£42; Friday-Saturday – £36 –£45; plus, Wednesday-Thursday, 2pm – £29 –£38; and Saturday, 3pm – £36 –£45.
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.
Piano Trio Weekend, University of Sheffield-hosted symposium and workshop hinged on a visit by the noted Fidelio Trio to give a concert on Saturday, April 18. Earlier in the day, entry to the Symposium on performance practice and editions, 10.30am - 5.30pm, is free – further details on the Classical Sheffield Calendar. Chamber Music Coaching for piano and strings ensembles by members of the Fidelio Trio, £45, £15 students (includes concert entry the night before), is on Sunday, April 19, 12pm - 5.30pm, with each group allocated its own room for rehearsal and coaching sessions. Department of Music, Jessop Building, 34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield, S3 7RD (concert at Firth Hall, not too far away!). For further information and applications, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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, May 11, 10.15am and 11.30am – £6, babies free.
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, May 12, 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 Cowan’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 email@example.com Further information at www.sheffieldyoungsingers.org.uk
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.