Chorus UK, two of the three choruses that make up the organisation, the Semi Chorus and Kid’s Chorus, perform at the opening night (The Beatles appear to be prominent) of this year’s Broomhill Festival; St Mark’s Church, Wednesday, 8th of June, 7.30pm – £8, £5 concessions. Details of other events in the 2016 Broomhill Festival, 44 of them, at www.broomhillfestival.org.uk
U3A Ukulele Group, a coffee concert of old time and family favourites – NB, the correct spelling of ukulele, not ukelele as is all over Broomhill Festival literature for it; Beacon (Broomhill) Methodist Church, Thursday, 9th of June, 10.30am – £5, £3 concessions.
Joshua Stephens, much vaunted young organist nationally (he is currently joint acting director of music at Sheffield Cathedral) gives the first of the Broomhill Festival’s four lunchtime concerts, all of them dedicated to the memory of long-time Broomhill activist Eva Wilkinson; St Mark’s Church, Thursday, 9th of June, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Chorus UK, the full chorus turns out at the Broomhill Festival with music director Andy Booth; St Mark’s Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions.
Merrie England, concert performance of Edward German’s once hugely popular comic opera from 1902, courtesy of an unlikely source, the Sheffield Bach Choir! – and there is quite a lot of choral work in it which is what made it particularly popular with amateur groups. Principal singers are soprano Kristina James, mezzo-soprano Lucy Appleyard, tenor Peter Condry and baritone Philip Wilcox, but will not have spoken dialogue to remember, as there is a narrator, Elizabeth Horsey. David Horsey is the piano accompanist and Simon Lindley the conductor at a Broomhill Festival event; St Mark’s Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s. ‘Dan Cupid Hath a Garden!’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s nationally acclaimed classical guitarist has one of his regular recitals at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions, £20 family ticket: two adults and up to three children under 16.
Sheffield Chorale, ‘voices and bells for a summer evening’ in the company of the Northern Bell (hand-held) Orchestra and taking in the Missa Regensis by Uģis Prauliņš, Eric Whitacre’s Seal Lullaby, All the Things You Are and music from West Side Story from the choir; the Intermezzo from Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, What a Wonderful World, selections from Lord of the Rings and Les Misérables from the ‘bells’; plus, one joint item: the traditional All Through the Night. Neil Taylor and Tim Willetts are the respective conductors, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, free under 16s.
Joseph Hutchison, present organ scholar at St John’s, Ranmoor plays music by Mathias, Leighton, Sweelinck, Gibbons, Duruflé and Bach at the weekly organ recital at the church, Sunday, 4pm – free, retiring collection. Light refreshments at 3.45pm.
Remaining items all part of the Broomhill Festival:
Anne Padget, soprano and music director of the Chorus UK semi-chorus sings an eclectic programme ranging from Dvořák to the Great American Songbook at the second lunchtime concert in memory of Eva Wilkinson (who was Czech-born); St Mark’s Church, Monday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Schools’ Concert, annual evening of music performed by talented children at Broomhill’s infant and junior schools; St Mark’s Church, Monday, 6.30pm – £5, £1 children.
Andy Booth, Chorus UK’s principal music director, also a much lauded arranger and one-time pianist of some note finds his way back to a piano stool to play pieces by Chopin and Liszt at the third lunchtime concert in memory Eva Wilkinson; St Mark’s Church, Tuesday, 1pm – £5, £3 concessions.
Hannah Woolmer, rated a rising star, the young violinist plays Bach: Partita No 1; Mozart: Sonata in G – not specified which, but No 18 K310 is maybe the most likely; Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs; Debussy: The Girl with the Flaxen Hair; Brahms: Hungarian Dance No 1; and Vivaldi: Spring, from you know what. The pianist, where required, will probably be Hannah’s regular accompanist Daniel Roberts; St Mark’s Church, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8, £5 concessions.
Seven Ages, Shakespeare-inspired words and music coffee concert with David Ryder: baritone, Rosalind Rogerson: piano, and Shelagh Marston: narrator; Beacon (Broomhill) Methodist Church, Thursday, 16th of June, 10.30am – donations to this year’s festival charities.
Sarah Simpson’s Story, an interesting words and music proposition. Over to Patrick Vaughan, its instigator: “On researching my (pre-Victorian) house’s history in the City Archives, I have discovered that Sarah Simpson, the teenage daughter of the first owner of this house, fled to America with her father when he became bankrupt. She was musical, and later earned a livelihood as a piano teacher in Georgia and Texas. She appears to have learned to play as a youngster on a beautiful Collard & Collard Grand Piano, which was abandoned in the house, and sold at auction in Sheffield in 1846 – as I learned from the local newspaper advert! Liz Cashdan has written a series of dramatic poems around this story.” The quietly celebrated local poet herself and Ian Enters will be reading them interspersed with piano interludes played by Derek Grover featuring music that Sarah (1830-1919) may have played and heard in America, around a dozen pieces by the likes of Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann and, ‘from across the pond’, Edward MacDowell, William Mason and Scott Joplin. St Mark’s Church (Upper Room), Thursday, 16th of June, 7.30pm –£3, includes booklet of poems.
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.