Folk and Indian Music Ensemble, give a Rush Hour Concert in the University Concert Season.Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Thursday, 9th of March, 5.45pm – free.
Stephen Hough, one of the world’s most sought-after pianists is trapped by Music in the Round to perform Debussy: Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque); Images Book 2; Schumann: Fantasie Op 17; further Debussy: La terrasse des audiences au clair de lune (Preludes Book 2); Images Book 1; and Beethoven: Sonata in F minor Op 57 Appassionata, at a Kurzman Piano Recital. Crucible Studio, Thursday, 9th of March, 7.15pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. No booking fees. *SOLD OUT*
‘Flanders and Swann’, as part of Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company’s 50th anniversary celebration, the company’s guiding artistic light Andrew Nicklin revives his highly successful cabaret act and assumes the guise of ‘Donald Swann’ with a new ‘Michael Flanders’, Donald Maxwell, of all people. Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 9th of March, 7.30pm – £14 –£18, no booking fees. 01298 72190
British Light Music, including film music and a light symphony, surveyed for the Sheffield Recorded Music Society by its chairman David Haynes. The Vestry, Millhouses Methodist Church, Millhouses Lane, S7 2HA, Friday, 1.30 –3.30pm – £3.
The Chimpanzees of Happytown, Chutney the chimp and his pals emerge from Giles Andreae’s book again in a revival of one of Music in the Round’s highly successful adaptations with music by Paul Rissmann from children’s literature narrated and presented by Polly Ives with Ensemble 360 in attendance. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 11am, repeated 1.30pm – £9, £6 students, children.
Russia in the Round, sixty-minute taster by Ensemble 360 for this year’s forthcoming Music in the Round May Festival – Russia in the Round, 5th –13th May – taking in extracts from music by Mussorgsky, Borodin, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Glinka, plus the not quite so well known Kapustin and Tsintsadze, with a post-concert invitation to find out more at the adjacent Crucible Corner. Crucible Studio, Saturday, 4.30pm – £6.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, and its fairly recently appointed music director Jack Lovell are joined by Alexander Ullman, a young pianist making a name for himself in Europe and America, for Schumann’s Piano Concerto after performing Beethoven’s Egmont Overture before ending proceedings with Schubert’s Symphony No 4 Tragic. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
Julian Payne Prize Recital, not known by whom at a Lunchtime Concert in the University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
Matthew Hunt/ Amy Harman, Ensemble 360’s clarinettist and bassoonist offer an attractive cosmopolitan mix of Poulenc: Sonata for clarinet and bassoon; Beethoven: Duo Sonata No 1 WoO 27; Olav Berg: Duomonologue – a piece written for the performers by the Norwegian composer; Jancourt: Fantasie concertante sur (Bellini’s) la Sonnambula Op 26 – Eugène Jancourt (1815-1901) was a highly noted bassoonist and pedagogue; Beethoven: Duo Sonata No 2 WoO 27 – there is third and all three date from 1790-92. Music in the Round. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Tuesday, 12.45pm – £13, £8.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s.
Rachmaninov: A Heart in Exile, or Rachmaninoff, which appears to have come into vogue, if you prefer. Either way, it welcomes pianist Lucy Parham back to Sheffield with her latest project devised and scripted by her from the composer’s letters and diaries before and after he went into self-imposed exile after the Russian Revolution. In a change to the advertised narrator, Spooks-and-others-actor Robert Glenister reads Rachmaninov(off)’s words in University Concert Season. Firth Hall (Firth Court), 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.
Madame Butterfly, a little curiously launches a Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company 50th anniversary celebration in a well thought of production of Puccini’s opera by Heritage Opera, a company jointly founded by soprano Sarah Helsby Hughes and tenor Nick Sales (remember South Yorkshire Opera?) who head the professional cast in the lead roles. Sung in Italian with English surtitles. More predictably, The Mikado (Saturday) is to come after The Sorcerer (Friday). Buxton Opera House, Wednesday, 8th of March, 7.30pm – £22 –28, no booking fees. 01298 72190
The Sorcerer, John Wellington Wells rides again in a 50th anniversary production from Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, which has regularly used performers from Sheffield. Not known whether it is so on this occasion. Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £18 –22, no booking fees.
The Mikado, hardly in need of further comment, except to note that it is a 50th anniversary production from Derby Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 2.30pm and 7.30pm – £18 –22, no booking fees.
La Traviata, Willy Decker’s contemporary, stylised production of Verdi’s opera with its giant clock first seen at the 2005 Salzburg Festival relayed live from the New York Metropolitan Opera with raved about Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva in the title role, Michael Fabiano as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson (who else?) as his father. 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.
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