Tim Peters, tenor, gives the Julian Payne Recital prize (meaning he is worth noting) at a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert taking in Handel: Love sounds th’alarm from Acis and Galatea; Caldara: Come raggio di sol; Schubert: Gute Nacht, Frühlingstraum, Die Post from Winterreise; Gurney: Sleep, Song of Silence, Reconciliation; Butterworth: Loveliest of Trees, When I was One and Twenty, Is My Team Plowing? from A Shropshire Lad; and Britten: Seascape from On This Island. Pianist not known, at Firth Hall, Western Bank,
Thursday, 10th of March, 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Rebecca Robertson/ Jane Robertson, trumpet/ piano duo, either related or a stunning coincidence, the ‘star’ being the former and a young trumpet player of no mean ability if reports are anything to go by with Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Friday, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
Kofi-Barnes Aggregation, two alto saxophonists, Tony Kofi and Alan Barnes, merge their widely contrasting tonal sounds with a John Turville, piano-led rhythm trio at a Sheffield Jazz concert as part of Music in the Round’s season at the Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – £15, £12 senior citizens, unemployed, £7 students, £3 under 16.
Ringing the Changes, a celebration of bell-ringing with readings, music, song and dance aimed at raising funds towards buying a new bell to add to the 12 at Sheffield Cathedral, including traditional and early music referencing ‘bell music’ with contributions from noted lute player Stewart McCoy, Beekeepers chamber folk group, local harpist Heather Ashton and local women’s harmony group The Gamebirds – folk songs inspired by bell-ringing! Ceilidh dancing will show the relationship between ringing and dancing and, running through the evening, amusing and informative historical readings, illustrating both local ringing history – it seems Sheffield was a leading centre for bell-ringing in the 19th century! – and its development across the ages, all at Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 7.30pm – £8, including glass of wine/ juice – available from the Cathedral shop in advance.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, world renowned period instrument orchestra comes to town in its 30th birthday season with an all-Bach programme taking in two of his four so-called ‘Lutheran Masses’, No’s 3 and 4, the Sinfonia from Cantata No 42, written for the First Sunday after Easter, and Brandenburg Concerto No 2 with three outstanding soloists, David Blackadder: trumpet, Pamela Thorsby: recorder, and Daniel Lanthier: oboe. Four excellent vocal soloists, who also form a single voice SATB choir, include soprano Mary Bevan and period performance specialist John Butt directs proceedings in the Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm. ‘Single Voice Choir – Not for Luther!’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
A Night at the Opera, in the company of Sheffield City Opera with semi-staged, costumed scenes from Gounod’s Faust, Bizet's Carmen and two Verdi operas, Macbeth and La Traviata, four Mozart items: three duets and one aria; plus duets from La Bohème, The Tales of Hoffmann and The Pearl Fishers (guess what!). Robert Webb is the conductor and piano accompaniments are provided by Ruth Milsom at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £6 students, under 18s. Full details ‘A Night at the Opera’ @ www.bernardleemusic.com
Petite Messe Solennelle, Rossini’s jolly operatic Mass setting and not particularly small or solemn – the ‘last mortal sin’ of his old age as he called it! – from Escafeld Chorale and its music director Ian Roberts and as originally written with harmonium: Richard Longman, and piano: George Parsons, accompaniment (Rossini later orchestrated it) – well, almost: he asked for two pianos, although the second only plays occasionally and, when it does, doubles the first! and specified only 12 singers in all, including the four soloists. The harmonium being used is interesting. Aptly, it was built in Paris (where Rossini spent his long retirement) in 1880 and is known as an ‘Art Harmonium’ because of its special, additional stops. The young soloists have splendid pedigrees: Lindsey James: soprano – Escafeld’s associate soloist this season and a member of Harry Christophers’ Genesis Sixteen; Keren Hedas: contralto; Christopher Hughes: tenor – who gets to sing the work’s best known extract, Domine Deus; and Andrew Randall: baritone. Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, £6 students, £3 under 16.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, prior to appointing a new music director for next season, with a guest conductor, Harish Shankar, a Malaysian-born maestro currently based in Manchester where he is Junior Fellow in Conducting at the RNCM and has conducted The Hallé. Here, it is works by Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture; Schumann: Cello Concerto, a three-movement work played without a break because Schumann hated applause after movements so wrote two striking transitions to eliminate it; and Bizet: his now-popular Symphony No 1 in C, penned in 1855 under the supervision of Gounod by a 17-year-old Bizet and then put into a drawer and never mentioned again until the manuscript was unearthed in the early 1930s and was an instant hit at its premiere in 1935. Abel Selaocoe, originally from South Africa and also based in Manchester, is the soloist in the concerto at Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, under 18s.
Fay Hield, expands her longstanding band The Hurricane Party with members of The Full English, with whom the locally-based folk diva took her national popularity to a new high, to explore how we use songs, stories and music to understand what it means to be human in her latest project. Part of the ongoing Global Soundtracks strand in the Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – on the door, £16, £12 senior citizens, £6 unwaged, under 26, students; in advance, £14, £10, £5 – www.sheffield.ac/uk/concerts
Hanna Hipp, young Polish mezzo-soprano making operatic debuts all over the place at the world’s leading opera houses at present, performs songs by Poulenc, Britten and, presumably, others with Emma Abbate, described as “an amazingly talented pianist” and likened to Gerald Moore, no less, as an accompanist. Peak Music Society, Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Tuesday, DE45 1PJ, 7.45pm – £15. If interested, check availability as it is part of a subscription series, 01433 630982.
Joshua Stephens, highly thought of organ scholar at Sheffield Cathedral gives the 45-minute, monthly recital on the newly refurbished organ at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, Thursday, 17th of March, 8pm – free, retiring collection.
Giselle, Adam’s famous ballet in a staging by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia in a short season at Buxton Opera House, Thursday, 17th of March, 7.30pm – £23 –£39.50. 01298 72190. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty follows on Friday and Swan Lake on Saturday
Open Music Box Workshops, another round of Music in the Round’s popular hands-on musical activity for toddlers under its Music in the Community outreach umbrella where young children, age three to five here, can move, sing and play instruments – and grown-ups can join in. Polly Ives has acquired a co-presenter on this occasion, pianist Fraser Wilson, at the Crucible Studio, this Saturday, 12th of March, 10.30am and 11.45am – £6 per child, grown-ups free. Tickets from Crucible Theatre Box Office, 0114 249 6000, or www.musicintheround.co.uk
Compose Yourself! creative composing classes run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at adult musicians. Informal and practical, the classes will enable the exploration and development of ideas in a small, relaxed group setting – no previous composing experience necessary: just an open mind! Classes are held at Jenny’s home in S11 and the next block of six begins on Thursday, 7th April, fortnightly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session) – one place available. Also, new: a Composing for Beginners class starting Monday, 4th April, weekly, 10am –12pm (£15 per 2-hour session). For more information, and to book your place, please follow the link to Jenny’s website: www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself
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.