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Chango Spasiuk, Argentinean accordionist rooted in folk music offers some of the Chamamé variety reflecting the different communities that settled in northeast Argentina during the 16th to 19th centuries. Sheffield University Concert Season (Global Soundtracks strand). Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 10th of November, 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.
Schubert’s Die Winterreise, see Song-Makers Weekend below, Friday, 7.15pm.
Shu Jiang (CANCELLED), the Chinese musician, a post-graduate student in the Department of Music at Sheffield University, and friends were scheduled to open this year’s St Andrew’s Music Festival but, following a trip home to visit her mother in hospital, the guqin/ guzheng player was shocked to discover towards the end of October that she had to wait, for whatever reason, three weeks for a visa to re-enter the UK. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Saturday, 7pm – but she will not be there!
Israel in Egypt, once in a while Sheffield Bach Choir outing for Handel’s heavily choral 1739 oratorio the only one, except Messiah, not to use named characters in what are in Handelian terms, effectively unstaged dramas. The performance of the two-part version – it was written in three – is preceded by the composer’s Concerto Grosso in G and somewhere in the proceedings are six traditional spiritual settings by Norman Barnes – a nice string of coincidences here, see King Edward VII Spirituals @ www.bernardleemusic.com – Kristina James, Nicola Hooke: sopranos, Lucy Appleyard: contralto, Peter Condry: tenor, Quentin Brown, Sam Carl: basses, are the soloists with members of the Leeds-based St Peter’s Singers and National Festival Orchestra all under the direction of Simon Lindley. Sheffield Cathedral, Saturday, 7.30pm – £16, £13 concessions, £6 students, free under 16.
Hallam Choral Society, offer a performance of Duruflé’s: Requiem, programming it with Elgar: With Proud Thanksgiving, the re-worked last movement of The Spirit of England for the unveiling of the Cenotaph in 1920 (not used); Parry: I Was Glad; and Stanford: Three Motets Op 38 – Justorum animae, Caelos ascendit hodie, Beati quorum via, plus Evening Service in B flat. Soloists in the Duruflé and Stanford works are from the chamber choir Kantos (Manchester University graduates) directed by HCS’s music director Elspeth (Ellie) Slorach. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions, free under 16.
SingSoc, aka: University of Sheffield Singers’ Society comprising three choirs if they all appear to take on Broadway and launch into show tunes with items from The Sound of Music, Les Misérables, Wicked, Sister Act and many more. Uni Central, Sheffield Students' Union – Level 4, Western Bank, S10 2TG, Saturday, 7.30pm – £8, £4 concessions, students.
Merlin and Polina Shepherd, one of the world’s leading Klezmer clarinettists, also much in demand in theatres (RSC, RNT among them) as a composer and music director among other things, and his pianist wife – also a virtuosic singer with a voice covering four octaves! – with what becomes the opening concert of the St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Sunday, 7pm – £10, pre-booked at www.samfest.uk £5.50, £5 concessions.
Chimpanzees of Happytown, two schools’ concerts featuring one of the highly successful musical adaptations by Paul Rissmann from children's literature, in this instance the book by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, with Ensemble 360 and Polly Ives: narrator. Music in the Round. Crucible Theatre, Monday, 10.45 –11-45am and 1.30–2.30pm – for further information and booking contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield University Undergraduates, in the Department of Music give a Lunchtime Concert as part of the University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand), Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10 –1.55pm – free.
Dodworth Colliery Band, still going strong – and successfully, as it celebrates the 180th birthday of its formation this year with the 30th anniversary of the closure that prompted its creation looming next year. St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £10, pre-booked at www.samfest.uk £5.50, £5 concessions.
Ligeti Quartet, the Department of Music’s noted associate artists present a programme entitled Microcosm, ‘miniature music with massive meaning’ by Kurtág: Six Moments Musicaux Op 44; Webern: Six Bagatelles; a new work by British composer Elliot Galvin; Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2; Stravinsky: Three Pieces for string quartet; and Bartók: String Quartet No 5. Sheffield University Concert Season (Sound Laboratory strand). Firth Hall, 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.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra, tune up for a Rush-Hour Concert in the University Concert Season (Forged in Sheffield strand) to perform a new work by Nadim Jauffer: An everlasting spring; Bach: Concerto for two violins BWV 1043 – soloists Olivia Shotton, Jenny Espin; and Haydn: Symphony No 97. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday, 17th of November, 5.45pm – free.
Gjylaci Brothers, aka Nik and Jon and a highly rated violin/guitar duo present a programme of music by Paganini, Giuliani and de Falla built round a performance of Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango at the St Andrew’s Music Festival. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Thursday, 17th of November, 7pm – £10, pre-booked at www.samfest.uk £5.50, £5 concessions.
Ensemble 360, with a fairly prominent Matthew Hunt featuring for Schumann: Fantasiestücke Op 73 for clarinet and piano; Brahms: Piano Trio No 2 Op 87; the first performance of Ostara for clarinet, cello and piano by Dani Howard who seems to have commissions all over the place at present (this one by the Royal Philharmonic Society, no less, was for Music in the Round); and Mozart: Clarinet Quintet. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday, 17th of November, 7.15 –9.05pm – £19, £13 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 35s. Pre-concert talk, with Dani Howard, 6.15pm.
University of Sheffield Concert Season, Friday –Sunday. All events at Firth Hall, Western Bank unless noted. Admission to all concerts, £7, £6 concessions, except otherwise indicated, with a weekend pass available, £40, £30 concessions.
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Food for Thought, autumnal musings on harvest and food at an outreach concert aimed at primary school children. Friday, 2.30 –3.15pm – free, but booking required.
Die Winterreise, Schubert’s song cycle performed by Roderick Williams: baritone, and Christopher Glynn: piano, in association with Music in the Round. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.15pm – sold out!
Poetry and Song, exploration in association with Music in the Round of the relationship between words, language and music focussing on 19th century German poetry and song with baritone Roderick Williams and Prof Helen Abbott among the experts leading it. Also included is a masterclass involving Department of Music students. Saturday, 10am –1.30pm – £5, includes tea and coffee.
Nights Not Spent Alone, not inappropriate title of a cycle of three songs set to poems by the unconventional American poet and playwright Edna St Vincent Millay by Jonathan Dove for much praised young mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately (yes, daughter of Kevin!) who performs it here with Simon Lepper: piano, along with songs set to texts in broadly the same vein by Fauré: Avant que tu ne t'en ailles (from La Bonne Chanson); Debussy: Trois Chansons de Bilitis; Vaughan Williams: Tired (from Four Last Songs); Barber: Nocturne (from Four Songs Op 13); and Sondheim: Could I leave you? (from Follies). Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 2 –3pm.
Seven Romances, highly noted Russian song specialist, soprano Joan Rodgers performs Shostakovich’s pessimistic vocal-instrumental suite Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok with Phoenix Piano Trio: Jonathan Stone: violin, Christian Elliott: cello, Sholto Kynoch: piano, who also offer the composer’s Piano Trio No 2. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Saturday, 4 –5pm.
Harawi, subtitle ‘Song of love and death’ and a wholly idiomatic, impressionistic 12-song cycle by Messiaen to his own texts inspired by an Andean love song genre that often sees the death of the two lovers at the end – hence, its Tristan and Isolde tag! Much underrated soprano Gweneth Ann-Rand performs it here with Simon Lepper: piano. Saturday, 7 –8pm.
Cabaret Songs, super programme from fast-emerging soprano Raphaela Papadakis and pianist Sholto Kynoch (both Brits) of Poulenc: Voyage à Paris, Hôtel (two of his five Banalities), Les chemins d'amour; Satie: La Diva del’empire (utterly delicious!), Je te veux; Joseph Marx (1882-1964, an Austrian composer with hundreds of songs to his name): Und gestern hat er mir Rosen, Selige Nacht, Venetianisches Wiegenlied, Hat dich die Liebe berührt; Schoenberg: four of his eight Brettl-Lieder (Cabaret Songs) – Galathea, Gigerlette, Der genügsame Liebhaber, Seit ich so viele Weiber sah – they will surprise you! and Lehár: Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss – My Lips, they kiss so hot from his operetta Giuditta. Saturday, 9 –10pm.
On Wenlock Edge, one of the most famous British song cycles, Vaughan Williams’ six settings of songs from A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad, performed by the increasingly noted tenor Daniel Norman, Sholto Kynoch: piano, and Gildas Quartet: Christopher Jones, Gemma Sharples: violins, Kay Stephens: viola, Anna Menzies: cello. At the time of writing, it is not known what is occupying the other half of the concert. Sunday, 12.30 –1.30pm.
Odysseus, the doyen of British piano accompanists of world fame, Graham Johnson comes to town with emergent young baritone Benedict Nelson and a skilfully created programme of song reflecting the voyage of Ulysses in eight songs by Schubert: Die Götter Griechenlands, An die Leier, Kriegers Ahnung (from Schwanengesang), Hektor's Abschied, Der Wanderer, Harfenspiele III, Philoktet and Romanze des Richard Löwenherz; Zemlinsky: Waldgespräch; Clara Schumann: Die Lorelei; Robert Schumann: Belsatzar; Alphons Diepenbrock (1862-1921, a respected Dutch composer and friend of Mahler and Richard Strauss): Der Abend kommt gezogen; and Fauré: Les berceaux, plus L'horizon chimérique. Sunday, 2.30-3.30pm.
Schumann, Brahms and Mendelssohn, long concert title for a programme of arrangements by feted German composer (chiefly for his operas) and pianist Aribert Reimann (1936- ) of Lieder by the three for soprano and string quartet performed by Raphaela Papadakis and the Gildas Quartet. In the case of Schumann it is the Six Songs Op 107 and Brahms, the posthumously published and brief five Songs of Ophelia (written for a production of Hamlet in 1873), fairly straight forward re-imaginings with instrumental bridging passages by Reimann linking some of the songs. Mendelssohn is more daring, nine of his Heine settings, including an unfinished one and Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), stitched together to form a single movement work of around 25 minutes and given a title of sorts “...oder soll es Tod bedeuten?” (...or does it mean death?). Sunday, 4.30 –5.30pm.
St John Passion, doubtless there is some logic in ending a highly notable weekend of song with massed choirs, Sheffield Cathedral Choir, Sheffield University Chamber Choir, Sheffield Chorale, performing the nearest Bach got to writing an opera. The soloists (not known) are from English Touring Opera (in Buxton with Baroque opera at the end of next week) with The Old Street Band (ETO’s period instrument orchestra), Jonathan Peter Kenny is the conductor and the chorales are sung in new English translations. Octagon Centre, Western Bank, Sunday, 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.
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