Lucy Phillips, Sheffield-based freelance violinist embarks on a series of concerts with pianist David Hammond taking in the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, starting with the first three completed in 1798; plus, Clara Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano Op 22; and Mozart: Adagio in E flat K261 – possible slow movement replacement for his Fifth Violin Concerto; and Rondo in C K373, at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, September 11, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions, on the door, or in advance: email@example.com
Nick Fletcher, Sheffield’s classical guitarist of national repute gets his season underway playing music by Manuel Ponce, Villa Lobos, Barrios, Domeniconi and self-composed pieces at Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, September 12, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.
Albion in the Dales, having performed in this year’s English Music Festival in deepest Oxfordshire, Sheffield’s pocket chamber choir just had to be involved when the EMF stages an autumn festival in deepest Yorkshire, presenting a perfect excuse for Scarborough Fair and possibly, ‘the dark, satanic mills’ of Jerusalem! The EMF being keen on new English music, Invocation to a Quaker text, premiered earlier this year, will also get an outing, at St Mary and Alkelda Church, Middleham, Leyburn DL8 4PQ, Saturday, September 12, 7.30pm – £15. http://www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/pdf-files/yf.pdf
Bill Skipworth, partially sighted local pianist, a Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital regular, gives the first of a new weekly series, Thursday, September 17, 1.15pm – free, donations welcome.
The Hallé get a new Sheffield International Concert Season underway with a Rachmaninov double of ‘thirds’, the composer’s Third Piano Concerto (colloquially known as ‘Rach Three’) and Third Symphony, having got proceedings started with Glinka’s Overture to his opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. South Korean pianist is the soloist in the concerto and the conductor is the orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder at the City Hall, Friday, September 18, 7pm – £21, £19, £16, £5 students and under 18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm.
La Traviata, Russian State Ballet and Opera House production of Verdi’s opera sung Italian with English surtitles and ‘accompanied by a large live orchestra’ (it says here), Buxton Opera House, Thursday, September 17, 7.30pm – £20 –£36. 01298 72190
Compose Yourself! weekly composition classes starting Thursday the 17th of September run by Sheffield composer Jenny Jackson aimed at musicians with an urge to compose but don't know where to start, or composers needing a new perspective and an opportunity to try new methods of working or scoring. If interested and would like to know more, follow the link to Jenny’s website: http://www.jennyjacksoncomposer.com/compose-yourself, or contact her to discuss any queries, or can't make Thursdays. Shirley House, adjacent St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, 1pm to 3pm – £15 per session. NB: Places need to be pre-booked in six-week blocks.
Lunchtime Singing, monthly, 45-minute workshops on the City Hall stage (though not always) led by Val Regan and Andrea Small; Thursday, October 1, 1pm – £6. Also, November 5; December 3.
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.
Bernard Lee, longstanding classical-music critic of the Sheffield Telegraph and a key figure within Classical Sheffield, has a new blog at bernardleemusic.wordpress.com - do have a look and keep up to date with his latest articles!