Anthony Jakob, final year student of Russian and music mixes both in a totally off the beaten track programme of 20th century Russian piano music by Samuil Feinberg: Piano Sonata No. 2 (1915); Nikolai Roslavets: Preludes (1922); Alexander Mosolov: Piano Sonata No. 4 (1924); Anatoly Alexandrov: A Long Forgotten Madness (1917); and further Feinberg: Piano Sonata No. 6 (1923) at a Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (May 1), 1.10pm – free, donation welcome. See ‘Miscellany’ under FEATURES
Spring Songs, in the company of Fraser Wilson’s pocket chamber choir Albion, which normally sings a cappella without a conductor and, accordingly, is populated with skilled singers. Very much core British Isles repertoire on offer with some of familiar items in new arrangements by the industrious Wilson, the less familiar titles being his own settings of texts he believes should be set to music: O where shall wisdom be found? The Skye Boat Song; Scarborough Fair; In the beginning; God be in my head; A Gaelic Blessing; Jerusalem; She moved through the fair; Greensleeves; One star, made infinite; The Lord’s my shepherd; Jamie; My bonny boy; Early one morning; The Salley Gardens; Danny Boy; He wishes for the cloths of heaven; Vidi aquam; The Blue Bird (Stanford untouched); Come live with me. Holy Trinity Church, Grove Road, Millhouses, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £6 concessions.
Erwin Wieringa/ Inja Davidović, natural horn and fortepiano, a highly accomplished Dutch/ Croatian pairing come together to perform Beethoven – Horn Sonata and Piano Sonata Op 2 No 1; Chopin – Nocturne in D flat Op 27 No 2; and three works from Carl Czerny’s corpus of nearly 1,000 opus numbers, Brillante Fantasien Op 339 after Schubert; Nocturne in D flat Op 369 No 4; and Andante e Poliaca, in the Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. See ‘Miscellany’ under FEATURES
Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, the penultimate one in the present series given by second-year music undergraduates at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (May 8), 1.10pm – free, donation welcome.
La Bohème, a ‘late arrival’ from Opera North, which they have not informed us about – thanks for the reminder, Judith! It opened in Leeds this Tuesday in another revival of the company’s raved about (when it new) Phyllida Lloyd production of Puccini’s opera and clearly there is still faith in it as it occupies the whole of Opera North’s spring season with 16 performances – 11 in Leeds, five at The Lowry, Salford Quays – in a very short space of time. Sung in Italian with English surtitles, it is double cast with two sets of young singers in the principal roles and is of local interest because one them includes much-talented young Sheffield baritone John Savournin as Schaunard whose scheduled appearances are indicated thus * in the remaining ten performance at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (May 1), *Friday, 7.30pm; Saturday, 2.30pm, *7.30pm; Wednesday (May 7), *2.30pm, 7.30pm; *Thursday (May 8), Friday (May 9), 7.30pm; Saturday (May 10), *2.30pm, 7.30pm – £15 –£49.50. Box office 0113 233 3500.
Songs of Lust, Love and Heartbreak, the suitably named classical-comedy-cabaret-crossover act Crimes Against Taste is back as those well known figures on Sheffield’s classical scene, Robert Webb, Peter Taylor (in baritone mode), plus the similarly voiced Jon Openshaw, with the latter two again attempting trying get their shackle-free, pianist colleague to mend his carefree, philandering ways and educate him in affairs of the heart with tales from their respective marriages through comic songs by the likes of Tom Leher, Flanders & Swann, more contemporary material such as The Flight of the Conchords and original compositions. S1 Arts Space, Trafalgar Road, S1 4JT – near Devonshire Green, Friday, 8pm (bar open 7.30pm) – £9.90 online (www.wegottickets.com), £12 on the door. Musical
Subways are for Sleeping, Sheffield University’s Department of Music blow the dust off another forgotten classic musical comedy, this one by Jule Styne, which opened on Broadway in December 1961 and ran for 205 performances. With a book and lyrics by the ‘classic’ team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, it tells the tale of magazine writer Angie McKay going undercover to write a story on a group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in New York’s subway system and getting embroiled with their leader Tom Bailey. Its cause at the box office was not helped by a lack of publicity with the whole of New York’s transport system refusing to post advertisements for it. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Wednesday (May 30), 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
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.