Die Winterreise,* the great song cycle, The Winter Journey, performed by two of the most acclaimed young musicians around at present, baritone Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu who gets to be first solo pianist on MitR’s new Steinway in public; Friday, 7.45pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s. Pre-concert talk by Prof Julian Horton, head of music at Durham University, 6.45pm. Post-concert Q&A with the musicians.
Something Fishy, family concert built round Schubert’s Die Forelle – The Trout, which prompted a famous song (text by Schubert!) and piano quintet – by Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 with Debussy’s goldfish (Poissons d’or), Saint-Saëns’s Aquarium (Carnival of the Animals) and a rather larger aquatic beast known as Jaws among other watery creatures getting a look in; Saturday, 11am – £6 adults, £3 children.
String Quartet in G,* Schubert’s last quartet, No 15, is prefaced with the Notturno in B flat, the rejected slow movement (adagio) of his B flat piano trio, by Ensemble 360; Saturday, 2pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
E flat Piano Trio, 45-minute examination of the second, actually completed first, of Schubert’s two great piano trios by musicologist Julian Horton and Ensemble 360’s piano trio, Tim Horton, Benjamin Nabarro and Gemma Rosefield who are creating a new identity for themselves as the Leonore Piano Trio; Saturday, 4.30pm – £5.
Abbeydale Singers, with their music director Kevin Haighton, offer a 30-minute sampling of seven of Schubert’s unworthily neglected, often delightful part-songs, including Chor der Engel and Der Tanz should you be familiar with them; Saturday, 6.30pm – £5.
Trout Quintet,* the popular piano quintet is paired by Ensemble 360 with another work sampled earlier in the day, the E flat piano trio, both in their complete glory; Saturday, 7.45pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
B flat Piano Trio,* here is the magnificent first one completed after the second shortly before his early death, preceded by the earlier single movement String Trio in the same key from Ensemble 360; Sunday, 11am – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Die Schöne Müllerin,* usually translated as The Maid of the Mill, the other great Schubert song cycle, more optimistic in tone than its predecessor until its denouement, performed by Marcus Farnsworth and James Baillieu; Sunday, 2pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
String Quintet,* usually held up as the greatest chamber music work ever written from all five Ensemble 360 members; Laurène Durantel will be playing the second cello part on the double bass, which she is eminently capable of doing; Sunday, 4pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
New Piano Recital, Music in the Round’s new Steinway is seen in public for the first time when it is baptised with three celebrated four-handed piano duets: Schubert’s Fantasia in F minor; Mozart’s Sonata in K497; and Rachmaninov’s Six Morceaux, variously played by Peter Hill, Benjamin Frith and Tim Horton at the Crucible Studio, Thursday (March 6), 7pm – £10. www.musicintheround.co.uk
Arvo Pärt Lenten Music, presented by the senior boys, senior girls and adult choirs of St Anne’s RC Cathedral in Leeds (it also has junior boys and girls choirs), although the content is not specified. St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Friday, 7.30pm – £5. stmariecathedral.org
Dore Male Voice Choir, celebrates its 50th birthday with current music director Elizabeth Hampshire in the company of special guest Lesley Garrett who is accompanied by pianist David Barnard, returning from foreign climes for the occasion, with the Mexborough-based Bel Canto Choir and Union Brass Band also contributing to the celebrations. City Hall, Saturday, 7pm – £25, £20, £15, £10. www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk
Hallam Sinfonia, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote is an eye-catcher here on the strength of its two soloists, cellist Richard Jenkinson and viola player Louise Williams, whose association with the Lindsay Quartet will be recalled by older Music in the Round audience members, before the orchestra and its music director Natalia Luis-Bassa perform Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations under their own steam at High Storrs School, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £5 students, £3 school children under 18. www.hallamsinfonia.org.uk
Sounds of the Engine House, eight-member Manchester-based new music collective give the Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.45pm – free, donations welcome. www.shef.ac.uk/concerts
Elizabeth Watts, the much in demand soprano returns to her self-proclaimed second home city (she hails from Norwich) with one of the foremost younger-generation piano accompanists Simon Lepper and a programme of five Richard Strauss songs, including Ständchen, Befreit and, lesser known of celebrity, Malven; five by Duparc, including Chanson Triste, Phidylé and Extase, ten miniature vignettes from Hugo Wolf’s Italian Songbook; and a set of seven Spanish songs by Granados, Rodrigo, Obradors and Gustavino. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 unwaged, under 26.
Tim Horton, after a weekend of Schubert, Ensemble 360’s pianist continues his Music in the Round journey, on a new piano, through the Beethoven piano sonatas with performances of Op 26 (No 12), Op 22 (No 11), Op 90 (No 27) and Op 101 (No 28) at the Crucible Studio, Wednesday (March 12), 7.15pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s.
Natalie Wood, Robin Gloor, piano, horn, with the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (March 13), 1.10pm – free, donations welcome.
Margaret McDonald, Simon Lindley, the mezzo-soprano and celebrated organist, also taking to the piano on this occasion, give a celebrity recital as part of centenary celebrations of the Sheffield and District Organists’ and Choirmasters Association at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday (March 13), 7.30pm. www.stjohnsranmoor.org.uk
Nabucco, Verdi’s earliest success in a Chisinau National Opera staging under the auspices of Ellen Kent’s Opera and Ballet International. Sung in Italian with English surtitles at Buxton Opera House, Sunday, 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33, £36. It comes to Sheffield and the City Hall on March 23.
Don Quixote, the best known of the many ballets from the pen of Ludwig (sometimes known as Léon) Minkus for the Kirov Ballet gets a three-night stand by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia underway at Buxton Opera House, (Thursday, March 6), 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36. 0845 12 72190 buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
Giselle, second offering from the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at Buxton Opera House, (Friday, March 7), 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36.
Swan Lake, final presentation by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia at Buxton Opera House, (Saturday, March 8), 2.30pm – £19, £25, £28, £31; 7.30pm – £21, £30, £33 £36.
Andrew Killick, Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at Sheffield University and director of the MA in World Music Studies by Distance Learning, and Northumbrian smallpipes player in his spare time, gives the fourth of six weekly talks hosted by the University of Sheffield hinged on the latest developments in a diverse range of musical research subjects, his topic being, not unnaturally: Music and Place. Department of Music, Jessop Building, Leavygreave Road, S3 7RD, Monday, 4pm-5.30pm – free.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Communion setting; Anthem – Missa Brevis (Britten) from the Chamber Choir (Ladies) of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sunday, 6.30pm. www.stjohnsranmoor.org.uk
Choral Evensong, Ash Wednesday Eucharist; Canticles – Byrd: Mass for four voices; Anthem – Call to Remembrance (Richard Farrant) from the songmen and boys’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Wednesday (March 5), 6pm.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Philip Moore: Tonus Peregrinus; Anthem – O Sing unto the Lord (Rawsthorne) from the girls’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Thursday (March 6), 5.30pm.
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the girls’ and men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – Rose; Canticles – Stanford in B flat; Anthem – Here my words, ye people (Parry). Sheffield Cathedral, Thursday (March 6), 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome. www.sheffieldcathedral.org.uk
For details of further 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
St John's Church, Ranmoor