Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, scheduled to have been given by Italian pianist Aglaia Tarantino on Friday has been postponed.
Vivacity Choir, with a concert in support of South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord featuring among other things selections from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and West Side Story, One day more (Les Mis), California Dreamin’, Mack the Knife, Mamma Mia, Lament of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco), Hallelujah Chorus (Messiah), Bring me sunshine, plus contributions from students at Silverdale School, S11 9QH, where the concert takes place, Saturday, 6.30pm – £7.50, 16 and under free; in advance £6, (0114) 247 5024. http://www.vivacitychoir.com/about
John-Mark Rose, pianist gives the Sheffield Cathedral Lunchtime Recital, Tuesday, 1.15pm – free, donation welcome. http://www.sheffieldcathedral.org/music/recitals-lunchtime-choir-concerts.php
11 – 27 July.
• Only opera performances and music events are listed – there is also a free, ten-minute Song at Six at 6pm every day, except 11 July and Sundays, from the Pavilion Gardens Bandstand with members of the Festival Chorus.
• For details of a comprehensive, star-studded Literary Series, see the Buxton Festival website. http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk
• Each opera performance is preceded by a free, 30-minute Pre-Opera Talk at 6.15pm unless otherwise indicated.
• Festival for a Fiver – ticket offer of £5 on all available seats for under-25s.
Mercedes-Benz Opera Gala, introduced by Sean Rafferty and with a lot of Wagner – Winterstürme and Du bist der Lenz (Walküre), Bridal Chorus and In fermen Land (Lohengrin), Dich teure Halle (Tannhauser); and Lehár – build up to and Vilja, plus Lippen Schweigen (Merry Widow), Dein ist mein ganzes Herz and one other (Land of Smiles), Meine Lippen (Giuditta); plus pieces by Weber, Johann Strauss – both, overtures; Rachmaninov – Vocalise; Humperdinck – a chunk from act 2 of Hänsel and Gretel; and, for good measure, Vienna, City of My Dreams, all performed by soprano Susan Bullock, tenor Richard Berkeley-Steele, Buxton Festival Chorus, Kinder Children’s Choir and Northern Chamber Orchestra marshalled by conductor Stephen Barlow. Opera House, Friday, 8pm – £15 –£45. http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/music-series/mercedes-benz-opera-gala/
Lawson Trio, Annabelle Lawson, piano; Clara Bliss, violin; Rebecca Knight, cello; excellent threesome perform Mozart – Piano Trio K548; Judith Weir – Piano Trio Two; Ravel – Piano Trio. Pavilion Arts Centre, Saturday, 12-noon – £15. http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/pavilion-arts-centre
The Jacobin, first performances of an unbelievably ignored operatic gem by Dvořák sung in an English translation by Rodney Blumer with, on paper, an impressive line-up of singers, including Anne Sophie Duprels, Anna Patalong, Matthew Best, Bonventura Bottone, Matthew Newlin, Nicolas Lester and Nicholas Folwell. Stephen Barlow is the conductor and the staging is by Stephen Unwin with the Festival Chorus and augmented Northern Chamber Orchestra. Opera House, Saturday, Tuesday, 7.15pm – £15 –£59. Further performances 18, 24, 27 (3.30pm) July. See ‘A Jacobin in Bohemia’ under FEATURES http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/a-jacobin-in-bohemia.html
Joe Stilgoe/ Natalie Williams, late night jazz from the respectively noted pianist and singer-songwriter. Pavilion Gardens Café, Saturday, 9pm – £18.
Festival Mass, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in B flat K275 from the Buxton Madrigal Singers and Orchestra with soloists from the Festival Chorus, St John’s Church, Sunday, 10.45pm.
From Your Ever Loving Son, Jack, letters sent from the front in WW1 by Jack Ellicot compiled and interspersed with songs from the period by his great nephew and tenor of some repute Joshua Ellicot with pianist Simon Lepper. Pavilion Arts Centre, Sunday, 12-noon – £15.
Orfeo ed Euridice, first performances of a somewhat scarce staging these days of Gluck’s most popular opera (Vienna version, 1762) with the massive presence of one of the world’s great countertenors Michael Chance as Orpheus and a seemingly impressive Italian soprano, Barbara Bargnesi, as the wife he travels to the Underworld to find. Sung in Italian (English surtitles), the conductor is Stuart Stratford with the Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra and Stephen Medcalf is the stage director. Opera House, Sunday, 3.30pm – pre-opera talk, Opera House, 2.30pm; Wednesday (July 16), 7.15pm – £15 –£59. Further performances, 19, 22, 25 July, 7.15pm.
Innovation Chamber Ensemble, the smaller cousin of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performs string music by Schoenberg – Verklärte Nacht; Mozart – Grand Sestetto in E flat K364 (the Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in a string sextet transcription); Strauss – Metamorphosen for 23 strings. St John’s Church, Sunday, 9pm – £17 unreserved, £20 reserved.
YuanFan Yang, massively impressive 16-year-old pianist plays Beethoven – Op 53 sonata, the Waldstein; one of his own compositions, Waves; Schumann – Romance Op 36 No 2; Rachmaninov – Sonata No 2 Op 36. Pavilion Arts Centre, Monday, 12-noon – £15.
4 Girls 4 Harps, described as the world’s leading harp quartet playing transcriptions, obviously: Handel – Sarabande & Variations from Suite No 4; Ravel – Three Pieces from Ma Mère l’Oye; pieces by Tarrega, Lecuono and Longstaff; Rachmaninov – 18th Variation from Paganini Rhapsody; Shostakovich – Waltz No 2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra; Piazzolla – Milonga del Angel and Libertango. St John’s Church, Monday, 3.30pm – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
Lesley Garrett/ Emma Johnson, no certainty what this is about, except the famous soprano and clarinetist formed a trio with the other person present, pianist Andrew West, some time last year, but it seems safe to assume it will be nothing too serious. Opera House, Monday, 8pm – £15 – £25.
Roderick Williams/ Gary Matthewman, superb collection of songs from the baritone and pianist marking the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, by Somervell – The street sounds to the soldiers’ tread; Gurney – Black Stitchel, In Flanders, Captain Stratton’s Fancy; Martin Shaw (1875-1958) – Venizel; Ireland – The Cost, The Soldier; Charles Ives – In Flanders Field; William Denis Browne (1888-killed 1915) – To Gratiana; Ernest Farrar (1885-killed 1918) –Silent Noon; Butterworth – The lads in their hundreds; Vaughan Williams – The Twilight People; Finzi – Harvest, Only a man harrowing clods (Requiem da Camera); Elaine Hugh-James (1927-) – Futility; Anthony Payne (1936-) – Adlestrop; Ian Venables (1955-) – Flying Crooked, Pain. Pavilion Arts Centre, Tuesday, 12-noon – £15.
Michael Chance/ Paul Beier, countertenor, lute/ theorbo, songs and lute solos by Dowland: Flow my tears, Come away, come sweet love, I saw my lady weepe, Eyes look no more, Lady if you so spite me, In darkness let me dwell, Though mighty God, When David’s life, When the poor cripple; sandwiched between four Purcell pieces: Oh, Fair Cedaria, The Queen’s Epicedium, Music for a while and O solitude. St John’s Church, Tuesday, 3.15pm – £12 unreserved, £15 reserved.
Alicia’s Gift – The Concert of the Novel, words and music concert with a difference, the novel by acclaimed music writer Jessica Duchen, Alicia’s Gift (set conveniently in Buxton) chronicling the rise a piano prodigy from a three-year-old and the family problems posed by her ‘gift’. Duchen reads from her novel and music referred to in it, including by Chopin: Ballade No 3; Ravel: Sonatine; and Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, is performed by ultra-busy pianist Viv McLean. Pavilion Arts Centre, Wednesday, 12-noon – £15.
Endellion String Quartet, after its concert with Benjamin Grosvenor at Bradfield Festival at the end of June, the world famous foursome moves into the bordering Peak District with the same Haydn quartet, Op 76 No 1, Ravel’s solitary essay and Beethoven’s first Rasumovsky, Op 59 No 1. St John’s Church, Wednesday, 3.15pm – £17 unreserved, £19 reserved.
Schubert Ensemble of London, specifically given the programme from the eminent group that celebrated its 30th birthday last year, William Howard (piano), Simon Blendis (violin) and Jane Salmon (cello): Beethoven – Piano Trio WoO 39; Dvořák – Piano Trio Op 90 Dumky; Schubert – Piano Trio in E flat. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday (July 17), 12-noon – £19.
Jessie Ann Richardson, young cellist causing a stir in London circles (the fact that this concert is supported by Countess of Munster Trust testifies to her ability) performs Rachmaninov’s Cello Sonata and Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata with Clare Hammond, a highly regarded pianist in her own right. Pavilion Arts Centre, Thursday (July 17), 3.30pm – £15.
Ghislaine Reece-Trapp, the first of this year’s two Oxbridge organ recitals given by an organ scholar from Christ Church, Oxford at St John’s Church, Thursday (July 17), 4.30pm – £10.
Otello, concert performances sung in Italian (English surtitles) of Rossini’s ground-breaking operatic version of Shakespeare’s Othello in its Malibran Version which means a mezzo-soprano singing Otello, Sara Fulgoni, and the principal tenor becomes Alessandro Luciano as Rodrigo. Kate Ladner sings Desdemona and lesser, though important roles are taken by Nicky Spence (Iago), Carolyn Dobbin (Emilia) and Henry Waddington (Elmiro) with Stephen Barlow conducting the Festival Chorus and Northern Chamber Orchestra. Opera House, Thursday (July 17), 7.15pm – £15 –£45. Further performances, 20 (2.30pm), 26 July. See ‘Taming Ferocious Shakespeare’ under FEATURES http://www.classicalsheffield.org.uk/taming.html
For details of Choral Evensong at Sheffield Cathedral and St John’s Church, Ranmoor, and music at daytime services, please see their Classical Sheffield pages.