Elias String Quartet return to Sheffield in Music in the Round’s season to give the first of six concerts taking in all Beethoven’s string quartets, sandwiching his String Quintet Op 29 between performances of No 1 – Op 18 No 1, and No 15 – Op 132. The second viola in the quintet is the Kungsbacka Trio’s violinist Malin Broman; hence both viola players are Swedish. Crucible Studio, Friday, 7.30pm – sold out.www.musicintheround.co.uk
Ian Roberts, the director of music at St John’s, Ranmoor book-ends pieces by Harold Darke – Rhapsody Op 4; Bach – Prelude and Fugue in A; Vierne – Allegetto and Méditation (transcribed Sanger) between two by C(raig) S(ellar) Lang – Prelude, Pastorale and Fugue, and Introduction and Passacaglia in A minor, at a recital on the church’s organ, Saturday, 12-noon – free, retiring collection. www.stjohnsranmoor.org.uk
Kaamos, Finnish chamber choir based in Helsinki makes the first of two appearances in the city with its music director Dani Juris. By all accounts, an accomplished body of singers it specialises n unaccompanied European music down the centuries, including by the likes of Tallis and Rachmaninov, but here focuses on sacred choral and folk music from Finland, as well as liturgical music from Baltic countries. St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Saturday, 7pm – £7, £5 concessions, under 16 free.
Albion in Buxton, Fraser Wilson and his double consort of singers take their successful solo and choral Britten and Folksong programme, part of the A Boy Was Born festival in Sheffield in June, further afield. With people like Stanford, Vaughan Williams and Ireland also in there, it incorporates traditional folksong and new settings, the industrious Fraser having since produced new versions of The Miller of Dee, The trees, they grow so high and The water is wide. St John’s Church, Buxton, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.www.albionchoir.org.uk
Nick Fletcher/ John Hackett, the Sheffield-based classical guitarist of national note and vertical flute virtuoso of wider international repute, and younger brother of Steve of Genesis-fame, get together for another joint concert taking in Bach, Debussy, Handel, Vivaldi and their own compositions which are bound to include items from their latest album, Overnight Snow. Carterknowle Methodist Church, Edgedale Road, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £5 concessions.www.nickfletcherguitar.com
Sheffield Chorale, fresh from a successful Belgian tour gets its Sheffield season off to an enterprising a cappella start under it music director Neil Taylor interpolating English Renaissance religious music, and Britten’s Hymn to St Cecilia, between the six movements of Palestrina’s most frequently heard Mass-setting, Missa Papae Marcelli, specifically pieces by Byrd: Sing Joyfully, Justorum animae, Haec Dies; the rather neglected Peter Philips: O beatum et sacrosanctum diem, O crux spledidior, Surgens Jesus; and Weelkes; When David heard. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £6 students, free under16s.www.sheffieldchorale.co.uk
Sheffield Oratorio Chorus, begin a new season and offer another performance of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, which will sound somewhat different to the one at Firth Hall last Sunday, plus Mozart: his Coronation Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore which includes another Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) setting but, much more famously, the source the composer’s sublime setting of Laudate Dominum. Debra Morley (who sings it) and Andrea Ryder are the soprano soloists with mezzo-soprano Cari Searle, tenor John Dunford, bass Edward Harvey, the National Festival Orchestra and, as always, the conductor is Alan Eost. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £14, £11 concessions, £5 students, under 16s. www.oratorio.org.uk
SingSoc, otherwise Sheffield University Singers’ Societywhich consists of three choirs, the Main Chorus, a Ladies’ Choir and Socii Cantorum, that go to the movies with choral and solo numbers from James Bond, Harry Potter, Dirty Dancing, Slumdog Millionaire and Toy Story to name some of the films – “a journey through some of the best and most iconic movie moments of all time,” to quote SingSoc’s blurb for the concert. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Saturday, 7.30pm – £6 adults, £4 concessions. www.singsoc.weebly.com
Transformations, film of an Ensemble 360 concert given at this year’s Music in the Round’s May Festival at the Showroom Cinema, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of Britten’s birth and the discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield and being shown with Britten’s actual birthday, November 22, imminent. Adrian Wilson plays Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for oboe backed by specially commissioned film imagery from film artist Katie Goodwin, there is a screening of a late 1930s film, The Way to the Sea, for which Britten wrote the music and Auden the commentary, a string and wind quintet performance of the composer’s Sinfonietta, before proceedings end with same forces playing the world premiere of With Stolen Fire, music commissioned from Charlie Piper to accompany a 1945 Jack Cardiff film about steel making.Streamed online from 7.30pm this Saturday atwww.musicintheround.co.uk.
University Chamber Choir/ Kaamos, Sheffield University’s proficient chamber choir and its conductor Mark McCombsjoin Dani Juris and his Finnish chamber choir for a concert headed Pictures and Portraits which includes music by Brahms: Drei Gesänge Op 42, Debussy: Trois Chansons de Charles d’Orléans, Tavener, Johansson (umpteen of them, but Bengt seems to fit the bill) and Perttu Haapanen. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. Website here.
University Lunchtime Concert, Lucia Puricelli (clarinet) and Sammy Davis (saxophone) give the weekly Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 1.10pm – free.
University Rush-Hour Concert, Jessop Voices, a first-year choir of undergraduate music students, with the third of four in the present series at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.30pm – £2.50. University of Sheffield Concerts
Ensemble 360, specifically the group’s ‘string quartet’, Benjamin Nabarro, Claudia Ajmone-Marsan (violins), Judith Busbridge (viola), Gemma Rosefield (cello), give a concert in the Sheffield University Concert Season as part of the A Boy Was Born festival with performances of Britten’s String Quartet No 1 and Three Divertimenti, Howells’ Fantasy Quartet, and Debussy’s single string quartet essay. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged. www.ensemble360.co.uk
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the boys’ and men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – Smith; Canticles – Dyson in F; Anthem – Rejoice in the Lord Always (Purcell).Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome.
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 – Anthony Piccolo; Canticles – Second Service (Leighton); Anthem – Hymn to St Cecilia (Britten). Sheffield Cathedral, Sunday, 6.30pm – free and everyone welcome. Cathedral Choir's Website
Choral Evensong, Canticles – Service in B flat (Stanford); Anthem – Blessed be the God and Father (SS Wesley) from the Girls’ and Men’s voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sunday, 6.30pm.
Choral Evensong, according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with the men’s voices of Sheffield Cathedral Choir on duty for the music: Responses – Marlow; Canticles – Second Service (Moore); Anthem – The Lord is my Shepherd (Leighton). Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday (November 20), 5.45pm-6.30pm – free and everyone welcome.
Choral Evensong, Canticles – The St John Service (Richard Longman); Anthem – Lead me Lord (SS Wesley) from the boys’ voices of the Choir of St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Wednesday (November 20), 6pm.