Manchester Camerata, directed by the versatile Italian/ Venezuelan violinist Giovanni Guzzo and soloist in the best-known of Mozart’s five violin concertos wrote in 1775, No 5, known as the ‘Turkish’ because he employed the popular, spurious Turkish rhythms of the day in last movement, and the only concerto he wrote in which the soloist enters in adagio mode. Contrasting symphonies frame it; Haydn’s No 44, ‘Trauer’ – Mourning, which against convention in 1772 placed the minuet as the second movement, not the third (the ‘mourning’ movement), and was a rarity at the time, a minor-key symphony. Mozart only penned two, No 40 being the inspiration for Schubert’s Fifth Symphony, which cheerfully ends the concert. Sheffield International Concert Season. City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £15 -£20, £5 students, under 18s.
Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation with Giovanni Guzzo, 6pm.
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Abbeydale Singers, conductor Kevin Haighton, with the Sheffield Music Club concert that was postponed on March 22 because of snow in spring and a programme of music that takes in Bach – Alleluja; Mendelssohn – Kyrie Eleison; Bruckner – Ave Maria; Morley – Hard by a crystal fountain; Wilbye – Weep, weep mine eyes; Weelkes – As Vesta was; Finzi – I praise the tender flower, Clear and gentle stream, My spirit sang all day; plus arrangements of Turtle Dove, Bushes and briars (both Vaughan Williams); Bobby Shaftoe (Runswick); Night and Day, Tea for Two, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and I Got Rhythm. St Andrew’s Psalter Lane Church, Friday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £3 students. http://www.abbeydalesingers.org.uk/
Sterndale Singers, conductor Robert Webb, let their hair down after a selection of Renaissance anthems by Byrd – Sing Joyfully; Tallis If ye Love Me; Weelkes – Alleluia, I Heard a Voice; Guerrero – Ave Virgo Sanctissima; Vittoria – O Quam Gloriosum; Palestrina – Sicut Cervus; and Viadana – Exsultate Justi; with folksong and popular song arrangements by among others, Seiber – Three Hungarian Folksongs; Holst – I Love my Love; Vaughan Williams – The Turtle Dove; Warlock – Yarmouth Fair; plus Tea for Two, Blue Moon, Over the Rainbow, Teddy Bears Picnic and The Drunken Sailor. St Mary Magdalen Church, Whiston, Saturday, 7.30pm – free, retiring collection for church organ fund. http://www.sterndalesingers.org.uk/
Rose Consort of Viols, Ibi Aziz. John Bryan, Andrew Kerr, Susanna Pell, Peter Wendland with countertenor Rory McCleery perform songs and fantasias from the part-books compiled by Robert Dow between 1581-1588, among 24 pieces being five items by Byrd, including In Nomine No 5, Why do I use my paper, ink and pen? O quam gloriosum, Lullaby, my sweet little baby; four by Parsons, including Ave Maria, In Nomine No 3; two by Tallis: Salvator mundi, A sacrum convivium; two by Lassus: Susanne ung jour, Veni in hortum meam; two by Philip van Wilder, plus works by Clement Woodcock, Nicholas Strogers, Robert White, Christopher Tye, William Mundy, Robert Mallorie and Vincenzo Ruffo. Sheffield University Concert Season. Firth Hall, Sunday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 over 60s, £3 under 26, unwaged.
Ensemble 360, all eleven, except Tim Horton, get Music in the Round’s autumn series of concerts in Sheffield underway in what have to be arrangements of the first Brahms Serenade Op 11 and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll for combined string and wind quintets after beginning proceedings with Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes for wind quintet, violin, viola, cello and double bass. Crucible Studio, Thursday (October 10), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (booking fees apply, except with cash in person at Sheffield Theatres Box Office).
Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s opera relayed live in high definition from the New York Metropolitan in a new production to the house by Deborah Warner with what amounts to a ‘dream trio’ in the principal roles, Anna Netrebko (Tatiana), Mariusz Kwiecien (Onegin), Piotr Beczala (Lenski) and Valery Gergiev, no less, on the conductor’s rostrum. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £17.90, £14.20 concessions. http://film.list.co.uk/listing/263085-royal-opera-house-eugene-onegin/
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera North revival of its 2008 staging of Britten’s bewitching opera directed by Martin Duncan as part of the company’s Festival of Britten – Death in Venice opens on October 17. James Laing (Oberon), Jeni Bern (Tytania) are among those reprising their roles, Sky Ingram (Helena), Kathryn Rudge (Hermia), Sheffield-born baritone John Savournin (Quince) among the newcomers and Stuart Stratford is the experienced conductor. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Saturday, 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 12, 18, 24.
Peter Grimes, the opera that put Benjamin Britten’s name on the world’s operatic map in Opera North’s revival of its highly praised 2006 production directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts and Giselle Allen reprise the roles of Grimes and Ellen Orford, Robert Hayward takes over as Balstrode and the conductor is the excellent Jac van Steen. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (October 10), 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 16, 26. http://www.operanorth.co.uk/