The Sixteen, the world famous group and its founder/ director Harry Christophers come Sheffield as they near the end of a cathedral tour performing Marian music by Palestrina and James MacMillan, plus Allegri’s Miserere. A coup for St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Thursday (October 24), 7.30pm – sold out.
Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, begin a new season with a newly appointed music director, Juan Ortuno, and a programme of the Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 with Ben Powell as soloist, the taut, one movement Seventh Symphony by Sibelius, and the Norwegian Rhapsody Op 21 No 3 by Johan Svendsen – Grieg’s compatriot who lived in Denmark for most of his life. St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 unwaged, £5 students, children.
The Full English, star-studded septet of some the country’s leading folk musicians: Fay Hield (who lectures in ethnomusicology at Sheffield University), Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Bob Harbron and Ben Nicholls, join forces to showcase discoveries in The Full English, eleven archives of English folk music collections by, among others, Lucy Broadwood, Percy Grainger, Maud Karpeles, Frank Kidson, Cecil Sharpe and Vaughan Williams, drawn together by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, based on research overseen by Fay Hield. Sheffield University Concert Season at Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
Third Year Music Undergraduates, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, Thursday (October 31). 1.10pm – free.
Death in Venice, last Leeds performances of Opera North’s staging of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for further details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Wednesday (October 23), Friday, 7pm.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, last Leeds performance of Opera North’s revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for further details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (October 24), 7pm. www.operanorth.co.uk
The Turn of the Screw, a local production (in the round) of one of Britten’s operas, courtesy of the Sheffield University Concert Season, and a potentially fine one of what many consider to be his greatest opera. Sheffield-based Steel Opera, which provides a platform for young professional singers at the outset of their careers, present it as part of the A Boy Was Born festival and there some familiar names in the city among the cast: Chloe Saywell (Governess), Warren Gillespie (Peter Quint), Andrea Tweedale (Miss Jessel), Imogen Garner (Mrs Grose), Ella Taylor (Miles), Rosie Williamson (Flora) and Tom Morrs (Prologue). Gavin Usher conducts a specially constituted orchestra from the university’s Department of Music and Gavin Magenty directs it. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 7.30pm – £12, £10 concessions.
The Nose, Shostakovich’s ferociously satirical, both musically and dramatically, opera from 1928 based on a story by Gogol about an official’s nose which decides to leave its owner’s face and have an independent life. Live relay in high definition from the New York Metropolitan in a revival of the house’s highly successful staging of the opera in 2010 with Paulo Szot as the official and Alexander Lewis his runaway protuberance. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £17.90, £14.20 concessions.
Peter Grimes, last Leeds performance of Opera North’s revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for further details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Saturday, 7pm.