Juliette Bausor/ Gemma Rosefield, Tim Horton, last of three imaginatively-planned Music in the Round lunchtime concerts given by members of Ensemble 360 with two elegant trios for flute, cello and piano, one by the eight year old Mozart, K13, the other by the also short-lived Weber, Op 63, sandwiching a piece by Villa Lobos in between, Jet Whistle for flute and cello, depicting a plane flying. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Thursday (November 7), 12.45pm – £11, £7.50 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (non-cash booking fees apply).
Postgraduate Music Students, give the Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert with, on the face of it, a lot of pianists on hand to play Mendelssohn: Fantasie Op 28; Chopin: Nocturne Op No 2; Liszt: Les Cloches di Geneve; Messiaen: L’Alouette Lulu; Chopin: Scherzo No 2 on offer, plus a couple of vocal items by Rossini: La Pastorella delle Alpi and Mozart: Das Veilchen. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (November 7), 1.10pm – free.
English Chamber Orchestra, the world famous orchestra comes to town with the equally famous pianist and conductor Howard Shelley who combines both activities in the most popular of Mendelssohn’s piano concertos, No 1, following the most popular of Prokofiev’s symphonies, his First and Haydn-inspired Classical Symphony, the concert ending with the last symphony by Mozart, No 41, the ‘Jupiter’, after an outing for one of Fauré’s most popular pieces, Pavane. Sheffield International Concert Season at the City Hall, Friday, 7pm – £15 -£20, £5 students, under18s. Pre-concert talk, Trisha Cooper in conversation, 6pm – free.
Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, and its music director Jonathan Lo get their new season underway with Rossini’s Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers aptly followed by fiddling gymnastics in Paganini’s Violin Concerto No 1 with young Canadian violinist Christopher Jones as soloist, before Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco, rarely heard out of context (yes, the opera’s most famous number is prominent!) heralds further patriotism in two movements from Smetana’s Má Vlast (My Country), Vyšehrad and the best known one, Vltava. Ecclesall Parish Church, Saturday, 7.30pm – £10, £8 concessions, £4 students, children.
Music for Vespers, rather mis-titled, but attractive ‘evening of Handel’s Italian Vespers’ from English Touring Opera soloists, soprano Paula Sides, mezzo-soprano Helen Sherman, countertenor Clint van der Linde, tenor John-Colyn Gyeantey, baritone Nicholas Merryweather and the company’s period instrument band with the Sheffield Cathedral Songmen adding their collective voice to the proceedings, roughly half of which will be occupied by two solo Italian sacred cantatas, Donna, Che in Ciel and Il Pianto di Maria – which 1990s research revealed was not actually penned by Handel. The evening’s Vesper element consists of two of the three he composed for Vesper Services at the Carmelite church in Rome, the fairly well known and flamboyant Domine Deus and Nisi Dominus, each preceded by an antiphon, Haec est Regina Virginum and Te Decus Virgineum. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Sunday, 7.30pm – £10, £7 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
Guitar Showcase, forms the weekly Sheffield University Lunchtime Concert, on this occasion on Monday, Firth Hall, Western Bank, 1.10pm – free.
Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra/ Vocal Consort, with joint conductors, Tim Shepherd and Mark McCombs, offer a quietly alluring, if somewhat vague in specifics programme of a flute concerto by CPE Bach with Richard Brewer as soloist, an Overture by Rameau and two vocal works by Charpentier, Litanies de la Vierge and one of his Te Deum setings. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
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 – Nicholas; Canticles – The Second Service (Leighton); Anthem – Rest (Ken Burton). Sheffield Cathedral, Wednesday (November 6), 5.45-6.30 – free and everyone welcome.
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 – Byrd; Canticles – The Short Service (Gibbons); Anthem – Sacerdotes Domini (Byrd). Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 5.45-6.30 – free and everyone welcome.
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 – DeSelby; Canticles – Evening Service in G (Wood); Anthem – Si iniquitates (Samuel Wesley). Sheffield Cathedral, Tuesday, 5.45-6.30 – free and everyone welcome.
The Coronation of Poppea, Monteverdi’s opera in a staging by English Touring Opera as part of the company’s annual autumn tour with Helen Sherman (Nero), Paula Sides (Poppea), Nicholas Merryweather (Liberto) John-Colyn Gyeantey (Arnalta), all in Sheffield 48 hours later singing Handel, Hannah Pedley (Ottavia) and Piotr Lampa (Seneca) among the cast. Buxton Opera House, Friday, 7.30pm – £18 -£34 (01298 72190). Pre-performance talk, Pavilion Arts Centre, 6.30pm – free.
Tosca, Puccini’s opera in a Luc Bondy production relayed live in high definition from the New York Metropolitan with a formidable cast: Patricia Racette in the title role, Roberto Alagna as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Cineworld Sheffield, Saturday, 5.55pm – £17.90 -£14.20 concessions.
Agrippina, Handel’s later opera based on the Poppea/ Nero story from English Touring Opera with, due in Sheffield 24 hours later, Paula Sides (Poppea again), Clint van der Linde (Ottone), Nicholas Merryweather (Pallante), plus Gillian Webster (Agrippina) and Chesterfield baritone Andrew Slater (Claudius), characters who do not appear in Monteverdi’s version of the opera, among the cast. Buxton Opera House, Saturday, 7.30pm – £18 -£34 (01298 72190). Pre-performance talk, Pavilion Arts Centre, 6.30pm – free.