Ensemble 360, all eleven members, except Tim Horton, get Music in the Round’s autumn series of concerts in Sheffield underway in versions 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, 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (booking fees apply, except with cash at Sheffield Theatres box office).
Stannington Mixed Choir, conductor Hilary Osborn, present an evening of songs from the Silver Screen and Stage, from Broadway to hits by Abba with talented young musicians from Sheffield Music Academy on hand to give vocal chords a rest. Knowle Top Methodist Church, Stannington, Saturday, 7.30pm – £5.
Stewart Campbell, tenor, gets his chance to perform Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, the concert he was scheduled to sing it at in March having been cancelled, at the first in a short series of Sheffield University Rush-Hour Concerts (duration 60 minutes) given by the University Rep Orchestra. Tom James is the horn player. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Monday, 5.30pm (£2.50).
Look, Stranger, well-known actor Roger Lloyd Pack is on hand to read prose and poetry by WH Auden at this Sheffield University Concert Season happening when the poet and Benjamin Britten get a makeover from jazz collective, Utter: Jazz – Ruthie Culver (singer), Dan Hewson (piano), Jonny Gee (double bass), Andrea Trillo (drums) and Mick Foster (saxophone, clarinet), a group that has worked with people as diverse as Ravi Shankar, Cleo Laine, Nigel Kennedy and The Sixteen. Here it creates intimate chamber improvisations on Britten’s settings of Auden poetry, including in the cycles Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, On This Island and Cabaret Songs. Part of the A Boy Was Born and Off the Shelf festivals. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Tuesday, 7.30pm – £8.50, £6 concessions, £3 under 26, unwaged.
‘Voskresenije Choir’ translates as ‘Resurrection’ Choir and is a nine-member professional ensemble from St Petersburg founded in 1993 by its director Jurij Maruk who has worked at the Russian city’s famous Marinsky Theatre as a singer and conductor. The choir, performing Russian Orthodox Church music and national folk songs, has one of those increasingly rare Russian basses in its ranks than can sink down to the third B flat below middle C (it’s low, very low!) – there are only two in St Petersburg, apparently. St Marie’s Cathedral, Norfolk Row, Wednesday (October 16), 7.30pm – £8, £6 concessions, under 16s free).
Rosie Williamson, talented young soprano (you may recall her as Cobweb in the Winter Garden production of Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream in August and she is Flora the staging of his Turn of the Screw at this venue from October 25) begins a new series of free-admission Sheffield University Lunchtime Concerts with three songs by Purcell: Music for a While, If Music Be the Food of Love, Sweeter than Roses; four by Schubert: Frülingsglaube, Die Forelle, Das Rosenband, Auf dem Wasser zu Singen; seven by Hahn, including Le Rossignol des Lilas, A Chloris, L’Heure Exquise; and four by Hughes, including The Leprechaun, She Moved Through the Fair, Tigaree Torum Orum. Nico de Villiers is her pianist. Firth Hall, Western Bank, Thursday (October 17), 1.10pm – free.
Ensemble 360: intriguing Music in the Round concert in the company of best-selling, Sheffield-based novelist Marina Lewycka with members of the Ensemble performing pieces that touch on the writer’s Ukrainian family background and musical experiences: Bach’s Sonata BWV1031 for oboe and continuo; Prokofiev’s Five Mélodies Op 35bis for violin and piano; Poulenc’s Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano; Szymanowski’s Nocturne and Tarantella for violin and piano; and Chopin’s Piano Trio Op 8. Crucible Studio, Thursday (October 17), 7.30pm – £16.50, £11 disabled, unemployed, £5 students, under 18s (booking fees apply, except with cash at Sheffield Theatres box office).
Peter Grimes, Opera North revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday, Wednesday (October 12), 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Last performance October 26.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Opera North revival of Britten’s opera – please scroll down to listings in previous weeks for details. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Saturday, 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 18, 24.
Death in Venice, third and final opera in Opera North’s Festival of Britten is the composer’s operatic swansong in an acclaimed Yoshi Oida production new to the company but which has gone the rounds internationally, Lyon, Toronto, Prague, since its Aldeburgh/ Bregenz Festival unveiling in 2007. Rob Kearley is the revival director with Alan Oke, around whom the original production was built, as Aschenbach, Peter Savidge singing the multiple baritone parts (as he did in Toronto and Prague) and Opera North’s music director Richard Farnes is the conductor. Grand Theatre, Leeds, Thursday (October 17), 7pm – £15 -£63.50 (box office 0113 2233 500). Further performances October 19, 23, 25. www.operanorth.co.uk