Eminent premiere

Peter Hill, Pianist, at the Crucible Theatre.
Peter Hill, Pianist, at the Crucible Theatre.

Two concerts of particular note jump out in Music in the Round’s Autumn schedule of events in Sheffield.

One of them, Peter Hill playing Bach (two of ‘the 48’), Schoenberg, Berg and four pieces by Messiaen, including the premiere of a work completed by the eminent pianist, has enticed BBC Radio 3 to the city on November 2.

The other is the opening instalment of a Beethoven string quartet cycle from the Elias Quartet, making a welcome return on November 15 with Beethoven’s Op 18 No 1 and Op 132 quartets, plus his String Quintet Op 29.

Both concerts are at Upper Chapel, while most take place across the road at the Crucible Studio where Tim Horton continues his Beethoven piano sonata cycle (including the ‘Waldstein’) on December 2 and is involved in an interesting affair on October 17.

Taking in duos and trios by a fairly eclectic mix of Bach, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Szymanowski and Chopin performed with Ensemble 360 colleagues, it incorporates chat with celebrated Sheffield-based novelist of Ukrainian descent, Marina Lewycka.

Other evening Ensemble 360 concerts are on October 10 and December 5, the latter featuring the Brahms string quartet Op 51 No 2 and Dvorák piano quintet Op 81.

The former, the opening concert of the season, takes in Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll and Brahms’ Serenade Op 11 (No 1) in string quintet and wind quintet versions, plus Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes for the same forces, minus a violin.

There are three lunchtime concerts of solos, duos and trios from Ensemble 360 members: at the Studio, Barber, Chopin, Mendelssohn, on October 18; and at Upper Chapel, Britten, Saint-Saëns, Chopin, on October 22; and Mozart, Villa Lobos, Weber, on November 7.

Visiting groups (both at the Studio) see the young Arcadia Quartet from Romania performing string quartets by Haydn (Op 76 No 5) Janácek (No 1) and Debussy on November 30, and early music instrument specialists The City Musick collide with village carolling on December 7.

There is also a concert by Sheffield Young Singers on December 5.

In addition there are a raft of talks, workshops and participation events, including the Yuletide family concert with Paul Rissmann’s Stan and Mabel based on Jason Chapman’s book at the Octagon Centre on December 7.

All evening concerts will begin at 7.30pm, not 7.45pm.