Make a little time for Coleridge-Taylor

Pianist Anna Tilbrook
Pianist Anna Tilbrook

AS a sort of adjunct to music by Coleridge-Taylor in the Dante Quartet concert at Firth Hall this week, the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra play a work by the composer that gets occasional outings.

Penned in 1911, it is his four-movement Petite Suite de Concert and is programmed with Dvorák’s Scherzo Capriccioso and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, on Saturday.

Music in the Round’s autumn season at the Crucible Studio restarts for the third time on Wednesday with a Tim Horton piano masterclass during the day and something special for jazz fans in the evening, the John Taylor Trio.

The following evening (Thursday), Tim is back with his Ensemble 360 wind colleagues for an attractive programme of Roussel, Nielsen, Poulenc and Mozart (details in Listings), while a week on Saturday (December 3), Peter Cropper and Martin Roscoe move in with violin sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, Debussy and Franck.

In the highly unlikely event that anyone hasn’t noticed, Christmas is coming and early celebratory forays begin this weekend, the first in Sheffield as far as is known being a Lost Chord event at Oughtibridge Wesleyan Chapel Hall next Tuesday.

Members of Sheffield chamber choir Viva Voce will adding their voice to a concert in aid of the South Yorkshire dementia charity and, as well as music, there will be mulled wine, mince pies, stalls, local crafts and Christmas treats.

Lost Chord’s main Christmas concert is at Sheffield Cathedral next Thursday (December 1) when sopranos Joanne McGahon and Lara Harvey head the line-up with distinguished pianist Anna Tilbrook – remember her with tenor James Gilchrist during this year’s Music in the Round Festival in May?

Also involved are musicians from Sheffield High School, its orchestra conducted by Heidi Rolf and chamber choir directed by Clare Wallace (a member of Viva Voce!) who present a varied programme of seasonal music.

The concert, sponsored by Sheffield construction company Henry Boot, begins at 7.30pm and tickets, £6 in advance (01709 811160) or £7.50 on the door, have mince pies and mulled wine included in the price.