Namecheck: Barnard’s back for St Luke’s

Sheffield-based pianist and musical director David Barnard
Sheffield-based pianist and musical director David Barnard

Classical pianist David Barnard (pictured) returns to South Yorkshire this March as he joins opera legend Lesley Garrett for a concert in support of St Luke’s Hospice.

The Australian born musician who spent several years living in Sheffield will accompany the Doncaster Diva as she headlines the Dore Male Voice Choir 50th anniversary concert at Sheffield City Hall on March 8.

The evening, which will be raising money for Sheffield’s only hospice, will also include performances from the city’s popular Bel Canto Choir and Unite: The Union (City of Sheffield) Brass Band.

Tickets cost from £10 to £25 and are now available from Sheffield City Hall on 0114 2789789 or at

Tickets go on sale on Saturday for four new shows in Sheffield Theatres’ spring and summer seasons.

They include Krapps Last Tape by Samuel Becket starring Richard Wilson in the Crucible Studio from June 25 to July 19, An Eclipse Theatre Company and Young Vic co-production of the Tony Award nominated play set in apartheid-era South Africa, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, also comes to the Studio from May 20-24.

Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather is coming to the Lyceum from June 17-21 and hit musical STOMP returns to the theatre from November 4-8 with new routines, soundtrack and choreography.

In Weightless Utopia, the latest Platform Residency at Site Gallery, Helen Benigson investigates our current obsession with weight and desired physical shape through a virtual world with a cast of extras including a pseudo weight loss support group drawn from the community and a team of female weight lifters.

It opens on Tuesday and runs to March 1 and will include live performances in the gallery in which a new digital cyberspace animation and a sculptural installation will be generated in front of an audience.

Maddie the Shih Tzu has been picked to star in La Boheme at the City Hall on Sunday.

The two and half year old black and white Shih Tzu won the judges over when she strutted her stuff across the stage along with proud owner Malcolm Meekins of Dinnington.

Venue staff held auditions on behalf of Ellen Kent Productions to find a pooch to play Muzetta’s dog for one scene in Act 2 of the Puccini opera.

In all 11 canine hopefuls which included, a Cavapoo, Bichon Frise and Cocker Spaniel, queued at the stage door for their chance to shine. Runner up was Blue, a tiny Parson Russell, will stand by as understudy.

The fading traditional rural way of life in East Anglia’s Fens is reflected through dance in a production to be performed at the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, on Tuesday.

Celebrated performer Dan Canham spent two years speaking to those who live and work in the unique landscape and Dance4 now presents the production those conversations inspired, Ours was the Fen Country.

It fuses movement and sound with the words and memories of the eel-catchers, horse breeders and young farmers sought out by Dan in his ambition to get to the heart of the Fens.