Scandinavian flavour to Christmas concert

Festive Spectacular at the Spa.'Harry Gration'Photo by Dave Barry 0950112f
Festive Spectacular at the Spa.'Harry Gration'Photo by Dave Barry 0950112f

MUSIC in the Round adds to the plethora of Christmas-related concerts we are on the verge of being engulfed in.

Even the well thought-of, innovative, folk-based Anglo/Scandinavian quartet Fribo include Norwegian and Scottish Christmas tunes in their concert this Friday.

Early music group Joglaresa present an evening of Medieval Christmas music next Friday (December 9), the same night that Sheffield City Opera join the merry-go-round of Christmas concerts across the road from the Crucible Studio at Victoria Hall.

This one is slightly different with what can be called festive-related music with items from opera: La Traviata, Gounod’s Faust, Romeo and Juliet; operetta: Die Fledermaus, The Sorcerer (G&S); musicals: Kismet, Scrooge, Mame.

Music more readily associated with the season comes from Sterndale Bennett, Vaughan Williams (Fantasia on Christmas Carols), Cornelius, Berlioz, Rutter, plus a couple of Sheffield carols and a singalong with three well-known carols.

Trisha Cooper is the narrator, while up at the City Hall the following day (December 10) BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration is the linkman at this year’s Sheffield Philharmonic Christmas Concert, or two concerts these days – afternoon and evening.

The Black Dyke Band join the Philharmonic Chorus for the popular event which, as well as communal singing of carols, takes in such items as Sir Christemas (Mathias), I Heard Bells (Austin), Sussex Mummers Carol (Grainger) and a tenor horn playing In the Bleak Midwinter.