Teachers’ choir perform The Mikado

Baritone Simon Theobald
Baritone Simon Theobald

ALL roads might begin leading to Buxton next week but there is still a lot of music under the broad umbrella of the classical variety in Sheffield this Saturday.

As well as Sheffield Bach Choir’s enticing concert of English church music at St Mark’s, Broomhill, this Saturday (reported on in last Thursday’s Telegraph), there are three more events on the same evening and they do not include the final concert of this year’s Bradfield Festival.

That’s the usual Gilbert and Sullivan evening, while at St Oswald’s Church on Abbeydale Road there is a performance of the duo’s Mikado in a concert performance from the City of Sheffield Teachers’ Choir with Simon Theobald, Steve Andrews, Christine Stubbs and Julie Wilkinson among the soloists.

Inevitably, there is further G&S in Dore Church Hall where Dore Gilbert and Sullivan Society present a Summer Concert as part of the Dore Festival, although it is leavened by solos and duets by the likes of Gershwin, Berlin, Flanders & Swann, Mozart and a Clog Dance!

There are also choral arrangements from West Side Story, Joseph and his (etc) and a couple of Paul Simon numbers. The soloists are well known locally: Gwen Knight, Charlotte Nimmo, Mike Cox, Mark White, Brian Eyley and Derek Habberjam.

Meanwhile, ‘down the road’ at Holy Trinity Church, Millhouses, adventurous chamber choir Viva Voce present an enterprising programme of 27 items from 18 countries on a journey round the world in music.

Better-known pieces on the trip are the Londonderry Air, Shenandoah, Janequin’s Chant des Oiseaux, Waltzing Matilda, I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside and, while travelling, the Farewell Trio from Mozart’s Cosí fan Tutte.

Stanford’s quartet Quick! We Have But a Second is among the fascinating lesser-known items from places like Cuba, Switzerland, Hungary, Israel and Senegal.

A week on Saturday, July 9, Sheffield Young Singers face stiff opposition when Hallam Choral Society and the Sterndale Singers join forces with their respective conductors Peter Taylor and Robert Webb for a night of opera at the Victoria Hall on Norfolk Street.

On offer are choruses by Borodin – Polovstian Dances, Purcell – Dido’s Lament and Final Chorus (Dido and Aeneas), Rossini – Villagers’ Chorus (William Tell), and Verdi – Anvil Chorus (Trovatore), Hebrew Slaves Lament (Nabucco) and Witches’ Chorus (Macbeth).

There are also soloists who were winners in this year’s David Clover Competition: Matthew Palmer – Figaro’s Se voul ballare (Mozart’s Figaro); Rosie Williamson – Juliet’s Waltz Song (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette; Lorraine Webb – Ah! non credea (Bellini’s Sonnambula) and Olivia Turner – Zerlina’s Vedrai Carina (Mozart’s Giovanni).

Sterndale Singers tenor John Dunkley faced a bit of a dilemma, by the way. As the consort of the Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley, who is attending concert, should he be with her or singing?

By mutual consent, he will be singing to her rather than fulfilling his consort duties!

Proceedings begin at 7.30pm and tickets – £8, £6 concessions, £3 students, under-16s free – are available in advance from 2554962 or 2369642 or on the door.