Feast for classical music fans

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing in Buxton on Friday.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing in Buxton on Friday.
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There’s plenty of choice for lovers of classical music in Sheffield and Buxton over the next few days.

International piano sensation Maria João Pires is set to perform in the Crucible Theatre’s intimate Studio space for Sheffield-based Music in the Round’s Autumn Season.

Maria and her protégé, Armenian pianist Ashot Khachatourian, will perform Beethoven and Haydn sonatas tomorrow night.

Maria João Pires is recognised worldwide as one of the finest pianists performing today, renowned for her integrity, eloquence and vitality.

The concert will be followed by a Q&A with Maria and Ashot.

Tonight in the Studio, the Leonore Piano Trio begin their eight-concert cycle of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios with Cello Sonata in F Op 5 No 1, Violin Sonata in D Op 12 No 1 and the Piano Trio in E flat Op 1 No 1.

Boxoffice: call 0114 249 6000 or go to www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.

Over at the City Hall tonight, the Prague Symphony Orchestra and violinist Chloe Hanslip, conducted by Pietari Inkinen, perform Šárka from Smetana’s nationalist epic Má Vlast, followed by Beethoven’s masterly Violin Concerto and Dvorak’s Symphony No 8.

Box office: 0114 2 789 789 or www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.

Sheffield Oratorio Chorus will perform a rarely-heard work by the son of one of the world’s most famous composers on Saturday in Sheffield Cathedral.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the fifth child of 18th-century composer Johann Sebastian Bach, and in his lifetime was much more popular than his father.

His works fell out of favour following his death in 1788 and interest in his compositions only revived in the 1960s.

The Oratorio Chorus will perform settings of the Magnificat by both father and son. Although they were composed only 25 years apart, the pieces reflect the changing styles of music at the time.

Joining the Sheffield Oratorio Chorus will be the Skipton Camerata and soloists Andrea Ryder, Cari Searle, John Dunford and Edward Harvey under the musical direction of Alan Eost.

Tickets: www.oratorio.org.uk, from the Blue Moon Café next to the cathedral or available on the door from 7pm.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic celebrate their 175th anniversary in Buxton tomorrow with a 56-piece orchestra concert.

They will offer a programme of Mozart and Mendelssohn that “positively dances with joy’”, according to organisers .

The famous Marriage of Figaro overture by Mozart will launch the programme, which also includes Symphony No.35 ‘Haffner’ and Mendelssohn’s sun-drenched ‘Italian’ Symphony No 4 .

Acclaimed violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin performs as the soloist in Mendelssohn’s hugely-popular Violin Concerto, playing his world-famous violin, the ‘Ex-Liebig’, made in 1704.

There will be a free pre-concert talk in the auditorium from 5.45pm to 6.15pm with Julian Rachlin.

For the box office: call 01298 72190 or book online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk