Michael White's music news: Bloomsbury Festival; Gut Instinct; horn festival

Friday, 11th October 2019 — By Michael White

Baluji Shrivastav

Sitar virtuoso Baluji Shrivastav performs at Holy Cross Church on October 17

Bloomsbury Festival starts on October 12, with assorted concerts featuring young artists in the schedule – playing venues like Senate House, the Foundling Museum, and Goodenough College. A group called the Goodensemble ambitiously tackle Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, 7.30pm, Saturday 12th (£12, cons £10). And there’s music and readings inspired by the Moon – with sitar virtuoso and occasional jazzer Baluji Shrivastav (pictured) – 8pm, Thursday 17th (£12, cons £10), Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street. Full details of all events at: bloomsburyfestival.org.uk


More concerts this week


• Dynamic British tenor Allan Clayton sings two soaring song cycles by Michael Tippett, with star accompanist James Baillieu. 1pm, £15/£13 concs, LSO St Lukes, Old Street, EC1V 9NG, 020 7638 8891, https://lso.co.uk/

• The world-class Belcea Quartet play works that straddle the career of Beethoven. 7pm, £5-£40, Middle Temple Hall, EC4Y 9AT, 020 7427 5641, www.templemusic.org

• Former backing vocalist to Duran Duran, Anna Ross sings the American Songbook with Alex Webb Trio. 8pm, from £15, Hampstead Jazz Club, Duke of Hamilton, 23-25 New End, NW3 1JD, 07916 0595, https://hampsteadjazzclub.com

• Period performance band with clever name, Gut Instinct, play music by Bach and Handel that demonstrates how culturally close Britain was to Europe in baroque times, even if it’s not today. 6pm, £15 (inc light refreshment), under-18s and students free, Golders Green Unitarian Chapel, Hoop Lane NW11 8BS, www.goldersgreenunitarians.org/specialevents.asp


• British Horn Festival: one-day celebration, featuring big names of the business like David Pyatt and running from 10.30am to a gala concert at 5.30pm. For hard-core devotees. Full day pass £25, evening gala concert only £5. Guildhall School, Silk Lane, EC2Y 8DT, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/british-horn-festival-2019

• Piano Trios by Beethoven, Brahms & Shostakovich played by Trio Concertante. 6.30pm, £12, 8 to 25-year-olds free courtesy of the Cavatina Trust, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL, 020 7405 1818, conwayhall.org.uk


• Two major London premieres of music by Sir James MacMillan – one of them his new 5th Symphony, Le Grand Inconnu, straight from its first ever hearing in the Edinburgh Festival, performed by The Sixteen. 7.30pm, from £15, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk

• New production of Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale, starring Bryn Terfel. 7.45pm, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, WC2E 9DD, 020 7304 4000, www.roh.org.uk (Until November 2)

• Pianist Rick Simpson with his trio play jazz old and new. 8.30pm, £8, musicians £5, Oxford Tavern, Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA, 020 7485 3521, www.jazzattheoxfordtavern.com


• Latest intake of young artists on the City Music Foundation scheme show themselves in music by Haydn & Mendelssohn. Free, 1pm, St Bartholomew the Less, West Smithfield, EC1A 9DS, www.citymusicfoundation.org/


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