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Classical and Jazz news: The Renaissance Singers; Wilde Roses; Massive Violins

15 December, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

BHAVINI Vyas is at the National Portrait Gallery this Friday evening. Her extraordinary voice blends Indian and western techniques, performing Ragas, devotional and original songs.

Amid the onslaught of traditional season fare, the Renaissance Singers are presenting a programme of sumptuous polyphony in the spirit of Advent at St George’s Bloomsbury this Saturday evening. Being sung is the cycle of nine antiphon settings by a group of mid-1530s composers working at Notre Dame and Ste Chappelle, Paris. Each antiphon begins with the exclamation “O!”

• Wilde Roses (above), an early music collaboration, is performing at Lauderdale House, Highgate, next Tuesday evening. The ensemble is a collaboration between singers, multi-instrumentalists, composer, dancers and performers, some having met while performing with Mediaeval Bæbes. Repertoire is drawn from illustrated manuscripts, courtly song books, Elizabethan broadside ballads and the foll tradition.

Festive favourites, pop classics and maybe an operatic aria or two are being performed by Massive Violins at Cecil Sharp House, Primrose Hill, next Thursday evening. The all-singing, all-cello-playing seven piece promise to perform the season’s most joyful concert.

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