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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Cellist Gemma Rosefield at Wigmore Hall; singer/flautist Nai Barghouti at Union Chapel; lunchtime baroque at St James’s Piccadilly

28 July, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Gemma Rosefield plays at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday. PHOTO: Marco Borggreve

This season’s Sunday morning recitals at Wigmore Hall come to an end on Sunday (July 30) with some lovely music played by Hampstead cellist Gemma Rosefield – once described as a “mesmer­ising musical treasure” – and pianist Tim Horton. Together, they’re likely to draw out the sumptuous textures of Brahms’ first cello sonata contrasting with Beethoven’s ebullient variations on Handel’s “See the conquering hero comes” and Martinů’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini written in 1941.
Wigmore Hall, 11.30am, £15/cons £13 inc prog & drink, 36 Wigmore Street, W1, 020 7935 2141, www.wigmore-hall.org.uk

• Palestinian singer/flautist Nai Barghouti captivated audiences during her tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra last year. Now she’s returning to Union Chapel, Islington, on Tuesday evening (August 1) with an all-star band made up of young Palestinian musicians led by clarinettist Mohamed Najem. Being played are Arabic music and jazz re-configuring Middle East music into a new musical language. Musicians are donating part of their fees to UNICEF Syria.
Union Chapel, 7pm, £17/cons £14, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN, 020 7226 1686, https://store.unionchapel.org.uk

• A lovely concert of baroque music is being played by the Concentus VII Baroque Ensemble next Wednesday lunchtime (August 2) at St James’s Piccadilly. Soprano Emily Atkinson is singing with musicians playing the oboe, recorder, cello and harpsichord. Being performed are pieces by Handel, Telemann and Förster.
The Language of Nature: Conentus VII Baroque Ensemble, St James’s Piccadilly, 1.10pm, free, www.sjp.org.uk/lunchtime-recitals.html

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