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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Family workshop at the RAM; sounds from Lebanon and Egypt; chamber choirs at St George’s Bloomsbury; jazz from Hungary at Spice of Life

29 June, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Cairokee and Tania Saleh at the Barbican on July 1

• Discover the hidden musical gems at the Royal Academy of Music Museum at a family day workshop for children over five on Saturday (July 1). Families are being invited to blow away the dust, get close to the museum’s treasures and write music to be performed at Wigmore Hall at the end of the day. Academy students are going to be on hand to help, together with highly experienced workshop leader Hannah Opstad.
Wigmore Hall Learning Event: Royal Academy of Music Family Day for ages 5+, RAM Marylebone Road, NW1, 10.30am-3.30pm, adults £15/ children £10, info/tickets: Wigmore Hall, 020 7935 2141,

• New music from Lebanon and Egypt is being performed at the Barbican this Saturday (July 1) in the first musical event of the Shubbak Festival of Artab arts. Performing are Lebanese singer Tania Saleh, marrying traditional and modern styles along with Egyptian band Cairokee playing infectious, high-spirited numbers.
Middle East songs: Lebanese musician Tania Saleh + Egyptian band Cairokee, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 7.30pm, from £17.50, 020 7638 8891,

• Two crack chamber choirs are singing in separate concerts at St George’s Bloomsbury this weekend. All aspects of love, from ecclesiastical to earthly, are being celebrated by the award-winning chamber choir Coro on Saturday evening (July 1). On Sunday afternoon (July 2), crack chamber choir Tredici is singing works by Victoria and Howells.
Saturday: Coro, 6.30pm, £15/ under-12s £10; l Sunday Tredici Chamber Choir, 4.30pm, free. St George’s Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Way, WC1, 020 7242 1979

• Music to be enjoyed by all ages, from babies through to great-grandparents is being played by the Bohem Ragtime Jazz Band from Hungary at the Spice of Life, Soho, next Wednesday lunchtime (July 5). Besides focusing on American music, old Hungarian jazz songs feature in the band’s repertoire.
Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho, 12.30pm, £7/cons £6, 020 7437 7013,

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