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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Songs of Freedom; Tallis Scholars; Emilia Martensson; Rob McGlade; Monteverdi

29 March, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Claudina Edwards joins the London African Gospel Choir at Union Chapel

Songs of Freedom are being sung by the London African Gospel Choir at the Union Chapel, Islington, this Friday evening (March 30). Others performers are multi-disciplinary artist Akeim Toussaint Buck; multi-talented diva Claudina Edwards; pianist/organist Ben Comeau’s Ensemble; and Japanese actor-singer-musician Masashi Fujimoto.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1, 020 7226 1686,, 7pm, free but booking essential

• A spiritual journey through early music is being taken by The Tallis Scholars at a fundraiser for the Muze Trust in Zambia being performed at St John’s Smith Square this Saturday evening (March 31). Items in the Requiem programme include pieces by Victoria and Guerrero. Concert proceeds are going to The Muze Trust, a charity active in music education in Zambia. Fundraiser for the Muze Trust: Requiem performed by The Tallis Scholars, St John Smith Square, SW1, 7.30pm, from £14,

• Emilia Martensson, a London-based Swedish singer, is singing at the Hampstead Jazz Club this Saturday evening (March 31). Her firmly expressive voice and highly personal compositions are firmly her native southern Sweden.
Hampstead Jazz Club, 23 New End, Hampstead, NW3, 8pm, £15, 07548 749 817,

• Get along to Keats House on Sunday (April 1) to enjoy contem­porary musical interpretations of Keats’ poetry. Singer-guitarist Rob McGlade is performing his adaptations of 17 sonnets from 1817 – plus some surprise poems – in this unique acoustic concert. Keats House, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, 020 7332 3868,, 2.30pm, free but booking recommended

• Monteverdi and his followers unleashed a musical revolution in the early 17th century, ditch­ing old rules to create compos­itions filled with spine-tingling expression and powerful human emotions. Next Tuesday evening (April 3) at the Wigmore Hall, Elizabeth Kenny’s Theatre of the Ayre is performing some of those pieces that sound as fresh today as when they were written. Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1, 7.30pm, from £15, 020 7935 2141,

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