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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Spring concerts; London Medical Orchestra; devotional music; Foundling Anthem; Leonard Bernstein

15 March, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Soprano Elin Harries. Photo:

• Reflective Renaissance music for the Lenton period is being sung by north London soprano Elin Harries at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, this Saturday evening (March 17). She’s being accompanied by Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Johan Lofvig. Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 3 Pilgrim’s Place, NW3 1NG, 5pm, tickets on door £12/cons £8 – cash/cheque only

• Spring concerts are being given this Saturday (March 17) by the North Camden Chorus, Camden Chamber Choir and Hampstead Chamber Choir – and, on Sunday (March 18), the Islington Choral Society is giving its spring concert:
March 17
• North Camden Chorus: the Fauré Requiem, Janáček’s Our Father et al, St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Road, NW5 1SL, 7.30pm, tickets on the door £12/ cons £10,
• Camden Chamber Choir: Purcell Masterpieces, St Mary-the-Virgin, Primrose Hill, 7.30pm, tickets on the door £12/unwaged £10,
• Hampstead Chamber Choir: Parisian masters, Parish Church of St-John-at-Hampstead, Church Row, Hampstead, 7.30pm, £12/cons £10,
March 18
• Islington Choral Society: the Brahms Requiem, St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA, 7pm, £20/cons £15,

• Music with an Italian flavour is being played this Sunday (March 18) by the London Medical Orches­tra at St Mary Brookfield, Tufnell Park. Being played are pieces by Mendelssohn, Schu­mann and Schubert. Concert proceeds are going to the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity. St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5 1SL, 6pm, £12/£8/under-16s £2,

• The Foundling Hospital Anthem – better known by its longer title Blessed are they that considereth the poor – was written by Handel in 1749 and performed to raise funds for the hospital’s new chapel. It’s being performed this Saturday (March 17) by the choir of King’s College London, at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.
40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ, 11.30am and 3pm, £20/cons £17.50,

• Fancy singing Leonard Bernstein’s Maria with gusto? If so, get along to a Bernstein sing-along workshop being held at St John’s Smith Square this Saturday. Other West Side Story hits being sung are America and Somewhere and, in addition, there’s Life is Happiness Indeed from Candide and choral highlights from Wonderful Town. Come & Sing Bernstein: workshop conductor David Wardsworth – dress code smart casual. St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA, workshop 10.30am-5pm, £12/cons £8. Audience tickets for 6pm concert £10/£5,

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