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Eight great chamber, jazz and choral concerts make Hampstead Arts Festival a treat

02 November, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Misha Mullov-Abbado jazz sextet perform at South Hampstead High School on November 16. PHOTO: Aga Tomaszek

The fifth Hampstead Arts Festival is getting under way late next week with an astonishing variety of chamber music, jazz and choral music packed into eight concerts.

Playing are some terrific soloists and string quartets together with a prize-winning jazz sextet – and Bach’s B minor Mass is being thrown in for good measure.

All performances at St John’s Downshire Hill except where stated.

Thursday, November 9:
Six-piece Elie Ensemble plays chamber music by Brahms, Schoenberg and Strauss, 7.30pm, £10.

Saturday, November 11:
CAVATINA Family Concert. Flute/harp recital: Thomas Hancox & Rachel Wick demonstrate how to make beautiful sounds, 3pm, £10 (inc complimentary tea).

Monday, November 13:
Belcea Quartet play Beethoven masterpieces, the Op 130 quartet and the Grosse Fugue, 7.30pm, £15.

Thursday, November 16:
Prize-winning Misha Mullov-Abbado’s jazz sextet at South Hampstead High School, 7.30pm, £10.

Friday, November 17:
Writer-musician Clemency Burton-Hill talks about her new book Classical Music for Every Day, Burgh House, 7.30pm, £10.

Saturday, November 18:
“Stradivarius in Rio” – Super violinist Victoria Mullova plays icons of Brazilian popular music, 7.30pm, £15.

Sunday, November 19:
Fundraiser for Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, Bach’s B minor Mass: Church soloists & Ensemble Passio baroque orchestra. NB start-time 7pm, £7.

Monday, November 20:
Exciting young US ensemble Escher Quartet play Grieg, Mendelssohn & Samuel Barber, 7.30pm, £10.

• Hampstead Arts Festival runs from November 9-20. Full details: www.hampsteadartsfestival.com

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