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Listen: it’s Baroque music reinvented at a new three-day festival in partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra

04 January, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Pianist Joanna MacGregor, left, opens the festival on January 5; recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus, left, is in concert on January 6

Imagine Bach as a jazzman, Vivaldi a folk-fiddler and Handel a minimalist. This weekend’s Baroque at the Edge festival invites leading classical, world, jazz and folk musicians to take the music of Baroque and see where it leads them. No rules, no programme notes, no lectures – you just listen.

Baroque at the Edge is a new event from the creators of the London Festival of the Baroque – artistic director Lindsay Kemp and manager Lucy Bending – working in partnership with LSO St Luke’s.

Opening the festival this Friday evening at LSO St Luke’s is ever-inventive pianist Joanna MacGregor celebrating birds, ground basses and chaconnes. She’s followed by five concerts, one at St James, Clerkenwell, the others at LSO St Luke’s, and a family workshop at the latter.

Friday January 5:
• Pianist Joanna MacGregor, LSO St Luke’s, 7.30pm, £25/students £8/under-18s £5

Saturday January 6:
• German recorder virtuoso Tabea Debus/Alex McCarthy theorbo, St James’, Clerkenwell, 1pm, £15/students £8/under 18s £5
• Charismatic viola de gamba virtuoso Paolo Pandolfo, LSO St Luke’s, 4pm, £15/students £8/under-18s £5
• Clare Norburn’s concert-drama Breaking the Rules, The Marian Consort, LSO St Luke’s, 7pm, £25/students £8/under-18s £5
• European Baroque meets traditional Middle-Eastern music: Thomas Dunford lute / Keyvan Chemirani Persian percussion, LSO St Luke’s, 9.30pm, £15/students £8/under-18s £5

Sunday January 7:
• Baroque-based family workshop/ irrepressible two-some O Duo, LSO St Luke’s, 10.30am, £10/ under-18s £5
• Norway’s baroque violinist Bjarte Eike/jazz pianist Jon Balke, LSO St Luke’s, 12.30pm, £15/ students £8/under-18s £5

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