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Michael White’s music news: Bloomsbury Festival; Royal Choral Society; Renato D’Aiello

18 October, 2019 — By Michael White

Pianist John Granger Fisher

THE small but diverse Bloomsbury Festival ends this weekend with several concerts running under its banner.

One has the Australian pianist John Granger Fisher (pictured above) playing Chopin in the austere art deco splendour of Chancellor’s Hall at London University’s Senate House – at 7.30pm, £8/£6, Friday October 18, Malet Street WC1E 7HU.

Another has something called Chamber Philharmonic Europe, which sounds like an orchestra but is in fact a string quartet, playing Mozart, Janáček and Brahms at Conway Hall – 6.30pm, £12, Sunday October 20, Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL.

And there’s also a choral concert from Camden Voices, 7.30pm, £12/£10, Saturday October 19, Holy Cross Church, Cromer Street WC1H 8JU.

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Other concerts this week


• Chamber works by Janáček, Martinu and Khachaturian in a free concert as part of a series designed for newcomers to classical music. 12.30pm, free, LSO St Luke’s, Old Street, EC1V 9NG, 020 7638 8891,

• Royal College of Music students, the Cupra Duo, play music for saxophone and piano. 1pm, free, Regent Hall, 255 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ,

Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra play Haydn & Beethoven. 1.05pm, £7.50, cons £5/50, RAM, Marylebone Road NW1 5HT, 020 7873 7373,



• Composer Richard Blackford straddles the divide between film scores and concert music. Here the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus bring his latest large-scale choral work Pietà to London, and premiere his brand new concerto for saxophone and strings. 7.30pm, £5-£39, Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ, 020 7730 4500,

Collegium Musicum sing French choral music: Fauré, Poulenc, Duruflé. 7.30pm, £16, £14 cons, Temple Church, Temple, EC4Y 7BB, 07812 599340,

• Written in the 1960s by Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, Missa Criolla combines traditional Mass texts with Latin American folk music. Sung here by the Royal Choral Society alongside works by Britten and Holst. 6pm, Holy Trinity, Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ,

• Hampstead Chamber Choir & Orchestra sing Fauré’s Requiem, 7.30pm, £12, £10 cons, under-16s free with an adult. Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3 6UU.,



• Pianist Colin Stone plays Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy. 3pm, £25, £15 concs, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road NW1 5HT, 020 7873 7373,



Octoboptet, a jazz octet described as a “mini-big band”, play works inspired by the 1950s American West Coast jazz scene. Oxford Tavern, 8.30pm, £8, £5 musicians, Kentish Town Road, NW5 2AA, 020 7485 3521,



• Distingushed pianist Imogen Cooper celebrates her 70th birthday with an all-Schubert programme. 7pm, £18+, Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141,



• Leading Italian saxophonist Renato D’Aiello plays Hampstead Jazz Club – which has paired up with the nearby La Gaffe restaurant for a pre-concert aperitivo deal to mark his coming. Show 8pm, £15+, Duke of Hamilton, New End, Hampstead NW3 1JD, 07916 0595,

• Period band Academy of Ancient Music are firing with all guns these days and present here a programme called Rejoice, packed with appropriately upbeat baroque masterpieces by Handel, Purcell et al. 7.30pm, £15+, Milton Court, Guildhall School, Silk Street EC2Y 8DT, 020 7638 8891,

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