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Michael White’s music news: St Matthew Passion; Missy Mazzoli; Sibelius

04 April, 2019 — By Michael White

Missy Mazzoli’s new concerto premiered at Kings Place on April 5. Photo: Stephen S Taylor

HAMPSTEAD Parish Church is one of the few outside central London with a professional choir; and this comes into its own at this time of year with Bach’s St Matthew Passion – done intimately, with a small baroque band, as a devotional exercise rather than a concert. Which means it’s free! 6pm, Sunday April 7, Parish Church of St John at Hampstead, Church Row, NW3 6UU, 020 7794 5808.

IF you’ve never heard of Missy Mazzoli it’s time you did, because she’s a key figure in the genre-bending world that crosses freely between rock, pop, classical and indie. Time Out called her “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” – not a bad description. And her new concerto for double bass – mystify­ingly called Dark and Excessively Bright – gets its UK premiere this week with the Aurora Orchestra and pianist Yeol Eum Son. 7pm, Friday April 5, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG, 020 7520 1490,

OSMO Vanska used to be the conductor of an obscure Finnish orchestra – until he steered it to fame through an impressive series of Sibelius symphony recordings that seemed to come out of nowhere (Lahti, where the orchestra is based, is truly nowhere) and took the listening world by storm. This week he’s in London to conduct our own Philharmonia in Sibelius 5. Worth catching. 7.30pm, Friday April 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, 020 3879 9555,

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