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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Dido & Aeneas; Martin Luther; Maroon Town; Vienna – City of Dreams

26 October, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Soprano Jessica Cale sings Purcell at St Peters’s. PHOTO: Ben Tomlin

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas is being performed by the Hampstead Chamber Choir and Belsize Baroque, directed by Dominic Brennan, at St Peter’s, Belsize Park, on Saturday evening (October 28). There are some super up-and-coming soloists – among them soprano Jessica Cale and baritone Harry Thatcher, both currently making a name for themselves on the opera circuit. St Peter’s Belsize Square, NW3, 7.30pm, £12/cons £10/under-16s free with an adult, http://hampsteadchamberchoir.org


Martin Luther (1529) by Lucas Cranach the Elder
• The range of music in Martin Luther’s time is the subject of a fascinating concert being given by the Renaissance Singers in St George’s Bloomsbury this Saturday evening (October 28). Household hymns, love songs (some serious, some comic) and drinking songs are being performed. And the exploration of Luther is also extended to the influence he had on later composers such as Pachelbel, Christoph Bernhard, Schutz and in particular on JS Bach’s monumental eight-part Der Geist HilftMartin Luther –, Ein neues LiedSt George’s Bloomsbury, 7.30pm, £14/cons £12, www.renaissancesingers.com/concerts

• Expect some pulsating stuff when the nine-piece Maroon Town is playing at the Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields next Wednesday evening (November 1). The 30-year-old band fuses the spirituality and cinematic sound of classic ska with contemporary street rap and a cheeky slice of Latin funk. Crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, 020 7766 1100, 8pm, from £8, www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/event/maroon-town/

• Opening at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, next Wednesday (November 1, and running till Sunday 5th) – is Vienna – City of Dreams, a tribute to the city’s golden age of operettas performed by the Celestial Encounters ensemble. Being sung are pieces by Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán and Robert Stolz including items from Die Fledermaus, The Merry Widow and The Gypsy Princess.
Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate, 020 8340 3488, 7.30pm, £18/cons £16, www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com

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