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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Gallery gigs; Tender Buttons; Tan Dun and LSO; Schubert fest at Keats Library

24 November, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Composer Tan Dun conducts his Martial Arts Trilogy at Barbican on Thursday, November 30. PHOTO: credit

• An evening of impressionist music is being performed on November 24 at the National Portrait Gallery complementing the NPG’s exhibition devoted to Cezanne portraits. Performing are mezzo Vivien Conacher, flautist Sofia Castillo, cellist Raphael Lang and pianist William Vann. National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2, 020 7306 0055, 6.30pm, free

• Rarely used for music, the Parthenon Gallery at the British Museum is hosting a performance this Saturday evening (November 25) of Bach’s B minor Mass by vocal ensemble Tenebrae and the Academy of Ancient Music. Inadditon, world music is being performed in the galleries – should be great fun. Parthenon Gallery, British Museum, 7pm, £15/cons £8

• Come and listen to extraordinary Tender Buttons at Foyles next Monday evening (November 27). The group occupies a post-New York sound-space, very much in the spirit of Cage, Feldman and Wolff. The group consists of Tania Chen on piano, electronics and toys; Gino Robair on modular electronics; and Tim Djil on circuit-bent electronics. Auditorium at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, 7.30pm, £5,

• Chinese film score composer Tan Dun is conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of his Martial Arts Trilogy at the Barbican next Thursday evening (November 30). Clips from the films Hero, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Banquet are being shown alongside the music. The Martial Arts Trilogy with film screenings: Chinese composer-conductor Tan Dun/LSO, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2, 7.30pm, from £17.50, 020 7638 8891,

• After the terrific success of its evening devoted to Schubert in the spring, Keats Community Library, Hampstead, has come up with another evening devoted to Shostakovich on Thursday, November 30. The Sumatra Quartet is playing Shostakovich chamber works interspersed with readings by Lee Montague from Julian Barnes’s new novel about the composer, The Noise of Time. In celebration of Shostakovich, Keats Community Library, 10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, 020 7431 1266, 7.30pm, £10,,.shtml

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