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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Introducing the hang; Joanna Lumley’s favourites; 16th-century composers; trumpet tribute

06 September, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Joanna Lumley talks about her favourite music at St John’s Smith Square, September 10

THE full potential of new musical instrument, the hang, is being demonstrated at a Hang Massive concert at Union Chapel, Islington, this Saturday evening (September 7). The hang was invented in 2001 in Switzerland. It consists of two half-shells of deep drawn nitrided steel glued together at the rim, leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct “UFO-like shape”. Playing the hang creates a steel-pan sound – “a unique sonic experience”.
• Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1, 6.30pm, £30, 020 7226 1686,

ACTRESS Joanna Lumley will be talking about her favourite music at St John’s Smith Square next Monday lunchtime (Sepember 10). Among her favourites being played by the Orchestra of St John’s are Schubert’s Impromptu No 2 in A flat major; Grieg’s Solveig’s Song/Peer Gynt; and Chopin’s Berceuse in D major. Lumley’s opera and popular music favourites include Rossini’s overture to The Thieving Magpie and Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust.
• St John’s Smith Square, Westminster, SW1P 3HA, 1pm, £14, 020 7222 1061,

THE Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage 2018 touches down at St James’s, Mayfair, next Tuesday evening (September 11). Being played are sacred and secular works of 16th-century composers William Cornysh (both father and son) and that 20th-century master of the voice, Benjamin Britten.
St James’s Catholic Church, George Street, Mayfair, 7.30pm, from £10,

A TRIBUTE to famed trumpeters Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer is being played at the Spice of Life, Soho, lunchtime jazz session next Wednesday (September 12). Playing the tribute with the Jack Honeyborne All-Stars are trumpeter and flugel hornist Ben Cummings and trombonist Ray Williams.
• Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho, 12.30pm, £8, 020 7437 7013,

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