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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: LSO Family Concert; jazz double bill at Map Cafe; La Boheme live from the Met; violin making; Songhaven at City Farm

22 February, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi in La Boheme, screened live from the Met on February 24. Photo: Ken Howard © The Metropolitan Opera

Four Friday lunchtime recitals at LSO St Luke’s are being given by fantastic clarinettist Michael Collins and friends. First up (February 23) are two pieces for trios – clarinet, viola and piano by Mozart and Bruch – and a Brahms sonata in the happy key of E-flat major. LSO St Luke’s, 161 Old Street, EC1, 1pm, £14/cons £12, 020 7490 3939,

• There’s a splendid jazz double-bill at Map Studio Cafe, Kentish Town, this Saturday afternoon and evening (February 24). Playing a super bebop session are pianist Leon Greening, trumpeter Dick Pearce and bassist Adam King (3pm, £10). In the evening is guitarist Chris Allard’s band noted for impeccable performances and distinctive melodic gifts (8pm, £8). Map Studio Café, 46 Grafton Road, NW5, 020 7916 0545,

• Super Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is singing the part of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme screened in cinemas on Saturday evening (February 24) in a MetLive performance. Singing Rudolfo is Michael Fabio. Cinemas hosting MetLive screening at 5.30pm: Barbican; Curzon Bloomsbury and Curzon Mayfair; Everyman Bezlsize Park and Everyman Hampstead; Phoenix East Finchley; Vue Finchley North, Vue Islington and Vue West End

• An afternoon concert for the whole family being given at the Barbican by the LSO on Sunday is inspired by the concept of flight including a new piece by Paul Rissmann. His piece is based on FArTHER, a beautiful and poignant story by Grahame Baker-Smith about a young boy bewitched by his father’s unrelenting passion to fly. Dreams of Air and Flight: LSO Discovery Family Concert, Barbican Hall, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, 2.30pm, adults from £10/children £5, 020 7638 8891,

• The Red Cross is hosting a fundraising talk about how violins are created followed by a short recital at St Mary Brookfield, Tufnell Park, this Sunday (February 25). Violin maker Tibor Szemmelweiz is giving the talk and music by Biber, Bach and Pisendel is being played by Jane Gillie and Helen Liebmann.
Creation of new violin: talk and recital, St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Road, NW5, 4pm, free,

• A dementia-friendly Songhaven concert is being held at Kentish Town City Farm next Tuesday. Singing to the animals and to people with dementia, and their carers, is mezzo Vivien Conacher accom­panied by Barrak Dyer – and there’ll be lots of singalongs. Kentish Town City Farm, 1 Cressfield Close, NW5, 2pm, £2. Please book at 0741 9820 503,

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