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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Mizuta Trio at Burgh House; Sidwell Memorial Recital at Hampstead Parish Church; Kokoroko African beat; trumpet and voice at Wigmore Hall

11 May, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Mizuta Trio play Burgh House on May 14

• Exciting young ensemble Mizuta Trio is playing at Burgh House, Hampstead, on Sunday evening (May 14). Among the trio is the talented cellist Sheku Kenneh-Mason, British Young Musician of the Year 2016. The trio is playing an all-British programme including works by Moeran, Bridge and Berkely.
Burgh House, 7pm, £10/cons £7.50, New End Square, Hampstead, 020 7431 0144,

• Stunning American soprano Christine Buras is singing the Sidwell Memorial Recital at Hampstead Parish Church this Friday, May 12. Her programme includes Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben and songs by Clara Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and Sibelius.
Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3, 020 7794 5808, 7.30pm, £12/cons £10

• Soul-shaking, horn-fuelled sounds with West African roots and inner-London hues should make for interesting listening at the austere Foyles on Friday evening (May 12). Playing is Kokoroko (“be strong” in Urhobo), a young Afrobeat collective hailing from south London brought together by a love for African rhythms.
Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2, 6.30pm, £5 but reserve tickets through

• Expect to wear a smile and be happy at next Wednesday’s lunchtime jazz spot at the Spice of Life, Soho, being played by Lizy Exell’s Old Hat Jazz Band specialising in 20s and 30s jazz. The band has been accused of “making ridiculously happy music”, something frowned upon in modern jazz circles.
May 17, Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho, 12.30pm, £7/cons £6, 020 7437 7013,

• A joyful celebration of music for trumpet and voice is taking place at Wigmore Hall next Thursday evening (May 18) when terrific trumpeter Alison Balsom is joined by charismatic soprano Lucy Crowe. They’re performing pieces by Bach, Handel and Purcell.
Wigmore Hall, 7.30pm, from £15, 36 Wigmore Street, W1, 020 7935 2141,

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