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Michael White’s music news: Jazz at Lauderdale House; Holy Week at St John’s Smith Square

19 April, 2019 — By Michael White

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, part of Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square. Photo: Nick Rutter

• This being Easter weekend, almost every concert in the capital will be a sacred choral one; and if a single example stands out it’s probably the St John Passion given by Polyphony (one of the best professional choirs on earth) with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Good Friday afternoon. A true hot-ticket. Friday April 19, 2.30pm, St John’s Smith Square,  SW1P 3HA, 020 7222 1061, www.sjss.org.uk

But that’s just part of the enveloping Holy Week Festival at Smith Square. And it finishes on a high with the superb mixed-voice choir of Clare College, Cambridge singing Lenten/Easter repertoire from the 16th century to modern times. Conducted by the up-and-coming Graham Ross, it includes English classics like Finzi’s Lo, the full final sacrifice and the most profoundly heartfelt anthem ever written by a British composer: Howells’ Like as the Hart. A powerful programme. Saturday April 20, 7.30pm, St John’s Smith Square, SW1P 3HA, 020 7222 1061, www.sjss.org.uk

• A jazz trio without drums is something you don’t often encounter – but you will at Lauderdale House when guitarists Roger Beaujolais and Jim Mullen link up with bassist Steve Watts. Beaujolais and Mullen started out in rock/blues groups like Vibraphonic and the Average White Band before turning to jazz. Watts has been a first-call player for Stan Sulzmann and Norma Winstone. So they all have pedigree. Thursday April 25, 8.30pm, Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, N6 5HG, 020 8348 8716, www.lauderdalehouse.org.uk


This week


Royal Academy of Music graduates Daryl Giuliano (cello) and Julia Mametyeva (piano) play Beethoven and Bloch. 1pm, free, Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, W1C 2DJ.

Bach’s St John Passion – done devotionally for Good Friday so free, but advance booking advised. 2.30pm, St Bartholomew the Great, Cloth Fair, Smithfield, EC1A 7JQ, https://

Handel’s Messiah – sung the Royal Choral Society, as they’ve done every Good Friday since 1876. With the Royal Philhar­monic Orchestra. 2.30pm,  from £20.85, Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP. 020 7589 8212, www.royalalberthall.com

Handel’s Brockes Passion – a lesser-known Easter choral work, done here by the Academy of Ancient Music. 3pm, from £10, Barbican, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk


Young professional choir Siglo de Oro sing Italian 16th-century repertoire for Easter, including Palestrina’s Lamentations for Holy Saturday. 1.05pm, £15/£10, St John’s Smith Square, 020
7222 1061, www.sjss.org.uk


Ensemble Correspondances – early music band from France play music by the 17th/18th-century composer Lalande. 7.30pm, from £18, Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141, https://wigmore-hall.org.uk


Music for Freedom – jazz saxophonist Raphael Imbert and a choir over from France perform a genre-crossing concert programme to raise money for Starfish: a charity that cares for South African children orphaned by Aids. 7.30pm, £20/£15, Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 3 Pilgrims Place, NW3 1NG, 020 7597 3797, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4092582

Stephen Isserlis – star cellist in chamber works by Fauré and Schumann. 7.30pm, from £18, Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141, https://wigmore-hall.org.uk



• Young Russian-Australian guitarist Andrey Lebedev plays Bach and Villa-Lobos. 7pm, £15 (inc pre-concert drink, and light refreshments after the recital), 1901 Arts Club, Exton Street, SE1 8UE, 020 7620 3055, www.1901artsclub.com

Ultra-classy mezzo Sarah Connolly and others perform Schumann songs. 7.30pm, from £18, Wigmore Hall, Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141, https://wigmore-hall.org.uk.

London City Big Band – youthful jazz ensemble playing faithful renditions of Baisie & Rich. 8pm, £10/£8, Spice of Life, Moor Street, W1D 5NA, 020 7437 7013, www.spiceoflifesoho.com


Jane Glover – celebrating her 70th birthday this year – conducts Musicians for Peace and Disarmament in Mozart. 7.30pm, £20/£15, St James’s Piccadilly, W1J 9LL, 020 7734 4511, www.sjp.org.uk/concerts.html

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