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Michael White’s music news: Jazz saxophonist Ian Ballamy; Highgate Choral Society; Takács Quartet

16 May, 2019 — By Michael White

Ian Ballamy. Photo: Dave McKean

• ACKNOWLEDGED in Geoffrey Smith’s authoritative 100 Jazz Greats, Ian Ballamy is one of the most distinctive jazz saxophonists in the business and has a London date next Thursday with his own quartet – which just happens to feature as its pianist the equally eminent Jason Rebello. Programme includes numbers being played in for a coming ECM disc. May 23, 8pm, £16.50, Kings Place, 90 York Way N1 9AG, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk/

• HIGHGATE Choral Society have the benefit of a conductor, Ronald Corp, who is also a composer; and their next concert features the UK premiere of his latest work – an HCS commission called Missa Andalusia that’s just been done in Cordoba where the choir was on a spring tour. Whether it comes with castanets I’m not sure. But the accompanying work on the programme, a choral arrangement of Elgar’s profoundly English Sea Pictures, almost certainly won’t. Saturday May 18, 7pm, £15+, St Michael’s Highgate N6 6BJ, 020 8883 5631, www.hcschoir.com

• STAYING with that composer, the incomparable Takács Quartet join forces this Friday with celebrated pianist Garrick Ohlsson for works by Elgar and his American contemporary Amy Beach – a pioneering female composer forced by her stuffy, Boston Brahmin husband to publish her music under the name Mrs HHA Beach. A name that stuck, although for not the best of reasons. Friday May 17, 7.30pm, £18+, Wigmore Hall W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141, https://wigmore-hall.org.uk

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