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Michael White’s music news: Kenwood House; Razumovsky Academy; Westminster Abbey

09 May, 2019 — By Michael White

Saraband’s violinists Henrietta Wayne and Sarah Bealby-Wright

THE music room at Kenwood House is lined with portraits of distinguished 18th-century women, some of them not totally respectable. This coming Sunday they get brought to life – in words and music from the period ensemble Saraband whose short programme “Painted Ladies” plays at intervals throughout the afternoon.
May 12, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. Entrance to house and event by voluntary donation. www.saraband.co.uk

Thomas Mathias and Dominic Ciccotti

• Viewed from the street the grandly named Razumovsky Academy looks like an unprepossessing shop in Kensal Rise. But, when you pass through the door it opens up, as if by magic, into a beautifully appointed concert space. And this Friday two of the academy’s young talent, violinist Thomas Mathias and pianist Dominic Ciccotti, play an all-Americas programme of Piazolla, Barber and Ives. May 10, 7.30pm, £20/£10 cons with drink, Razumovsky Academy, 56 College Road, NW10 5ET. Tickets on door or online: www.concert-diary.com

• Handel’s four great Coronation Anthems – one of them Zadok the Priest – were all written for performance in Westminster Abbey. Which is where you can hear them again, alongside Bach’s Magnificat, in a concert by the celebrated Abbey Choir and its director James O’Donnell for the London Festival of Baroque Music.
Tuesday May 14, 7pm, £12+, Westminster Abbey. www.westminster-abbey.org/events

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