Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Ancient Korean music meet Northumbrian pipes; choral folk, Armel Opera festival
15 September, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor
Kathryn Tickell and the Black String combo – in concert at Union Chapel on September 15
• The Korean geomungo and janggu, respectively a zither and drum, meet Northumbrian pipes at Union Chapel, Islington, this Friday evening (September 15) in the opening concert of the K-music festival of stunning Korean music. Both the geomungo and janggu are part of the Black String combo devoted to playing ancient Korean music within a modern, experimental setting. Kathryn Tickell is widely acclaimed as the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes and her music is deeply rooted in the landscape of north-east England.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1, 7pm, 020 7226 1686, www.unionchapel.org.uk
• Come and sing choral folk songs at six Monday Folk Choir Workshops starting on Monday evening (September 18) at Cecil Sharp House, Primrose Hill. Sessions are suitable for singers of all abilities, without the pressure and commitment of public performance.
Cecil Sharp House, 5 Regent’s Park Road, NW1, 020 7485 2206, www.cecilsharphouse.org
• The Armel Opera Festival is returning to the Hackney Empire next Tuesday evening (September 19) with a double-bill of Hungarian music. Being performed are Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Péter Eötvös’ acclaimed new work Senza Sangue, specially composed to accompany Bluebeard. Stalls of the Hackney Empire are being slim-lined to accommodate the 100-piece Pannon Philharmonic conducted by Péter Eötvös.
Hackney Empire, 7.30pm, from £15, 020 8985 2424, https://hackneyempire.co.uk
Soprano Carolyn Sampson. PHOTO: www.carolynsampson.com
• Cantatas full of passion and drama by Telemann, A Scarlatti and Bach are being performed at Kings Place next Wednesday evening (September 20). Super-soprano Carolyn Sampson is singing with the De Camera trio playing recorders, viols and the harpsichord. Tuneful melodies in the galant style rub shoulders with Gypsy music.
Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1, 7.30pm, from £9.50 online, 020 7520 1490, www.kingsplace.co.uk