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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Courtney Pine, Belsize Baroque, Jazz at Foyles and cancer fundraiser

16 March, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Omar and Courtney Pine

• Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine is reverting to the tenor sax to play with UK soul star Omar in a new project being launched at the Barbican tomorrow (Friday) evening, March 17. Along with pieces born through their new collaboration, Pine is playing items to be included in a new album being released later this year.
• Courtney Pine featuring Neo-Soul singer Omar, March 17, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, 020 7638 8891, www.barbican.org.uk, 7.30pm, tickets from £15

• This year’s programme of arts events at St Peter’s Belsize Park opens on Sunday evening (March 19) with music by Vivaldi, Bach, Muffat and Zelenka played by Belsize Baroque under director Paul Nicholson. Further events are planned for the spring, summer and autumn. For information or to suggest ideas, contact kenneth.­robbie@hotmail.co.uk
• Belsize Baroque, March 19, St Peter’s Church, Belsize Square, Belsize Park, NW3 4HU, 07711 666 270, www.spbp.org.uk, 6.30pm, £12

• There’s a different format to the monthly Jazz & Jam at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, on Sunday morning (March 19). Instead of the usual house band, 60 young musicians in three National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy ensembles are playing an initial set of big band classics and new material. This is being followed by a bumper jazz jam in the afternoon open any young musician under 18. Should be absolutely terrific fun for beginners and more experienced players.
• Jazz & Jam: NYJO ensembles, March 19. Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, http://www.foyles.co.uk/events 12 noon/jam 2pm, musicians free but reserve ticket at events@foyles.co.uk/ others £5

• Funding for the Net Patient Foundation – a charity that supports people with Neuroendocrine Cancer – is being raised by the London Medical Orchestra at a concert on Sunday evening (March 19) in St Mary Brookfield, Tufnell Park. The highlight is Mendelssohn’s beautiful violin concerto, with Gavin Davies as soloist comple­mented by Beet­hoven’s first symphony.
• Fundraiser for Net Patient Foundation: London Medical Orches­tra, March 19, St Mary Brookfield, Dartmouth Park Hill, NW5, 6pm, £12/cons £8/under-16s £2

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