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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Jazz at the Kingsgate; Saraband at Kenwood; classics in Trafalgar Square; Nova Luce at Islington Prom, and Music of the Age of Enlightenment

18 May, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Gary Crosby is performing at the launch night of Jazz at the Kingsgate

• Acclaimed bassist Gary Crosby is playing at the opening session next Thursday (May 25) of the new “Jazz at the Kingsgate” series of monthly jazz gigs at the Kingsgate Community Centre, West Hampstead. The aim of the monthly series is to showcase talented young musicians in the setting of a vibrant community hub.
Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, NW6, 020 7328 9480, 8pm, £8, 020 7328 9480, www.evensi.uk/jazz-at-the-kingsgate-kingsgate-community-centre/210120386

• Delightful baroque music is being played violin duo Saraband in the Music Room of Kenwood House on Sunday afternoon (May 21). There are three short “drop-in” performances among the Music Room’s “painted ladies” at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Kenwood House, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm, free, just drop-in, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/ken-music/

Trafalgar Square is hosting this spring’s BMW LSO Open Air Classics this Sunday evening (May 21) played by young musicians side-by-side with LSO musicians conducted by Valery Gergiev. Being played are three Rachmaninov pieces – Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; selections from the Symphonic Dances; and selections from the Second Symphony.
BMW LSO Open Air Classics: Rachmaninov, Trafalgar Square, 6.30pm, free, but get there early

• Young ensemble Nova Luce is playing this month’s Islington Prom at St James’ Prebend Street on Sunday evening (May 21). At the heart of their performance is JP Salomon’s arrangements of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies.
St James’s Prebend Street, N1, 0845 780 1926, 6pm, £12/cons £9, islingtonproms.org

• Musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment are playing Bach and Purcell at the Camden Assembly, Chalk Farm, next Tuesday evening (May 23) as part of its regular Night Shift series of “alternative concerts”. The Night Shift series aims to take 18th-century music out the stuffy concert hall, making it more accessible to a wider, younger public.
Camden Assembly, 49 Chalk Farm Road, NW1, 8.30pm, £10/students £5, 020 7424 0800, camdenassembly.com/events/the-night-shift/

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