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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Mahler at the Barbican; all things French at Heath Street Baptist Church; trombonist Justin Thurgar at Spice of Life; jazz choir Take Twenty at St John’s

22 June, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Trombonist Justin Thurgur promotes his debut album at Spice of Life on Wednesday, June 28

• Mahler’s monumental, huge third symphony A Summer’s Mid-day Dream is being given a rare performance by the LSO at the Barbican this Sunday evening (June 25). It’s the longest symphony in the standard repertoire, usually lasting more than 90 minutes. And it’s highly regarded, coming in at 10th place in a survey of the most popular symphonies. An absolute “must” for staunch Mahlerians.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2, 7pm, from £10, 020 7638 8891,

• Delightful French music is being played by three French musicians at the Heath Street Baptist Church next Tuesday lunchtime (June 27). Being played are Poulenc’s Les Chemins de l’Amour together with music by Ravel, Debussy and others. Performing are Emilie Cavallo, soprano; Sophie Delahaye, flute; and Cecilia Coulett, piano.
Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, 1pm, free

• Justin Thurgar, one-time trombonist for seminal folk group Bellowhead, is promoting the debut album No Confusion of his six-piece Afro-Jazz Project combo at Spice of Life next Wednesday evening (June 28). Although best-known for his Bellowhead years, Thurgar has been at the heart of the British world music scene for over 20 years, notably playing with keyboardist Dele Sosimi and Kishon Khan.
Spice of Life, Cambridge Circus, Soho, 7pm, £10, 020 7437 7013,

• Correction: Last Saturday’s listing for Camden jazz choir Take Twenty’s summer concert was incorrect. The concert on the theme Love Makes the World Go Round is taking place at St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, on Saturday afternoon (June 24).
St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 3.30pm, £10/cons £8

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