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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: NPG late recital; Grimeborn opera latest; jazz at Green Note and Ronnie Scott’s

04 August, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Opera Mouse is the Grimeborn Festival offering at Arcola Theatre on Sunday August 6

• The Octandre Trio – viola, flute and harp – are playing pieces composed in response to the theme of War at the National Portrait Gallery this Friday evening (August 4). Being played is the London premiere of Pickard’s The Gardener of Aleppo, Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp.
National Portrait Gallery Late Shift, St Martin’s Place, WC2, 020 7306 0055, 6.30pm, free

• The Grimeborn Festival is continuing to enthrall opera audiences at Arcola Theatre with another three productions coming up over the next week or so. Janáček’s dramatic song-cycle Diary of One who Disappeared is being performed this Friday and Saturday evenings (4th and 5th, 8pm, £15/cons £12) and Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess on Saturday and Sunday evenings (5th and 6th, 7.30pm, £17/cons £14). Sunday morning and afternoon has Opera Mouse for adults and children alike and Lully’s classic opera Armide has a five-day run, opening on Tuesday evening (August 8, 7.30pm, from £12).
Grimeborn Festival, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, E8, 020 7503 1646,

• A new spontaneous jazz project Local Yokels led by drummer Jay Davis has its first outing at Green Note, Camden Town, this Sunday evening (August 6) + drummer Will Glaser. Other band members are James Copus, trumpet/flugelhorn; James Allsopp, tenor sax/bass clarinet; and Huw Williams, bass.
Green Note, 106 Parkway, Camden Town, 8.30pm, £8, 020 7485 9899,

• The rambunctious, hard-swinging Mingus Big Band is back at Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, playing two shows per night for six evenings, starting next Monday. Sue Mingus, daughter of the legendary Charlie Mingus, is directing the band, ensuring her father’s music is played as he intended.
Mingus Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s, Frith Street, Soho, doors 5.30pm and 9.30pm, from £20, 020 7439 0747,  (till Saturday August 12)

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