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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: The Threepenny Opera; reedswoman Lizzie Gutteridge; summer concert at St Pancras Church; Howard Goodall’s In Memoriam Anne Frank

09 June, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Lizzie Gutteridge plays medieval and Renaissance instruments at the National Portrait Gallery

• Multi-reedswoman Lizzie Gutteridge is playing live-looped melodies from the 12th-17th centuries on historical instruments with 21st-century technology at the National Portrait Gallery on Friday June 9. Among her medieval and Renais­sance instruments likely to be played are shawns, bagpipes, curtals, recorders and chalum­eau and, if that weren’t enough, she plays the medieval fiddle, gittern and rommelpot.
Consort of One: Lizzie Gutteridge, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, WC2, 020 7306 0055, 6.30pm, free

• Polly Peacham and the infamous Macheath are at the Shoreditch Town Hall, Old Street, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday when Kurt Weill’s darkly comic The Threepenny Opera is performed by the Royal Academy of Music/Opera. The production is being directed by Walter Sutcliffe, recently appointed artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera and the designer is Dorata Karolczak.
Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera from Royal Academy Opera, runs from June 15-17 at Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, EC1V 9LT, 7pm/2.30pm Saturday, from £10/cons £7, 020 7739 6176,

• Innovative choir Eclectic Voices, directed by Scott Stroman, is teaming up with the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra for its summer concert at St Pancras Church, Euston Road, on June 10. Being performed are three neoclassical pieces composed in Paris during the past century – Stravinsky’s 1930 Symphony of Psalms, Poulenc’s 1959 Gloria and Ravel’s 1911 Mother Goose.
Neoclassical French music by Stravinsky, Ravel & Poulenc: Eclectic Voices/Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra/Scott Stroman, St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, NW1, 7.30pm, £15/cons £12,

• The 75th anniversary of the date when Anne Frank began to write her famous diary is being marked by a performance of Howard Goodall’s In Memoriam Anne Frank at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Thursday lunchtime (June 15). Performing the work are St Martin’s Voices led by the church’s musical director Andrew Earis.
St Martin-in-the-Fields, 1pm, free,

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