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Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Chamber festival at St Anne’s; LSO’s Choral Christmas; ‘drop ins’ at the British Museum; cello recital at Foundling Museum

01 December, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

The British Museum hosts Faiths in Tune, Sunday. PHOTO:

The Highgate International Chamber Music Festival is coming to an end this Friday evening (December 1) with a Gala Concert held in St Anne’s, Highgate West Hill. Pieces being played include Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 2 in E minor; Dvorak’s Songs my mother taught me from his Gypsy Melodies; and Brahms’ String Quintet No 2 in G major. St Anne’s, Highgate West Hill, Highgate, 7pm

• Sing your hearts out with 2,000 people at the London Symphony Orchestra’s grand Choral Christmas at the Barbican on Sunday evening. The LSO celebration is led by more than 300 singers from across London including various LSO choruses and choirs accompanied by the jubilant sounds of the LSO Brass Ensemble. Barbican, 7.30pm, from £12, Silk Street, EC2, 020 7638 8891,

There are a couple of interesting “drop-ins” coming up at the British Museum. First, on Friday evening (December 1), you can drop in whenever you like to listen to Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil performed by the Choir of Kings College London. Then, on Sunday afternoon (December 3), inter-faith music is being performed by religious community groups in a Faiths-in-Tune “drop-in” concert. Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, December 1, 5-6pm, free, just drop in; Faiths in Tune: inter-faith music, December 3, 2-4.30pm, free, just drop in.

• In 1757, a medal was struck to commemorate Hungary’s defeat by Frederick the Great of Prussia and the medal became a token for a foundling named Prescilla housed at the Foundling Hospital, Bloomsbury, the following year. A concert marking the 250th anniversary of the medal is being held at the Foundling Museum, Blooomsbury, next Thursday lunchtime. Cello music by Brahms and Popper are being played along with Alfred Schnittke’s intro­spective second cello sonata. Cello recital: Carola Krebs/pianist Salih Can Gevrek, Foundling Museum, 40 Brunkswick Square, Bloomsbury, 1pm, free with museum admission.

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