Sebastian Taylor’s music news: Norma, Bach Players, Carlo Grante, Jazz in the House, Battleship Potemkin

Thursday, 5th October 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Sondra Radvanovsky in Norma_Photo Ken Howard-Metropolitan Opera

Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role of Bellini’s Norma. PHOTO: Ken Howard-Metropolitan Opera

The new season of MetLive opera screen­ings gets under way on Saturday (October 7) with Bellini’s master­piece Norma starring Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her arch-rival Adalgisa. Other MetLive operas being screened this autumn include Mozart’s Magic Flute and Thomas Ades’ The Extertminating Angel.
MetLive, 5.55pm. Screenings at Barbican; Curzon Bloomsbury & Mayfair; Everyman Belsize Park & Hampstead; Phoenix East Finchley; and Vue Islington

• The excellent Bach Players are celebrating their 20th anniversary with an exciting all-Bach programme Sound the Trumpet concert this Saturday evening (October 7) at St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead. Performing with the ensemble are soprano Rachel Elliott and trumpeter Adrian Woodward.
St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead, 020 8815 0197, 7.30pm

Carlo Grante, one of Italy’s foremost pianists, is playing in the Ninth Planet Tree Music Festival at Rosslyn Hill Chapel, Hampstead, this Saturday evening (October 7). In a new approach to audience listening, Planet Tree audiences are invited to lie down if they wish, thereby relaxing into the sound worlds.
Rosslyn Hill Chapel, 3 Pilgrims Place, Hampstead, 7.30pm, £13/cons £10

Jazz in the House is back at Lauderdale House next Thursday evening (October 12) with an opening set by legendary harmonica-player Adam Glasser’s Quartet. Others lined up to play on subsequent Thursdays are trumpeter Damon Brown’s Killer Shrimp, fantastic jazz singer Christine Tobin, Leon Greening Trio and multi-reedsman Julian Siegel’s Quartet.
Lauderdale House, 8.30pm, £13/cons £10, 020 8348 8716,

• Sergei Eisentein’s 1925 masterpiece Battleship Potemkin is being screened with live music accompaniment in the Royal Festival Hall next Thursday evening. Vladimir Ashkenazy is conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in a performance of music drawn from the symphonies of Shostakovich.
Royal Festival Hall, 7.30pm, from £15, Philharmonia box office (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5.30pm), 0800 652 6717,

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