Published: 17 January, 2013
by SEBASTIAN TAYLOR
EMINENT singer, musician and songwriter Sandra Kerr is celebrating her 70th birthday at a Cecil Sharp House concert on Saturday evening. She plays English concertina, guitar, Appalachian dulcimer and autoharp.
Although mostly known for folk songs, together with John Faulkner, she wrote the music for TV series Bagpuss in which she was the voice of rag doll Madeleine Remnant. At Saturday’s concert, she is performing a solo set of her groundbraking songs and interpretations of English traditional music and will be joined by Sisters Unlimited, celebrating women’s lives in song.
• Superb pianist Stephen Hough is giving a rare recital at the Barbican on Saturday. He is playing Schumann’s Carnival, portraying characters real and mythological, alongside Brahms’s third sonata and two Chopin nocturnes.
Centrepiece of the recital is his own second sonata Notturno luminoso, noted for its fluent ease and confidence.
• There will be a great get-together of two leading jazz saxophonists on Tuesday at the Lower Ground Bar in West End Lane, Kilburn. George Crowley is sitting in with Christian Brewer’s regular band before joining the jam session later.
• On Thursday, leading US jazz trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas is ending a week’s residency at the Royal Academy of Music by playing a gig with the RAM’s jazz ensembles. It’s a rare chance to hear him play in an intimate setting. Pieces will focus on some of his smaller ensemble music, featuring compositions from his classic albums as well as his very latest releases.