Tunes ancient and modern as hymns give way to a rocking string quartet in an old Stokey church

OldStMary's Stoke Newington Lon N16 100216 © DavidAltheer[at]
Old Church: the ancient N16 building will resonate to Bowie and Beyoncé
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Beyoncé, aka Mrs Knowles-Carter

THE LONDON STRING QUARTET that has built a following for playing pop tunes is bringing its adaptations of the music of Beyoncé, Bowie, Philip Glass and Father John Misty to Hackney.

The Estilo will play the Old Church in Stoke Newington, possibly London’s best surviving Elizabethan church. The concert will include a bit of Henry Purcell and a Mozart quartet. Clap loudly at the end of the show and they might give you Fairytale of New York, although applause will not be enough to attract Shane MacGowan. The quartet’s version did well in the classical download charts.

The main aim of the concert is, however, not to try to big up the three-chord banalities that dominate the musical ether all around the world but to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. And Estilo cellist Verity Simmons, whose grandmother has the disease, is running the London Marathon for the society.

Maurice Ravel: 100 years since his birth, looking swish

Before that, and not far away, in Homerton, Hackney’s Sutton House Music Society (SHMS) presents a tribute to Maurice Ravel as one of its series of excellent concerts.

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* Estilo, St Mary’s Old Church, Stoke Newington Church Street N16 0JR, Tuesday 28 March 2017, 7.30pm, £10-£12. Good disabled access

* Happy Birthday, Maurice Ravel, SHMS, Sutton House, 2 High Street, Homerton E9 6LQ, Sunday 12 March 2017, 3pm, under-26s free, others £10-£12. Good disabled access 

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Penelope Roskell on piano with Fitzwilliam Quarter at Sutton house for music society 19 May 2013 © David Altheer
Sutton House concert hall: café-bar attached. Audiences can also take a free walk-through of the grand National Trust-run ancient house in Homerton High Street

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