The week in classical: Unclassified Live; Orpheus and Eurydice; Isata Kanneh-Mason – review


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Queen Elizabeth Hall; Coliseum; Kings Place, London
Radio 3’s late-night show took to the stage in a vibrant, mind-expanding evening, while Wayne McGregor’s ENO debut is all about the dance

Taking a walk around a Derby retail park at 4am seems an unlikely way to find inspiration, but then composer Anna Meredith is anything but conventional. Her work defies categorisation, dipping into the worlds of contemporary classical music, art pop, electronica, jazz and experimental rock, which makes her a perfect candidate for Radio 3’s Unclassified show, where all those genres meet and mingle, opening ears to new possibilities and expanding inquiring minds.

The South Bank played host to the first Unclassified Live last week, where the programme’s presenter, Elizabeth Alker, introduced a near-capacity audience to several works that would defeat even the most determined pigeonholer. For those of us used to seeing rather too many grey-haired concert-goers, it was gratifying to find hordes of younger, enthusiastic people turning out to hear music that would challenge, excite and intrigue them.

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