Jérôme Laran

The high point of a recital by the Trinity Laban Saxophone Choir at St Alfege in Greenwich today was the guest appearance of French virtuoso Laran, who first enchanted us with a magical rendition of Andy Scott’s haunting Fujiko before leaving us entranced with his take on Jun Nagao’s Paganini Lost, a dazzling chamber composition for two altos and piano which he conjured up with Trinity sax professor Gerard McChrystal and accompanist Leo Nicholson. It was a real joy. He finished his slot by joining the choir for a marvellous version of Michael Nyman’s Time Lapse, written for the 1985 Peter Greenaway arthouse film A Zed And Two Noughts. You couldn’t have asked for more different styles – and each was a beauty.

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