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This season, explore your love of music and expand your horizons with the BBC Music Magazine Performance Guide. Discover new musical genres, exciting venues and indulge yourself with our guide to the very best performance events throughout the UK this season. Click the points on the map to find an event near you.To advertise please contact Rebecca O'Connell: 0117 9338007
Sage Gateshead

Royal Northern Sinfonia

“There is no better chamber orchestra in Great Britain” says the Guardian’s Andrew Clements. Direct your attention to Gateshead, as Royal Northern Sinfonia embark on their 2014/15 season.

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales is Orchestra-in-Residence at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and also presents a concert series at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. As well as international touring, it is in demand at major UK festivals and performs every year at the BBC Proms and biennially at the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The Orchestra has won considerable critical and audience acclaim over recent years, under its formidable conducting team of Principal Conductor Thierry Fischer, Principal Guest Conductor Jac van Steen and Conductor Laureate Tadaaki Otaka.

Box Office: 0800 052 1812

The Forge

The Forge

The Forge is a purpose-built acoustically-designed concert venue in the heart of London’s Camden Town. Housed in a sustainable, architecturally designed building, boasting both a RIBA and a Civic Trust Award, the Forge shares the space with on-site Sicilian restaurant Caponata. It is a unique and flexible space that creates a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy the best in classical, jazz and world music. With seating for up to 100, the Forge offers an intimate experience of performances, not possible at larger venues.

The Forge has two full and varied seasons of music a year, and since its opening in 2009 has become recognised as one of London’s most exciting small venues, presenting both established and up-and-coming new artists side-by-side. Top of the range facilities combined with exceptional live music, delicious food and drink and a friendly family-run atmosphere, have resulted in acclaim from audiences, critics and musicians alike.

Aspect Foundation

Misia: The Muse of Belle Époque Paris

‘Great Muses’ series

Join us to as we present the music of Belle Époque and beyond; become a part of our encounter with Misia, a muse and a patron to some of the most famous musicians, artists and writers from the Belle Époque 1890s through the 1930.

Gabriel Fauré Romance, Op. 69; Élégie, Op. 24; Papillon, Op. 77
Claude Debussy Nocturne et Scherzo for Cello and Piano; Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor
Maurice Ravel Le Cygne (arranged for Cello); Pièce en Forme de Habanera
Francis Poulenc Cavatine from Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 143
Igor Stravinsky Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella) for Cello and Piano

Aleksei Kiseliov, cello
Vsevolod Dvorkin, piano
Illustrated talk by Patrick Bade

Saturday 21st September 2013, 7.30pm

20th Century Theatre, Notting Hill, W11 2QA

Tickets £20

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Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky

Philharmonic at Cadogan Hall

Monday 21 November, 7.30pm

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit conductor
Kuba Jakowicz violin 

MONIUSZKO: Overture from the opera Paria
PANUFNIK: Sinfonia Rustica
BRUCH: Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5

Antoni Wit, Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic, is one of the most highly regarded Polish conductors and an enthusiastic champion of Polish music. The concert opens with music from two revered Polish composers: Moniuszko, generally accepted as the father of Polish national opera, and whose work is filled with patriotic folk themes and Panufnik, who was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra after the Second World War.

Warsaw-born violinist, Kuba Jakowicz, performs Bruch's richly melodious Violin Concerto, written when the composer was just 30 years old.

Tickets: £39- £18

Box office: 020 7730 4500

Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace, London SW1

The new 2011/12 season with the London Symphony Orchestra

The new 2011/12 season with the London Symphony Orchestra

Barbican Centre, London

Join the LSO for the start of their new 2011/12 season which opens with Principal Conductor Valery Gergiev conducting the winners of the prestigious XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition before continuing his Tchaikovsky Symphony cycle. October sees the reunion of dream musical pairing Sir Colin Davis and Mitsuko Uchida as they return to their Beethoven Piano Concerto series, while almost 50 years after its premiere in Coventry Cathedral, Gianandrea Noseda conducts Britten’s War Requiem.

  • 21 Sep Tchaikovsky Gala – The winners of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in their first major concert to be held outside Russia.
  • 25 Sep Gergiev’s Tchaikovsky – Gergiev’s Tchaikovsky cycle continues with Symphony No 4 alongside Brahms Piano Concerto No 2.
  • 2 & 4 Oct Sir Colin Davis – Sir Colin Davis and Mitsuko Uchida relaunch their Beethoven cycle with Piano Concerto No 3 and Sir Colin returns to Nielsen with Symphony No 1.
  • 9 & 11 Oct Britten War Requiem –Gianandrea Noseda leads the London Symphony Chorus and celebrated soloists Ian Bostridge and Simon Keenlyside.

Tel: 020 7638 8891

Bristol Ensemble

Bristol Ensemble 2012

A major new symphonies series for the South West’s premier professional chamber orchestra

At the heart of Bristol Ensemble’s 2012 season is a series combining Beethoven’s majestic, trailblazing and influential symphonies with performances of major cello concertos with the renowned cellist Matthew Barley. Also featured are new works by West Country composers, keeping alive the tradition of new music that Beethoven so successfully pioneered.

• Wednesday 5 April at 7.30pm
Beethoven Symphony No.2
Elgar Cello Concerto
Walton Crown Imperial
Bernard Kane Vernal River

• Thursday 3 May 7.30
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Rossini Overture from the Barber of Seville
Adrian Sutton Sinfonietta (World Premiere)

Tickets £16-£23 (under 26 year olds £8, students/under 16s £1) from Colston Hall Box office 0117 922 3683 or Bristol Ensemble

Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall holds a unique place in London musical life and is an essential platform for the world's most sought-after soloists and chamber musicians.

It also fosters the careers of talented young artists, some of them making their first professional appearance in London.

Wigmore Hall presents over 400 events in a season, attracting appreciative and loyal audiences and selling some 165,000 tickets each year.

Ticket Office: +44 (0)20 7935 2141

Parkhouse Award

Parkhouse Award

Tuesday 25 February, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre at 7.45pm The stunning Fournier Trio will perform piano trios by Haydn (Gypsy Rondo), Dvořák (No 3 Op 65), and Peteris Vasks ‘Episodi e Canto perpetuo’ (1985). This is their second concert for the Parkhouse Award following a magnificent performance in October 2013. In the meantime they’ll be touring the Far East making debuts and masterclasses at Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Conservatory ‘Ones to Watch’ Series, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and the brand new Eslite Performance Hall in Taipei.

Tickets: £15; £12; £8



Britten among friends and the Fludde! October 11th – 27th

Matthew Barley plays Britten’s Suite for Cello No3 at 2pm on Saturday 12th October.

What makes this performance different is that it is contained within a unique programme of related film, talk, visual displays and other music. Together, these elements reveal the true breadth of the influences on Britten’s genius, genius inspired by friendships and by diverse kinds of music intertwined with consummate skill.

Alexander Sokurov’s bio-documentary Elegy for Life depicts Rostropovich, the friend for whom Britten wrote the Suite. Voskresenije, St Petersburg choir, perform the Russian folksong and sacred music on which the Suite is based. They are joined by the Addison Singers.

Matthew Barley’s very personal commentary and fine playing complete the presentation of new insights into a profoundly moving work written by one great musician for another.

This is the only event of its kind in the Britten 100 year. It is only one of the many innovative events in the two-week Ealing Autumn Festival.

You will find full details of all Festival events at

You can hear Voskresenije at

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions (students, over 60s)
Available online at
Enquiries: and 020 8567 7623

Music in the Round

Music in the Round

World-class classical music in Sheffield and beyond
Join the acclaimed musicians from our resident group, Ensemble 360, along with a host of guests from the UK and abroad in our unique in-the-round Sheffield home, the Crucible Studio Theatre, year-round. Be part of our extensive community and participation programme. Come to a concert in one of our partner venues across the country. Whatever your age or your classical tastes there’ll be something for you.


The Erratic Dreams of Christian Lindberg

The Erratic Dreams of Christian Lindberg

Saturday 17 May 2014, 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace
London SW1X 9DQ, UK

Legendary trombonist Christian Lindberg returns to Cadogan Hall in a concert featuring a fantastic line-up of Swedish musicians, including rising star Emil Jonason, one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, and dynamic chamber orchestra Västerås Sinfonietta. There will be two UK premieres: The Erratic Dreams of Mr. Grönstedt by Lindberg and Lucioles by award-winning composer Andrea Tarrodi, as well as music by Leopold Mozart and Manuel de Falla.

Tickets: £35, £28, £24, £15.
Box office: 020 7730 4500
Available online at

Institute of Musical Research

Institute of Musical Research

Wednesday 23 April, 10:00-17:00
Concert Hall, Milton Court, Silk Street, Barbican, London
Arditti Quartet workshop for early-career composers, led by Hilda Paredes

From an international call for string quartets to early-career composers, a panel selected four works from over two hundred submissions:
Lina Tonia    Chronographia
Matías Hancke    Silber/Strom
Martin Loridan    Trois Miniatures
Javier Quislant    erinnerungs.vermögen

Open to the public. Admission free.
Supported by Friends of the IMR
For further information please visit

Absolute Classics

Absolute Classics

A unique classical music festival and masterclass series set in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway.

Dates: 1 -10 August
Location: Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
Masterclasses: available with all artists
Artists: Karine Georgian (Cello),
Lorraine McAslan (Violin),
John Lenehan (Piano),
John Thwaites (Piano),
Tony Moffat (Violin),
Robert Irvine (Cello)
For more information please visit:

Petros Singers

Petros Singers

One of London’s top auditioned chamber choirs, we perform a wide-ranging and diverse repertoire and collaborate with leading orchestras and soloists in Central and West London.

Dido and Aeneas - and more Purcell
With Erica Eloff and Matthew Brook
Saturday 5th July 2014 at 7:30 pm
Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley Street, W1K 2PA

Mendelssohn: Lauda Sion and German Romantics
Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7:30 pm
St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, W4 1TT

Bach St John Passion
Saturday 28th March 2015 at 7:30 pm
St James’s Church, Piccadilly, W1J 9LL

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

Sunday, 28 September 2014
Royal Albert Hall, London

As part of the nation’s commemorations — spearheaded by the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership — Sing UK is proud to present a special concert to mark the occasion.

A landmark event in 2014:

  • The Armed Man – Karl Jenkins’s profoundly moving work with its powerful message for peace…
  • A chorus of 600 young voices from the UK, joined by youth choirs from Germany, Belgium and France…
  • The superb Philharmonia Orchestra…
  • The iconic Royal Albert Hall, London...

This extraordinary event will bring together young singers from the principal four countries involved in the First World War in a spirit of peace, through the internationally common language of music, whilst providing concert-goers with a unique and uplifting experience.

Petros Singers

Howard Assembly Room at Opera North

Firmly established as one of Yorkshire’s most important centres for progressive and diverse musical performances, the Howard Assembly Room, located within the Leeds Grand Theatre, is programmed by Opera North. Over the years, the Howard Assembly Room has played host to some of the finest musicians from around the world, including the Tallis Scholars, Toumani Diabaté, Bill Frisell, Nils Frahm, Ian Bostridge, The Unthanks and Lesley Garrett to name but a few. The Howard Assembly Room’s eclectic programme ranges from classical recitals to electronic vibes, showcasing a wealth of talent in the heart of the vibrant, cultural city of Leeds.

Box Office: 0844 848 2727

The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace

International Concert Season in Birmingham

Classical stars from around the world head to Birmingham to perform on the city’s great stages at Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Birmingham International Concert Season is one of the largest and most prestigious in the UK. The 2014-15 season welcomes artists from as far afield as Australia and Hong Kong, with highlights including the Czech and Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The series features a host of extraordinary soloists, including violinists Nicola Benedetti and Arabella Steinbacher and soprano Barbara Hannigan.


CBSO 2014-15 Concert Season in Birmingham (41 chars)

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2014-15 Concert Season begins on 16 September with Beethoven Week; a cycle of all nine Beethoven symphonies in just four concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. And with over 70 concerts, the new season is one of the CBSO’s largest ever, with debuts from nine young conductors, three UK Premieres, concerts for families and the ever-popular Friday Night Classics series. From Elgar to Queen, Parsifal to Puccini, there’s a concert for every music-lover. A world-class orchestra at home in Birmingham – full details at
Telephone: 0844 848 2727
Address: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham
Postcode: B1 2EA

Bristol’s International Classical Season at Colston Hall

2014-15 features some of the most prestigious concerts in the venue’s history. Pinchas Zukerman’s Bruch, Nicola Benedetti’s Mozart and Miloš Karadaglić’s Rodrigo are just three jewels in an already star-studded season. The illustrious Czech Philharmonic perform Dvořák, the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada commemorate the First World War, The Hallé flexes its unassailable Elgarian prowess, Vladimir Ashkenazy’s Philharmonia takes care of Sibelius’ anniversary, and the resident Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra showcases its powers with Prokofiev.

Box office: 0844 887 1500
Address: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR


Canada's NAC Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman


Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
John Estacio Brio: Toccata and Fantasy for Orchestra
Bruch: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony no. 7

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra performs under the direction of renowned conductor/violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman, in the spectacular setting of Salisbury Cathedral. This superb concert commemorates the 30,000 Canadian troops who trained around Salisbury before serving on the Western Front during the First World War.

Consistent praise has followed this vibrant orchestra throughout its history of touring both nationally and internationally, recording, and commissioning Canadian works.

Tickets: £15 - £40

Telephone: 01722 320 333

BBC Philharmonic at The Bridgewater Hall

Beethoven’s music forms the backbone of the BBC Philharmonic’s 2014-15 Bridgewater Hall Season, with performances of the mighty Ninth Symphony conducted by Juanjo Mena, the complete incidental music to Egmont and the composer’s only opera Fidelio. We celebrate Nielsen’s 150th birthday by performing his six symphonies over 3 concerts in June with John Storgårds and we continue to champion British composers featuring the works of Colin and David Matthews alongside Elgar, Delius and Vaughan Williams.

- 27 Sept Juanjo Mena conducts an all-Beethoven concert featuring the Fourth and Ninth Symphonies
- 11 Oct John Storgårds performs Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony.
- 8 Nov The orchestra performs Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.



Arts in Residence

The Arts in Residence organisation offers classical music events and classical music breaks in country houses and country hotels that have been picked for their superbly appointed positions. They all create an atmosphere in which you can enjoy the experience of music and the arts in style, comfort and good company.

The delicious food, excellent wine and friendly ambience are as important as the music you will hear and explore. Our prices for a weekend or midweek break are fully inclusive: accommodation, breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner with wine are all provided. There are no hidden extras.

Enquiries: 02392 383356

Shakespeare: Let Music Sound

This Autumn 2014, City of London Sinfonia present Shakespeare: Let Music Sound; a mini-festival celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary with some of the most incredible music for film and theatre inspired by the plays. Performing across London in a range of atmospheric venues from 8 October to 1 November 2014, the Orchestra will embark on an exciting journey through the plethora of artistic output inspired by the Bard’s timeless tales.

Box Office: Cadogan Hall: 020 7730 4500 / Other venues: 020 7377 1362


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