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BBC SSO: Beethoven's Ninth

If Beethoven's Symphony No 9 is one of its composer's most popular pieces, it's not just because of its wealth of great tunes; it's because of its uncanny power to make you want to jump up and down cheering. Hence its suitability for a celebration, in this case conductor Donald Runnicles' 60th birthday. The opening piece…

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 16 Nov

£11–£27 / 0131 228 1155

Drumchapel & West Winterfest Fireworks

Music and entertainment from Jemma Stevenson, Simply Rod, Nycki Simz and many more. Fireworks from 7pm.

Drumchapel Park, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov



Blake's incredible journey started in 2007 when four friends reunited on Facebook and quickly took the music world by storm as they blurred the lines between pop and classical singing, creating a unique sound like none before. Since then they have released three award-winning albums, travelled the globe, appeared on over…

Hoghton Tower, Preston

Sat 4 Jul 2015

£29.50 / 01254 852986

David Gerrard

Works for organ by Bach, Frescobaldi, Froberger, Kerll and Buttstett.

Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 651 4336

Fairlop Brass Band

The ensemble performs a range of film music in traditional style.

Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford

Sun 23 Nov

£8.50 ( £7.50; £7.50) / 020 8553 4466

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Farewell Bash

See the Perthshire Amber festival out in style with this grand farewell bash.

Edradour Distillery, Pitlochry

Sun 2 Nov

£15 / 01796 472095

Part of Perthshire Amber.

Florian Rohn & Arta Arnicane: Dohnanyi, F.Chopin, Beethoven

  • Written by: Beethoven

The cello and piano pairing performs Dohnanyi's Sonata In B Major For Piano And Cello, Beethoven's Piano Sonata In F Major, No 2 and Chopin's Introduction And Polonaise Brillante In C Major For Cello And Piano.

London School Of Economics, WC2A

Thu 6 Nov

Shaw Library, Old Building

Free / 020 7955 6043

Joan Armatrading

Multi award-winning, MBE awarded artist with a sublime voice, playing self-penned soul and sophisticated pop from her impressive back catalogue.

St Andrew's Hall, Norwich

Sun 16 Nov

£29.50 / 01603 628477

Lunchtime Concert

St Giles' Cathedral offers free lunchtime concerts from visiting artists.

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Thu 23 Oct

Free / 0131 226 0673

Canadian National Arts Centre String Trio and Horn Quintet in recital.

The RSNO Christmas Concert: The Snowman

A family-friendly concert of carols and seasonal tunes, including the now annual screening of Dianne Jackson's 1982 film of Raymond Briggs' The Snowman with live musical accompaniment, because nothing spells 'Christmas' like a magical fable about the transience of life. Christopher Bell conducts.

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 20 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s free) / 0141 353 8000

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Sun 21 Dec

£15–£35 (disabled £7.50–£17.50; under 26s/mature students/unemployed £6; under 16s free) / 0131 228 1155

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Aaron Goldberg Trio

The American pianist-composer and his group performs contemporary jazz.

Pizza Express Jazz Club, London W1D

Thu 20 Nov

Free / 020 7437 9595

Allan Stewart's Big Big Variety Show

Allan Stewart presents his big variety show featuring Grant Stott, Andy Gray, Paul Zerdin and more.

King's Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Apr 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Sat 11 Apr 2015

£25 / 0131 529 6000

Andrew Vickers

A recital by double bassist Andrew Vickers.

The Foundling Museum, London WC1N

Thu 11 Dec

Phone for prices / 020 7841 3600

Anita Harris

At fifteen she was 'discovered' and whisked away to appear in a Vegas revue – and she hasn't stopped since, appearing in films, musicals and bands. Now, 50 years on, she brings her own story to the stage, with an evening of song, dance, chat and humour.

Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth

Sun 2 Nov

£14 / 01395 576798

Bach St Matthew Passion: Bach

  • Directed by: Richard Egarr
  • Written by: Bach

The orchestra performs Bach's St Matthew Passion with Richard Egarr, harpsichord, Elizabeth Watts, soprano, Sarah Connolly, alto, Andrew Kennedy, tenor and Christopher Purves, bass.

Barbican Centre, London EC2Y

Fri 3 Apr 2015

£10–£45 / 020 7638 8891

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Blackpool Tower Weekender

A weekend of northern soul, Motown and modern dance grooves. See how the experts move at the Blackpool Hilton World Northern Soul Dance competition and try replicate their moves on the dancefloor.

Blackpool Tower

Fri 7 Nov

£39 / 0871 222 9929

Sat 8 Nov

£39 / 0871 222 9929

Sun 9 Nov

£39 / 0871 222 9929

Mon 10 Nov

£39 / 0871 222 9929

Fascinating Aida: Charm Offensive

The satirical cabaret trio – Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman – take their new show on tour.

Theatre Royal, Bath

Sun 26 Oct

£17.50–£19.50 / 01225 448844

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Sat 8 Nov

£21.50 / 01483 440000

Royal Clifton Hotel, Southport

Sun 9 Nov

£10 / 01704 533771

Grampian Hospitals' Christmas Carol Concert

Christmas carols and songs by the Grampian Health Services Choir. In aid of CLICSargent, a charity supporting children and adolescents with cancer.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Sun 14 Dec

£10–£13 / 01224 641122


KDKDK is a piano duo consisting of Katherine Durran and Kirsteen Davidson Kelly.

Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 4 Nov

Free / 0131 651 4336

The duo performs the two-piano version of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

  • 13:10 KDKDK Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh
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Kid Canaveral's Christmas Baubles V

An all day indie Christmas party curated by KC. Afrobeat, funk electronica and highlife from headliners Ibibio Sound Machine alongside Kid Canaveral and fellow Lost Mappers Randolph's Leap with more acts still to be announced.

Portobello Town Hall, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Dec

Over-18s only


Little Wrigglers: Dance Perform And Play: Workshop (Ages 2-4)

A fun, creative mix of dance, music & mime, guaranteed to inspire your child to move and groove to music. Each week is a new and exciting adventure for your child from tending animals at the zoo to travelling to outer-space on a special, secret mission.

Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington

Mon 27 Oct

Phone for prices / 020 8977 7558

Mon 3 Nov

Phone for prices / 020 8977 7558

Mon 10 Nov

Phone for prices / 020 8977 7558

…and 2 more dates until 24 Nov

Lunchtime Christmas Music With The Choir Of Winchester Cathedral

  • Directed by: Andrew Lumsden (cond)

Organist Thomas Trotter, supported by one of the best Cathedral choirs in England, plays two of the UK's finest instruments. Conducted by Andrew Lumsden.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tue 9 Dec

£10 ( £8.50; £8.50; Children £8.50 under 16s) / 0121 345 0600

Magda Loth Hill

The violinist and her piano accompanist performs a programme of classical works.

Carlisle Cathedral

Tue 28 Oct

£5 ( £4; £2.50; Children £2.50 under 18s) / 01228 548151

Marcus Farnsworth and James Cheung

Award-winning baritone Marcus Farnsworth performs Schubert's song cycle Winterreise with pianist James Cheung.

Pollok House, Glasgow

Sun 9 Nov

£18; newcomer £12 (Members £15; Students £5) / 0844 493 2202

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