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The Metropolitan Opera: The Barber of Seville

A onstage performance of Rossini's classic comedy, with Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Christopher Maltman.

Curzon Chelsea

Sun 7 Dec

Curzon Knutsford

Sun 7 Dec

Curzon Richmond

Sun 7 Dec

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Edinburgh Royal Choral Union: Messiah

The Union's annual performance of Handel's oratorio is, after 128 years, an Edinburgh institution. Featuring instrumental support from Edinburgh Pro Musica Orchestra.

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Fri 2 Jan 2015

£13–£27 / 0131 228 1155

Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants

Paul Rissmann's adaptation of Giles Andreae's children's book is conducted by Ben Gernon and is presented by Chris Jarvis. Note: May contain a bottom. Among other items on the programme are Handel's suitably explosive Music for the Royal Fireworks.

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Sat 14 Feb 2015

£5–£12 / 0131 220 4348

Bach To Baby

Baby-friendly concerts for you and your little one to enjoy together. Children are allowed to listen to music the way they want, while you can enjoy performances by top-class musicians.

Bromley United Reformed Church

Tue 9 Dec

£10 (Children free)

Christmas programme: Sound the Sackbut! What on earth is a sackbut? Well, we’d rather show you than tell you… but here’s a hint: it’s a bit like a trombone! We’re really excited to bring you both instruments for a special festive concert including music for sackbut from the 1600s and Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering Trombone Concerto. All that, plus your favourite singalong Christmas carols to finish, of course!

Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Bach To Baby Bromley United Reformed Church

Burgh House, London NW3

Mon 1 Dec

£10 for one person, £27 for three, £40 for five (Children free) / 020 7431 0144

Christmas programme: Sound the Sackbut! What on earth is a sackbut? Well, we’d rather show you than tell you… but here’s a hint: it’s a bit like a trombone! We’re really excited to bring you both instruments for a special festive concert including music for sackbut from the 1600s and Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering Trombone Concerto. All that, plus your favourite singalong Christmas carols to finish, of course!

Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.

Wed 3 Dec

£10 for one person, £27 for three, £40 for five (Children free) / 020 7431 0144

Christmas programme: Sound the Sackbut! What on earth is a sackbut? Well, we’d rather show you than tell you… but here’s a hint: it’s a bit like a trombone! We’re really excited to bring you both instruments for a special festive concert including music for sackbut from the 1600s and Rimsky-Korsakov’s glittering Trombone Concerto. All that, plus your favourite singalong Christmas carols to finish, of course!

Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.

Christ Church, London SE10

Fri 28 Nov

£10 (Children free)

Zivorad Nikolic explores music from around the world on the classical accordion.

Fri 19 Dec

£10 (Children free)

Christmas programme: Carnival of the Animals It's time for celebrations! Come one come all to see the animals big and small. Join the regal lion, the dancing elephant, the cuckoo in the wood, the tortoise who knows how to beat the hare, the fossils (no, mummy's not that old), the bouncy kangaroo, the long-eared donkey, as well as the pianists Madalina Rusu and Grace Mo as they rumpah pum pum to the glorious music of Saint-Saëns and Faure. All that, plus your favourite Christmas carols to finish, of course!

Doors open 30 mins prior to the concert, giving you time to ditch the buggy, grab a Monmouth coffee and catch up with friends before the performance.

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Britten Oboe Quartet: Lutyens, Oliver Knussen, Elgar, Mozart, Lennox Berkeley, Britten

  • Written by: Britten

The ensemble performs Elgar's Andante And Allegro, Lutyens's Oboe Quartet Op 81 'Driving Out The Death', Mozart's Adagio For Cor Anglais and String Trio K580a, Britten's Fantasy Quartet In F Minor Op 2, Oliver Knussen's Cantata, Lennox Berkeley's String Trio Op 19 and Mozart's Oboe Quartet In F Major K370/368b.

Brighton Dome

Sun 22 Feb 2015

Corn Exchange

£18.50 (£16) / 01273 709709

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Adrian Brendel & Aleksandar Madzar: Dohnanyi, Beethoven, Janacek

  • Written by: Janacek

Dohnanyi's Cello Sonata in Bb minor Op 8, Janacek's Pohadka and Beethoven's Cello Sonata in A Op 69.

Wigmore Hall, London W1U

Sun 14 Dec

£12.50 inc refreshments (£10 inc refreshments) / 020 7935 2141

Alauda Quartet

  • Written by: Tippett

An internationally diverse ensemble hailing from four different corners of Europe but sharing a unifying passion for chamber music and a desire to explore the repertoire of the string quartet. Besides their concert and masterclass schedule the Quartet is also involved in educational projects across the UK.

Lauderdale House, London N6

Sun 30 Nov

£7 (£5; Children £1) / 020 8348 8716

Andreas Ottensamer: Brahms, Weber

  • Written by: Weber

The programme comprises Weber's Grand Duo Concertant in Eb Op 48, Weiner's Peregi verbunk Op 40, Kovacs's Hommage a Zoltan Kodaly, Draskoczy's Korondi tanock and Brahms's Clarinet Sonata in F minor Op 120 No 1.

Wigmore Hall, London W1U

Sun 15 Feb 2015

£13 (£11) / 020 7935 2141

Apollon Musagète Quartet: Gorecki, Dvorak, Szymanowski

  • Written by: Szymanowski

One of Europe's most adventurous and dynamic ensembles, the quartet play works by Dvorak.

Brighton Dome

Sun 14 Dec

Corn Exchange

£18.50–£99 / 01273 709709

Around The World With The 12 Cellists Of The Berliner Philharmoniker: Robert Schumann, Henry Purcell, Dmitry Shostakovich

  • Written by: Dmitry Shostakovich

Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker play melodies, rhythms and harmonies playing swing, classical, dance and music from films in this very special one-hour concert for children and their families with narration.

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 15 Feb 2015

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Bach Cantatas: JS Bach

  • Directed by: Iain Ledingham
  • Written by: JS Bach

Du Friedefurst, Herr Jesu Christ, Fantasia and Fugue in C minor and Lass, Furstin, Lass Noch Einen Strahl, performed on historical instruments.

Royal Academy Of Music, London NW1

Sun 18 Jan 2015

£13 (£10) / 020 7873 7300

JS Bach's music performed on modern instruments, including BWV 16, Lord God, We Give Thee Praise, Bach's own especial favourite BWV 82, It Is Enough and BWV 112, The Lord Is My Faithful Shepherd.

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£13 (£10) / 020 7873 7300

JS Bach's music is performed on period instruments, with organist Michael Papadopoulos. The programme includes BWV 582, Passacaglia In C Minor and BWV 201, Make Haste, Make Haste, You Whirling Winds. Directed by Iain Ledingham.

Sun 22 Mar 2015

£13 (£10) / 020 7873 7300

JS Bach's music is performed on period instruments, with Iain Ledingham directing and Jemima Stephenson on organ. The programme includes BWV 25, There Is No Soundness In My Flesh, BWV 153, Behold, Dear God, How My Enemies, BWV 686, Out Of The Depths I Cry To Thee and BWV 38.

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The Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion (In English)

The Bach Choir first performed Johann Sebastian Bach's epic Passion in English in 1930. Yearly packed-out audiences continue to appreciate the relevance and immediacy of the performances.

Southbank Centre, London SE1

Sun 29 Mar 2015

£10–£40 / 0844 875 0073

Badke Quartet

Harrogate International Sunday Series.

The Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate

Sun 8 Feb 2015

£15.50 / 08448 799 071

Barnabas Kelemen: Beethoven, Prokofiev

  • Written by: Prokofiev

Performers Barnabas Kelemen on violin and Olli Mustonen on piano play a programme of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No 3 in Eb Op 12 No 3 and Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No 1 in F minor Op 80.

Wigmore Hall, London W1U

Sun 11 Jan 2015

£13 (£11) / 020 7935 2141

Bells Up Brass Quintet

Quintet of Eoin Tonner (trumpet), Holly Boddice (trumpet), Andrew McLean (horn), Cillian Ó Ceallacháin (trombone) and Rachel Brown (tuba).

Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tue 9 Dec

£3 (students and schoolchildren free) / 0131 228 1155

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Benjamin Goldscheider & Matt Glendening: Schumann, Bissil, Ireland, Gregson, Weiner, Bozza, Saint-Saens

  • Written by: Saint-Saens

Performances of Bozza's En Foret, Saint-Saens' Romance Op 67, Bissil's Lone Call and Charge, Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, Ireland's Fantasy Sonata, Weiner's Peregi Verbink Op 40 and Gregson's Tributes.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sun 7 Dec

Big Ears, Little Ears

In the classical music equivalent of a parent & baby screening, the SCO plays a short concert of much-loved classics in a baby-friendly environment; nobody will raise an eyebrow if your little one provides vocal encouragement.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

Wed 3 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

The 10.30am concert is for ages 0–12 months, the 11.45am concert for ages 1–4.

Birtwistle In Birmingham: Composition Masterclass With Sir Harrison Birtwistle

A public composition masterclass with Sir Harrison Birtwistle and three Birmingham Conservatoire composition students: Anthony Leung, James Alexandropoulos-McEwan and Bobbie-Jane Gardner, exploring new works for clarinet quintet written for Jack McNeill and the Gildas String Quartet.

Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University

Fri 28 Nov

Recital Hall

£4 / 0121 331 5901

Boxing Day Organ Recital: Prof Ian Tracey

A recital by the Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral.

Liverpool Cathedral

Fri 26 Dec

Phone for prices, phone for availibility / 0151 702 7201

Calidore String Quartet: Beethoven, Mendelssohn

  • Written by: Mendelssohn

Calidore String Quartet perform Mendelssohn's String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op13 and Beethoven's String Quartet in E minor Op 59 No 2 Razumovsky.

Wigmore Hall, London W1U

Sun 22 Feb 2015

£13 (£11) / 020 7935 2141

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Carducci Quartet: Steve Reich

  • Written by: Steve Reich

Violinists Matthew Denton and Michelle Fleming, violist Eoin Schmidt-Martin and cellist Emma Denton perform Steve Reich's Different Trains For String Quartet And Tape and WTC 9/11 For String Quartet.

Kings Place, London N1

Sun 15 Feb 2015

£19.50 inc refreshments / 020 7520 1490

Gloucester Cathedral

Sat 6 Dec

Phone for prices / 01452 528095

CBSO Schools Concert: Bite-Size Classics: Mozart, Elgar, Britten, Holst

  • Directed by: Michael Seal (cond)
  • Written by: Holst

This lively concert for Key Stage Two is entirely made up of music by and for children from Britten and Elgar, to Mozart and Holst.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Thu 2 Jul 2015

£5 / 0121 345 0600

CBSO Schools Concert: The CBSO’s Guide To The Orchestra: John Williams, Copland, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Stravinsky, Prokofiev

  • Directed by: Michael Seal (cond)
  • Written by: Prokofiev

Presenter Alasdair Malloy explores music from Mozart to Harry Potter, in a concert specially devised for Key Stage 3 students featuring classics from Vivaldi and Mozart alongside contemporary music from films.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Choir 18

A programme of informal recitals.

Southwark Cathedral, London SE1

Sat 6 Dec

Phone for prices / 020 7367 6700

  • 11:00 – 12:00 Choir 18 Southwark Cathedral, London
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