The best classical and opera
Katherine Jenkins She used to be a school music teacher and now she is the fastest selling female opera singer since Maria Callas. As the ‘Forces Sweetheart’, Jenkins has been entertaining the troops in Iraq and Kosovo and she’s also the official mascot for the Wales rugby team. And she’s only 26. Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, Thu 16 Nov.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius Revisited Since their early championing of the music of Sibelius in the 1940s, the BBC SSO have always held a special place in their hearts for the great Finnish composer. Two renowned Sibelius interpreters - Osmo Vanska, whose cycle of the symphonies with the BBC SSO ten years ago won huge critical acclaim, and Leif Segerstam - along with Associate Guest Conductor Stefan Solyom each put their stamp on this magnificent music. City Halls, Glasgow, Thu 16, Thu 23, Sun 26 & Thu 30 Nov.
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Adventurer A moving new symphony, his second, from Edinburgh based composer Edward Harper receives its premiere from the SCO, SCO Chorus and baritone soloist David Wilson-Johnson. Dealing with the themes of unexpected death and resolution of conflict, it takes inspiration from 19th century Dorset poet William Barnes and the hope for peace in the Middle East. City Halls, Glasgow, Fri 24 Nov; Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, Sat 25 Nov.