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Madama Butterfly

  • Directed by: Ellen Kent
  • Written by: Puccini

Ellen Kent presents Puccini's heartbreaking story of a beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. Starring Elena Dee and Miki Mori.

Royal Opera House, London WC2E

Sat 4 Apr

£7–£190 / 020 7304 4000

Thu 9 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Sat 11 Apr

£7–£145 / 020 7304 4000

Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival

The Electric Frog crew and Pressure once again join forces to present their outdoor music festival. This year's line-up features Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Väth, Siriusmodeselektor (live), Len Faki, Julio Bashmore, Karenn (live), Robert Hood: Floorplan, Prosumer, Carl Craig, Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Joy Orbison, Midland…

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fri 29 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

Sat 30 May

£35 for a day ticket; £60 for a weekend ticket / 0141 287 2720

English National Opera: The Pirates Of Penzance

Mike Leigh's sparkling new production of this much-loved comic opera.

London Coliseum, WC2N

Sat 23 May

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

Sat 13 Jun

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

Sun 21 Jun

£12–£115 / 0871 911 0200

British Summer Time Festival

Ten day festival of live music held across four stages in sunny Hyde Park. This year's headliners include The Who and Taylor Swift.

Hyde Park, London W2

Sat 20 Jun

£75

Blur - British Summer Time Hyde Park

Sun 21 Jun

£53

Kylie Minogue - British Summer Time Hyde Park

Fri 26 Jun

£69

Featuring The Who, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs and Johnny Marr.

Sat 27 Jun

£55

Taylor Swift headlines.

Puccini's Tosca

In March 2015, Midsummer Opera will perform Puccini's TOSCA (semi-staged and sung in Italian). The Chorus & Symphony Orchestra of Midsummer Opera plus St Dunstan's College children's choir will be conducted by Artistic Director David Roblou.

St John's Church, London SE1

Sun 22 Mar

£15 gallery pew; £22 adv; £26 (£19 advance; £23) / 020 7633 9819

Sun 29 Mar

£15 gallery pew; £22 adv; £26 (£19 advance; £23) / 020 7633 9819

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Bloody Mary Club

Sunday afternoon, hangover-curing blend of Bloody Mary and music.

Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 0131 247 4704

Sun 15 Mar

Free / 0131 247 4704

Sun 22 Mar

Free / 0131 247 4704

Sun 29 Mar

Free / 0131 247 4704

Blur

Seminal Britpop and indie from Damon Albarn's London-based award-winning band best known for its hits in the 1990s including Country House, Parklife, Charmless Man and There's No Other Way.

Hyde Park, London W2

Sat 20 Jun

£80–£227

With Metronomy, Jupiter & Okwess International, The Horrors, Drenge, Roots Manuva, Kitty Daisy & Lewis (official), Iris Gold, Fufanu and Sugarmen.

Cor Cymru 2015

A weekend feast of top-class choral singing and an exciting competition.

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Sat 18 Apr

Phone for prices / 01970 623 232

Sun 19 Apr

Phone for prices / 01970 623 232

UB40

Reggae journeymen still slogging round the touring circuit, but now with a reduced line-up

Chepstow Racecourse

Sat 30 May

£29 / 01291 622260

Doncaster Racecourse

Sat 6 Jun

£23 / 01302 304200

ABC, Music and Me

Activities for kids aged 2–5 encompassing music, dance, movement, sound and encouraging hand eye coordination.

St Francis Centre, Glasgow

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0141 429 0275

Mon 16 Mar

Free / 0141 429 0275

Mon 23 Mar

Free / 0141 429 0275

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Farinelli And The King

  • Written by: Claire van Kampen

Claire van Kampen's play, featuring a selection of arias first sung by Farinelli, is set in 18th-century Spain. Philip V of Spain is racked with depression and suffering from insomnia, so the Queen, desperate to help relieve her husband of his suffering, begs the famous castrato Farinelli, to sing to the King.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London SE1

Thu 5 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45 phone for availability; £10 Standing, phone for availability; £60 Premium Tickets, phone for availability / 020 7401 9919

Sun 8 Mar

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

£25–£45 phone for availability; £10 Standing, phone for availability; £60 Premium Tickets, phone for availability / 020 7401 9919

Glasgow St Patrick’s Day Festival

Live music, Irish ceili dancing, activities for kids and more at Merchant Square's St Paddy's celebrations.

Merchant Square, Glasgow

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 0141 552 3038

Part of Glasgow St Patrick’s Festival.

RSNO: The Music of John Williams

Some classical fans may flare their nostrils at the idea of a concert devoted to the music of the guy who wrote the score for E.T., but from the brutal simplicity of the two-note 'shark theme' in Jaws to the sinister music-box tinkle of 'Hedwig's Theme', the unifying musical motif in the Harry Potter films, Williams…

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Sat 14 Mar

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

Tartan Gig 2015

Concert organised by Girlguiding Scotland for its members aged ten and over. Previous performers have included Little Mix, Conor Maynard, Amy Macdonald, Pixie Lott, Scouting for Girls, Cher Lloyd and The Wanted.

SECC, Glasgow

Sat 9 May

Clyde Auditorium

prices vary / 0141 248 3000

Giovanni

Silent Opera’s brand new digitally re-mastered re-working of Mozart's masterpiece, where audience members use a specially designed mobile app to interact with the performers.

The Vaults, London SE1

Sat 7 Mar

£15–£25 / 020 7401 9603

£25 ticket includes one of the best seats, a programme and a show-themed cocktail Part of Vault Festival.

Sun 8 Mar

£15–£25 / 020 7401 9603

£25 ticket includes one of the best seats, a programme and a show-themed cocktail Part of Vault Festival.

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Little Nan's Right Royal House Party

House party organised by Little Nan with a blimmin royal ambiance.

98 Greenwich High Road, London SE10

Fri 6 Mar

Free / 07792 205375

Sat 7 Mar

Free / 07792 205375

Fri 13 Mar

Free / 07792 205375

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 07792 205375

Lunchtime Concert

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

St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh

Tue 3 Mar

Free / 0131 226 0673

Woodbridge High School Choir.

Wed 4 Mar

Free / 0131 226 0673

Guitarists from Edinburgh Napier University.

Mon 9 Mar

Free / 0131 226 0673

All the way from Texas, Gulf Coast Masterworks Chorus.

…and 4 more dates until 30 Mar

Njw 2015 - [H] Aydenne Simone Sings Ella With The Keith Ingham Trio

Newport Jazz Weekend 2015 Quay Arts Theatre Saturday 30 May 3.00pm Aydenne Simone (vocals), Keith Ingham (piano), Jon Thorne (bass), Ken Black (drums)

Quay Arts Centre, Newport

Sat 30 May

£4–£8 / 01983 822490

Wee Dub Sunday Social

Laidback Sunday session of good music and Jamaican food, special cocktails, kids reggae disco and kids dub station.

Hemma, Edinburgh

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 0131 629 3327

Part of Wee Dub Festival.

The Northside Jazz Band

Long established New Orleans-style six-piece featuring trumpeter Dave Rance, Ronnie Findon on clarinet and Bob Dwyer on trombone.

The Horns, Watford

Sun 8 Mar

Free / 01923 225020

Sun 15 Mar

Free / 01923 225020

Sun 22 Mar

Free / 01923 225020

…and 4 more dates until 19 Apr back to top

Spectacular Classics: Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Orff, Ravel, Handel, Bizet, Rossini, Williams, Prokofiev

  • Directed by: John Pryce-Jones (cond)
  • Written by: Sibelius

Benjamin Pope and RSNO play classical favourites, including Tchaikovsky's '1812' Overture. With lasers, for extra spectacularness.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Sat 14 Nov

Spring Music Festival

A range of wind bands, brass bands, percussion ensembles and guitar groups. All performing groups are partners of Barnsley Music Education Hub and led by Barnsley Music Service tutors.

The Civic, Barnsley

Wed 25 Mar

£2.50 Junior Concert; £5 Evening Concert (£3 Evening Concert) / 01226 327000

T in the Park

From relatively humble beginnings, T in the Park has become the acknowledged behemoth of the Scottish festival scene and one of the UK's largest events. In 2015 the festival moves from its longstanding Balado location to the exciting new grounds of Strathallan Castle in Perthshire. Friday night is headlined by…

Strathallan Castle, Auchterarder

Fri 10 Jul

£82.50 / 08444 999990

Wokingham Rock Choir

The Wokingham Rock Choir is led by singer/pianist Glen Harvey. The choir will be performing locally again soon so it's a chance for you to join in, sing and perform without pressure and under the supportive guidance of Glen. Rock Choir members have performed and sung across the country at venues including Wembley Stadium…

St Paul's Parish, Wokingham

Wed 4 Mar

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 11 Mar

£25 a month, free taster

Wed 18 Mar

£25 a month, free taster

…and 11 more dates until 1 Jul

Alan Hunter

Folk singer-songwriter.

Captains Bar, Edinburgh

Sat 7 Mar

Free

Sun 8 Mar

Free

Mon 9 Mar

Free

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