We Recommend: Classical Music

Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet

Sat 27 Jul

Wigmore Hall

The founder-director of one of Europe’s most durable and expert period-instrument ensembles leads a programme that simulates the musical experience of the mass in the time of Mozart and Haydn.

Classical Music

Prom 13: Messiaen – Des Canyons aux Etoiles – BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sun 28 Jul

Royal Albert Hall

Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles ... is one of the 20th century’s most singular and extraordinary works, a musical act of ‘praise and contemplation’. Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO, with pianist Nicolas Hodges and horn player Martin Owen.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

Right in the Eye – Live Movie-Concert of Georges Méliès’ Films

Fri 2 - Sun 25 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

A live trio of French musicians along with French composer Jean-François Alcoléa intertwine playful modern compositions and the fantasy of the legendary filmmaker Georges Méliès, father of cinema and the inventor of special effects.

Classical Music, Films & TV, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

Edinburgh International Festival – National Youth Orchestra of the USA

Fri 9 Aug

Usher Hall

Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato joins the Carnegie Hall-based NYO USA for the sultry opulence of Berlioz’s six ravishing love songs, Prokofiev's brilliantly joyous Symphony No 5 and Davis' Delicate Tension. Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct this dramatic programme.

Classical Music

Quatuor Mona – Chamber Music Concert

Sun 18 Aug

Institut français d'Ecosse

This young string quartet is born out of the friendship of four former students at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. In addition to their participation to the Edinburgh International Festival, they will offer a rendition of the Debussy Quartet and of the Beethoven op. 59 no. 2.

Classical Music

Edinburgh International Festival – Orchestre de Paris 1

Fri 23 Aug

Usher Hall

British conductor Daniel Harding brings his orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival for two inspirational concerts. In the first one, the Orchestre de Paris will perform Berlioz colourful Harold in Italy and Beethoven impressive Symphony No 6.

Classical Music

Edinburgh International Festival – Orchestre de Paris 2

Sat 24 Aug

Usher Hall

British conductor Daniel Harding brings his orchestra to the Edinburgh International Festival for two inspirational concerts. In the second one, the Orchestre de Paris will perform Britten’s soul-searching pacifist masterpiece, War Requiem.

Classical Music

Prom 50: Orchestre de Paris – Daniel Harding

Mon 26 Aug

Royal Albert Hall

The Orchestre de Paris and the British conductor Daniel Harding are coming to perform Jörg Widmann’s explosive Babylon Suite, Beethoven’s "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6, and the overture to Schumann’s only opera, Genoveva. A contrasted programme for this Prom 50.

Classical Music

BBC Proms: Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique

Thu 12 Sept

Royal Albert Hall

Inspired by the composer’s own romantic infatuation with a young actress, the Symphonie fantastique is a vivid fantasy full of tragedy and passion, interpreted by the Aurora Orchestra.

Classical Music

Cédric Tiberghien & Hugo Ticciati – Fallen Heroes

Sun 15 Sept

Wigmore Hall

Cédric Tiberghien (piano) and Hugo Ticciati (violin) celebrate the Empire fallen heroes. Schoenberg’s setting of Byron’s withering ode complements Chopin’s sonata containing his famous Funeral March, heard at the re-interment of Bonaparte’s remains in 1840.

Classical Music

Werther – Jules Massenet

Tue 17 Sept - Sat 5 Oct

Royal Opera House

Benoît Jacquot’s production of Massenet’s tragic opera explores the conflict between duty and our most passionate desires. Coming from the Opéra national de Paris, it is performed in London with brio at the Royal Opera House.

Classical Music

Michel Legrand Remembered: Keep the Music Playing

Fri 20 Sept

Queen Elizabeth Hall

From ‘Summer of 42’ to ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’, pay tribute to the era-defining composer, three-time Oscar and five-time Grammy Award winner at an evening of jazz and cinema classics with the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra and special guests.

Classical Music, Contemporary Music

French Song Exchange Showcase

Wed 25 - Thu 26 Sept

Wigmore Hall

Join young singers from Wigmore Hall’s French Song Exchange (in partnership with the École Normale de Musique de Paris) for two showcase recitals, as they explore the wonderful traditions of the mélodie and delve into the music of Fauré.

Classical Music

Orléans International Piano Competition – Brin d’herbe

Thu 26 Sept

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

For its 8th edition, the Orléans International Piano Competition proposes a contemporary music competition based on 3 pieces by British composer Christian Mason. Supported by Diaphonique, the junior piano competition ‘Brin d’herbe’ takes place every 2 years.

Classical Music

Marielou Jacquard, Kunal Lahiry, Alex Rosen, Michał Biel

Fri 18 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Schubert, Ravel, Fauré and Poulenc's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Stéphane Degout. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

Garnier, Oneto Bensaid, Lanièce, Louveau

Sun 20 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Two duos present Debussy, Massenet and Schumann's mélodies and Lieder they have been working on during the year, under the guidance of masters such as Véronique Gens. In co-production with Fondation Royaumont and Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

Classical Music

Jean-Guihen Queyras & Alexandre Tharaud

Mon 28 Oct

Wigmore Hall

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexandre Tharaud present a programme of works including Debussy's Cello Sonata, Poulenc's Suite française and a selection from Marais’ 'Pieces de violes 3e livre' first published in 1711.

Classical Music

Anna Stéphany, Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm

Fri 1 Nov

Wigmore Hall

The place of the cello in Baroque repertoire – often used as an obbligato instrument as well as a soloist – provides the theme of a programme that blends the sacred and the profane, from Gabrielli to Vivaldi, with the celebrated mezzo taking the vocal line.

Classical Music