GIGS Chosen by David Cheal
Two must-hear Proms feature Jansons and his Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Sibelius’s Second Symphony, and then in Honegger’s Symphonie liturgique and Beethoven’s Ninth ( Choral) Symphony. Albert Hall, London SW7 (020 7589 8212), Wed, Thurs.
OPERA Chosen by Rupert Christiansen
Connect Festival This three-day event on the banks of Loch Fyne in Argyll features an impressive line-up on three stages, with an emphasis on Scottish acts: Primal Scream, Jesus and Mary Chain, Mogwai, Teenage Fanclub, Amy Macdonald, plus Jarvis Cocker, Björk, LCD Sound System, and the summer’s big festival success story, Seasick Steve. Inveraray Castle, Argyll (0870 169 0100), Fri-Sept 2. Info: connectmusicfestival.com BOOK NOW Paul Hartnoll Hartnoll’s first shows since the demise of Orbital. Roundhouse, London NW1 (0870 389 1846), Sept 4; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (0161 907 9000), Sept 5.
CLASSICAL Chosen by Geoffrey Norris
Presteigne Festival The charming Welsh festival includes a harpsichord recital by Carole Cerasi, focusing on the sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti in this 250th anniversary year of his death. St Mary’s Church, Pembridge (01544 267800), Mon. Mariss Jansons Romeo and Juliet A loosely adapted version of Shakespeare’s tragedy by the 19th-century composer Georg Benda, presented by Bampton Classical Opera. Westonbirt School, near Tetbury (01367 847077), tomorrow, Mon. Capriccio Richard Strauss’s last opera, in a production from Cologne, with Gabriele Fontana as the Countess who cannot choose between a poet and composer. Markus Stenz conducts. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (0131 473 2000), Tues, Thurs. The Water Diviner’s Tale A new opera for children on the subject of climate change, composed by Rachel Portman to a libretto by Owen Sheers.Albert Hall, London SW7 (020 7589 8212), Mon.