Five of the best

Clas­si­cal con­certs

The Guardian - The Guide - - Music - An­drew Cle­ments

1The Lit­tle Greats Opera North presents six one-act op­eras de­signed by Charles Ed­wards. He also di­rects the pro­duc­tion of Leon­cav­allo’s Pagli­acci, which starts off in a dou­ble bill with Annabel Ar­den’s ver­sion of Ravel’s L’En­fant et les Sor­tilèges (pic­tured).

The Grand The­atre & Opera House, Leeds, Sat to 21 Oct; tour­ing to 18 Nov

2Nash In­ven­tions New works by Alexander Goehr and John Casken are the nov­el­ties in the Nash Ensem­ble’s lat­est Bri­tish show­case. Goehr’s The Wak­ing marks the com­poser’s 85th birth­day; Casken’s pre­miere is a more con­ven­tional scored quin­tet for clar­inet and strings. Wig­more Hall, W1, Wed

3The Golden Dragon Mu­sic The­atre Wales in­tro­duced its pro­duc­tion of Péter Eötvös’s slick tragi­com­edy at last year’s Bux­ton fes­ti­val. Michael McCarthy’s pro­duc­tion of this un­set­tling fa­ble, based on the play of the same name by Roland Schim­melpfen­nig and set in a Thai-Chi­nese restau­rant some­where in Europe, is now re­vived for an au­tumn tour. Sher­man Cymru, Cardiff, Fri; tour­ing to 31 Oct

4The Dam­na­tion of Faust Hav­ing an­nounced his ar­rival as the Lon­don Sym­phony Or­ches­tra’s mu­sic di­rec­tor with a pro­gramme of con­tem­po­rary Bri­tish mu­sic, Si­mon Rat­tle turns his at­ten­tion to the main­stream reper­tory, start­ing with Ber­lioz’s unique choral hy­brid.

Bar­bican Hall, EC2, Sun & Tue

5Red Note Ensem­ble Two short con­certs in the Lam­mer­muir fes­ti­val from Scot­land’s lead­ing new­mu­sic group, both fea­tur­ing per­for­mances of Thomas But­ler’s new work Lim­nol­ogy. Tyn­ing­hame Vil­lage Hall, nr Dun­bar; East­field Farm, Whit­tinge­hame, Fri

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