6 May: BBC Total Immersion Day: Edgard Varèse. Six of Varèse’s finest scores for orchestra round off the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s exploration of the composer’s works. Check for times and prices. www.barbican.org.uk. Barbican Centre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. C10. Station: Barbican.
Classical events hall. 5 May: London Chamber Orchestra. The Shaker movement, with its ethos of hard work and ecstatic worship, inspired John Adams’ early minimalist masterpiece Shaker Loops. Copland uses the Shaker hymn Simple Gifts in Appalachian Spring, his wartime ballet which heralded a new simplicity and directness of style. Simple Gifts also forms the starting point for Paul Edlin’s new work, which is performed by the young participants of the Music Junction scheme. The soloists in Shostakovich’s ebullient First Piano Concerto are also youthful: the hugely gifted teenagers Daniel Karitonov and Lucienne Renaudin-Vary. Please check for times and prices. www.cadoganhall.com. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ. T: 020-7730 4500. G6. Station: Sloane Square.
Royal Festival Hall
1 May: Philharmonia & Vivace Chorus: Brahms Requiem. One of the most popular choral works in the world, Brahms’ uplifting Requiem is the perfect May Day treat. It is paired with the world premiere of Cantus Maris by UK composer Francis Pott. Please check for times and prices. www.southbankcentre.co.uk. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX. T: 0844-545 8252. E8. Station: Waterloo.
St James’s Piccadilly
This beautiful 1676 church has free recitals every Mon, Wed & Fri at 1.10pm and concerts from 7.30pm. www.sjp.org.uk. St James’s Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL. T: 020-7381 0441. E7. Station: Piccadilly Circus.
St Martin-in-the-Fields Church
Extensive programme of lunchtime and evening concerts. www.smitf.org. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Station: Charing Cross.
Concert hall with regular recitals. 27 May: Pavel Kolesnikov. The pianist plays Bach, Schubert and Schumann. Please check for times and prices. www.wigmore-hall.org.uk. 36 Wigmore St, W1U 2BP. T: 020-7935 2141. D6. Station: Bond Street.