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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.­ Bar­bican Cen­tre, Silk St, EC2Y 8DS. T: 020-7638 8891. C10. Sta­tion: Bar­bican.

Cado­gan Hall

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.cado­gan­ 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.south­bank­cen­ 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. 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. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafal­gar Square, WC2N 4JJ. T: 020-7766 1100. E8. Sta­tion: Char­ing Cross.

Wig­more Hall

Con­cert hall with reg­u­lar recitals. 27 May: Pavel Kolesnikov. The pi­anist plays Bach, Schu­bert and Schu­mann. Please check for times and prices. www.wig­ 36 Wig­more St, W1U 2BP. T: 020-7935 2141. D6. Sta­tion: Bond Street.

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