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Our guide to the best classical concerts this month.
1/ Elgar Festival
The inaugural Elgar Festival kicks off on 1 June in the composer’s hometown of Worcester. The English Symphony Orchestra under conductor Kenneth Woods are the orchestra-in-residence for the three-day event, which features concerts, talks and exhibits at local venues including Worcester Cathedral, the Elgar Birthplace Museum, Huntington Concert Hall and the Elgar School of Music.
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 June 2018, Worcester.
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire hosts a mammoth six-hour marathon devoted to chamber music by British composer Sir Arnold Bax. The day includes performances of his Nonet and Elegiac Trio, the Third Violin Sonata and Ballad with violinist Lucia Veintimilla and pianist Greta Astedt, the String Quartet in G Major with the Artume Quartet, and world premieres of his songs.
Tuesday 19 June, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
3/ The Age of Sail
The English Chamber Orchestra will be heading to Chatham’s Historic Dockyard for a concert hosted by renowned historian Dr David Starkey. Performing in the dockyard’s ‘cathedral to shipbuilding’ No. 3 Slip, conductor-in-residence Leo Geyer will direct a programme of music written during the age of Britain’s great naval expansion including Handel’s Water Music Suite and Haydn’s London Symphony.
Saturday 23 June, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Kent.
4/A Britten celebration
Michael Crawford and conductor Martyn Brabbins join the BBC Singers for a performance marking the 60th anniversary of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten. Taking place at Southwark Cathedral where the work received its London premiere, the animals from the Noah’s ark will be depicted by Finchley Children’s Music Group (which was founded by Britten especially for this work).
Friday 15 June 2018, Southwark Cathedral, London.