Classical: The five best concerts

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The Golden Cockerel Today, Mon, Wed, Thu

Rimsky-Korsakov's last opera - a biting satire in a new production from the Royal Opera, directed by Tim Hopkins, designed by Anthony Baker and conducted by Gennadi Rozsdhestvensky.

Sadler's Wells Theatre, London EC (07-863 8000) 7pm


Guarneri Trio Prague Fri

The distinguished Czech trio give an all-Dvorak concert, airing Silent Woods as well as the Op2 and Op65 piano trios.

Wigmore Hall, London W (07-935 24) 7.30pm


Kontrabande Wed

Formed in 997, this Baroque ensemble consist of countertenor, oboe, string quintet and keyboards. They perform cantatas by Bach and Vivaldi, as well as a Handel organ concerto.

Wigmore Hall, London W (07-935 24) 7.30pm


National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain Wed

Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the NYO in an alluring concert of impressionistic works - Debussy's tone poem La Mer, Strauss's symphonic poem Death and Transfiguration and Ravel's choreographic poem La Valse.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham (02-22 3333) 8pm


London Schools Symphony Orchestra Fri

Christopher Adey conducts another young orchestra in another taxing programme - Dvorak's Cello Concerto (with Felix Schmidt the soloist), followed by the massive Asrael Symphony by Dvorak's son-in-law, Josef Suk.

Barbican Hall, London EC2 (07-638 889) 7.30pm