Classical: The Five Best Concerts

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Salome Wed

First revival for Richard Leveaux's probing staging for ENO of Richard Strauss's heady turn-of-the-century Symbolist classic. Vivien Tierney has the onerous task of projecting her Salome across an often raging 00-piece orchestra. Coliseum, London WC2 (07-632 8300) 8pm


Kullervo Wed

Rare opportunity to catch Sibelius's early choral epic, coupled with his Tapiola, from the CBSO conducted by fellow Finn Sakari Oramo.

Symphony Hall, Birmingham B (02-22 3333) 7.30pm


Philharmonia Wed

Vladimir Ashkenazy conducts in a Music for Everyman Gala concert in aid of the Cancer Research Male Urological Research Centre. Peter Jablonski is the soloist in Gershwin's Piano Concerto followed by the Scheherazade of Rimsky-Korsakov.

Royal Festival Hall, London SEI (07-960 4242) 7.30pm


Camerata Academica Salzbury Wed

Sir William Glock's Mozart series continues with a visit by the chamber orchestra from Mozart's birthplace. Isabelle Faust and Tabea Zimmermann are the soloists in the Sinfonia Concertante.

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London SE (07-960 4242) 7.45pm


Vikram Seth: An Equal Music Fri

The novelist reads from his new work, a meditation on music and deafness, which features scenes in the Wigmore. Music comes from Joanna MacGregor and friends, playing amongst others, a Haydn quartet and Mozart's Violin Sonata.

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