CLASSICAL: THE FIVE BEST CONCERTS

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Mozart Requiem tomorrow

Trevor Pinnock, Britain's foremost period-instrument conductor, directs his English Concert orchestra and choir in a programme that cleverly links a Bach motet, Haydn's Symphony No 49 and Mozart's Requiem.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (07-589 822) 7.30pm

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French Connections Mon

A feast of French music for this Proms concert, with arias by Thomas and Bizet alongside works by Poulenc (his witty suite for Les Biches and the Concerto for Two Pianos) and Roussel's superb Third Symphony.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (07-589 822) 7.30pm

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Wonderful Town Tue

It's not top-drawer Bernstein, but Simon Rattle's performance of Wonderful Town has Thomas Hampson and Audra McDonald as its soloists, and is preceded by works by Ives and Nancarrow.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (07-589 822) 7.30pm

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Look North Fri

The CBSO, with conductor Sakari Oramo making his Proms debut, presents Bridge's tone poem The Sea, Sibelius's Violin Concerto and Nielsen's mighty Fourth Symphony, "The Inextinguishable".

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 (07-589 822) 7pm

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BBC Scottish SO Fri

As part of the Snape Maltings Proms season, Osmo Vanska and his BBC Scottish SO accompany Stephen Hough in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 5, and give Nielsen's An Imaginary Journey to the Faroes and Sibelius's First Symphony.

Snape Maltings Concert Hall (0728 453543) 7.30pm

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