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ARGUABLY THE finest orchestra in the world, the Vienna Philharmonic arrives in London for one of its now regular tri-yearly appearances. Maestro Mariss Jansons (right) wields the baton and the programme consists of Weber's Overture to his opera Oberon, Richard Strauss's imposing Nietzsche- inspired tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra and Dvorak's sunny and exuberant Symphony No 8.

Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 (0171-960 4242) 7.30pm

The feast day of the patron saint of music, St Cecilia, falls this Friday. In recent years, the ensemble Fiori Musicali has revived a handsome tradition by hosting a St Ceciliatide Festival in the splendid setting of Stationer's Hall. Tonight's event features soprano Alexandra Valavelsky airing a selection of cabaret songs of the 1920s from Paris, New York and Berlin.

Stationer's Hall, London E2 (01327 361380) 7pm

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