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Verdi 200: Claudio Abbado conducts the original French version of Don Carlos.

Music Nation

Music Nation is a weekend of live music devised and led by the BBC, and the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival. From Cornwall to the Shetland Isles and Belfast to Birmingham, Music Nation is an unprecedented collaboration of the UK's orchestral and music-making communities. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.

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ENGLAND

South

Basingstoke

Fri 2 March 7.45pm - The Anvil

London Mozart Players: Four World Seasons

LMP present world premiere at The Anvil
For details and to book tickets visit London Mozart Players Website or Instant Encore website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Southampton

Across the weekend: Turner Sims and other Southampton venues

Southampton's Musical Alphabet

An A to Z of music, from a cappella to zumba, delivered in 26 hours around Southampton.
For details and to book tickets visit Turner Sims website

Sat 3 March 1pm: Turner Sims

Southampton Youth Orchestra with Chloe Hanslip

Part of Southampton’s Musical Alphabet: an A-Z of music in 26 hours.
For details and to book tickets visit Turner Sims website

Sat 3 March 8pm: Turner Sims

Julian Joseph Trio

Part of Southampton’s Musical Alphabet: an A-Z of music in 26 hours.
For details and to book tickets visit Turner Sims website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 11pm on Sun 4 March

Sun 4 March 1pm: Turner Sims

Brodsky Quartet

Wheel of 4 Tunes: part of Southampton’s Musical Alphabet: an A-Z of music in 26 hours.
For details and to book tickets visit Turner Sims website

Sun 4 March 7pm: Turner Sims

Equivox Trio with Saxophony and Supersonic

Part of Southampton’s Musical Alphabet: an A-Z of music in 26 hours.
For details and to book tickets visit Turner Sims website

South East

Watford

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: The Clarendon Muse, Watford School of Music, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD18 7JA

Hertfordshire County Youth Choir & Cantate Youth Choir

The Hertfordshire County Youth Choir and Cantate Senior Choir join together to perform a variety of individual and combined items at Watford's Clarendon Muse. The choirs will be led by inspirational directors Cathy Heller-Jones, Graham Instrall and Nicholas Shaw.
For details and to book tickets visit Hertfordshire Music Service website

South West

Devon & Cornwall

Sun 4 March All Day: Multiple venues from Land’s End to Exmoor

BBC Concert Orchestra

Sound of the South West: from sunrise to sunset on Sunday 4 March 2012, the BBC Concert Orchestra invites everyone in Devon and Cornwall to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games and take part in one extraordinary day of music-making.
For details of how to take part in this event visit BBC Concert Orchestra website

Dorset

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

The Chalk Legends

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's new music ensemble Kokoro presents The Chalk Legends. Led by Kokoro, BSO present two concerts as part of a large-scale music, dance and multi-media project. Orchestras, choirs, big bands, and ukulele groups join together in an evening of community music making. Kokoro premiere Stephen McNeff’s Gessopia and Hywel Davies’ Quickstep.
For details of how to take part in this event visit Chalk Legends website

Highlights from this concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 as part of a special Music Nation programme on Sun 4 March 9am-1pm

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: Portesham Village Hall

The Chalk Legends

Led by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble, Kokoro, BSO present two concerts as part of a large-scale music, dance and multi-media project. Orchestras, choirs, big bands, and ukulele groups join together in an evening of community music making. Kokoro premiere Stephen McNeff’s Gessopia and Hywel Davies’ Quickstep.
For details of how to take part in this event visit Chalk Legends website

Plymouth

Sat 3 March 7pm: Plymouth Pavilions

BBC Concert Orchestra

Party at the Pavilions: BBC Concert Orchestra present a one-off performance with special guest Seth Lakeman.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Concert Orchestra website

Highlights from this concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 as part of a special Music Nation programme on Sun 4 March 9am-1pm

Bristol

Sun 4 March 3.30pm: St George's, Bristol

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: Aurora Orchestra

Aurora presents a programme inspired by the vibrant lives of cities around the world. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

Highlights from this concert broadcast on Radio 3 at 9.15pm on Sun 4 March

Wiltshire

Sun 4 March 7pm: Steam Museum, Great Western Hall, Swindon

Superstrings: 'Vici' featuring Bellowhead

World premiere of a new work by Pete Flood performed by Bellowhead and Superstrings. The performance will feature more than 100 young musicians from the Wiltshire-based Superstrings, plus a performance by the award-winning 11-piece folk band Bellowhead. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and ticket information visit Making Music website

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

A collaboration with the South West Music School and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has resulted in a dual event, a BCMG concert of British and internationally influential composers and a performance project with SWMS young players. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

London

Across the weekend: Barbican

Barbican Weekender

Head to the Barbican for a packed weekend of concerts and free events for all ages with an urban twist.
For details and to book tickets visit Barbican website

Across the weekend, all day: Kings Place

Central St. Martin's College and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Musical Torch installation

Students from Central St. Martin's College with the schoolchildren from Islington create an interactive installation which explores the Academy's Musical Torch project.
For details and to book tickets visit ASMF website

Fri 2 March 12pm: Kings Place (Hall 2)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields: Musical Torch

Academy players and Islington schoolchildren will create a new composition inspired by a phrase from Brahms’ music; a phrase of this composition will inspire the work of the next school, and so on as the piece travels through participating schools.
For details and to book tickets visit ASMF website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 1pm on Sat 3 March

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: Kings Place

Brahms Unwrapped at Kings Place

This programme offers a wonderful opportunity to hear some of Brahms' greatest chamber music in London's newest creative hub.
For details and to book tickets visit ASMF website

Sat 3 March 11am: South Harrow Baptist Church, Northolt Road, South Harrow, HA2 8EB (next to Iceland)

The HA2 Choir presents From Handel to Umbrella

A free concert of vocal music performed by students from Earlsmead Primary School, Heathland School and Rooks Heath College.
For details visit Heathland School website

Sat 3 March 1.15-4pm: London Coliseum

ENO presents John Cage’s MUSICIRCUS

A host of performing talents take part in this promenade event of extraordinary sound and spectacle around the London Coliseum building.
For details and to book tickets visit ENO website

Sat 3 March 3pm: Royal Festival Hall Foyers

Surrogate Cities Exploded!

You are invited to explore the public spaces of the Royal Festival Hall where you will discover inspiring performances of music, dance and film created by young people from across London, developed in response to Heiner Goebbels' Surrogate Cities, an extraordinary work which translates the mechanics and architecture of the city into music.
For details and to book tickets visit Southbank Centre website

Sat 3 March 6pm: Royal Festival Hall

Surrogate Cities by Heiner Goebbels

Hear Goebbels’ landmark work performed by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
For details and to book tickets visit Southbank Centre website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 11.30pm on Sat 3 March

Sat 3 March 6pm & 7.45pm: LSO St Luke's

LSO On Track Creative Day

A creative day culminating with 2 repeat public concerts showcasing new work devised by exceptional young musicians from East London with the London Symphony Orchestra.
For details and to book tickets visit London Symphony Orchestra website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Kings Place

Brahms Unwrapped at Kings Place

This programme offers a wonderful opportunity to hear Brahms' powerful Serenade No.2 in London's newest creative hub. .
For details and to book tickets visit ASMF website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Barbican

BBC Symphony Orchestra: Urban Classic

A meeting of musical cultures featuring some of the biggest names in UK urban music.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Symphony Orchestra website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Cadogan Hall

City of London Sinfonia

Programme of music, readings and projected photography to include Vaughan Williams Excerpts from film music 'Scott of the Antarctic' interspersed with readings from Captain Scott's diary and the last letters.
For details and to book tickets visit City of London Sinfonia website

Highlights from this concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 as part of a special Music Nation programme on Sun 4 March 9am-1pm

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: St Barnabas, Gorringe Park Avenue, Mitcham

Carmina Burana presented by Colliers Wood Chorus and Merton Music Foundation

Encapsulating all the theatre and drama of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and to book tickets visit Colliers Wood Chorus website or Making Music website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Fairfield Halls, Croydon

London Mozart Players

Works by Mozart, Richard Strauss and a new work by Roxanna Panufnik.
For details and to book tickets visit London Mozart Players website

Sat 3 March 7.45pm: Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Nu Civilisation Jazz Orchestra: Firebird - A Stravinsky/Parker Sound Clash

Discover an exciting, experimental place where jazz and classical music meet, including a remodelled version of Stravinsky's Ebony Concerto. The orchestra's composers and arrangers explore this musical mash-up and others in a collection of new works.
For details and to book tickets visit Southbank Centre website

Sun 4 March all day: Camden Roundhouse

Voices Now & the BBC Singers

A day of some of the UK's best choirs at the Roundhouse, presented by Voices Now, Making Music and the BBC Singers. Includes the broadcast première of the Making Music Overture by Orlando Gough.
For details and to book tickets visit Voices Now website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Sun 4 March 11am: Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Tots: Let's get on the bus!

The first Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Tots concert at the Southbank Centre. Suitable for those aged 6 and under and their families.
For details and to book tickets visit OAE website

Sun 4 March 1.30pm: Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Open Rehearsal

A very special chance to catch the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in rehearsal.
For details and to book tickets visit OAE website

Sun 4 March 4pm: Trinity Buoy Wharf - Chain Store

Grand Union Orchestra and Water City Festival Orchestra

What the River Sings: a diverse collection of performers reflects on the cultures and musical character of east London.
For details and to book tickets visit Grand Union Orchestra website or London 2012 Festival website

Sun 4 March 5.30pm: Kings Place (Hall 2)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields: Version 2.0 Ensemble

Academy players will re-imagine classical music with young musicians from Islington. Creating a new ensemble, Academy musicians and participants will perform compositions, improvisations and interpretations of Brahms.
For details and to book tickets visit ASMF website

Sun 4 March 7pm: Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: Baroque Giants - Bach

Hear some of Bach’s most famous pieces at this concert directed by Laurence Cummings.
For details and to book tickets visit OAE website

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: Barbican

BBC Symphony Orchestra with Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright performs his Five Shakespeare Sonnets in a Shakespeare-inspired programme.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Symphony Orchestra website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: Royal Festival Hall

Budapest Festival Orchestra

A colourful programme from the Budapest Festival Orchestra, famed for its fiery intensity.
For details and to book tickets visit Southbank Centre website

Sun 4 March 10pm: Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: The Night Shift

A ‘rules-free’ music night, with live music and a DJ in the bar until late.
For details and to book tickets visit OAE website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

East

Grays, Essex

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane

Harmonie Concert Band presents Sporting Tracks

A concert celebrating great sporting achievements of the past. This project will extend Aaron Parker’s work with Harmonie Concert Band under Making Music’s Adopt a Composer scheme. The final concert at Grays in Essex will be a musical and visual spectacle. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and ticket information visit Making Music Website

Saffron Walden

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: St Mary’s Parish Church, Saffron Walden

Maze Music

Britten Sinfonia, Saffron Walden Choral Society, Granta Chorale and youth choir SignuptoSing present a Saffron Walden celebration and the premiere of MAZE by Janet Wheeler and Nick Warburton. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and book visit Making Music Website or Maze Music website

Suffolk

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: Academy of Ancient Music

: A world class programme by the Academy of Ancient Music and award winning young violinist, Alina Ibragimova. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
To find details and book visit Orchestras Live website

East Midlands

Nottingham

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Nottingham Youth Orchestra

Journey through Olympic cities: Nottingham Youth Orchestra will present an evening in the Royal Concert Hall involving young athletes and schools in which musical reflections on past Olympic cities combine with the aspirations of Nottinghamshire’s Olympic hopefuls. Hosted by Des Coleman, actor, presenter and West End Star. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and book tickets visit Music Making Website or Theatre Royal Concert Hall website

Derby

Thu 1 March 7pm: Derby's Assembly Rooms

Sinfonia VIVA

Bright Spirits – a collaborative instrumental project bringing together the very best of Derby’s professional and non-professional musicians in a unique shared performance involving new, devised work alongside existing repertoire.
To find details and book tickets visit Sinfonia Viva website

Highlights from this concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 as part of a special Music Nation programme on Sun 4 March 9am-1pm

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Derby's Assembly Rooms

Sinfonia VIVA Invocation

An inspiring evening of new music and dance from Sinfonia ViVA.
To find details and book tickets visit Sinfonia Viva website

Rutland

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Rutland County Museum

Rutland Concert Band

Multum in Parvo - A Celebration of Rutland. A story of Rutland’s past, present and future inspired by the children who live there. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and for ticket information visit Making Music Website

West Midlands

Shropshire

Sun 4 March 3pm: St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: Northern Chamber Orchestra

A concert featuring the world premiere of a new cello concerto by John Joubert alongside a programme of work by Sibelius, Delius and Mozart. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

Highlights from this concert broadcast on Radio 3 at 6.30pm on Sun 4 March

Birmingham

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group

A programme of Oliver Knussen, Gerald Barry, Colin Matthews, Aldo Clementi, Tansy Davies, Philip Cashian, Birtwistle, Maxwell Davies, John Woolrich, Donatoni and Thomas Adès.
For details and to book tickets visit BCMG website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 6pm on Sat 3 March

Sat 3 March 4 pm: Symphony Hall, Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: Tristan and Isolde

Wagner's timeless opera of illicit love, jealousy, death and transfiguration.
For details and to book tickets visit CBSO website or Symphony Hall website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham

Choir with No Name: One Nation Under a Groove

A joyful concert performed by choirs made up of people affected by homelessness. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and for ticket information visit Making Music website

Hanley

Fri 2 March 8pm: Victoria Hall

BBC Philharmonic

An American adventure.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Philharmonic website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 3pm on Sat 3 March

Coventry

Sat 3 March 12-6pm: Warwick Arts Centre

Ping! Music vs Table Tennis

An afternoon of music and table tennis featuring a premiere performance and free activities for all the family.
For details and to book tickets visit Warwick Arts Centre website

Ludlow

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Ludlow Assembly Rooms

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: Academy of Ancient Music

A world class programme by the Academy of Ancient Music and award winning young violinist, Alina Ibragimova. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

Broadcast on Radio 3 at 9.45pm on Sat 3 March

East Yorks and Lincs

Lincolnshire

Sat 3 March 8pm: Stamford, Arts Centre

European Union Chamber Orchestra

This exciting programme features Romp by James Young, a new commission by the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
To find details and book tickets visit Orchestra Live Website

Yorkshire

Sheffield

Sat 3 March All Day: various venues

Alight

Dozens of music, dance, visual arts events – something for everyone - led by Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and featuring the Sheffield Giants. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and to book tickets visit Alight website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Sheffield City Hall

Alight Twilight

A unique, specially commissioned music & dance spectacular about the history of Sheffield from 1893 to the present, featuring over 600 local performers and including the world premiere of Timothy Allen’s Olympic Triptych. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and to book tickets visit Alight website

North West

Manchester

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Bridgewater Hall

BBC Philharmonic

Life, liberty and big, big tunes!
To find details and book tickets visit BBC Philharmonic website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: George Lawton Hall Mossley

Abney Orchestra & Choir

Spinning a Yarn - a newly written musical work about the Industrial Revolution in the North West. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and book tickets visit Making Music website or Abney Orchestra website

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: George Lawton Hall Mossley

Abney Orchestra & Choir

Spinning a Yarn - a newly written musical work about the Industrial Revolution in the North West. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and book tickets visit Making Music website or Abney Orchestra website

Bridgewater Hall

Hallé for Youth 2012 – Record Breakers

The annual series of schools’ concerts in an audio-visual look at the orchestra.
To find details visit Hallé website

Chester

Sat 3 March 2 pm: Chester Amphitheatre (Outdoors)

A Handbag of Harmonies

Women's choir A Handbag of Harmonies leads a massed choir of 400 in the performance of an original anthem, Across the World, with dance, live music and Chester's Giants. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details and for ticket information visit Making Music website

Merseyside

Sun 4 March 2.30pm: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in a Scandinavian-themed musical evening.
For details and to book tickets visit RLPO website

Salford

Sun 4 March 3.30pm: BBC Philharmonic Studio and The Imperial War Museum North

BBC Philharmonic

Echoes on Salford Quays.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Philharmonic website

North East & Cumbria

Cockermouth

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Christ Church, Cockermouth

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: The Scottish Ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble features trumpeter Alison Balsom, including Seraph, a new work written for her by James MacMillan. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

Highlights from this concert will be broadcast on Radio 3 as part of a special Music Nation programme on Sun 4 March 9am-1pm

Gateshead

Across the weekend: Concourse, The Sage Gateshead

Music Nation Weekend Concourse Performances

Ensembles and performers of all ages from The Sage Gateshead’s Learning and Participation programme will be showcasing their work throughout the weekend.
For details and to book tickets visit The Sage Gateshead website

Across the weekend: The Sage Gateshead

The Sage Gateshead Young Musicians Programme: Weekend School Open Day

Weekend School is an audition-based programme, providing top quality music tuition for talented young musicians aged 7-19. Today, potential new students, parents and teachers can come and see what Weekend School can offer. Throughout the day there will be performances by current students, the chance to observe some group lessons and tutors will be on hand to answer any questions, starting with a welcome talk in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at 11am.
For details and to book tickets visit The Sage Gateshead website

Sat 3 March 12pm and 7pm concerts with workshops all day: Gateshead Old Town Hall

Cobweb Orchestra

A Celebration of English Music: join the award-winning Cobweb Orchestra for a day of participatory music-making and free celebratory concerts focusing on music by English composers. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and book tickets visit The Cobweb Orchestra website or Making Music website

Sat 3 March, 1pm: The Greggs Children’s Room, The Sage Gateshead

Planet Music

Lively, fun and inclusive music-making activities for children aged 5 to 7 years and their families. Activities learnt in sessions can easily be used at home, creating a whole world of musical opportunity.
For details and to book tickets visit The Sage Gateshead website

Sun 4 March 3pm: The Sage Gateshead - Hall 1

Northern Sinfonia

Northern Sinfonia's Animal Antics: Orchestral entertainment for all the family
To find details and book tickets visit The Sage Gateshead's website

Sun 4 March 8pm: The Sage Gateshead

20 000 Voices: A Gospel Celebration

Celebrate 10 years of gospel music in the North East. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
To find details and for ticket information visit Making Music website

Humberside

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: City Hall, Hull

ORCHESTRAS LIVE: The Scottish Ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble features trumpeter Alison Balsom, including Seraph, a new work written for her by James MacMillan. Music Nation: Orchestras Live is a celebration of the best of British chamber orchestras performing innovative programmes across England.
For details and to book tickets visit Orchestras Live website

Around England

Bristol, Cheltenham, Hull, Birmingham, Buxton

Across the weekend: Bristol Rock, Pop & Urban Regional Festival/Cheltenham Regional Festival/Hull Regional Festival/Birmingham Regional Festival/Buxton Regional Festival

Music for Youth

Young musicians across the UK performing an eclectic range of music. Expect to see orchestras, choirs, rock pop & urban acts and ensembles that defy definition.
For details and to book tickets visit Music for Youth website

Around England

Across the weekend

Making Music Overture

Amateur music groups perform the Making Music Overture, a new work by Orlando Gough.
For details visit Making Music website

Scotland

Glasgow & W Scotland

Glasgow

Sat 3 March 7pm: Clyde Auditorium

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

A Sporting Fanfare: a spectacular celebration featuring Scottish musical and sporting stars of today and tomorrow.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Glasgow

Sun 4 March 7pm: Rannoch House Care Home

Live Music Now

A performance by Kristan Harvey, 2011 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Tina Rees
For further information please visit Live Music Now website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Paisley

All day Sat 3 March: various venues across Renfrewshire

All day Sun 4 March: 'The Hub' - Paisley Town Hall and Paisley Abbey

Weaving Musical Threads (Scottish Making Music)

Celebrating Renfrewshire through the Arts: The people, history and its place in the world. 'Weaving Musical Threads' is an inspirational weave, showcasing talent and celebrating the Arts in and reflecting Renfrewshire. 'The most important thing is...to take part'. This project is one of a series created by voluntary music groups who are members of Making Music.
For details visit Weaving Musical Threads website or Making Music website

NE Scotland & N Isles

Shetland

Across the weekend: various venues

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Bigton, Shetland

Sat 3 March 3pm: Bigton Hall

RSNO Brass Quintet

The talented RSNO Brass quintet showcase the best of live brass music in this mixed programme.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Brae, Shetland

Sat 3 March 10.30am: Brae High School

RSNO Mini Monster Music - big sounds for little people

40 minute concert for young children performed by five RSNO musicians fronted by an RSNO presenter. Repertoire to include: Bahn Frie Polka (Strauss), Pizzicato from Sylvia (Delibes), The Elephant (Saint-Saens), The Wheels on the Bus (Trad), Twinkle Twinkle (Trad), Can Can (Offenbach).
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Busta, Shetland

Sat 3 March 2.30pm: Busta House Hotel

RSNO Violinist Paul Medd

Solo violin recital by RSNO violinist Paul Medd.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Fair Isle, Shetland

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: Fair Isle Primary School

RSNO: Outer Isles Project RSNO Ensemble with Lise Sinclair

Outer Isles Project - collaborative performance between local musicians and RSNO ensemble.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Foula, Shetland

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: Foula Isle Primary School

RSNO: Outer Isles Project RSNO Ensemble with Bongshang

Outer Isles Project - collaborative performance between local musicians and RSNO ensemble.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Lerwick, Shetland

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: Clickimin Leisure Complex, Lerwick

RSNO: Outer Isles Project Link Up Event

Outer Isles Project video performance with live music performed by members of the RSNO with local musicians.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Sat 3 March 10.30am: Clickimin Leisure Complex, Lerwick

RSNO Mini Monster Music - big sounds for little people

40 minute concert for young children performed by 5 RSNO musicians fronted by an RSNO presenter. Repertoire to include: Bahn Frie Polka (Strauss), Pizzicato from Sylvia (Delibes), The Elephant (Saint-Saens), The Wheels on the Bus (Trad), Twinkle Twinkle (Trad), Can Can (Offenbach).
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: St Columbus Church/The Big Kirk

RSNO The Big Kirk Chamber Concert

An evening of string repertoire performed by members of the RSNO as part of Out and About in Shetland.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Sun 4 March 7pm: Clickimin Leisure Complex

The Sunday Symphony

Full orchestral concert to include the world premiere of Chris Stout's new piece for the orchestra and Sibelius Symphony no 1, conducted by David Danzmayr.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Mon 5 March 10.30am: Clickimin Leisure Complex

RSNO full orchestral concert

Schools concert for upper aged primary children linked to the curriculum.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Out Skerries, Shetland

Fri 2 March 7.30pm: Out Skerries Junior High School

RSNO: Outer Isles Project RSNO Ensemble with Peter Wood

Outer Isles Project - collaborative performance between local musicians and RSNO ensemble.
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Sandwick, Shetland

Sat 3 March 3pm: Sandwick Junior High School

RSNO Mini Monster Music - big sounds for little people

40 minute concert for young children performed by 5 RSNO musicians fronted by an RSNO presenter. Repertoire to include: Bahn Frie Polka (Strauss), Pizzicato from Sylvia (Delibes), The Elephant (Saint-Saens), The Wheels on the Bus (Trad), Twinkle Twinkle (Trad), Can Can (Offenbach).
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Yell, Shetland

Sat 3 March 3pm: Mid Yell Hall

RSNO Mini Monster Music - big sounds for little people

40 minute concert for young children performed by 5 RSNO musicians fronted by an RSNO presenter. Repertoire to include: Bahn Frie Polka (Strauss), Pizzicato from Sylvia (Delibes), The Elephant (Saint-Saens), The Wheels on the Bus (Trad), Twinkle Twinkle (Trad), Can Can (Offenbach).
For details and to book tickets visit RSNO website

Wales

South East Wales

Cardiff

Sat 3 March pm: 10.15am-1pm: St David's Hall

Arts Active: Gamelan Taster Workshop

Suitable for all 7 years upwards this is a fun and informal opportunity to have a go at playing the St David’s Hall Gamelan set of Javanese percussion. Anyone can enjoy this session, no prior experience or musical expertise needed.
For details and to book tickets visit St David's Hall website

Sat 3 March 11am-4pm: National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Music at the Museum

Regular performances throughout the day from local Welsh music ensembles.
For details visit Museum Wales website

Sat 3 March 11am-4pm: St Fagan’s: National History Museum of Wales

RWCMD chamber music at St Fagan’s

RWCMD chamber groups take over the Miners’ Institute, giving free performances all day.
For details visit Museum Wales website

Sun 4 March 11am-4pm: National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Music at the Museum

Regular performances throughout the day from local Welsh music ensembles.
For details visit Museum Wales website

Sun 4 March 11am-4pm: St Fagan’s: National History Museum of Wales

RWCMD Schools Opera at St Fagan’s

RWCMD Schools Opera brings stories from the Brothers Grimm to the Miners’ Institute
For details visit Museum Wales website

Sat 3 March 12.30pm: St David's Hall (Level 5)

Cardiff Gamelan: Sounds from Java

Cardiff Gamelan give a taste of the rich sounds of these beautiful bronze instruments from Java.
For details and to book tickets visit St David's Hall website

Sat 3 March 1pm-4pm: St David's Hall (Level 3)

Music Mix Band

Budding bands from Grassroots youth centre at the heart of Cardiff play their set on the stage of the Level 3 Lounge.
For details and to book tickets visit St David's Hall website

Sun 4 March 3pm: St David's Hall, Cardiff

BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Music Nation Celebration

This celebratory concert will showcase young talent from across Wales as they perform side by side with BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales.
The concert will culminate in the world premiere of Songs of the Earth, created especially for the Music Nation celebration weekend by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC National Orchestra of Wales website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

Sun 4 March 7pm: Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

BBC Young Musician Recital

BBC Young Musician presents an evening of short recitals by Jennifer Pike (violin, BBC Young Musician 2002), Peter Moore (trombone, BBC Young Musician 2008) and Lucy Landymore (percussion, Category Winner 2010).
For details and to book tickets visit RWCMD website

Cardiff Bay

Sat 3 March 11am - 5.15pm: BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre

Music Marathon

Ensembles from across Wales take over BBC Hoddinott Hall, the home of BBC National Orchestra of Wales, for a day of free concerts.
For details visit BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Music Marathon

Sat 3 March 12 noon - 7pm: Wales Millennium Centre

Foyer music on the Glanfa stage

Free foyer music, with samba sessions, performances by community groups and showcasing of creative work in progress from WNO’s Singing Club.
For details visit Wales Millennium Centre website

Sat 3 March 7pm: Wales Millennium Centre

WNO: The Marriage of Figaro

A performance of The Marriage of Figaro in the WMC’s Donald Gordon Theatre, including David Soar as Figaro.
For details and to book tickets visit Wales Millennium Centre website

Sun 4 March 12 noon: Wales Millennium Centre

National Cymanfa Ganu: Making Music Overture

Led by Making Music Wales and Ty Cerdd, amateur groups across Wales are invited to take part in a simultaneous performance of traditional Welsh music and the Making Music Overture by Orlando Gough, commissioned by Making Music.
For details and to book tickets visit Making Music Wales website

Sun 4 March 1-6pm: Wales Millennium Centre

Foyer music on the Glanfa stage

Free foyer music with performances by community groups including the Cultural Olympiad project run by Valleys Kidz Mysanzi Cymru.
For details visit Wales Millennium Centre website

Newport

Sat 3 March 6:45pm: The Riverfront

Ensemble Cymru: Harlequin (National Tour)

A first performance by the Ensemble's New Music Ambassador, Sioned Roberts(clarinet) and dancer Rosalind Haf Brooks of Taliesin's Tale by Welsh composer Christopher Painter
For details visit and to book tickets visit Ensemble Cymru website

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: The Riverfront

Ensemble Cymru: National Tour

The Ensemble's performances will feature music specially commissioned from composer Gareth Glyn for 16-piece Ensemble.
For details visit and to book tickets visit Ensemble Cymru website

North Wales

Caernarfon

Sat 3 March 7.30pm: Galeri

Sinfonia Cymru: Celebration of Strings

A wonderful array of music for strings, from Mozart’s light-hearted Divertimento to Tchaikowsky’s brilliantly colourful Serenade for Strings.
For details and to book tickets visit Sinfonia Cymru website

Llandudno

Sat 3 March 12pm-7.30pm: Cymru Llandudno

Conwy Music Service Showcase

A showcase of ensembles featuring students from Conwy Music Service – with Samba and choral performances 12pm-2pm, and guitar and piano between 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
For details visit Venue Cymru website

Sun 4 March 11.30am-5.30pm: Cymru Llandudno

Conwy Music Service Showcase

Students from Conwy Music Service perform in the woodwind and harp ensembles (11.30am-12.30pm) and the Big Band (4.30pm – 5.30pm).
For details visit Venue Cymru website

North East Wales

Mold

Sun 4 March 7.30pm: Clwyd Theatre

Sinfonia Cymru: Celebration of Strings

A wonderful array of music for strings, from Mozart’s light-hearted Divertimento to Tchaikowsky’s brilliantly colourful Serenade for Strings.
For details and to book tickets visit Sinfonia Cymru website

West Wales

Cardigan

Sun 4 March 7:15pm: Rhos y Gilwen

Ensemble Cymru: Harlequin (National Tour)

A first performance by the Ensemble's New Music Ambassador, Sioned Roberts(clarinet) and dancer Rosalind Haf Brooks of Taliesin's Tale by Welsh composer Christopher Painter.
For details and to book tickets visit Ensemble Cymru website

Sun 4 March 8pm: Rhos y Gilwen

Ensemble Cymru: National Tour

The Ensemble's performances will feature music specially commissioned from composer Gareth Glyn for 16-piece Ensemble.
For details and to book tickets visit Ensemble Cymru website

All around Wales

Wrexham & Cardiff

Sat 3 March 12 noon: Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre (Wrexham), Wales Millennium Centre & The Hayes (Cardiff)

WNO: National Flash Mash

An opportunity for singers to get involved and surprise passers-by in a Flash Mob performance of a mash-up of Welsh pop music and The Marriage of Figaro – anyone can join in! All materials downloadable from the web. Join a group at the organised venues, or start your own ...
For details visit Welsh National Opera website

All over Wales

Across the weekend: various venues

Music Nation Cymru

A celebration of music making from Caernarfon to Cardiff with key events surrounded by performances.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Wales Music website

Sun 4 March 12 noon: various venues

National Cymanfa Ganu: Making Music Overture

Led by Making Music Wales and Ty Cerdd, amateur groups across Wales are invited to take part in a simultaneous performance of traditional Welsh music and the Making Music Overture by Orlando Gough, commissioned by Making Music.
For details visit Making Music Wales website

Northern Ireland

Belfast

Sun 4 March 12.30pm: Belfast Waterford Hall

Ulster Orchestra & RTE Concert Orchestra

The Ulster and RTÉ Concert orchestras come together for the first time to perform a new work and BBC Radio 3 commission by Brian Irvine with words by Seamus Heaney.
For details and to book tickets visit BBC Shows & Tours website

Broadcast Live on Radio 3

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