Classical: Sakari's farewell fanfare TONIGHT.
CONDUCTOR Sakari Oramo will be saying farewell - but not goodbye - when he bows out after 10 years as music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra next week.
He will be conducting two masterpieces in farewell concerts at Symphony Hall on Wednesday and Thursday.
Sakari is passing on the baton to young Latvian Andris Nelsons who takes up his post as CBSO music director in September.
Although it will be the end of an era, Sakari plans to be back at Symphony Hall next season as the orchestra's principal guest conductor.
Next week's concerts should make a spectacular farewell. They will feature two powerful works - Janacek's Sinfonietta and Beethoven's Choral Symphony.
The orchestra will be joined by vocal soloists Lisa Milne, Jane Irwin, Gordon Gietz and Matthew Rose as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.
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THE University of Warwick Wind Orchestra will be playing in Spencer Park, Earlsdon, Coventry, on Sunday afternoon.
The young musicians will be playing a range of music, from classical to contemporary, from 2.30pm as part of Coventry City Council's free Bands in the Park programme.
THE musicians of the North Warwickshire Chamber Orchestra will be welcoming back a familiar face for their concert at Holy Trinity Church, Attleborough, Nuneaton, next Saturday.
The conductor is Norman Owen, who was the orchestra's regular conductor between 1997 and 2002. He is now director of music at Coventry Blue Coat CE School.
The orchestra's current regular conductor, Paul Godman, will be heading back to the orchestra's ranks to play French horn for Schumann's Konzertstuck for horns and orchestra.
He will be joined by Anton Rosenfeld, Caroline Oliver and Helen Pugh.
Paul said: "I am really looking forward to this concert and the chance to sit within the ranks of the orchestra while the conductor's podium is in the capable hands of Norman Owen - I'm not sure which will be more stressful."
The concert also includes Beethoven's fifth symphony and the Overture to the Barber of Seville by Rossini. Tickets cost pounds 6 and pounds 4 (concessions) on the door.
EARLY MUSIC vocal ensemble Stile Antico are returning to Holy Trinity Church, Leamington, next Friday.
The group, hailed as one of the most exciting and original in their field, performed at the venue last summer. They also toured Europe with Sting as part of his Dowland lute project, Songs from the Labyrinth.
They bring their programme Song of Songs to Leamington next week.
Composers represented include Lassus, Palestrina, Victoria, Guerrero and Ceballos.
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YOUNG violinist Chloe Hanslip will be giving a lunchtime concert in the Midlands on Wednesday.
She will be joined by Ashley Wass on piano for Beethoven's Kreutzer sonata and Brahms's third sonata for violin and piano.
The concert at Birmingham Town Hall at 1pm will be the second in a season of BBC3 lunchtime concerts.
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OUT ON A HIGH NOTE... Sakari Oramo conducts two farewell concerts with the CBSO next week.