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Culture: Exciting gig for CBSO roadshow; Christopher Morley reports on a busy diary of classical music.

Byline: Christopher Morley

The CBSO roadshow, complete with a coachload of supporters, hits London on Saturday, when the orchestra performs at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Music-lovers left at home can share the excitement in a live relay on BBC Radio 3, while many will have heard a preview of the programme tomorrow night at Symphony Hall (7.30pm). Sakari Oramo conducts the orchestra and chorus in Leonard Bernstein's wonderful, ultimately consoling Chichester Psalms, Stravinsky's glittering Petrushka ballet score, Leon McCawley playing the important solo piano part, and Charles Ives' rowdy, iconoclastic Fourth Symphony, every bar pulsating with uncompromising integrity.

Meanwhile the Stratford-upon-Avon Community Flute Festival continues, with free lunchtime concerts every weekday in the Guild Chapel and evening concerts in the Young Artists' Concert Platform in the Town Hall. One highlight comes tomorrow night with 'Zoom Tube', featuring the cutting-edge music of Ian Clarke, and directed by the composer (7.30pm).

Launched last month to immense acclaim, the 'Celebrating English Song' series continues at Tardebigge Parish Church on Sunday afternoon with a recital from mezzosoprano Julianne de Villiers and pianist Christopher Gould (3pm).

Composers Lynne Plowman and Julian Philips discuss their song-settings in a free pre-concert introduction at 2pm, and the programme also includes works by Purcell, Howells, Rebecca Clarke, Britten and Gurney.

Sunday afternoon also sees the National Schools' Symphony Orchestra performing at Birmingham Conservatoire's Adrian Boult Hall as the climax of its tenth annual course. The world-renowned pianist Peter Donohoe dons his conducting hat here to direct the youngsters in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings and Rachmaninov's stirring Second Symphony (2.30pm).

The Leasowes Bank Farm Summer Festival at Ratlinghope in Shropshire continues with a recital from the Muhlfeld Trio on Tuesday (7.30pm), performing music for clarinet, cello and piano by Graham Williams, Gary Carpenter and John McCabe alongside works by Beethoven and Schoenberg's son-in-law Zemlinsky (01743 790769).

Christopher Timothy joins the Halesowen Chamber Orchestra at the CBSO Centre, Berkley Street on Wednesday to narrate a concert version of Mozart's witty but disturbing opera Cosi fan Tutte (7.30pm).

Further performances (without narrator) will be given in West Bromwich Town Hall on July 29, Walsall Central Methodist Church on July 30 and Halesowen's Cornbow Hall on July 31, all beginning at 7.15pm.

An international cast of young singers is conducted by Martin Leigh. Further details on 0121 550 0956.
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