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TWO big musical talents from Latvia will join forces to ignite a new concert series in Coventry next week. Dynamic conductor Andris Nelsons will be joined by his compatriot, violinist Baiba Skride, when the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra plays Brahms' Violin Concerto at Warwick Arts Centre. The performance should be electric.

Andris and Baiba both hail from Riga and have a reputation for delivering sizzling performances when they work together - highlights have included Skride's debut with the Berlin Philharmonic with Nelsons conducting.

After their Coventry concert on Wednesday, the pair will be hotfooting it home - taking the CBSO with them - to play the Brahms concerto in Riga on October 15.

Wednesday's concert kicks off a new season of classical concerts at the arts centre. The series aims to explore the colour, energy and sheer emotion of 20th century music so the Brahms concerto is aptly flanked by Stravinsky's Scherzo a la Russe and Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances.

Tickets 024 7652 4524. A CHORAL group from Australia call in on Coventry tonight following a 23-night residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Australian Voices will be giving a concert at the St Peter's Centre in Charles Street, Hillfields, at 7.30pm as part of a UK tour. The singers are aged between 17 and 35 and come from across Australia. Their tours have taken them to the USA, Canada, Europe and the Far East in the past performing alongside big-name musicians such as Jose Carreras and Evelyn Glennie. Tonight's concert includes music by Bach, Rachmaninov, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Grieg. Tickets 0203 2866786 or

KING OF WALTZ Andre Rieu has confirmed another date at the NEC LG Arena on December 20.

The Dutch violinist, conductor and composer will now be in concert at the venue on December 18, 19 and 20.

The concerts will feature the maestro conducting his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra and playing his Stradivarius violin.

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Tudor era song performed with Stile MUSICAL masterpieces from the Tudor era will be performed by leading vocal group Stile Antico in Warwickshire next week.

The 12 singers of Stile Antico, known for their recordings and, to wider audiences, through their association as a backing group with Sting, return to St Mary's Church, Warwick, on Tuesday with their new programme, The Rose In Flower. It covers the reign of each Tudor monarch. With a four-part mass by William Byrd at its centre, there are also works by Robert White, John Taverner, Christopher Tye, Walter Lambe and Thomas Tallis.

Richard Phillips, of promoter Leamington Music, says: "English music enjoyed a Golden Age to more than match the theatre and literature of a period of time of increasing wealth and of course religious upheaval. This is an opportunity to hear works by the best of the composers writing during the reigns of Kings Henry VII and Henry VIII and Queens Mary and Elizabeth."

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Date:Oct 5, 2012
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