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The best classical and opera in the UK this July

The BBC Proms return, plus an opera deemed "too bawdy" for the public returns to Buxton Opera House

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Season Finale, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 7th July

It may seem like concerts have only just got going again, but it’s already the end of the season for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In its delicious final programme, Alina Ibragimova is the soloist in Prokofiev’s playful First Violin Concerto, whose darting lines echo the paintings of Paul Klee. Conductor Edward Gardner is reunited with the orchestra for Schubert’s Fourth symphony—packed with a teenage composer’s joy, anguish and intensity.

First Night of the Proms, Royal Albert Hall, 30th July

After an unprecedented season, the BBC Proms—and,…

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