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For contemporary and classical with a difference here are the Uk's best summer sessions

Aldeburgh

When 8-24 June
Where Snape Maltings, Suffolk
What Classical fest founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten
Who Miklós Perényi, Menahem Pressler
How much Free-£32 per event

BBC Proms

When 13 July–8 September
Where Royal Albert Hall, London, and other venues nationwide
What The ultimate eight-week summer concert season
Who John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir, Nicola Benedetti, Sir James Galway
How much From £5 per event

Bath International Music Festival

When 30 May-10 June
Where Various venues, Bath
What Bath's city-wide classical celebration
Who Julie Fowlis, Courtney Pine, I Fagiolini
How much Free-£32 per event

Cheltenham Music Festival

When 4-15 July
Where Various venues, Cheltenham
What Celebration of new music and innovative performers
Who Melvyn Tan, the Escher Quartet, Ruth Wall
How much Free-£35 per event

The City Of London Festival

When 24 June–27 July
Where Various venues, London
What Over 100 performances in the Square Mile and beyond
Who Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Jan Garbarek And The Hilliard Ensemble
How much Many free events, ticketed events from £5

Garsington Opera

When 2 June-3 July
Where Wormsley Estate, Oxfordshire
What British talent in a sumptuous country estate
Who Vivaldi's L'Olimpiade, Mozart's Don Giovanni
How much £95-£170 per event

Glyndebourne

When 20 May-26 August
Where Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex
What Posh picnics and productions in the South Downs
Who Puccini's La Bohème, Rossini's La Cenerentola
How much £10-£230 per event

Henley Festival

When 4-8 July
Where Henley Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
What Classical crossover and fine dining on the Thames
Who Sting, Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Tim Minchin, Lulu
How much £35-£150 per event

Huddersfield Contemporary Music

When 16-25 November
Where Various venues, Huddersfield
What The UK's largest international festival of new and experimental music
Who Maja SK Ratkje (composer in residence), more acts TBC
How much Prices TBC

Longborough Festival Opera

When 9 June-29 July
Where Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
What Country house opera fest with a passion for Wagner
Who Janá c? ek's Katya Kabanova, Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd
How much £25-£160 per event

Orchestra In A Field

When 30 June-1 July
Where Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset
What Conductor Charles Hazlewood brings orchestral fun to the farm
Who The Scrapheap Orchestra, All Star Collective
How much Weekend camping £65, day tickets £36

Sound

When 18 October-18 November
Where Woodend Barn, Banchory
What All things innovative, exploratory and experimental
Who Robert Saxton, Stephen Montague, Svara Kanti
How much TBC

Spitalfields Music Summer Festival

When 8-23 June
Where venues in and around London E1
What 17 days of outstanding music in East London
Who Talvin Singh, Opera Group, Gabrieli Consort, The Sixteen, Alan Howard, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Matthew Barley
How much Free - £32 (one third of tickets are £5 or less)

St Magnus

When 22-27 June
Where Various venues, Orkney
What Orkney's annual celebration of the arts
Who Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Trondheim Soloists, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
How much Free-£25 per event

Swaledale

When 19 May–3 June
Where Various venues, Yorkshire Dales
What Top-class musicians, poetry, drama and art
Who Brodsky String Quartet, Galeazzi Ensemble, The King's Singers
How much Free-£18 per event

Dale Berning
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