Best opera and music concerts to book for 2021, from classical to jazz

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CLASSIC Festival of the Three Choirs

Europe’s oldest music festival takes place this year in Worcester and has a heartwarming traditional atmosphere, with Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams, The Music Makers by Elgar and King Arthur by Purcell alongside new pieces.

Worcester Cathedral and other locations (3choirs.org), July 24 – August 1

POP Communion presents

The independent label created by Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons covers Clapham Grand for five nights of roots and soul music by Lianne la Havas, James Bay, The Staves, Jack Garratt and Bear’s Den.

Clapham Grand, London SW1 (claphamgrand.com), July 28 – August 1

POP Bestival Camp

A family-friendly, dance-focused event hosted under the ramparts of Lulworth Castle with Fatboy Slim, Kelis and Groove Armada. Sophie Ellis-Bextor will be stepping out of her gated kitchen nightclub, and CBeebies star Mr. Tumble will be on hand to keep the kids happy.

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Lulworth, Dorset BH20 5QS (campbestival.net), July 29 – August 1

CLASSIC Mozart Jupiter

One of four premier concerts taking place at Glyndebourne over the summer, this entirely Mozart program from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Bernard Labadie includes two concert arias and Masonic funeral music as well than the Jupiter Symphony.

Glyndebourne, Lewes, East Sussex (glyndebourne.com), August 5 and August 18

POP Edinburgh Summer Sessions

Princes Street Gardens hosts a series of unique shows, featuring pop star Anne Marie, singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, Scottish heroes Travis and Simple Minds and the great Tom Jones.

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Princess Gardens, Edinburgh (smmrsessions.com), August 6 – August 15

POP Boardmasters Festival

An eco-friendly surf-themed festival on the Cornish coast featuring upbeat rock from Foals, hip-hop soul from Jorja Smith and a cartoon extravaganza from Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz. There is a solid queue and fairground attractions.

Trebelsue Farm, Watergate Bay, Cornwall (boardmasters.com), August 11 – August 15

POP Concerts Hampton Court Palace

Civilized summer fun in the beautiful grounds of Hampton Court Palace, in a unique concert series featuring Van Morrison, Tom Jones, Keane, Bastille and Björn Again, as well as the greats Nile Rodgers and Chic.

Hampton Court Palace, Richmond, Surrey (hamptoncourtpalacefestival.com), August 15 – August 24

CLASSIC Festival of Presteigne

A true gem set in the beautiful border country between England and Wales, this year’s festival features creations by no less than 10 composers and a focus on Ravel and Tippett.

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Various venues, Presteigne, Powys (presteignefestival.com), August 26 – August 31

OPERA Tosca

Puccini’s grim tale of a woman’s revenge on her executioner is given in a semi-staged production by the English National Opera at Crystal Palace, with the formidable Welsh soprano Natalya Romaniw in the title role.

Crystal Palace Bowl, London SE19 (eno.org), August 27 – August 29

Reading POP and Leeds Festival

Rappers Stormzy and Post Malone join indefatigable rocker singer Liam Gallagher to dominate a huge bill of rock, pop and hip-hop backing.

Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds (readingandleedsfestival.com), August 27 – August 29

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