On most days you should be able to catch a concert by one of the five major orchestras based in the capital or one of the more specialized ensembles. Unless a glamorous guest conductor is wielding the baton, or one of the world’s high-profile orchestras is giving a performance, full houses are a rarity, so even at the biggest concert halls you should be able to pick up a ticket for around £15 (the usual range is about £12–50). During the week there are also numerous free concerts, often at lunchtimes, in London’s churches, or given by the city’s two leading conservatoires, the Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music.

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