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20 unmissable events for April 2013

The BBC Music Magazine guide to the very best concerts and opera – including highlights from the UK’s amateur scene

2/ Budapest Festival Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 26 April

It’s exactly 30 years since conductor Iván Fischer and pianist Zoltán Kocsis decided to found an orchestra, and in that time the Budapest Festival Orchestra has shot to the top of the international orchestral tree. Fisher remains music director still, and brings the orchestra to the UK for a five-concert tour that in Birmingham pairs Bartók’s colorful Concerto for Orchestra with the majesty of Bhrams’s Fourth Symphony.

BBC Music Magazine