THE St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world’s greatest orchestras, makes a welcome return to The Anvil on Sunday, 3 February.

Producing a programme of music from some of the greatest Russian composers, conducted by Vassily Sinaisky - who has stepped in at short notice following the withdrawal of Yuri Temirkanov due to illness.

The peaceful and evocative prelude to Mussorgsky’s opera Khovanshchina belies the powerful drama in the opera that follows.

This is followed by Shostakovich’s violin concerto, one of the finest of the twentieth century. Its four movements include a hushed and poignant nocturne, an imaginative passacaglia – variations over a repeated bass line – and an unstoppable finale.

Soloist Sergei Dogadin, who joins the orchestra this evening, has won both the Tchaikovsky and Joseph Joachim competitions and is the latest in an illustrious line of Russian violinists, having studied with Maxim Vengerov among others.

Finally, Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony was composed on his return to Russia in 1888 after a successful European concert tour.

The slow movement is pure melody, while the finale is a burst of power and orchestral colour.

There is a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in The Forge; join Jonathan James in conversation.

Voxx – The Urban Tenors come to The Haymarket on Sunday, 3 February.

The four members draw on their extensive experience working on international concert tours, West End shows and prime time TV.

Together they have created a set list that can combine anything from Puccini to Michael Jackson and Josh Groban to Bon Jovi with the relaxed and cool personas of the guys on stage.

Fusing opera and rock with spectacular vocals, personality and flawless harmonies Voxx are guaranteed to give the audience a breath-taking night.

Tall Stories’ hit family show Room on the Broom flies into The Haymarket from Thursday 7 to Sunday, 10 February.

Adapted from the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the production tells the story of a friendly witch, her cat and three loveable animals who take to the skies on a broom and face a fearsome dragon in this magical, musical adventure.

With enchanting puppetry, original sing-along songs and scary fun, Room on the Broom is ideal for families with children aged three and up.

For details of all the shows or to purchase tickets to any of the events visit or call the Anvil Arts box office on 01256 844244.