Well, June has suddenly arrived (even though it feels as if it were only December yesterday) and the Summer Solstice is due to come round on the 21st. If there were ever a season more suited to the enjoyment of music, it is summer: fair weather, long balmy evenings, and the sweet sound of instruments played with professional flourish. Magical. To this end, the London Symphony Orchestra has some events not to be missed this month. Here are One City’s hot picks for aural pleasure.

1. Thomas Bartlett + Nico Muhly: Peter Pears – Balinese Ceremonial Music, 8th June, 8pm to 10pm (Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke’s)

Part of the LSO St. Luke’s Guest Artist series, the evening sees/hears nine new duo piano compositions, inspired by Colin McPhee’s transcriptions of Balinese music. McPhee was “the first composer to seriously study the music of Java and Bali, producing a number of transcriptions for two pianos that reimagined the gamelan for Western ears”. Barlett and Muhly have reimagined McPhee’s music for the 21st Century, an album which took 10 years to complete. Tickets £25/£30.

2. Bach Weekend – Violin Sonatas, 16th June, 11am to 12pm (Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke’s)

A continuation of the LSO St. Luke’s Guest Artists series, violinist Isabelle Faust is joined by harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout in playing Bach’s Sonata No 1 in B minor, BWV1014, Sonata No 3 for violin and harpsichord in E major, BWV 1016 and Sonata No 6 for violin and harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019. Faust will also perform the solo Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 and Bezuidenhout the Toccata in D minor, BWV 913. Expect the combination of their artistic forces to “be rooted in a deep and sincere fidelity to one overriding ideal: letting Bach speak”. Tickets £17.50.

3. Laura Cannell – Modern Ritual, 16th June, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (Jerwood Hall, LSO St. Luke’s)

Also part of the LSO St. Luke’s Guest Artists series, experimental musician Cannell here explores “the idea of ritual through music and words” to the point of subversion, Cannell playing “two recorders simultaneously and deconstructing her violin to create otherworldly soundscapes”. The drummer Charles Hayward also presents a 30 minute snare drum roll and electronic composer Hoofus brings to the evening “music of eerie wonder, where oscillating melodic loops meld with distorted rhythms”. Talks will finish the evening. Tickets £15.

4. Gianandrea Noseda & Nicola Benedetti, 24th June, 7pm to 9pm (Barbican Hall)

Benedetti performs Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in the first half under Noseda’s guidance, the latter conducting the LSO through the composer’s Symphony No.10 in the second half. Both pieces present alternative reactions to life in Russia under Stalin – the concerto hidden until his death and the symphony in response to that death. An immensely difficult concerto, expect “vast reserves of emotional stamina and enormous technical skills” from Benedetti. Tickets from £15 to £55.

5. Free Outdoor Lunchtime Music, 29th June, 1.15pm to 2pm (Front Lawn, LSO St. Luke’s)

Part of the LSO’s Inside Out music series, these events are obviously weather permitting, but it is free to go along and there is even no need to book in advance. Here, listen to a dectet of young brass musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama while you nibble a picnic lunch. How refined.