October might veritably be the month of Keats’ season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but in academia it’s also the start of a new school year for both those beginning and those returning to tertiary study. The case is no different for talented attendees of London’s own Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but what does mark a change from many other institutions is its schedule of performances for public enjoyment, offering recitals of musical brilliance from students and professionals alike. Here are One City’s top picks for the month ahead:

1. Hansel and Gretel (A nightmare in eight scenes) – 12th October @7.30pm, Milton Court

Hans Christian Andersen might have recorded the famous fairytale, but this Goldfield Productions reimagining is a mighty touch creepier. With poetry by Simon Armitage and chamber music by Guildhall professor Matthew Kaner, the puppetry and animation is overseen by Clive Hicks-Jenkins and puppeteered Jan Zalud. A “sinister fable for our times”, please note the show is suitable only for those aged 12 and over. Tickets cost £15 (£10 concessions).

2. Guildhall Consort & Baroque Orchestra – 15th October @ 7pm, Milton Court Concert Hall

Directed by Eamonn Dougan (of The Sixteen) and Pavlo Beznosiuk, the evening presents the considerable talents of the Guildhall’s “elite vocal consort” together with the school’s period instrument orchestra. The focus of their programme is Polish Baroque music, aiming to delight the audience with samples from 17th Century composers such as Bartłomiej Pękiel and Marcin Mielczewski. Highly interesting and not to be missed. This is a free admission event.

3. Guildhall Jazz Showcase – 23rd to 25th October, Milton Court Studio Theatre

The big draw in this three-day exploration of Jazz is the Jason Rebello Trio on the 23rd at 7.30pm (always an amazing aural experience), but each day between approximately 11am and 5pm the Guildhall’s own Student Combos can be heard, offering a sampling of the up-and-coming next generation of Jazz artists; tomorrow’s future stars. Furthermore, Wednesday presents Curated: An Evening with Iain Bellamy (supported by Malcolm Edmonstone on piano, Jules Jackson on bass, and Andrew Bain on drums) from 7.30pm, and Thursday evening closes the showcase with a full Faculty recital. Tickets cost £15 (£10 concessions; £5 Young Barbican tickets available for the Bellamy concert).

4. Songs at Six & Verlaine Songs / Debussy Centenary – 29th October @ 6pm & 7.30pm, Milton Court

If 20th Century French music tickles your fancy, then head along to Songs at Six at the end of the month. Curated by Bretton Brown, the Debussy-celebratory repertoire for this first recital of the evening includes the composer’s most romantic output, “from youthful infatuation to autumnal yearning”. The first in a two-part series marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, it will be followed by something rather special (if poetry is your thing). Setting the work of Paul Verlaine to the music of Debussy, and curated by Iain Burnside, the second recital of the evening also combines the talents of Guildhall postgraduate singers and pianists. Admission is free to both.