Ah, December – month of the perpetual serenade of Christmas carols (or, if you’re really unlucky, non-stop rotation of the seasonal pop classics). Nonetheless, speaking of ‘classics’, if you find yourself wondering how to fill these long, dark and chilly nights in the City with something that provides just that touch more culture and memorability, then why not turn to LSO St. Luke’s to see what’s on their calendar of events this final month of 2018? Even better, why not consider the highlights One City has noted below: London really does have a little bit of everything, musically speaking, after all.

1. Romanian Rhapsody with Sir Simon Rattle (Sunday 16th December @ 7pm & Tuesday 18th December @ 7.30pm, Barbican Hall)

Sure to be a night to remember this winter, with Sir Simon conducting Leonidas Kavakos through Brahms’ wonderful Violin Concerto, through Debussy’s travelogue of France and Spain, his Images, and – la pièce de résistance, here supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute – through Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. All are performed with the help (of course) of the London Symphony Orchestra. These pieces are seldom programmed side by side, and yet – duly adhering to the ethos of Sir Simon’s Roots and Origins series – all were inspired by folk tradition. Indeed, Brahms’ Violin Concerto is an homage not only to the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim (for whom it was written), but to Budapest and the gypsy musical tradition of Hungary at large. Tickets start at £16, though £5 concessions and £10 wildcard tickets are also available.

2. Bernstein 100: Candide (Saturday 8th December @ 3pm & Sunday 9th December @ 7pm, Barbican Hall)

In this semi-staged performance of Bernstein’s “riotous satirical operetta”, directed by Garnett Bruce and conducted by the renowned Marin Alsop, Leonardo Capalbo takes the titular role in the genius work of the composer. A truncated overview of the plot? War comes to Westphalia; previously blissful ignoramus Candide embarks on a global voyage replete with melodrama; throw in also “man-eating sharks, duelling sultans and swindling con-artists” for a true Sinbad element on the stage. The performance brings to a close the centennial celebrations of Leonard Bernstein, by whom Alsop himself was mentored. Tickets from £16 to £56.

3. Half Six Fix: Jazz Roots (Wednesday 12th December @ 6.30pm, Barbican Hall)

And finally, if you can’t quite decide between your genres, seriously consider opting for this one-off performance of musical greats. Another evening conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO supports piano duo artists Katia and Marielle Labèque in the UK premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Nazareno, here arranged by Gonzalo Grau (on percussions on the night). The Argentinian tango and jazz sounds meld to perfection with especial support from brass, percussion, and cello. Also on the programme is Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs. Both blending jazz with classical for a true Twentieth Century sound. Half Six Fix is a new concept from the LSO where you may enjoy a drink in your seat and digitally explore programme notes. Tickets from £12 to £36.