Whether you want to join in or simply watch, sate your classical appetite with these local groups.
Dubai City Sound
An all-female a cappella group specialising in four-part barbershop styles, with more than 20 members from Holland, Australia, the UK and the USA. They’re accepting new members now.
Dubai Chamber Orchestra
A small amateur orchestra founded in 2002, which today has about 30 players from across the world, playing a handful of free concerts a year. The next performance, including pieces by Rossini and Prokofiev, will be at Safa School later this year although the date is still TBC. Those interested in joining can contact the orchestra via email.
Dubai Concert Committee
Hosts ten free concerts a year, as well as workshops hosted by visiting international professional musicians. The orchestra comprises Gulf nationals (including Emiratis), Europeans and Japanese. Coming up: the Schubert Ensemble of London playing Schumann and Schubert on Monday October 8, and Gli Incogniti with Amandine Beyer playing baroque pieces on Sunday October 21. All concerts are hosted at Ductac and start at 8pm, with free entry.
UAE National Symphony Orchestra
Launching with inaugural concerts in March, the UAENSO is a non-for-profit community orchestra for Emiratis and expats. It hosts a second production, An Arabian Night, next week in Abu Dhabi.
Dhs50-200. 8pm (plus 5pm ladies-only matinee), Friday September 28. Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, www.uaenso.org, www.timeouttickets.com