“Sweet, sweet, and sad”, wrote William Morris of the month of October. There’s an undeniable melancholy to this time of year, but we’re glad to report it’s a veritable bumper crop for new music.

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Here are our top tips for the month ahead:

1. Philip Thomas plays Morton Feldman – Sheffield // 2 October

Pianist Philip Thomas, a leading interpreter of Feldman’s music, gives this one-off performance alongside rare screenings of short documentary profiles of two of the US’s greatest visual artists, both featuring incidental music by Feldman. Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, Sheffield.

2. Music of Today – Gerard Pesson – London // 24 October

The Philharmonia Orchestra’s series looking at orchestral work by contemporary composers returns. And best of all, it’s free! Purcell Room, Southbank Centre.

3. Bill Thompson and Silent Chaos – Aberdeen // 24 October

Bill Thompson performs his latest work for tabletop Moog guitar and electronics, soon to be released on Burning Harpsichord Records. Silent Chaos support with Origins, an immersive sonic exploration of our growing disconnect with nature and our true selves, digging deep into the collective unconscious, using complex environments in contemporary media art for creating self-evident and unique experiences. Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street, Aberdeen.

4. Leonore Boulanger at IKLECTIK – London // 25 October

Start of an exciting new series from Rockfort – also a column for music websites The Quietus – which showcases France’s experimental scene. Boulanger will supported her special guest, Glaswegian songwriter and bassist Howie Reeve. IKLECTIK, 20 Carlisle Lane, London.