THE week ahead is extremely busy at the Wyastone Summer Series with a run of four very diverse concerts in the space of only six days.

Tomorrow evening the internationally acclaimed Ysaye Quartet fly in from Paris to give a recital, which includes Haydn's 'Emperor' and Mozart's 'Dissonance' Quartets.

The programme also includes the chance to hear the rarely performed Verdi String Quartet in what is the composer's centenary year.

On Sunday afternoon a young ensemble by the name of Bravura take the stage to perform works by Grieg, Bach, Vivaldi, and Shostakovich.

Their experiences include playing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Junior Royal College of Music and Gloucester Academy of Music and Performing Arts.

The ensemble includes the incredibly talented pianist Oliver Poole, who is just nine years old! Oliver gave his first public recital at the age of six and has already delighted audiences both at home as well as in Germany, Switzerland, and the USA. He has performed under the banner of the Chopin Society and UNICEF, in aid of the Children's Fund.

Frequent visitors to the Wyastone Concert Hall where they enjoy great audience support are the Cardiff Bay Chamber Orchestra. They will be returning on Tuesday evening in a concert supported by the national Japan 2001 Project and featuring the young soloist Natsuko Yoshimoto.

She will be performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto, which will be framed by two other very popular orchestral works, Mendelssohn's 'Italian Symphony' and 'Prokofiev's Classical Symphony'.

Finally, if it's lighter entertainment you're after, why not try 'An Evening with Richard Rodney Bennett' on Wednesday.

Sir Richard is one of the most prolific and prodigiously gifted composers of his generation with over fifty film and television compositions to his name, including 'Murder on the Orient Express', 'Far From the Madding Crowd', 'Four Weddings and a Funeral', and BBC2's recent production, 'Gormenghast'.

His one-man shows are a reminder of what lyrics and melodies once were, taking the audience on a journey through many of the jazz standards in what will be an evening of quiet delight.

Tickets are available from the ESO Box Office (01684 560696) and on the door.