Upbeat: On the town

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NOW, the world's smallest new music tour: Monday and Tuesday see the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group taking a piece by Mark Anthony Turnage all the way around, well, Birmingham. They give their free daytime performances of Kai, written for the group three years ago and warmly welcomed then in these pages, at four community and shopping centres. There's also an evening foray on Monday to Warwick University Arts Centre for a foyer performance. Any enraptured passers-by will have to wait a little while to buy the CD, but there is one on the way: BCMG is to record Kai for EMI, with Simon Rattle conducting.

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