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Armonico Consort, Cadogan Hall (4/5)

With German Christmas markets springing up like mushrooms in British cities, it was appropriate that the Armonico Consort should present a seventeenth-century musical complement.

Katy B, Koko, London

Koko is bursting at the seams, limbs hanging over balconies, enthusiastic fans crammed in at the front needing water from security, gasping before an empty stage. The phrase "sardines in a can" comes to mind and the electric excitement brewing is almost killed by the late starting of the show, but all is forgiven as the Peckham star bounds on to the stage.

Album: Trumpets of Death, Teeth + Teeth = Teeths (Tin Angel)

On the intriguing Teeth + Teeth = Teeths, Leeds combo Trumpets Of Death investigate a niche, but potentially fruitful area where traditional folk music rubs up against avant-noise, post-rock textures.

Simon Carr: With a warm-up act of the living dead, George could hardly go wrong

Sketch: His chinwork is more developed. His face a little broader but even more bloodless

Arthur Wilson: Trombonist hailed as the most important of his generation

Arthur Wilson was a master of the trombone and a mainstay of British orchestral brass in the second half of the 20th century, both through his playing and his teaching. Seldom in the orchestral spotlight, he none the less made audiences aware of the trombone in the quality of his playing in the Philharmonia, which he joined as second trombone in 1951, becoming principal in 1962 until leaving the orchestra in 1979. During this time he played regularly under Karajan, Klemperer, Giulini, Muti, Maazel and Frubeck de Burgos, all of whom appreciated his musicianship and the skill with which he brought the orchestra's trombone section to such a high standard. He was Professor of Trombone at the Royal College of Music from 1967 until 1999, seven years beyond professorial retirement age, and many trombonists in British orchestras today owe the development and honing of their skills to his inspiration and care.

Buddy Morrow: Trombonist and bandleader who shot to fame with the Fifties hit 'Night Train'

What do you call a beautiful girl on the arm of a trombone player? A tattoo.

Kind hearts and cornets in the battle of the brass bands

A Slice of Britain: Once there were 20,000 across the country. Yesterday the remaining few sounded off for the cup final

Album: Harvey Brough, Requiem in Blue (Smudged Discs)

Requiem in Blue is an ambitious, multi-disciplinary work in tribute to the composer's late brother, featuring sections of the Latin Mass in alliance with folk and jazz elements: in the opening "Introit & Kyrie", for example, Natacha Atlas's rendition of "Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair" presages the Latin text.

Great composer, shame he couldn't play

Letter uncovered in museum reveals how Edward Elgar was so bad at the trombone it made people laugh

Album: Nils Landgren, Christmas with my Friends II, (ACT)

A second volume of cuddlesome Xmas fare from the Swedish trombonist. Vol 1 was a joy because it balanced churchiness nicely against homeliness, and contrived to articulate the natal soulfulness that unites the two at this time of year.

Album: Freddie Hubbard, On the Real Side (4Q/Times Square)

Hubbard's chops blew out in the Nineties, which is no surprise given the kind of stick the trumpeter gave them for 30 years or so.

Kenny Wheeler, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

From the moment Kenny Wheeler was introduced not only as a trumpet-player but also as a "wit, raconteur and the world's foremost expert on American cheesecake", it was obvious that the celebrations to mark the 75th birthday of one of Canada's most welcome exports to this country were not going to be too stiff an affair.

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