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Now this is a place with real pedigree. I don't mean it used to be owned by Pierre Koffmann or helmed by Marco Pierre White or picked up a Michelin star under Raymond Blanc. Oh no. In Edwardian times it was a theatre-cum-dancehall-cum-bioscope (an early form of cinema, where punters could watch footage of King Edward VIII's funeral).

Tao - Beat of the Globe, Assembly at St George's Centre, Edinburgh

Spectacular drummers pump up the volume

Peaceful solstice is celebrated at Stonehenge

Stonehenge rang to the sound of jungle drums and jazz saxophone yesterday as thousands thronged the monument to mark the summer solstice.

Pink, Birmingham, NEC

The songs lack colour - but the acrobatics impress

Jack Sperling

Outstanding jazz drummer

Album: Candi Staton

Candi Staton, Honest Jon's

The English Concert & Choir / Pinnock, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Is 'authentic' still believable?

Quiet please. Drum lesson in progress

The art of learning music in Ghana is all in the timing

Womad Festival, Bath & West Showground, Bath

Wonderful world

The Knack: How To Play The Steel Drums

IT'S JUST like playing the drums, but with one important difference - as well as a rhythm you can also produce a melody on a steel drum. On a steel pan you've got the whole chromatic scale, ie the musical alphabet, and this has to be learnt, just as you would for any other instrument. Sometimes the notes are written on all the different indentations in the pan, but not always, so you have to keep practising until you remember where they all are.

Live: Scandinavians do it with their backs to the audience

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hear: kodo

Another precision export from Japan: perfectly formed, matchless sound quality, magnificent to behold. . . No, this is not some new, state-of-the-art stereo, but a 14-strong troupe of percussionists. Described as "mesmerising" by the Evening Standard during their last London appearance in 1996, the Kodo Drummers (right) have been raising roofs around the world with their unique synthesis of sound, theatre and choreography. Repetitiveness is not an issue: variety in tone, texture and rhythm is created by a range of drums, from the traditional taiko of rural Japan to a staggering 1000lb giant drum. And further interest comes courtesy of the renowned British percussionist Evelyn Glennie, in a guest appearance with the Kodo Drummers on Wednesday.

Music: Lyric Sheets: The Death of Keith Moon

Keith Moon of The Who, madcap and probably the best rock drummer ever, died 20 years ago this year. An in-depth book about him, Dear Boy, is due out in September.
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