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Classical: LSO / Colin Davis Barbican London oooo9

TO THOROUGHLY misquote Mark Twain, rumours of the death of classical music have been grossly exaggerated. But anyone who'd listened to BBC Radio 3's Music Matters discussion on Sunday on the fate of classical music - or, more precisely, classical-music criticism - would have been forgiven their surprise in discovering a huge crowd at the Barbican for the evening's concert. And many of them were young.

LSO / Colin Davis, Barbican, London

To thoroughly misquote Mark Twain, rumours of the death of classical music have been grossly exaggerated.

Classical: Northern Sinfonia The Sage Gateshead oooo9

THIS WAS a celebration - a "Rejouissance", as Handel has it in his Music for the Royal Fireworks - and Gateshead wasn't going to be upstaged by anybody. So, yes, there were whizz-bangs galore, in colourful array, set off from a Tyne-moored barge by the Sage's performance programme dir-ector, Simon Clugston. Plus, to round off, Handel's music, delivered in intermittently fizzing style by Nicholas Kraemer and leader Kyra Humphreys' Northern Sinfonia (the Rejouissance and a decidedly moving La Paix proved best; sapped of some energy, those Bourrees and Menuets felt a longer haul).

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A SET of bird bones with holes drilled in them have turned out to be the world's oldest playable musical instruments, dating back nearly 9,000 years.

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