Long day's journey into light

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish Academy, Glasgow

Soaring, song-like lines

Letter: South Bank sound

FOLLOWING the demise of Lord Rogers's canopy for the South Bank, the intention is to substitute that of the runners-up in the competition, Allies and Morrison, "to make the arts complex a worthy cultural landmark once more" ("On the crest of a new wave", 9 April).

David Essex Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Towards the end of his performance, David Essex surveyed the swaying crowd before him and sang "Girl, you'll be a woman soon". This was an act of kindness. His audience consisted mainly of mature women and there was barely a girl among them, in the strict sense of the word. Nevertheless, the moisture count must have risen sharply when he added, "And soon, you'll need a man". David Essex only had to cast a twinkly smile upon his fans and they swooned and gasped. When he sang as well, it was almost more than they could take.

Pop: Rollins Band Brixton Academy, London

If you ever have the misfortune to be eternally condemned to everlasting Hell, you could do worse than take Henry Rollins with you. He's been there before and come out the other side. Man, this guy is heavy. He performs as if there are broken chains lying strewn around his feet. In Brixton, Rollins strutted and pawed at the very edge of the stage, his clenched body depositing sweat on the seething crowd. "On my way to the cage!" he roared. "On my way to the cage! On my way to the cage!" Over and over. Behind him, the band hammered its way into the blackness, driven by Melvin Gibbs's pounding bass.

CLASSICAL MUSIC Concertgebouw / Gardiner Barbican Centre

The fame of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra drew a capacity audience to the Barbican Centre on Sunday afternoon. As one of the Barbican's "Great Orchestras of the World" they presented an impressive programme under John Eliot Gardiner, focusing their outstanding solo and ensemble skills as sharply on Berlioz's La Mort de Cleopatre as on Schubert's Ninth Symphony.

Letter: Dial M for music

Sir: Your leader 'Future is culture fed through cable' (20 June) took my mind back 70 years to the days when we listened to concerts via the telephone wires on my grandfather's electrophone. He would ask the exchange to put him through to the concert hall and we listened on headphones that were kept in a wooden box like a lady's workbox.

Relocation tax guide

The Inland Revenue has published a free guide for employees, explaining how relocation packages are taxed. Copies are available from any tax office or by writing to the Public Inquiry Room, West Wing, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LB.

Stage set for Hope

The entertainer Bob Hope, 91 in May, is to play two shows in Britain - at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, in June. He is also planning to attend the D-Day 50th anniversary celebrations.
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