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Two entire blocks of stalls and at least a third of the arena had been commandeered by the children’s choruses and four brass bands, each with its own timpanist; the combined BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestras sported 15 percussion players between them and the phalanx of choruses including the LSO, Brighton, Huddersfield, and Bach Choir rose either side of the organ like something out of Gormenghast.

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A Jackson who's still a real thriller

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"I don't always get a chance to do this like this," says the much-accomplished Alicia Keys, as she proudly looks out into the Royal Albert Hall, with just her piano and more than 5,000 audience members for company.

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He's introduced to us as a 17-year-old who sleeps on the beach and sings songs of "seagulls, freedom and young love".

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The second, semi-ironic burst of Monkeemania, caused by the reformation of the "Prefab Four" in 1986, is itself a nostalgic memory now. These days, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork get back together every few years on some pretext or other – the band's 45th anniversary this time. (Mike Nesmith, the richest, most talented ex-Monkee, appeared in 1996 and then left them to it.) All the contradictions in their strange career play out precisely tonight.

Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, London

"This is like walking into my front room," jokes old Slowhand, as he strolls on to the wide, rug-covered stage of arguably the UK's most prestigious venue for the first gig of an 11-night residency.

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Derek Deane's glamorous in-the-round dance celebration returns

Nitin Sawhney, Royal Albert Hall, London

Nitin Sawhney is not one for the spotlight. Sitting stage right at the Royal Albert Hall, playing wondrous melody lines on his acoustic guitar as a series of singers belt out lead vocals next to him, he looks like just another member of the band; in reality, he is so much more.

Tim Minchin, Royal Albert Hall, London

"Nothing ruins comedy like arenas," sings Tim Minchin in his opening number.

City and Colour, Royal Albert Hall, London

"I always hoped that someone would listen, but I never thought all of you would," says the Canadian singer-songwriter Dallas Green (a city and a colour, to explain his recording name), as he thanks the crowd for listening to a song he wrote when he was 17, "Like Knives".

Chris de Burgh, Royal Albert Hall, London

Swaggering onto the stage sporting a buccaneer's waistcoat, Chris de Burgh initially looks like he watched his Pirates of the Caribbean DVDs a little too closely when penning his latest (and 18th) album – 2010's Moonfleet & Other Stories.

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