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Josie Long is an award-winning comedian and writer. She will perform with Robin Ince in Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre (10-22 Dec) and also on tour in Robin and Josie’s Shambles.

Laura Marling and Friends, Royal Festival Hall, London

There's a west London alt-folk musical community that you get a glimpse of when attending Laura Marling's gigs. Tonight, Marling, who is, with her Mercury nomination last year (at the tender age of 18), the biggest star among them, has brought her friends together for a one-off show.

Keith Jarrett, Royal Festival Hall, London

Piano master is note perfect

Moby, Royal Festival Hall, London

It doesn't make the heart leap

The Roots, Royal Festival Hall, London

Collaboration’s all you need

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As a Member of Parliament, Boris Johnson's expenses claims ranked among the more mundane (78p for a postage stamp here, the odd Diet Coke there). Naturally, Pandora would never suggest the same of the London Mayor himself; indeed quite the opposite.

Baaba Maal, Royal Festival Hall, London

There's a storm blowing through south London. Inside, all looks calm, as Baaba Maal sits in a gold suit reminiscent of Elvis, and quietly sings. But just like Elvis in his '68 Comeback Special, seeing Maal seated suggests the tense, coiled power of what will happen when he stands. Senegal's greatest star is a precisely dramatic, reliably exhilarating performer, and has a fine new album, Television, to refresh his sound. As befits a gig for Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival, there are guests too, including a fresh-voiced VV Brown who looks momentarily floored by having to follow Maal's piercing roar. A man who believes music transforms societies, Maal throws his whole body into getting under our skins.

Philharmonia Orchestra / Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

Coupling Berg’s Three Orchestral Pieces with Mahler’s 7th Symphony (as part of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s "Vienna - City of Dreams" festival) was a neat reversal of the "before" and "after". Even the moderately informed of the audience would surely have picked up on the amazing sense of evolution taking place before our very ears. This after all is the dream turned expressionist nightmare - the post-Mahlerian "big bang" - and not for nothing did Berg borrow the hammer of fate from Mahler’s 6th Symphony to nail the end of an era with his remorseless march to the abyss.

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Royal Festival Hall, London

She may claim to revel in the role of outsider, but on this showing Yoko Ono has as much need of love as the rest of us. In the past, Ono has said that she thrives on brickbats, yet tonight, as part of the Ornette Coleman-curated Meltdown Festival, this spry 76-year-old admits some trepidation to a huge round of applause.

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall, London

Reviewed by Edward Seckerson

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Royal Festival Hall, London

The alternative prince still rules

Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra/ Dudamel, Royal Festival Hall, London

At the close of their 5-day residency at London’s South Bank Centre the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra played “Nimrod” from Elgar’s Enigma Variations with such unbridled fervour as to suggest that Venezuela might be our last remaining colony.

National Youth Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

The wheel of fashion never stays still, but it’s possible that the last seven days may leave an enduring residue, in the form of belated public acceptance that classical music can be as stylish and exciting as any race or any ball-game.

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First Night: Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Royal Festival Hall, London

A class act for musicians of all ages to follow

Chilingirian Quartet/Hilliard Ensemble, Wigmore Hall, London<br/>OAE/Mark Padmore, Royal Festival Hall, London

Haydn's interpretation of Christ's last words and an exceptional reading of Bach's St Matthew Passion
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