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Today: Long-haul passengers in BMI's Business Class cabin are in for a treat with the launch of complimentary citrus-fragranced amenity kits by London perfumier Miller Harris ( flybmi.com ; millerharris.com ).

Nigel Kennedy / Orchestra of Life, Royal Festival Hall, London

We’d had the first two movements of Bach’s Violin Concerto in E, Nigel Kennedy and his newly formed Orchestra of Life bathed in a haze of blue light and discreetly amplified as befits a gig not a concert. “What’s next?” says Kennedy, glancing at his play list nestling between the foldback speakers where adoring fans had also left an assortment of messages and CDs for signature. “What about the third movement?” shouted a man in the front stalls. “Don’t like it”, retorted Kennedy. And there was no answer to that.

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Judith Owen, South Bank Purcell Room, London

Introduced by Ruby Wax, the singer-pianist and would-be comedienne was in exalted company, with Phil Jupitus and her husband Harry Shearer, of Spinal Tap, in attendance at a well-supported show.

Krystian Zimerman, Royal Festival Hall, London

It’s fitting that the South Bank should mark Chopin’s alternative birthdays - scholars can’t agree on the correct one - with performances by two great Chopinists.

David Lister: Who will fight for the arts on ITV?

ITV chiefs must be bracing themselves. At the South Bank Show Awards this week. Melvyn Bragg promised guests that the televised highlights of the ceremony to be broadcast tomorrow would be uncensored.

Howard Jacobson: Comedians have their uses when you're feeling low in Wolverhampton

I wanted to express gratitude to someone whose comic gifts I admired

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Jurowski, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Beethoven rules again at the South Bank. It’s been ten years since the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment embarked upon its first complete cycle of Beethoven Symphonies but it was long before that that we first began to understand what it meant to hear these audacious pieces played on instruments of the period.

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Search for new chief executive is top of the list of priorities for Archie Norman

Simon Armitage: 'I'm quite boyish in my outlook'

Simon Armitage, renowned writer, national curriculum fixture, is that rare thing: a poet who admits to a sunny frame of mind

Jerome Taylor: I was questioned over my harmless snapshot

I was on the South Bank of the Thames trying to compose a shot of the Houses of Parliament last week when two police officers stopped me.

Kavakos/Lugansky/Tamestit/Capucon, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Leonidas Kavakos’ last concert as “An Artist in Focus” at the South Bank began with a postscript – a substantial one – to the recent Alfred Schnittke festival.

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