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Cambridge Folk Festival, August 23, Cherry Hinton Hall

A week later than Womad and at the other end of the country, Cambridge this year offers a mixture of world music stars (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), folk heavyweights (Loudon Wainwright III, Seth Lakeman) and old reliables (Van Morrison). David Honigmann

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Graham Coxon August 2, Roundhouse, London

With Blur due to reach an apparent end after a Japanese festival appearance in January – their last for the foreseeable future, it has been said – the Britpop veterans are going their separate ways again. For Graham Coxon that means a solo gig in his spiritual home Camden, headquarters of the kind of scuzzy alternative rock that the guitarist loves. With Coxon playing a guest spot at his Blur colleague Damon Albarn’s Latitude Festival show last month, fans might hope for the favour to be returned at the Roundhouse. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

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Lindi Ortega, August 2, Oslo, London, the touring

Canadian-born, Tennessee-based Lindi Ortega is touring her latest album, Tin Star, an atmospheric set of country songs sung with the twang of Patsy Cline and vibrato of Wanda Jackson. “I’ll still be singing when no one’s around,” Ortega says of her timeless brand of music; it deserves an audience. LHT

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Joan As Police Woman, August 5, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, then touring

The artist otherwise known as Joan Wasser is touring her new album The Classic, in which the US singer-songwriter revisits the sounds of 1960s soul and R&B – a much-used touchstone for modern musicians, but one that Joan As Police Woman imprints herself upon with characteristic skill. LHT


Summer Sessions, August 6 and 7, Roundhouse, London

It is more than a decade since Jonny Greenwood, best known as a member of the rock band Radiohead, first revealed his skill as a composer for classical orchestra. In his score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s film There Will Be Blood (2007), he demonstrated his growing confidence in the medium, and here we have a chance to attend a screening with live accompaniment by the London Contemporary Orchestra. Greenwood himself will play the ondes martenot part. Andrew Clark

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The Proms, To September 13, Royal Albert Hall, London

This is a week in which the Proms demonstrate their richness in diversity, exemplified by tonight’s performance of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate (John Wilson Orchestra) and tomorrow’s of Mozart’s Requiem (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Choir of Scotland). Add Mahler’s Ninth Symphony on Monday, Shostakovich’s Fourth on Tuesday and Elgar’s First on Wednesday – and there’s still room for contrasting late-night celebrations of John Tavener’s mysticism (Monday) and swing kings Count Basie and Duke Ellington (Friday). AC

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Edinburgh Festival, August 8-31, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Friday’s opening concert is surprisingly, mysteriously anti-populist. It begins with Schoenberg’s revolutionary Five Orchestral Pieces, continues with Scriabin’s opulently scored Prometheus – The Poem of Fire, and climaxes with Debussy’s rarely performed oratorio Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien. If anyone can pull off this celebration of exotica, it’s Oliver Knussen, conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus. AC

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Brecon Jazz Festival, August 7-10, various venues

The curtain raiser presents Burt Bacharach reviewing his 50-year career with full orchestra and chorus. Jazz, in all its forms, takes over at the weekend as 20 shows daily and a full festival fringe pour music out of the town’s every nook and cranny. Lovely mid-Wales setting, great vibe, and top UK artists ranging from Chris Barber to Polar Bear. Mike Hobart


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