Tahliah Barnett, aka FKA Twigs, is appearing in Glasgow this week in the runup
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FKA Twigs, July 29, Stereo, Glasgow, then touring

Formerly a dancer who appeared in the video for Jessie J’s “Price Tag”, Tahliah Barnett has followed a rather different course in her own music career. She initially called herself Twigs but now appears as FKA Twigs, the initials standing for “formerly known as” after another artiste called Twigs asked her to change her name, under which moniker she makes breathy, enigmatic R&B. Her debut album arrives next month following a series of well-received EPs and several striking music videos, all at the artier end of the spectrum from “Price Tag”. Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

stereocafebar.com, 0141 222 2254

Jamie T, July 29, The Art School, Glasgow, then touring

Pop abhors a vacuum. Thus Jamie T returns four years after his last album to find his Britrock troubadour act taken by Jake Bugg. His comeback single “Don’t You Find” is interestingly downbeat, a sly sideways move back into the public eye: much like this brief tour of small venues. LHT

theartschool.co.uk

Public Enemy, July 26, Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, then touring

Twenty-five years ago Public Enemy were writing “Fight the Power” for Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing. They’re still out there fighting that fight, led by Chuck D and his eternally youthful sidekick Flavor Flav. LHT

tramlines.org.uk

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

The coming week ranges from Bach’s St John Passion (tonight, conducted by Roger Norrington) to a new Jonathan Dove orchestral work (Monday, conducted by Josep Pons). Top of my list is the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s Prom on Thursday, when Vasily Petrenko conducts a Richard Strauss first half, including Four Last Songs with esteemed soprano Inger Dam-Jensen, followed by Elgar’s Second Symphony – Petrenko has already proved himself a masterful interpreter of this great work. Tuesday’s late night Prom of Rameau motets, featuring Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, should be another highlight. Andrew Clark

bbc.co.uk/proms, 0845 401 5040

Oxford Piano Festival, July 27-August 4, various venues, Oxford

This is a festival with a mentoring basis: a handful of virtuosi take masterclasses during the day and give recitals in the evening. In the opening event Janina Fialkowska plays her beloved Chopin. John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich are among the other recitalists, but Friday’s “Participants’ Recital” may be when most sparks fly. AC

oxfordphil.com, 01865 980980

A Foreign Field, July 31, Worcester Cathedral

To mark the centenary of the first world war, the Three Choirs Festival (July 26-August 2) came up with the novel idea of commissioning a German composer, Torsten Rasch, to write a 40-minute Requiem focusing on reconciliation of the communities left behind rather than commemoration of the dead. Drawing on texts by Dymock poets Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas and their Austro-German counterparts George Trakl and Rainer Maria Rilke, alongside schoolboy and church Latin, A Foreign Field has an unaccompanied Psalm as its centrepiece. The Festival Chorus and choristers of Worcester Cathedral will be joined by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Baldur Brönnimann for Thursday’s world premiere. An intriguing prospect. AC

3choirs.org, 0845 652 1823

Womad, July 26-27, Charlton Park, Wiltshire

By now the self-proclaimed “World’s Festival” is in full swing. There is still time to catch Senegal’s Youssou N’Dour, the reformed Malian pioneers Les Ambassadeurs and irresistible Zimbabweans Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits, as well as everything from Welsh folk-trip-hop to nu-Calypso. Sinéad O’Connor is a last-minute addition to Sunday night’s bill. David Honigmann

womad.co.uk, 0118 960 6060

Jazz in the Round, July 28, Cockpit Theatre, London

The third season of Radio 3 DJ Jez Nelson’s artful monthly UK jazz showcases ends on a high before taking a short summer break. Bassist Larry Bartley’s supple and soul-stirring quartet headline with music from their new CD, new-wave rocker guitarist Anton Hunter opens with his trio and vocalist Lauren Kinsella plays a solo spot in the middle. Mike Hobart

thecockpit.org.uk

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