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Monday evenings rarely see such hyped-up. sell out shows during the Festival. Perhaps even rarer is being subject to aggressive looks from people who don‘t have tickets while you clasp your own to your bosom and gently finger “999’ on your mobile - just in case.

So what's the fuss? Soweto Gospel Choir are a dynamic 24-strong South African choir that don't restrict themselves to Americanised gospel hymns. As explained at the beginning of the show, 11 separate regions of Africa are represented, all with their own indigenous dialects. It results in a diverse, but accessible. show that's been painstakingly put together. The gospel is politically aware, but it isn‘t limited by it.

The act can seem a little contrived at times, but that is the single criticism of a show that otherwise can do no wrong. Even the proceeds from the CD sales, and all donations to Soweto Gospel Choir, go to HIV positive mothers and their children in South Africa. Yay! (Rowan Martin)

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Scottish pianist Steven Osborne, renowned for his moving and insightful interpretation of Messraen, jouns the 880880 and the National Youth Choir of Scotland to perform some of the French composer's most beguiling work. Usher Hall, 4 73 2000. 25 Aug. 6pm, 26—25.

. Interpol T on the Fringe packs 'em in this fortnight with more Yanks. this time it's moody. intense indie rock magic. Liquid Room, 0870 769 0700, 24 Aug. 7pm, E 72.50.

m Cauld Blast Orchestra A welcome return for this sizeable collective of Scots musicians who indulge in a gleeful mish-mash of Celtic rhythms and out-there jazz

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