As my first instrument, the piano will always be my favourite, particularly when it is played well (so, not by me).
And Sunday looks set to give music-lovers the chance to hear some fantastic piano music when Ashley Fripp performs Mendelssohn’s romantic Piano Concerto 1 at MKCO’s Powerful Piano event at Milton Keynes Theatre. The concert will start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £11-£21. See www.atgtickets.com.
For those who prefer brass, two Midlands bands will be joining forces for a Brass Extravaganza at Kettering’s Lighthouse Theatre on Sunday at 6pm. Performances by Kettering’s Virtuosi GUS Band and Youth Brass 2000. Tickets cost £11 or £9. See www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk
Also on Sunday, harpist Tori Handsley will play at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Kings Sutton at 3pm. Tickets cost £8 or £5.
On Saturday, there will be a Song Recital at All Saints Church in Northampton, starting at 1.10pm. Music by Purcell, Bach, Wolf and Messiaen will be performed by the All Saints Choir alumnus as well as a member of choir The Sixteen, Jessica Smith.
More choral music is on offer when the close harmony ensemble Voces8 give day time workshops and an evening concert on Wednesday at 7.45pm at the Stahl Theatre, Oundle. Tickets cost £12 or £10. Ring 01832 274734.
Tomorrow, The Castle theatre in Wellingborough will continue its lunchtime Music Series as 12.30pm with a concert by the Jubilee String Quartet. Tickets cost £10, including buffet lunch. Visit www.thecastle.org.uk.