Our guide to music events taking place in and around Milton Keynes
Mozart in Focus
The Stables, March 17 & 18
It is a universal wisdom passed down through the generations that Mozart was a genius. But hang on a minute – why? Julian Horton, Professor of Music at Durham University, has some answers and will illustrate them with live excerpts from Ensemble 360. It’s an early start for this one, which runs 3-3.45pm.
Milton Keynes Sinfonia
Church of Christ the Cornerstone, CMK, March 18
MK Sinfonia is ‘going patriotic’ this weekend with works from three of England’s most revered twentieth century composers.
Material from Bliss, Elgar and Walton will all air at the event on Saturday from 7.45pm.
Call 01908 377518
Bedford Esquires, March 17
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting live rhythm and blues acts in the world. Lots has happened since they brought us seventies hits like Milk & Alcohol, including the loss of frontman Lee Brilleaux, but the feelgood factor continues.
The Stables, March 17
This is an evening with Mozart at his most irresistible.
It’s all here – sophistication, playfulness, insight, wit, disarming charm, and that extra sparkle of magic that marks his music out from everyone else’s.
John Suchet will be on hand to introduce the evening.
The Craufurd Arms, March 18
Since their inception in 1993 Dreadzone have been releasing storms of albums, progressively bettering, refining and perfecting their own unique and inimitable take on dub.
They mix it up with sublime guitar riffs, folk roots sentiments and breakbeat bass styles - and they are just back in the Top 40!
MK11, Kiln Farm, March 17
Scrumpy and Western band The Wurzels arrive here in MK for a St Paddy Day special this Friday night. Famous for tracks including chart-topper The Combine Harvester, this will be a feel good show and a half from the longtime band. The venue promises lots of bar offers too. Sup and see.
Forest Folk & Roots, The Cranfield Arms, March 17
Tomorrow, FF&R hosts an evening in the company of Coventry singer-songwriter Stylusboy.
He creates indie-folk music influenced by cult contemporary songwriters like Damien Rice and Ryan Adams, as well as classic performers such as Nick Drake and Neil Young.
Stylusboy’s sound continues to explore and advance the relationship between more traditional folk and popular music - it sits right between the two!
Stylusboy has performed his intimate music at festivals far and wide and the lead track from his Whole Picture EP became a chart topper in Indonesia.
He is signed to Wild Sound Recordings who have released the Lantern EP and his debut album Hospitality for Hope, which harnessed the double bass talent of Nizlopi’s John Parker.