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Fans of musical finery are in for a treat this week, with two concerts offering just that.

Unfortunately both classical events are being hosted the same day, but better too much, than too little.

Besides, with one lunchtime and one evening performance ready to play out, you can indulge in both.

Should you choose to spend your Saturday morning at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone you will be entertained by violinist Madeleine Mitchell.

Her distinguished career has taken her to stages in more than 40 countries and her discography includes Violin Songs (with Bridge and Elgar) which took Classic FM’s CD of the Week title.

She has been nominated for a BBC Music Award too.

Last month she performed at the Moscow Conservatoire, and next month Madeleine will perform at London’s Barbican with Howard Blake OBE – composer of The Snowman.

Madeleine will be joined by Nigel Clayton at the piano at this concert, and musically, the programme will feature works by Bach, Mozart, Elgar, Bridge and MacMillan.

The performance will begin at 11.30am and run through to 12.45pm.

Tickets are £8 on the door.

For details call 01908 246486.

> In the evening, International Women’s Day is being celebrated a day early, with a show by the Milton Keynes City Orchestra.

And how better to do that than with an all-female orchestra?

Sian Edwards – Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music – will be back with the baton in hand to conduct the show, which is designed to recognise the wealth of female talent involved in classical music today.

Guest soloists will perform arias by Mozart, and a few added surprises are planned for the show, which also features music by Wagner and Schubert.

Guest soprano at the show will be Anita Watson, and the music will flow from The Venue Theatre, at Walton High Campus.

Tickets are on sale at £22 and £10, with under 18s admitted at £5.


> Antonio Forcione plays live under the arts at Stowe banner this Wednesday evening.

The guitarist and composer will be bringing his own take to classic moments including Jackson’s Billie Jean, and Stevie Wonder’s Superstition.

The event begins at 7.30pm. Tickets for the show are on sale at £15.