What’s happening this week?

Head painter Louise
Head painter Louise

BRIGHTEN up a gloomy winter’s evening with the Newport Pagnell Rotary Club’s uplifting concert tomorrow night.

The Chrysalis Theatre will come alive with the voices of Northampton Male Voice Choir and guest soloist Lincoln Noel, performing music from shows, opera, modern popular music and their traditional repertoire.

They guarantee to send you home with a spring in your step and a song in your heart, and what’s more, you’ll be helping to raise funds for Willen Hospice and Rotary International’s End Polio Campaign, as well as other local charities.

Northampton Male Voice Choir has toured across the UK and overseas and proudly wears the Northampton Borough coat of arms in recognition of its significant contribution to fund raising.

Enthusiastic new members are always welcome. Visit www.nmv.co.uk to learn more.

To be inspired and entertained while helping raise money for charity, book your tickets for the 7.30pm show at the Chrysalis Theatre by contacting Paul Campion on MK 691 176 or email paul.campion@virgin.net.

AS Yuletide celebrations get underway, the city church is warmly welcoming visitors to attend a special programme of musical events to mark the Advent and Christmas season in style.

This is the Christ the Cornerstone 20th Anniversary year and the musical treats on offer certainly live up to the importance of the occasion.

Tonight at 7.45pm, audiences are invited to enjoy Exploring Music: The American Tradition – a talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton.

With discussion of and excerpts from the careers and works of four of the most extraordinary figures in American music (Harry Partch, John Cage, Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt) the evening will reveal how these musicians laid the ground for the distinctive musical developments of the twenty-first Century.

Then, on Sunday the Cornerstone Chamber Choir and Orchestra perform Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, one of the composer’s greatest scores, from 7.30pm.

TONIGHT the MK Gallery will present the short-listed artists for the Milton Keynes Community Foundation Arts Bursary 2012 and Adams Traditional Crafts Bursary.

From 7pm, entry is free.

Meanwhile, the first floor Video Space continues to host Contemporary Abstraction – this programme draws together a selection of films made over the last 10 years which are thematically linked by their exploration of abstraction and materiality.

Contemporary Abstraction continues until 30 November, admission is free, duration is 40 minutes.

THE regenerated former bus station venue, The Buszy, opens its doors for the final exhibition of 2012 tomorrow.

The ICONS show features local artists paying homage to iconic buildings, people or images across a variety of mediums.

Entry is free and the exhibition runs from 6-7.30pm.

A LOVE of art combined with a strong personality is the key to overcoming disability for artist Louise Wilson.

Since moving to Milton Keynes in her early twenties, 43-year-old Louise has forged ahead in her creative pursuits, despite having athetoid cerebral palsy as a result of complications at birth. This means the parts of the brain responsible for processing signals to enable smooth coordinated movements, as well as maintaining body posture, are damaged.

Consequently, Louise experiences involuntary, purposeless movements throughout her body – interfering with all skills requiring coordinated movements.

A ‘head-pointer’ (padded head frame with adjustable strapping and a metal pointer) with a paintbrush attached allows Louise to make movements with her head to apply paint to canvas, creating original art pieces.

Her work will be available to buy at The Cross and Stable Community Centre on Downs Barn Boulevard on Saturday, from 10am until 12 noon.

TRIB UTE act The Small Fakers will be playing a one-off gig at The Old Talbot, Pottersbury, tomorrow, as part of their latest tour.

In case you’d not guessed, this lot pay homage to the sensational Small Faces, and have been given the thumbs up by original members.

If it’s good enough for them, it’sgood enough for you...