Friday, April 8
* ”HAMLET”, Northern Broadsides/New Vic Theatre production of the Shakespeare drama at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre, tonight and Saturday.
* THREE, new exhibition featuring work by installation artist Vicki Kerr from New Zealand, moving image artist, poet and musician Heather Phillipson, and photographer Michelle Sank, at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre gallery to May 21.
* SPARC GALLERY, work by three local painters on show during April at the BISHOPS CASTLE venue.
* OLIVIA WILLIAMS, mixed media works on show until April 26 at the Theatr Brycheiniog gallery, BRECON.
* RUBEE & THE ROCKETS, local band at the White Horse Inn, CLUN.
* PAPPY’S, Midlands live sketch act with their new “All Business” tour, at Globe Theatre, HAY ON WYE.
* MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WALES, exhibitions at the MACHYNLLETH gallery comprise the new Royal Cambrian Academy exhibition; the Montgomeryshire Society art competition winners; “Love Dogs” by Stephen West, and new exhibition by Bruce Cardwell.
* DAYLEVEL, at the Lowfield Inn, MARTON.
* JENNY JONES, the well known and popular artist who lives at Garthmyl, new collection that includes rarely seen self and family portraits, on to April 23, at the CountryWorks Gallery, MONTGOMERY.
* ”WUTHERING HEIGHTS”, award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre company present Lucy
Gough’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s gothic tale of tortured love, at Theatr Hafren, NEWTOWN tonight and Saturday April 9.
* PAM JONES PAST & PRESENT, first exhibition of the artist’s own paintings at the Theatr Hafren bar gallery, NEWTOWN.
* MID WALES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, acclaimed violinist Maria Crayford leads soloists in Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D, as well as music by Saint Saens, M. Tournier, Beethoven and Francaix, at St Andrew’s Church, PRESTEIGNE.
On Wednesday April 13 at 1pm the Orchestra will give a special one-off concert with primary school children at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
* HILLBILLY HOOTENANNY, starring Ian Cal Ford and The Railmen singing the songs of Johnny Cash, plus appearances by Canadian singer songwriter Church Micallef, ex-Darts frontman Bob Fish, and multi instrumentalist Dave Luke, at PRESTEIGNE British Legion Club.
* BEATLES, BLUES & BLUE VIOLIN, Mik Kaminski and Phil Bates from ELO and Electric Light Orchestra Part II and Tina McBain from the Eleanor Rigby Experience, play new settings of Beatles and ELO music, at Theatre Severn, SHREWSBURY.
* KRISTA DETOR, the American singer songwriter involved in the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Darwin project song cycle, and well as wonderful albums of her own like “Mudshow” and “Chocolate Paper Suites”, returns to SHREWSBURY to play Theatre Severn date.
* ARTHUR EBELING, the Dutch singer guitarist, at the High Street Wheatsheaf, SHREWSBURY.
* NIKKI ROUS, songstress at the Frankwell Wheatsheaf, SHREWSBURY.
* GUTTERSNIPE, at the Dun Cow, SHREWSBURY.
* PAUL PARKER DUO, at the Old Post Office, SHREWSBURY.
* SHREWSBURY BOOKFEST, visiting authors include Arlene Phillips, Steve “Astrosaurs” Cole and Andrew Fusek Peters from Lydbury North, on to May 2. Visit www.shrewsburybookfest.co.uk for details.
* MOTOWN NIGHT, live tribute band The Copamos present Tamla Motown and disco classics at WELSHPOOL Town Hall.
Saturday, April 9
* FIGHT THE BEAR, Bishops Castle indie band in hometown gig at the Three Tuns, BISHOPS CASTLE.
* POWYS DANCE SPRINGTIME SPRINKLE OF SPARKLES, gala night with various age groups and live music at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
* CLAIRE LOVELL, opening of new exhibition by Monmouthshire artist, open 10am to 5.30pm every day at ERWOOD Station Craft Centre and Gallery until May 12.
* KNIGHTON TOWN SILVER BAND, Spring Concert alongside Radnor WI Choir, at KNIGHTON Community Centre.
* KIDDERMINSTER CHORAL SOCIETY, conducted by Geoff Weaver.perform works by Vivaldi, Faure, Mendelssohn and Mozart, from 5pm at St Edward’s Church, KNIGHTON.
* TASC DANCE, second of 10 workshop days for eight to 18 year old focusing on playing music for dancing to provide opportunities for children and young people in Mid Powys, from 10am at St John’s Ambulance Hall, LLANDRINDOD WELLS. All instruments and skill levels welcome. Visit www.tradartsupport, org.uk or call Philip Freeman on 01686 688102, or Helen Wilding-Smith on 07772 697401.
* MONTGOMERYSHIRE COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL, mass rehearsal at the Wesleyan Methodist Church, NEWTOWN, from 10am, in preparation for the concert at LLANIDLOES Community Centre on May 7, which will feature Coronation Anthems, and selected choruses from Handel’s Messiah, plus “The Gentle Earth of Wales”, a new work by festival musical director Patrick Larby commissioned to celebrate the Festival’s 90th anniversary in 2011.
For more details contact choir secretary Charles Gratrix on 01686 411028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* SANDI THOM, concert at Theatre Severn SHREWSBURY for the British singer who hit with “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker”.
* AN EVENING WITH PAM AYRES, the comic poet returns with her new show at Theatre Severn, SHREWSBURY tonight and Sunday, April 10.
Sunday, April 10
* COR CYMRU 2011, grand final of this year’s competition for children, youth, female, male and mixed choirs, in association with S4C with a grand prize of £5,000 for the winners, at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre. Includes Cor Ieuenctid Canol Powys, Llandrindod Wells.
* ”STIG OF THE DUMP”, Image Musical Theatre production, at LUDLOW Assembly Rooms at 3.30pm.
* LEE EVANS, comedian (right) returns for warm-up tour date at Theatr Hafren, NEWTOWN.
* ”ON A HILL FAR AWAY, liturgical drama commissioned by the Friends of St Michael’s Discoed, to be performed by Concordia with friends and soloists, at 6pm at St Andrew’s Church, PRESTEIGNE.
* HARLEQUIN, folky trio back at the High Street Wheatsheaf, SHREWSBURY from 3pm; with Neutrix at 8.30pm.
* TIM HINGLEY, at the Source Bar, SHREWSBURY.
Monday, April 11
* MARCHES COMMUNITY CHOIR, rehearsals at 7.30pm on Mondays at BISHOPS CASTLE Community College. Call the choir secretary Philippa Whitaker, on 01588 680312.
* SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCING CLASSES, at St Mary’s Church Hall, BUILTH WELLS, from 7.30pm with beginners welcome. Contact Scilla Allaway on 01982 570324.
* BUILTH WELLS MALE VOICE CHOIR, the choir meet every Monday at 7.30pm for practise in the Greyhound Hotel Builth Wells. New members welcome.
* ACOUSTIC NIGHTS, singers and songwriters welcome at the Golden Lion Hotel, LLANDYSILIO, every Monday and Wednesday.
* SING YOUR HEART OUT, singing group meeting on Mondays at 7pm at MEIFOD Village Hall.
For all ages, abilities and experience. Further information from Kath on 01938 500459.
* MID WALES MIXED YOUTH CHOIR, new ensemble already with 40 members aged 16 to 40 practising every Monday from 7.30pm at the NEWTOWN Evangelical Church. Welcomes interest.
* A MUSICAL FOLK JOURNEY, featuring soprano Claire Prewer and cellist Richard Jenkinson, at 1pm at St Mary’s Church, SHREWSBURY.
* WELSHPOOL CHORAL SOCIETY, rehearsals at the Methodist Churchroom at 7.30pm on Mondays with new members welcome. Currently working on their contribution to the Montgomeryshire County Music Festival. For further information contact secretary Johannah Guttridge on 07891445418.
Tuesday, April 12
* HEARTSONG COMMUNITY CHOIR, weekly meetings from 7.15pm at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre. Contact Gill on 01970 621512. Also now including the Outdoors project with National Theatre Wales and Berlin’s theatre-makers Rimini Protokol, meeting at the Court Royal Hotel at 7.15pm revealing stories of each choir member on the streets of the town.
* DAWNS POWYS DANCE, classes for children and adults at the studio at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON, every Tuesday afternoon. Call Dee Stott on 01597 824370.
* NEWTOWN MALE VOICE CHOIR, weekly practise on Tuesdays with new members welcome at the United Reformed Church at 7.30pm with musical director, Christine Roberts. For more information ring secretary Enid Morgan on 01686 626894.
* JAM SESSION, with all musicians welcome every Tuesday from 9pm at the Bell Hotel, NEWTOWN.
* RHAYADER & DISTRICT MALE VOICE CHOIR, rehearsals held from 8pm every Tuesday at the St John Ambulance Building.
* AWAKENINGS, Rambert Dance Company’s new tour, at Theatre Severn, SHREWSBURY, tonight, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with free pre-show talk on Wednesday at 6.30pm.
* WAYNE MARTIN BAND, at the Yorkshire House, SHREWSBURY.
Wednesday, April 13
* ”BURTON”, Rhodri Mills portrays the great actor in acclaimed one man show, at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre.
* BUILTH WELLS & DISTRICT LADIES' CHOIR, rehearsals every Wednesday at 7.45pm at the Wesley Chapel, BUILTH WELLS. New members welcome, Details and bookings on 01982 552514.
* OPEN MIC NIGHT, with Wayne Martin and Tommy Allen, at the White Horse Inn, CLUN.
* LLANDRINDOD SILVER BAND, practises at LLANDRINDOD WELLS Primary School, at Cefnllys, with junior band practise at 6pm followed by senior band practise from 7pm. More information may be had on the band's website Llandrindod-silver-band.org.uk.
* LLANFAIR CAEREINION MALE VOICE CHOIR, rehearsals held at 8pm on Wednesdays at the High School. Call secretary Emlyn Thomas on 01938 820289.
* ACOUSTIC SESSIONS, informal folk, blues and jazz every Wednesday from 8.30pm now at the Elephant, LLANIDLOES. Musicians welcome.
* MALDWYN STRINGS, meeting at NEWTOWN High School on a Wednesday night fortnightly during termtime. The ensemble play a wide variety of serious music from the baroque period right up to the present day. They are led by String Tutor Mark Purdy and have around 15 regular players drawn from a wide catchment area. New string players are always welcome. Contact Julie Turner on 01686 626442.
* WHISKY RIVER BOYS, Sheep Music gig at the Duke Arms, PRESTEIGNE.
Thursday, April 14
* THE RYAN BABEY BAND, local musicians launch their new EP, with support from Lemon Soul, at ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre.
* LITTLE RUMBA, local band at The Vaults, BISHOPS CASTLE.
* MID WALES CENTRE FOR ART, the CAERSWS gallery re-opens for the new season with the official opening of the Stefan Knapp Sculpture Project and opening of Stefan Knapp 1921-96 Retrospective Exhibition, by Roland Chojnacki, director of the Polish Cultural Institute. Night includes music by Blydd Spirit, archive film by John Graves.
A fashion show by L’Armoire of Llanidloes follows at 7pm with proceeds to the NSPCC and the Stefan Knapp Sculpture Project, which aims to provide art materials and opportunities for young people to work with professional artists on community projects. For tickets contact Cathy on email@example.com or 07970 671819.
* GUILSFIELD SINGERS, rehearsals at GUILSFIELD Old School at 7.30pm.
* NORTH POWYS YOUTH ORCHESTRA, concert at LLANFAIR CAEREINION High School, at 7.30pm, conducted by John Teague, with programme including the finale from the Dvorak’s New World Symphony and “Farandole” from L'arlesienne by Bizet.
* BRO HAFREN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, at 4pm at Treowen School, NEWTOWN.
* NEWTOWN SILVER BAND, practises at NEWTOWN Band Room at 7.30pm. Junior Band at 6.30pm.
* SPIERS & BODEN, two founders of the popular folk band Bellowhead, in concert at Theatre Severn, SHREWSBURY.
* SHREWSBURY INTERNATIONAL CARTOON FESTIVAL, opening of the annual event with things going on to April 17, including drop-in cartoon workshop from 4.30pm at the Bear Steps gallery. Open at Shrewsbury Museum and Gallery to May 15 is “Joking for Gold” cartoons by Giles inspired by the Olympic Games 1948 to 1988.
Friday, April 15
* BC ALLSKAS, plus The Mouths and DJs, at the Three Tuns, BISHOPS CASTLE.
* DAVID SYRUS MASTERCLASS, head of music at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden with concert featuring 12 of the UK’s top young professional opera singers following their three-day masterclass course, at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.
* MR HUW, bilingual Welsh music scene star and winner of four 2010 Radio Cymru music awards, in free Menter Iaith Maldwyn gig at The Exchange, NEWTOWN, at 8pm. Also from 12.30pm Mr Huw and the Candelas take part in a Welsh Language Music Workshop at The Exchange. Welsh learners welcome. Call 01686 614020.
Sunday, April 17
* MUSIC FOR THE EASTER SEASON, featuring Les Voix Amies d’Hesdin French choir, Marches Community Choir, soprano Emma Pierce, local singer John Bowen, with orchestral accompaniment, at BISHOPS CASTLE Church.
* 5x60 CELEBRATION OF DANCE, featuring over 100 young people who have taken part in dance events at schools across Powys, at Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON.