Remember the wonderful MGM film musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers?
Kidderminster Choral Society now has its own Severn Rides for Severn Lovers, a ?folk opera? it commissioned from Geoff Cummings-Knight, and due to be premiered at Kidderminster Town Hall tomorrow night (7pm).
Many different styles of music are used to paint pictures in sound of different aspects of the history of the Severn Valley Railway, particularly its construction during the 1860s.
Listeners can look forward to such examples as a ?Bewdley Minuet? depicting the town in the 18th century; a ?Platform Eight Cake-Walk?; ?Sixties Slitherin? Soft-Shoe Shuffle? describing Kidderminster and its traffic; and ?Saturday Steam Fever?, telling of the 11th-hour rescue of the line by volunteers of the SVR.
KCS? own Wyre Forest Young Voices children?s choir is joined by choirs from various local middle schools, tenor soloist Nick Jenkins and an orchestra of string quartet, brass quintet and keyboard for the performance under conductor Geoffrey Weaver, which will be repeated on Saturday. Details on 01562 700802.
Music-theatre is on offer at St Martin in the Bull Ring tomorrow lunchtime, with a presentation from Hillcrest School Performance Studies Group. Admission is free, with the event beginning at 12.30pm (0121 600 6532).
Lovers of the cello will be tempted to the south of our region over the next couple of days, with Alice Neary joined by pianist Gretel Dowdeswell tonight to give Malvern Concert Club a programme of Beethoven, Britten, Janacek, ending with the lovely Chopin Cello Sonata with its enchanting slow movement (Forum Theatre, 7.30pm, details on 01684 892277).
Tomorrow night Music at Evesham brings cellist Mary McLeod to the town?s Arts Centre, where, together with pianist Martin Sturfalt, she offers a similar programme of Beethoven, Poulenc, Janacek and Chopin (7.30pm, details on 01386 832055).
Coming further north, violinist Ruth Rogers and pianist Alvin Moisey visit Redditch Music Society on Saturday with the fine Grieg Violin Sonata in C minor, together with works by Handel, Janacek, Saint-Saens and Dvorak (Redditch Ecumenical Centre, 7.30pm, details on 01527 546056).
On Sunday afternoon Warwick School?s Bridge House Theatre is the venue for a programme of Mozart, James MacMillan and Tchaikovsky from the Gould Piano Trio (3pm, details on 01926 496277).
The same evening the Endellion Quartet, recently so admired in Elgar recitals at Birmingham University?s Barber Institute, returns to the region to perform string quartets by Haydn, Janacek and Schubert for Stratford-upon-Avon Chamber Music Society at the Town Hall in Sheep Street (8pm, details on 01789 740791).
The comfortable CBSO Centre in Birmingham?s Berkley Street is in for a busy three days, beginning with this lunchtime?s latest event in the CBSO Players Centre Stage series, with a performance of Schubert?s muchloved Octet at 1.10pm (light lunches available, with a licensed bar).
Tomorrow night Birmingham Contemporary Music Group continues its contribution to The Series it promotes with Birmingham Jazz, bringing hot-property Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki and mezzo-soprano Lori Lixenberg in a programme of works by Huw Watkins (world premiere of his BCMG ?Sound Investment? commission Rondo), Stuart MacRae (UK premiere of his Dantesque Two Scenes from the Death of Count Ugolino, Harrison Birtwistle?s Ritual Fragment and ending with a welcome rehearing of Living Toys by the brilliant, hugely talented Thomas Ades (7.30pm, preconcert talk from Watkins and MacRae at 6.30pm).
Details of both these events on 0121 767 4050.
A change of mood on Saturday brings the illustrious Birmingham Symphonic Winds to Berkley Street (7.30pm).
Their programmes always have a clever theme, and this time it?s ?Trains and Boats and Planes?, with the chance to hear, among other offerings, Walton?s Spitfire Prelude, John Adams? whirlwind Short Ride in a Fast Machine, the UK premiere of ?From Kitty Hawk to the Stars? by Martin Ellerby, and the world premiere of Peter Meechan?s Three Stories... Three Worlds.
The genial Keith Allen conducts. Details of this one on 0121 780 3333.