MARCH 31 MUSIC FOR THE SEVEN TOWNS Three hundred musicians from seven schools will be featured in the borough of Oldham's 150th anniversary concert, with music by composer-in-residence, Barry Russell. Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham, 7pm. Tickets: pound;5, pound;3.50 concessions. Box office: 0161 911 4072.
APRIL 12-15 EXCITING SCIENCE Supersonic cars, time travel, exotic materials and amazing electrons are among the topics in these free public lectures at the Institute of Physics Annual Congress at Salford University. Also free hands-on timetabled events for years 6 to 13 with conferences, debates and more for those aged 19-plus. School parties welcome. Bookings: Mary Wood, 0171 470 4800; Web site: www.iop.orgIOPCongress.
APRIL 15,30 AND MAY 24 DANCE AUDITIONS Transitions Dance Company offers recent graduates of full-timeaccredited dance training courses a one-year vocational programme in preparation for work in a professional dance company. Some scholarships available to supplement fees . Finals will take place in early June. Details: Karenne Griffin, 0181 692 4070ext. 110.
APRIL 17 BYRON ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Music students from The National School, Hucknall, are marking the 175th anniversary of Lord Byron's death with a concert at St Mary Magdalene Church, Hucknall (where he is buried), 5pm. Featuring music by composer Robert Steadman, it will follow a remembrance and wreath-laying service. Free admission with a retiring collection. Details: 0115 917 4546.
APRIL 19-MAY 1 OXFAM'S BOOK APPEAL On World Book Day, April 23, Ben Okri, the poet and Booker Prize-winning novelist, will be encouraging people to donate any unwanted books to their local Oxfam shop.