About us

Founded by Hilary Davan Wetton in 1974, MK Chorale promotes the enjoyment of quality music by offering wonderful concerts of a high artistic standard in a friendly and focussed atmosphere. We currently have around 100 members. Our Patron is Jean Rigby, a long-time principal with English National Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House.

Recent performances of large works include Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Brahms’ German Requiem, and future projects include Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius with the Milton Keynes Concert Orchestra in Milton Keynes Theatre, Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

STOP PRESS: The next major large project is ‘Crowning Glory’ at Milton Keynes Theatre to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  This will take place on the weekend of the Jubilee on 5 June 2022.  Further details are on the Events page with more to follow.  Save the date!

Highlights include:

 

Four major performances in and around Milton Keynes, accompanied by hand-picked orchestras or ensembles of some of the UK’s finest professional musicians, and often including vocal soloists drawn from major London conservatoires

An annual Come & Sing day open to all

Occasional foreign tours – the next was scheduled for Spring 2021 before Covid

Inventive programming

Highlights include:

Four major performances a year in and around Milton Keynes, accompanied by hand-picked orchestras or ensembles of some of the UK’s finest professional musicians, and often including vocal soloists drawn from major London conservatoires.

An annual Come & Sing day open to all

Occasional foreign tours – the next was scheduled for Spring 2021 before Covid

Performance of a wide repertoire including many less well-known works

Inventive programming


Our Musical Director, Mark Jordan, and Assistant Musical Director, Alex Aitken, are hugely popular amongst Chorale members.  Together they rehearse us to a very high standard with plenty of fun and laughter along the way!

We are also now delighted to offer a Choral Conducting Scholarship available each calendar year.   Our first Conducting Scholar was Olivia Shotton, who has now completed her studies under Patrick Russill at the Royal Academy of Music.  More can be found about Olivia and her on-going success here.

See what our members say about us.

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The Music Team

Our professional music team operates on the principle that high-quality music making should be both enjoyable and available to all. They combine their passion for detail and musicianship with a desire to promote the very highest standards of choral singing by programming a variety of rewarding music, both traditional and new.

We are delighted to offer a conducting scholarship to an emerging choral conductor at the start of their career.  This scholarship allows them to learn from and observe the Musical Director in action, as well as taking an active role in the musical development of the choir by leading technique sessions, sectionals and parts of rehearsals.  They will also have a chance to conduct in performance.  Our conducting scholar for 2022 is Lily Platts.

Mark Jordan

As well as being the Musical Director of MK Chorale, Mark Jordan (right) is also the Musical Director of Oxford Pro Musica Singers, the Cavendish Singers, and a guest conductor of the award-winning Canzonetta and the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Oxford. He recently was chorus master for Karl Jenkins’ 75th Birthday Concert Tour.

Mark is a member of the choral conducting team at the Chester (formerly Cranleigh) Choral Week. Highly-regarded as a choral conductor, he also works as an accompanist, and is a member of the conducting tutor team for Sing for Pleasure and the Association of British Choral Directors. As a highly experienced choral singer, he has sung with award-winning choirs including Choros Amici, Encoro, Singscape, Chantage, and Ensemble 45. His favourite key is D flat major.

View Mark’s website

Alex Aitken

Alex Aitken (left) combines his role as Assistant Musical Director of Milton Keynes Chorale with being the Children’s Musical Director and Cover Conductor on Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Mary Poppins in London, and a Musical Director with the National Youth Music Theatre.

As a pianist and répétiteur, he regularly works with the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus, the National Children’s Choir, Oxford Pro Musica and Phoenix Chorale, as well as other choral groups around the UK, and also for auditions and masterclasses in the West End. Recent highlights include Guys and Dolls for both the Royal Albert Hall and Paris productions, Kiss Me Kate in Sheffield, and Belshazzar’s Feast with Oxford Pro Musica Singers. He hates C major.

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What some of our members say

 

“Lovely friendly choir, setting the very highest standards. Clear and instructive direction from Mark and Alex.”

“Singing in a choir is the best therapy I know.”

“Good music, friendly atmosphere, varied repertoire – all makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring experience.”

“I joined the choir for the sheer joy of singing in a group, learning new pieces of choral music and improving my singing voice through some expert coaching by a music director.”

What some of our members say

 

“Lovely friendly choir, setting the very highest standards. Clear and instructive direction from Mark and Alex.”

“Singing in a choir is the best therapy I know.”

“Good music, friendly atmosphere, varied repertoire – all makes for a thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring experience.”

“I joined the choir for the sheer joy of singing in a group, learning new pieces of choral music and improving my singing voice through some expert coaching by a music director.”