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Here you will find all you need to know about MK Chorale, who is who and who does what, how the Chorale works, the latest internal newsletters, information on concert programmes and venues, Chorale banking details for fees, music practice files, music discount codes and AGM papers alongside all the legal policies currently in place.
 

Board members

Chair – Will Swann
mkchair@mkchorale.org.uk

Secretary  & Web Editor – Juliet Gilliland
secretary@mkchorale.org.uk

Membership Secretary – Glenys Bloomfield
membership@mkchorale.org.uk

Treasurer – Cyril Wood
treasurer@mkchorale.org.uk

External Publicity & Box Office –  Ruth Wilkinson
publicity@mkchorale.org.uk

Internal Communications & Making Music Rep – Ian Collcott
notices@mkchorale.org.uk

PR Manager – Sarah Dyer
prmanager@mkchorale.org.uk

Concert Manager (People) – Anne Wood
trustee1@mkchorale.org.uk

Concert Manager (Resources) & Risk Assessment Officer – Christine Dickens
concerts@mkchorale.org.uk

Health & Safety Officer  & Safeguarding Officer – Karen Collcott
firstaid@mkchorale.org.uk

Trustee – Leah Attwood
trustee2@mkchorale.org.uk

Other vital personnel

Music Librarian – Gill Wood (sources and provides all music for concerts)
librarian@mkchorale.org.uk

Music Hire Officer – Felicity Head (manages external hire of MK Chorale’s music library)
musichire@mkchorale.org.uk

Voice Reps

Soprano 1 – Anthea Harper-Burton
Soprano 2 – Karen Armstrong
Alto 1 – Sally Jones
Alto 2 –  Nicky Moss
Tenor  – Liz Huxley-Capurro
Bass  – Roger Forsythe

Rehearsal Refreshments Co-ordinator – Carole Probert

Event Refreshments Co-ordinators – Karen Armstrong & Karen Collcott

Stewarding Team Co-ordinator – vacancy

Choral Conducting Scholar

Our Choral Conducting Scholar for 2022/23 is Lily Platts.  Lily is a second year music student at King’s College London and studies singing at the Royal Academy of Music under John Lattimore.  She sang with both Lincoln and Llandaff cathedral choirs and is currently singing with the choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields. In addition to her primary musical experiences as a singer, Lily has been studying Choral Conducting with the national organisation, Sing for Pleasure [our Musical Director is one of the organisation’s tutors] since the age of 16.  She is very excited to be appointed to the role of Conducting Scholar for MK Chorale and is looking forward to developing her skills working with and getting to know the choir over the coming year.

 

Subscriptions and donations

The current standard subscription rate is £180 (£15 per month) and £60 (£5 per month) for full time students.  These may be paid in full or in monthly instalments.  Please ensure you start a method of payment prior to the annual October AGM.

Our bank details are as follows:
Account Name – Milton Keynes Chorale
Account No. – 23842681
Sort Code – 20-57-44

Please also complete a Gift Aid form available here if you are eligible, to enable us to raise more funds.

Any additional top up donations are always welcome.   Please advise the Treasurer if you are going to do this.

Music downloads, concerts & rehearsal links

Zoom rehearsal info

Meeting ID: 860 2289 8591  Passcode: MKC#2022

Useful links

https://www.choraline.com  – Our discount code is MKC and entitles us to 20% off.

https://www.johnfletchermusic.org/ – A very useful source of music downloads and practice files.  Free and premium memberships available.

Concert information

2021/22 Season:

Autumn Concert: Sunday 5 December 2021 – 5pm
Händel’s Messiah @ The Venue, Walton High with MK Youth Choir

Christmas Concert: Saturday 18 December 2021 – 5pm – CANCELLED
Christmas music @ St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford

Annual Come & Sing: Saturday 26 February 2022 – 10am
Haydn’s Creation @ Christ the Cornerstone

Spring Concert: Saturday 26 March 2022 – 7.30pm
(Dedicated to Marilyn Long)
Fauré Requiem, Cantique de Jean Racine plus
Rebecca Dale‘s When Music Sounds
@ St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford
**Retiring collection to support Ukraine**

Summer Concert: Sunday 5 June 2022 – 7.30pm
‘Crowning Glory’ – a packed programme of Jubilee music
@ MK Theatre (sponsored by Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors)
with members of Polymnia, Musica, Oxford Pro Musica
and Danesborough Chorus along with MK’s very own Alina Orchestra.
**Retiring collection plus any profit to support Willen Hospice**

2022/23 Season:

Autumn Concert:  Saturday 19 November 2022 – 7.30pm
‘Counterpoint by Candlelight’
@ St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell
Music by Byrd, Tallis, Purcell and others
Accompaniment: chamber organ

Christmas Concert: Saturday 17 December 2022 – 5pm
Christmas music @ St Peter and St Paul, Olney

Come and Sing:  Saturday 28 January 2023 – 10am
Mendelssohn’s Elijah
@ Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes

Spring Concert:  Saturday 25 March 2023 – 7.30pm
Bach’s St John Passion
@ Christ the Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes

Summer Concert:  Saturday 8 July 2023
Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes +
Whitacre Hebrew Love Songs, venue tbc

2024/25 Fiftieth Anniversary Season:

MK Chorale celebrates its half-centenary in the 2024-25 season. Two dates and venues have already been fixed:

Autumn Concert: Saturday 23 November 2024
@ St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford
The programme will include Britten’s Saint Nicolas.

[MK Chorale’s inaugural concert took place on 23 November 1974 at St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford and was a performance of Britten’s Saint Nicolas. The 50th Anniversary concert will take place 50 years to the
day after the inaugural concert.]

Christmas Concert:  Saturday 14 December 2024 – 5pm
Christmas music @ St Mary & St Giles, Stony Stratford

January 2025 Come & Sing: Led by a guest conductor tbc by March 2024.

Spring 2025: Sacred, Symphonic & Profane – Orff Carmina Burana + Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Summer Gala Concert 2025: Shostakovich Festive Overture, Walton Belshazzar’s Feast + Beethoven Symphony 9.

 

 

 

 

Venue details

Stony Stratford – St Mary & St Giles MK11 1BD
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/312/find-us/
Parking is free in Stony – parking map here.

Newport Pagnell – St Peter & St Paul MK16 8AR
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/5293/find-us/
Parking info here.

New Bradwell – St James MK13 5LG
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/197/find-us/
On street parking plus – see here.

Buckingham – St Peter & St Paul, MK18 1BS
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/50/find-us/
Parking info here.

Olney – St Peter & St Paul MK46 4AD
https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/207/find-us/
Parking info here.

MK Theatre  MK9 3NZ
https://seatplan.com/milton-keynes/milton-keynes-theatre/map/

The Venue – Walton High School MK7 7WH
https://www.thevenuemk.com/index.php/find-us