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Nearby: Milton Keynes

Community Learning MK aims to deliver outstanding learning activities to support children, young people and adults to reach their full potential. We do this by delivering a wide range of opportunities which engage, motivate and inspire.’ Offerings listed for the Music Faculty include several choirs for young persons and adults, evening and Saturday Music Centre activities and ensembles, and an adult orchestra and wind band. Concerts and recitals are given from time to time by several of the groups listed.

 

'We teach a wide range of musical styles and techniques at all levels, offering you the opportunity to engage with music from the medieval period to the present day, from Purcell, Schubert and Wagner to film scores, jazz and Joni Mitchell. You can include interdisciplinary courses that feature as part of your degree. You can also study for an MA in Music or for a PhD on a research topic of your choice.'

 

Also indexedThe Open University

'We are a friendly, non-competitive, club for classical guitar players who enjoy making music together. Our meetings combine ensemble playing with ample opportunities for members to give short recitals to a friendly audience.'

 

Category Guitar Societies
Also indexedNorth Bucks Guitar Club

‘Established in 1968, the largest and longest established annual performance festival in Milton Keynes providing an encouraging platform for amateur performers of all ages.’ The ‘music’ sections are usually held Early March.

 

Milton Keynes Music Education Hub is an organisation led by MKC Community Learning MK Music Faculty consisting of schools and key partners that are responsible for music education and music-making across MK.‘

 

'The Song Loft exists to showcase national, local and international folk/roots/acoustic talent with bi-monthly events from September ’til June every year. Over the years The Song Loft has migrated around the pleasant market town of Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire ... On the 1st Friday of every month we hold a Performers’ Night where anyone can "Rise & Shine" ... On the 3rd Friday of every month we have a Concert where we book the best in national and international talent to perform in a concert-type atmosphere.'

 

Category Folk Clubs

‘Formed in 1901 the Band has survived 2 world wars without a break. We play at local fetes and put on concerts in Milton Keynes, and have a few television appearances to our name, one of which focused on our longest running tradition. Every Christmas since 1901, starting at 6am the band plays carols around the streets of New Bradwell. Tradition says that children aren't allowed to open their presents until they have heard the band play! ... A strong emphasis is put on our Development Group which will produce the players of the future. Instruments and tuition by senior band members are provided to development group members completely free of charge.‘

 

‘We are a choral society of over 100, founded in 1975, and performing to a high standard accompanied by professionals - conductor, repetiteur, orchestral and instrumentalists and soloists ... Danesborough Chorus is one of the finest amateur choral societies in the Milton Keynes/south-west Bedfordshire area. We aim to perform a varied repertoire, from standard to newly commissioned works.’

Category Choral Societies

‘We are a ladies a cappella (unaccompanied) chorus based in Milton Keynes.  We call ourselves a “chorus”, rather than a “choir”, because we don’t just sing our songs, we perform them. We sing for fun, competition and charity in four parts mostly in the “barbershop” style.’

 

'MK Brass is a First Section brass band, based in Milton Keynes, and serving the surrounding areas of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and South Northamptonshire.'

 

‘Under the skilled direction of our MDs, the Chorale has developed a wide repertoire including many less-known works, and has gained an enviable reputation for its performances of works by modern composers such as Adams, Hovhaness, Jenkins, Rutter, Pärt and Tavener. The choir and its audiences were sometimes surprised at how much they enjoyed these trips into unknown territory ... We regularly perform with about 80 singers, giving four performances a year in venues such as Milton Keynes Theatre and churches in and around Milton Keynes. We engage professional orchestras and soloists, and employ a professional Musical Director.’

Category Choral Societies

‘When the new city of Milton Keynes was in its infancy, an amateur symphony orchestra was formed in 1971 with the aim of performing works from the full range of the orchestral repertoire to a high standard. Now ... that same orchestra has become an important part of the cultural and musical life of the city and the surrounding area. The orchestra is very much a community orchestra, run primarily for its members and those interested to support them in the performance of major orchestral works.’

 

‘A choir for young people aged 8 to 18 (unbroken voices), established in 1997 ... The choir focuses on part-singing and harmonies and a wide range of music from classical to contemporary, including jazz, folk and pop arrangements, so there is a type of music for everyone! It is a very enjoyable choir and a great opportunity to meet new friends and enjoy singing. MKYC generally sings in 2 or 3 parts (Soprano 1, Soprano 2 and Altos).’

‘A community choir with an emphasis on singing for fun ... mixing up a range of styles and sounds. We are a welcoming bunch, with a range of backgrounds, ages, experience and a blend of multi-part harmonies - whether accompanied or a cappella. We perform at local events, collaborate with other musical groups, take bookings for sessions and hold our own concerts ... Whatever your interest, we welcome new members, so if you have ever thought about taking up singing as your hobby we would love to hear from you. You don't need to be the new Pavarotti! You just need to make a reasonably pleasant sound and be able to hold a tune!‘

Category Community Choirs

‘An amateur orchestra, based at the Open University, Milton Keynes ... It is a symphony orchestra with about 60 regularly rehearsing players ... The orchestra gives two concerts and two schools concerts a year (all on Friday lunchtimes) and participates in the OU Carol concert ... Staff, students and people living or working nearby who can attend rehearsals are welcome to join us ... We play a broad range of symphonic and other music.’

 

Also indexedOpen University

‘The chamber choir Polymnia (named after the Greek muse of sacred song) was formed in 1996 when a group of friends decided to form a small choir which would sing to a very high standard ... Since then Polymnia has gone from strength to strength giving concerts in Bedfordshire and beyond, usually raising money for charities, and often drawing on local musical expertise for guest instrumentalists and accompanists.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

Woburn Jazz previously known as The Open Band, is a band of 15 - 20 core players, playing big band arrangements, jazz standards, latin and funk pieces.‘

 

Category Big Bands
Also indexedThe Open Band

‘The company was formed in 1975 and its first production was HMS Pinafore. Since then a G&S Operetta has been performed every year. We also perform summer shows and concerts and so have a very busy and active time each year. We are a friendly Society and welcome new members to perform on stage or to help backstage or front of house.‘

 

‘We are a community orchestra based in Milton Keynes performing light orchestral music for the local community and to raise money for charities ... We aim to perform three or four concerts a year and including a sell-out Christmas concert.’

 

Category Light Orchestras

‘As the oldest brass band in Milton Keynes (founded long before the city was thought of) we have a long and interesting heritage. The band owes so much to those who have gone before and this is why present members are determined to keep it going ... The band used to compete (the earliest records go back to 1909) but we now concentrate on being a local community band, developing existing players and teaching learners. We are a friendly and mixed ability group who enjoy making music and helping each other.’

 

'Music for All @ SMSG promotes access to a wide range of music performed by a broad range of talent, with an emphasis on performance opportunities for young, developing and local musicians ...  Now that our Willis Pipe Organ is fully restored we offer regular organ recitals ... Our annual Pipe Organ Festival features organ solo and duet recitals.'

 

Also indexedMusic for All @ SMSG

'Founded in 1969 by the world-renowned jazz musicians Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. It has a vision to: "engage the widest range of people with music in all its diversity" Sir John and Dame Cleo began the realisation of that vision with the development of The Stables Theatre, in some outbuildings at their home, as a venue for concerts and education activities. In October 2000, the new Stables Theatre opened its doors, with a second phase of development opening in 2007. It is now home to The Jim Marshall Auditorium with 448 capacity (398 seated and 50 standing) and Stage 2 (80 seated and 20 standing or 100 standing) ... Presents around 350 concerts and 250 education sessions each year.'

 

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