40th Anniversary Concert

Date Posted:09/06/2015



Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Tuesday 30th June with a brilliant performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 from world class pianist Stanislav Khristenko and the orchestra’s very own Music Director, Damian Iorio.

MKCO gave its first ever performance in February 1975 under the baton of its Founder Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton, and over the last 40 years has built up a national reputation, establishing itself as the live classical music resource for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Sponsored by MK Accountants Keens Shay Keens and Yamaha, the concert will take place in the Milton Keynes Theatre at 7:30pm, with the MK Music Centre Youth Orchestra opening the show, performing side-by-side professional MKCO musicians in Borodin’s Prince Igor Overture, before Stanislav takes to the stage.

Recommended by Damian himself, Ukranian born Stanislav has been performing on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of eleven. His performances have received rave reviews in Gramophone Magazine (UK), Washington Post (USA), Le Soir (Belgium) and El Pais (Spain) and he has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions.

Having studied together in Russia, Stanislav and Damian have a classical relationship that goes back many years, guaranteeing a fantastic connection on the stage.

Damian joined MKCO as Music Director in September 2014, working closely with the Board to create a sustainable and successful future for the professional orchestra, as well as enabling performances from highly talented musicians.

Ahead of the event, Chairman of MKCO, Marian Livingstone said: “The 40th celebration is one of the most important concerts that we will perform this season as it demonstrates where we’ve come from and where we’re going as well as showcasing the quality of our music and performance.”