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October 2017

Show Music Matinee

October 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Curtain up as we open our season showcasing music from some of the truly great musical theatre shows ever staged in London and on Broadway. Amazing singers Jeni Bern, MK Proms 2016 and James Cleverton, MK Proms 2014 are returning to Milton Keynes for this night to remember. They will perform the great songs and duets from masterpieces such as: West Side Story My Fair Lady Oklahoma An American in Paris Carousel Mary Poppins The Sound of Music Many of…

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November 2017

Laura Van der Heijden

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Pärt: Fratres Schumann: Cello Concerto Soloist: Laura Van der Heijden Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Conductor: Damian Iorio This concert opens with a short entry to the world of minimalistic music from living composer Pärt, his Fratres piece is widely admired. Playing the enigmatic Schumann Cello Concerto is Laura van der Heijden, awarded BBC Young Musician in 2012 at just 15 years of age. MKCO is delighted to welcome such a huge young talent to MK. The finale is Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony which encapsulates his love…

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December 2017

Christmas Concert

December 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Conductor: John Byron Milton Keynes City Orchestra string ensemble will present an uplifting and traditional music feast for Christmas, with the exceptionally talented Polymnia Chamber Choir, under the baton of John Byron. This concert will be a glorious musical celebration marking the start of the festive season with many opportunities for audience participation to make a joyous occasion.Traditional Mulled wine and mince pies will be served at the end of the concert. This concert has become an annual celebration for MKCO…

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January 2018

Francesco D’orazio

January 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Piazzolla / Vivaldi: 4 Seasons Soloist: Francesco D’orazio Conductor: Damian Iorio Vivaldi: La primavera (Spring) Piazzolla: Verano Porteño (Summer) Vivaldi: L’estate (Summer) Piazzolla: Otoño Porteño (Autumn) Vivaldi: L’autunno (Autumn) Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño (Winter) Vivaldi: L’inverno (Winter) Piazzolla: Primavera Porteña (Spring) Rarely performed in England, our four seasons with a ‘twist’ concert is set to be one of the most exciting performances of the year. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons is one of the best loved and most performed works in the classical…

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February 2018

Chloe Hanslip & MK Youth Orchestra

February 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Solist: Chloe Hanslip Conductor: Damian Iorio Sibelius: Finlandia (with MK Youth Orchestra) Sibelius: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Chloe Hanslip) Elgar: Enigma Variations This concert is a celebration of musical education, youth and mesmerising talent . Finlandia and The Enigma Variations are both feature pieces in the popular BBC Ten pieces concert series, aimed at encouraging young people to understadn and enjoy classical music. We are delighted that the MK Youth Orchestra will join our professional musicians on stage side by side…

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March 2018

Stephen Hough

March 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Soloist: Stephen Hough Conductor: Damian Iorio Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: Stephen Hough) Beethoven: Symphony No. 3   Milton Keynes City Orchestra is honoured to welcome Stephen Hough CBE to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 as a centrepiece to this concert. Stephen is considered a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he ahs secured a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, writer and composer. He has earned a multitude…

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April 2018

Gabriele Baldocci

April 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Soloist: Gabriele Baldocci Conductor: Damian Iorio Glinka: Kamarinskaya Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Soloist: Gabriele Baldocci) Mozart: Ballet music to the Pantomime “Les Petits Riens”’ Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite An eclectic mix of international composers from Russia, Poland and Germany provide a rich   palette of colour for this concert. Italian born Gabriele Baldocci will play the Chopin. He is a concert pianist, professor of piano at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music in London who now lives in Milton Keynes. Gabriele…

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May 2018

Opera in Concert Gala

May 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

A stunning Opera Gala. Conductor: Damian Iorio Verdi: Nabucco overture Verdi: Chorus of Slaves from Nabucco Bizet: Habanera from Carmen Puccini: E lucevan le stelle from Tosca Saint-Saëns: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson and Delilah Verdi: Anvil chorus from Trovatore Carmen: Prelude to Act 1 Carmen: C’est toi, c’est moi Verdi: La Traviata prelude Puccini: Mi chiamano Mimi from La Boheme Leoncavallo: Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci Puccini: Vissi d’arte from Tosca Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana…

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June 2018

Yamaha Scholarship Winner

June 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Conductor: Damian Iorio Mozart: Symphony No. 35 Concerto: To be announced (Soloist: Yamaha Scolarship winner) Haydn: London Symphony     It is rare to find to two symphonies in the same programme, so, for Mozart to open and Haydn to close is a real treat. The concert surprise will be the soloist and their music. MKCO, though their partnership with Yamaha, will showcase the talent of the winner of the 2018 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship. This year’s competition…

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