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October 2018
£5 - £25


October 5 @ 7:30 pm

Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason Conductor: Damian Iorio Wagner: Siegfried Idyll Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations ( Soloist:Sheku Kanneh-Mason) C.P.E. Bach: Symphony in D major Haydn: Symphony No. 94 Surprise Since winning BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2016 Sheku Kaneh-Mason’s career has taken off big time. His debut recording, Inspiration¸ released in February 2018, leapt into the classical charts; his solo performance at the Royal Wedding in May attracted the highest praise from those who were there and from millions of television…

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November 2018
£5 - £25

2nd November at The Venue

November 2 @ 7:30 pm

Soloist: Yoon-Hee Kim Conductor: Damian Iorio Schumann: Overture, Scherzo and Finale Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Soloist: Yoon-Hee Kim) Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo capriccioso (Soloist: Yoon-Hee Kim) Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 The Lark Ascending is undoubtedly one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire. Vaughan Williams is said to have composed it while watching British troops embarking for France at the start of World War 1, so it is fitting that its meditational qualities should occupy our senses as the…

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December 2018


December 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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January 2019
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January 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Soloist: Craig Ogden Conductor: Damian Iorio Mozart: Overture from Don Giovanni Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Soloist: Craig Ogden) Schubert: Symphony No. 2 Following his sell-out concert with MKCO in January 2017, we are delighted to welcome back the internationally renowned soloist Craig Ogden, with yet more guitar delights. Rodrigo wrote his Fantasia based on Spanish dances for the great guitarist Andrés Segovia. Segovia was the gentilhombre of his generation just as Craig Ogden is the gentilhombre of ours.  A familiar…

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February 2019
£5 - £25


February 16, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor: Damian Iorio Mozart: Idomeneo ballet music Mozart: Symphony No. 36 Linz Mozart Symphony No. 41 Jupiter You will leave this concert knowing more about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a man and with a greater appreciation of the wonderful music that he composed. Mozart wrote many letters during his time in Vienna, from 1782 until his death in 1791. This correspondence – both humorous and insulting – provides insights into the composer’s character, his relationships, including with his wife Constanze, and…

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March 2019
£14 - £38

Classical Inspiration

March 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Soloist: Federico Colli Conductor: Damian Iorio Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel vorspiel  (with MK Youth Orchestra) Grieg: Piano Concerto (Soloist: Federico Colli) Brahms: Symphony No. 2 Greig’s piano concerto is a firm favourite which never ceases to delight, inspire and move audiences the world over. To perform it we welcome the Italian pianist Federico Colli, winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2012.          We are delighted that members of Milton Keynes Youth Orchestra will, once again, join our professional musicians on stage,…

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April 2019
£5 - £25


April 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Soloist: Stephen Hough Conductor: Damian Iorio Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri Overture Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Soloist: Stephen Hough) Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 The Venue was sold out in March 2018 when the internationally famous pianist Stephen Hough performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with MKCO, to a rapturous reception. We are thrilled to welcome him back to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2.  Book early to be sure of a seat. Beethoven also returns after the interval with a performance of his sunny…

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May 2019
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May 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Conductor: Damian Iorio Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in E flat (Soloist:Yamaha Scholarship Winner 2019) Elgar: Serenade for Strings Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings This evening showcases s the talent of the winner of the 2019 Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe scholarship.  This year’s competition, held in February, is for trumpet players, and the chosen winner will perform the Neruda Concerto. MKCO greatly values its partnership with Milton Keynes-based Yamaha which enables us to bring such rising stars to The Venue. The…

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June 2019
£14 - £38


June 23, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Conductor: Damian Iorio Soloist: Hannah Sandison Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky: Lisa’s aria from Act 3 of Pique Dame (Soloist: Hannah Sandison) Tchaikovsky: Letter scene from Eugene Onegin (Soloist: Hannah Sandison) Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini Tchaikovsky: Music from the Swan Lake Suite The music of Tchaikovsky is on everyone’s playlist and this afternoon concert has something for everyone from the dramatic overture encapsulating the story of Romeo and Juliet to the grace and tension of the score of the much-loved ballet, Swan Lake.  The…

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