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Orchestral Season 2005/06

  "Sunday Best" Orchestral Concerts


The Orchestra’s 2005 – 2006 season will also include two performances of Trafalgar for Schools on Thursday 26 January 2006 at Milton Keynes Theatre; family friendly concerts for 6 –12yrs olds and their families at Stantonbury Campus Theatre; and concerts at Woburn Church.



Saturday 8th July 2006 7:30pm - MKCO


The Magic Flute - Mozart

Sian Edwards Conductor


Staged performance with soloists in collaboration with English Pocket Opera Company. This will be the culmination of a large-scale community project, working with young people form local schools.

“I have seen how the work of the English Pocket Opera Company can transform the lives of the young people who take part in their projects. This transformation radiates out to the wider environment of family, school and town in a way that is so positive and creative that it’s a constant reminder of the power of music to reach out to all of us.”
Sian Edwards


Siân Edwards – Conductor

Sian Edwards






Stantonbury Campus Englush Pocket Opera Company Arts Colleges


French Fantasy

Sunday 4th June 2006 7:30pm - MKCO




Prelude à L’apres-midi d’un faune - Debussy
Piano concerto 2 - Saint-Saens
Symphonie fantastique - Berlioz

Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor
Piers Lane - Soloist 


A continental contrast featuring the impressionism of Debussy; the carefully woven phrases and dramatic intensity of Saint-Saens; and the passionate expression and rhythmic drive of Berlioz.

Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, an extensive discography and is also a familiar voice as a writer and presenter from BBC Radio 3 – here he makes his debut visit to Milton Keynes:

"No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance" - Gramophone

Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor 

Hilary Daven Wetten



Piers Lane - Soloist

Piers Lane



Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium.


English Elements

Friday 7th April 2006 7:30pm - MKCO



Overture The Wasps - Vaughan Williams
Sea Pictures - Elgar
The Planets - Holst

Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor
Jean Rigby - Soloist - tbc


A concert which highlights some of the greatest elements of the British musical landscape – music from some of our finest composers, performed by renowned artists, and introducing young musicians from Milton Keynes Music Service working with and alongside the city’s very own professional Orchestra for The Wasps. 

Since the first performance in 1899, Elgar’s song cycle Sea Pictures has remained among his most popular works. Jean Rigby is one of Britain’s leading concert artists, familiar to Milton Keynes audiences as soloist and President of Milton Keynes Chorale, she frequently appears with English National Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, the Royal Opera and many others.

The Planets is, of course, one of the most successful British orchestral works of all time. With Hilary Davan Wetton’s interpretation of the work having achieved the acclaim of being the recommended version in the Penguin CD Guide - this is an exhilarating event not to be missed!


Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor 

Hilary Daven Wetten



Jean Rigby - Soloist

Jean Rigby 






Concert sponsored by Baker Tilly - 


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Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium.


Sunday Best

Sunday 26th March 2006 - European Union Chamber Orchestra 


Overture La Finta Giardineria - Mozart
Clarinet Concerto - Mozart
Symphony no. 40 - Mozart

Eva Stegeman - Director
Emma Johnston - Soloist
John Suchet 












Sunday Best

Sunday 19th February 2006 7:30pm - London Philharmonic Orchestra


Overture A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Mendelssohn
Violin Concerto in E minor - Mendelssohn
Symphony no. 5 - Beethoven

Douglas Bostock Conductor
Matthew Trusler Soloist




Mozart’s Birthday

Friday 27th January 2006 7.30pm- MKCO



Symphony no 35 in D major “Haffner” - Mozart
Variations on a Rococo theme - Tchaikovsky
Symphony no. 6 in F major “Pastoral” - Beethoven

Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor
Naomi Williams - Soloist


On this anniversary day, 250 years after the birth of Mozart, his “Haffner” Symphony highlights the charm and simplicity of his genius, which we celebrate in the company of two of the greatest composers to pay homage to his classical style…

Tchaikovsky recounted that hearing the music of Mozart as a child filled him with "sacred delight." The Variations on a Rococo Theme refers to the Classical era in its delicate, frivolous and pleasing expression - although it makes no effort to fool anyone into believing that it was written during this time! The work is ever popular in the charm and elegance of the individual variations, here performed by the young cellist Naomi Williams.

This tribute concludes with Beethoven's famous "Pastoral" Symphony. One of his most popular works, this light-hearted symphony captures the happiness of a day spent in the picturesque countryside.


Hilary Davan Wetton - Conductor 

Hilary Daven Wetten


Naomi Williams - Soloist
Naomi Williams



Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium.

Imperial Russia

Sunday 13th November 2005 7:30pm - MKCO




Overture Russlan & Ludmilla  - Glinka
In the steppes of Central Asia - Borodin 
Violin Concerto no. 2 in G minor - Prokofiev
Symphony no. 2 in C minor - Tchaikovsky

Sian Edwards - Conductor
So-Ock Kim - Soloist 


Having received great acclaim for her recent collaborations with the Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor Sian Edwards takes the stage with a programme that unites the founders of the Russian musical tradition.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to perform another Russian programme with Milton Keynes City Orchestra, not only because it’s some of my favourite music but also because the players of the Orchestra always respond to this music with great warmth and a wonderful sense of drama and colour.” Sian Edwards.

Played by violinist So-Ock Kim, who makes a welcome return to perform in Milton Keynes; the concerto is warm, tonal, even romantic, exemplary of Prokofiev's final Soviet period


Siân Edwards – Conductor

Sian Edwards


So-Ock Kim - Soloist 


So-Ock Kim


Sponsored by DRS



Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the auditorium.

Sunday Best

Sunday 17th Sunday 30th October 2005 7:30pm  - Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” - Schubert
Violin Concerto no. 1 - Bruch
Symphony no. 9 “From the New World”  - Dvorak

Leonard Slatkin Conductor
David Garrett Soloist







Sunday Best

Sunday 25th September 2005 7:30 pm - City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra


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Carmen Suites - Bizet
Piano Concerto no. 2  - Rachmaninov
Enigma Variations - Elgar

Sakari Oramo Conductor
Nikolai Lugansky Soloist











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