As regular supporters of Milton Keynes City Orchestra, we were treated this weekend to their now traditional Christmas concert at St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Newport Pagnell.
It was a joy to watch and listen to the orchestra in full Christmas swing, in such a magnificent and packed out venue (with great heating!). Add to that the delight of Milton Keynes’ very own 22 voice chamber choir ‘Polymnia’ (who recently celebrated their 10th anniversary) as they stunned us with their world-class vocals. And they truly are SO good!
This concert is always well attended by an audience that wants to sing, and ample opportunity was given within the slick program of classic favourite carols. MKCO were conducted by Polymnia’s musical Director John Byron, who then lead the orchestra through a festive program, which they performed faultlessly. (Business as usual..) As well as providing the most glorious backing to the assembled voices of the choir and all of us.
Yellow Yoyo’s involvement was twofold; firstly, we’re great fans of MKCO Chairman Marian Livingstone, who really is the force behind what makes the orchestra great. Through her tireless campaigning she runs what is an immense collection of musicians and board members and organises public concerts, fundraisers and awards, oh and ticket sales, with mostly only volunteer support. Also important to note is that she is herself a volunteer… She’s also very much a champion of Yellow Yoyo, which of course we love too!
Secondly, Polymnia founder member Paul North is one of our brand new clients as MD of Milton Keynes company Illuminis. Illuminis, supply business insight software to manufacturing and distribution companies countrywide. Getting to know Paul, who is also a competitive sailor, and his wife Moira, who works with Paul in the business, herself an accomplished solicitor, has been a great fun process for us.
Now, I knew Paul could sing, and of course I was aware of his part in Polymnia, however before now I’d never actually heard him perform… Imagine my delight then, when Paul launched into his solo and I was left totally speechless. I was nothing short of blown-away! I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that! I’d love to be able to sing, and now, I’d love to be able to sing like Paul!
So, Saturday night was a perfect performance, one worthy of note. A moment of pride that Milton Keynes has such an incredible orchestra, and as if that wasn’t enough, a world-class chamber choir. I have to add that the other soloists were brilliant too, and that the violin solo by MKCO leader Diana Cummings was simply awesome.
What a really great start to the Christmas season… #lovemk