With a voice of Singing

With a voice of Singing

What better way to celebrate 50 years since Milton Keynes was founded and 50 years since the Willis organ came to Stony Stratford than a Community Gala Concert on 28 January 2017.

We involved performers of all ages, school children and adults and gave each group 10 minutes to share their talent with the large audience.  This was the final concert in the 3 year Heritage Lottery Funded project and we promise many more musical events in the months and years to come.

SMSG church handbell ringers

SMSG church handbell ringers

We invited the south and north choirs of the newly combined St Mary and St Giles Primary School as well as their handbell ringers, the church band and handbell ringers, the Parish Singers and The Orphean Singers , who have a long track record of singing concerts in the church, for this double Golden celebration.  We also invited Jacob Collins to play the organ and Joe Laredo, Dave King and Jacob to play a special piece the piano.

SMSG School south site choir

SMSG School south site choir

The programme:

Parish Singers and The Orphean Singers (conducted by Kath Hindley, accompanied by Dave King)

  • With a voice of Singing (Martin Shaw)

The Orphean Singers (conducted by Kath Hindley, accompanied by Hannah Slavin)

  • Gonna build a mountain
  • I wan'nabe like you, bear necessities
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo
Six Hands

Six Hands

Everyone

  • Happy Birthday to Milton Keynes

Church handbells (conducted by Lesley Salter)

  • Toreador's Song
  • Aurelia
  • My Grandfather's Clock (with school children making tick tock sound)

St Mary & St Giles Primary School - south site choir (conducted by Fiona Collins)

  • We are stronger together

Joe Laredo, Dave King, Jacob Collins - piano trio

  • Classical Musical Mashup for Six Hands (Grant Woolard) - 57 classical pieces by 33 composers all in one performance
Magic moments with the band

Magic moments with the band

Interval and refreshments

St Mary & St Giles Church band (conducted by Lesley Salter)

  • Magic Moments
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • Bring me Sunshine

Parish Singers (conducted by Lesley Salter, accompanied by Dave King)

  • Down to the river to pray
  • You are mine (with Alison Shemwell playing flute solo)
  • You've got a friend in me
SMSG school handbell ringers

SMSG school handbell ringers

St Mary & St Giles Primary School - handbell ringers (conducted by Kieran Salter)

  • Peal of Bells
  • Oranges and Lemons
  • Aura Lee (love me tender)

Jacob Collins - organ solo on the Willis organ

  • Finale Symphony No 1. by Louis Vierne

St Mary & St Giles Primary School - north site choir (conducted by Miss Bell, accompanied by Mrs Noon)

  • Down by the Riverside

St Mary & St Giles Primary School - south and north site choirs

  • With a little bit of help from my friends
Jacob plays Vierne

Jacob plays Vierne

Parish Singers, Orphean Singers, St Mary & St Giles Primary School choirs, St Mary & St Giles Church band, Jacob Collins (organ), Dave King (piano)

  • Golden Anniversary Song - MaKing 50 (to the tune of Cwm Rhondda, words by FMK) (conducted by Lesley Salter)

A video recording was made of the Golden Anniversary Song and may be viewed at https://youtu.be/Aas5_b4zvSc?list=PLZsOyGfI5fgvL6uqDSjSTldigYvlN8arJ

The words of the song can be read below.

Golden Anniversary Song MaKing 50

Golden Anniversary Song MaKing 50

It was a very happy concert with a large, appreciative audience and plenty of tea, coffee and cupcakes during the interval served by a willing group of volunteers.  It was a free concert with donations towards organ maintenance, which raised £220.18 - we plan to dedicate one of the Golden front pipes (Open Diapason) to celebrate MK50 as a result of this concert.  Thank you to Kath and Lesley for organising such a fun musical event to brighten up a dull January Saturday afternoon.

More photos of the concert can be viewed at MK50 Community Gala Concert.

Golden Anniversary Song MaKing 50

Back in nineteen sixty seven
Someone had a great idea
Let us build a brand new city
And what’s more let’s build it here
This is such a fine location
Folk will flock from miles around
Folk will flock from miles around

Brought in by the Corporation
Tradesmen came from far and wide
Thus began the transformation
In the peaceful countryside
Stony, Wolverton and Bletchley
Soon became a building site
Soon became a building site

Structures bold and futuristic
Changed the skyline we had known
First The Point and then the Xscape
Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Parks and lakes, grid roads and redways
And of course the concrete cows
And of course the concrete cows

Now we sing in celebration
Of the town we all call home
Place of work and recreation
Friends we’ve made and joys we’ve known
Let’s rejoice in our good fortune
On our Golden Jubilee
On our Golden Jubilee