John Byron introduces the choirs

John Byron introduces the choirs

Polymnia and Milton Keynes Youth Choir gave a superb joint concert to celebrate 50 years of Milton Keynes on 20 May in St Mary & St Giles Church. The choral golden anniversary programme they offered provided a wonderful mix of secular and sacred music and the two conductors, John Byron (Polymnia) and Craig McLeish (MKYC) took it in turns to conduct or accompany the joint items, with Penny Miller accompanying the MKYC items.

Polymnia & MKYC

  • The Lord is my shepherd - Howard Goodall
MK Youth Choir

MK Youth Choir

MKYC

  • Spell of Safekeeping - Bob Chilcott (seniors only)
  • Royals - Lorde/Joel Little
  • Ipharadisi - Trad South African

Polymnia

  • All creatures now - Bennet
  • Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orleans - Debussy
    (Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder; Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin; Yver, vous n'estes qu'un villain)
  • Loch Lomond - arr Ken Johnston
MK Youth Choir sing Royals

MK Youth Choir sing Royals

Polymnia & MKYC

  • Golden Musical Memories - arr Craig McCleish

Interval

Polymnia & MKYC

  • As the bridegroom to his chosen - John Rutter

Polymnia

  • Ubi Caritas - Gjeilo
  • Summertime - Gershwin
Polymnia

Polymnia

MKYC

  • Spell to bring lost creatures home - Bob Chilcott (Seniors only)
  • Electricity - Elton John
  • Viva la vida - Coldplay

Polymnia & MKYC (treble, soprano & altos)

  • Adiemus - Karl Jenkins

Polymnia & MKYC

  • Excerpts from Les Miserables - Claude-Michel Schonberg
Polymnia

Polymnia

Both choirs sang very well and it was good for the young singers to get an opportunity to sing with very experienced adult singers.  I particularly enjoyed the Les Miserables medley which had all the right energy and focus from all the singers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who looked after front of house. We raised £168.61 via the interval refreshments for organ maintenance, the choirs shared the ticket sales between them.

More photos can be found in Choral Gold for MK50

Words and photos by Anna Page

Polymnia and MKYC after Les Miserables

Polymnia and MKYC after Les Miserables