MK Youth Choir conducted by Craig McLeish

MK Youth Choir conducted by Craig McLeish

St Mary and St Giles Church was filled with 16 youthful voices singing for the afternoon of 10th December when Milton Keynes Youth Choir gave their annual Christmas concert, conducted by Craig McLeish with Penny Miller at the piano.  The programme included solos and duets from some of the singers as well as visiting guest duo 'Watling Street' (Joe Allen and Emily Rogers who sang, played oboe, piano and violin in their various pieces).  The choir sang all their pieces really well with clear diction  and enthusiasm.

Rebecca sings Breath of Heaven

Rebecca sings Breath of Heaven

Their programme:

MK Youth Choir

  • The Virgin Mary had a baby boy (trad. arr McLeish)
  • Gabriel's message (trad. arr William Llewellyn)
  • Viva La Vida (Coldplay, arr McLeish)

Watling Street

  • She's like the swallow
Rosie plays Liebesleid

Rosie plays Liebesleid

MK Youth Chorale - seniors

  • White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes, arr McLeish)

MK Youth CHoir

  • Lift Thine Eyes (Felix Mendelssohn)
  • For the beauty of the earth (John Rutter)

Solo - Rebecca Caves

  • Breath of Heaven (Chris Eaton)
Iona sings Hymn to the Virgin

Iona sings Hymn to the Virgin

Violin solo - Rosie Page

  • Liebesleid (Fritz Kreisler)

Solo - Iona Griffiths

  • Hymn to the Virgin (Edmund Rubbra)

MK Youth Choir

  • Royals (Lorde, arr McLeish)

Audience carol

  • O Little Town of Bethlehem (with descant)

Interval

Watling Street play While Shepherds Watched

Watling Street play While Shepherds Watched

MK Youth Choir

  • No room at the Inn (DA Connect, arr Barry Rose)
  • Angels we have heard on high (Trad. arr McLeish)
  • Christmas Bells (Rod Hall)

Watling Street

  • While Shepherds Watched

Solo - Joe Allen

  • Stars (from Les Miserables - Claude- Michel Shonberg)
Penny conducts MK Youth Choir

Penny conducts MK Youth Choir

MK Youth Choir - Juniors

  • In the stillness of the night (Brad Bradshaw)

Duet - Marion Douglas and Tamara Oakley-Holton

  • 'Twas a Starlight (Keith Thomas)

MK Youth Choir - Seniors

  • Mary did you know (Trad. arr McLeish)

Audience carol

  • Ding Dong Merrily on High
Marion and Tamara sing 'Twas a Starlight

Marion and Tamara sing 'Twas a Starlight

MK Youth Choir

  • Requiem for a Hero (Michael Kamen, arr McLeish)
  • Sussex Carol (Trad. arr McLeish)

There was lots of cake during the interval (served by Jane, Sue and Anna) and an extensive raffle for choir funds.  The choir used the piano for the concert, however after the concert Penny played the Willis organ as they hope to use it in a future concert.

MK Youth Choir welcomes girls and boys who can sing from age 8 - 18, Joe Allen (one half of the Watling Street duo) was a former member of the choir and was pleased to perform with them again (as he played his violin with some of the choir pieces).  The children learn to sight sing musical notation and have a lot of fun singing in harmony.

More photos can be found at MK Youth Choir Christmas concert 2016.

Words and photos by Anna Page