Saturday 13th December was a bumper day of music making at SMSG because we held two events in one day. During the morning Dave King lead the Christmas themed Sing-along-a-lorra-songs in the Parish Hall for everyone who came to the Musical Bite Coffee morning, it raised £103 for the organ fund and was great fun - see the photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157649410346477/. While this was happening we were setting up for the afternoon concert in the church.

Dave leads the music at the Musical Bite

Dave leads the music at the Musical Bite

Milton Keynes Youth choir and MK Music Service Proteus Strings both had final rehearsals in the church before the 3:00 pm start so we had a taste of the delights to come as we did final front of house preparations. What a wonderful concert the choir and junior string group provided.

MK Youth Choir conducted by Craig McLeish

MK Youth Choir conducted by Craig McLeish

The MKYC Concert programme:

MKYC

  • Torches (John Joubert)
  • Ave Maria (Saint-Saens)

MK Youth Chorale (the older singers)

  • A Child is born (Peter Moorse)
  • Shepherds Farewell (Berlioz, arr Basil Ramsey)

Eleanor Page (violin solo)

  • Hungarian Dance Op. 196 No. 5 (August Nolck)

MKYC

  • What’s going On (Richard Bissill, arr Craig McLeish), soloists Rosie and Megan
  • Away in a Manger (H Chappell) – MKYC Juniors

Iona Griffiths (vocal solo)

  • The Virgin’s Slumber Song (Maria Wiegenlied)

MKYC

  • Angels we have heard (Trad, arr Craig McLeish)

MKYC with Proteus Strings and audience

  • The First Nowell (Trad English)

Interval

MKYC

  • Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing? (Trad French, arr A E Baker), soloist Eleanor Page
  • The Holly and the Ivy (J Gardner)

Proteus Strings

  • Air (T Arne)
  • Hidden Carols (A Hewitt-Jones)

Kaylea Holbrook Knight (vocal solo)

  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina (Lloyd Webber)

MK Youth Chorale

  • Pie Jesu (Lloyd Webber), soloist Sophie Elliott

Katie Cottrell (vocal solo)

  • He shall feed his flock (from Handel’s Messiah)

MKYC

  • Breath of Heaven (Chris Eaton)
  • Tomorrow shall be my dancing day (Trad, arr A Carter)

MKYC with Proteus Strings and audience

  • Silent Night, Holy Night (F Gruber)

The choir made great use of the glorious acoustic of SMSG church with this super choice of music. We lit the Advent candles on the wreath for the second half of the concert as the light faded outside which added to the atmosphere.

The concert was very well attended (at least 150 people in the audience, with 20 young singers, 15 young string players, 2 conductors and the pianist). The refreshments raised £162.55 for the organ fund (the choir raised £1,061 for their funds from tickets, raffle and jewellery sales). The parents and children were delighted with the success of this concert and how well the music was received as the choir is looking for new members and every penny they raise helps to keep this award winning youth choir running. We hope that MKYC will return to SMSG when the organ is restored, so they can sing with the Willis Pipe Organ in a future concert.

You can see photos of this concert at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157649416640338/

I would like to thank everyone who helped make these two events so enjoyable and successful, including all those who baked cakes, helped front of house and cleared away afterwards.