Victoria Ely and MK Chorale

Victoria Ely and MK Chorale

Nearly two hundred lovers of quality choral music gathered in the Parish Hall on Saturday 11 July at about 6:15 pm to partake of delicious complimentary refreshments and anyone could appreciate from the general buzz that the concert had been a classic.  We had enjoyed listening to a variety of light summer song music with some vocal solos from members of the Chorale and passionate piano duets played by Paul McKenzie and Nicola Rose.  I spoke to many audience in the Hall after the concert and they commented how much they had enjoyed it.  At least one person said of the piano duets: ‘Weren’t they fantastic!’

MK Chorale in concert

MK Chorale in concert

The performers:

  • Milton Keynes Chorale, conductor Victoria Ely
  • Paul McKenzie and Nicola Rose – piano

The programme:

  • Yugoslav Folk Songs (Mátyás Seiber)
  • Hungarian Dances Nos 3, 5 and 7 (Johannes Brahms – piano duet)
  • Liebeslieder Walzer Op 52 (Brahms)
  • Hungarian Dances Nos 15 and 21 (Brahms – piano duet)
  • Love is a Sickness & O Love, They Wrong Thee Much (Sir Charles Hubert Hasting Parry)
  • Dirait-on (Morten Lauridsen)
  • Ubi Caritas (Ola Gjeilo)
Piano duets by Paul and Nicola

Piano duets by Paul and Nicola

I would like to thank the front of house Music For All Team of Marian, Nina, Jeff, Dai, Shirley,  Susan and Anna for serving refreshments and arranging Church furniture for Milton Keynes Chorale’s concert. I would also thank Milton Keynes Chorale and especially Brian for their help in setting the Church ready for their concert and for returning our Church after the refreshments ready for Sunday. Dai counted 109 audience and 63 singers and Victoria, Paul and Nicola.

MK Chorale made a donation from this concert of £320 (£80 for the Organ fund, £240 for the disabled access fund).

Refreshments outside after the concert

Refreshments outside after the concert

More photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/sets/72157656029126908

Words by David Scrutton, photos by Anna Page