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Focus On: "Proprioception"

April 10th sees an exciting event for The Venue MK and Milton Keynes City Orchestra- the premiere of a brand new piece of music; Proprioception!

to wet our appetitie, composer Emma-Ruth Richards gives us an insight into the piece's inspiration and structure:


Proprioception is a five movement piece. Each movement deals with a different concept within architecture (i.Image, ii.Space, iii.Movement, iv.Icon, v.Light) and has a self-contained idea that encapsulates a different colour or texture idea varying from almost sparse and pointillistic clarity to something closer to a mist-like blanket that simple motivic ideas and melodic lines can float within.

The main theme of this piece is a quote from Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde. The theme is heard throughout Das Lied on the trumpet and is accompanied with the words dark is life, is death. Parts of this theme are heard in every movement building up to the focal point in the final movement where the full theme is heard on trumpets, oboes, cellos and eventually horns and bassoons as well; the transcendent qualities of light and life, verses darkness and death, provoked by Mahler’s symbolic use of the trumpet, have been inspiration for me. Whilst writing this piece I was reminded of a quote by the contemporary philosopher and architect Juhani Pallasmaa: in Architecture and the Senses he writes that "in great architectural spaces there is a constant, deep breathing of shadow and light; shadow inhales and illumination exhales light” He draws a comparison with Rembrandt paintings where “the depth of shadow in which the protagonist is embedded gives a sense of presence, he/she is embedded like a precious object”. In each movement of Proprioception I have 'embedded' the Mahler theme within the different spaces of the piece.

Tickets for World Premiere can be found here on our website, priced at £20, £10 or £5 for under 18s.


More information on Milton Keynes City Orchestra


The Venue MK

The Venue is the newest addition to performing arts and theatre in Milton Keynes. Situated in the South East of Milton Keynes near Central Milton Keynes, and close to the M1, The Venue is set to become a landmark within Milton Keynes and the surrounding area, supporting both community, professional and corporate use. 


Spring @ The Venue

Spring Badge copyWalton High Performing Arts Presents:

Spring @ The Venue
Wednesday 2nd April 7pm

Walton High presents an evening of magical entertainment as they showcase the array of talent found within Walton High. Featuring exciting dance, beautiful music and emotive drama, Spring @ The Venue promises to be a real treat.

 Tickets £4/£3



MKCO 13/14 Season

We're excited to announce Milton Keynes City Orchestra are returning to The Venue four times in their 2013/14 season. With dates in November, February, April and May MKCO will be providing brilliant music and entertainment. The season includes four stunning conducters, including Robin Browning, Stacey Watton, Maxime Tortellier and Sian Edwards. To find out more, and to book your tickets see the links below:MKCO-nov13-9360


8th November 2013- Bold and New

25th February 2014 - Lifted Spirit

10th April 2014 - World Premiere

22nd May 2014 - Vintage Classics


Season tickets for all of MKCO's concerts held at The Venue, and those held at Milton Keynes Theatre can be purchased from MKCO on 01908 684116. 

For more information on Milton Keynes City Orchestra, see the MKCO website.