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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. 


Rock Chorus

Sat 14th March 2015



First year at The Venue but fifth year for this sell out concert with its program of high octane classic rock and pop songs, plus a bit of ‘stuff strutting’! The eight choirs that make up Rock Chorus combine onstage to produce a spectacular sound that’ll have you singing and waving with joy and there’s even a bit of audience participation!

Led by top singer songwriter and vocal coach Lauren Field, the aim is for maximum enjoyment for the singers and audience alike. The concerts are sponsored by the Lions Club of Bletchley, MK and have already raised over £6000 to support good causes, so book early for a great nights entertainment.

Tickets £15/£12



Milton Keynes City Orchestra

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The Venue is thrilled to welcome back the Milton Keynes City Orchestra for another exciting season. Featuring a stunning mix of musicians, conductors and soloists presenting the finest orchestral music in the city, these are events not to be missed! Under the leadership of new Music Director Damian Iorio the Orchestra presents a season featuring much loved pieces from composers including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.


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Conductor - Sian Edwards

It is a huge delight to welcome back Sian Edwards to conduct a very special concert performed on National Women’s Day and designed to recognise the huge talent of women involved in classical music today.

Sian has chosen a delightful repertoire, including guest soloists to perform beautiful arias by Mozart. There will be more than a few surprises as MKCO and the Milton Keynes Community Foundation partner for this concert, creating a night to remember for everyone to enjoy. 

Mozart - Symphony No 38 (Prague)

Mozart - Selection of arias

Wagner - Siegfried Idyll

Schubert - Symphony No 3



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Conductor - Damian Iorio

Soloist - The Yamaha Musi Foundation of Europe Winner

 There is another surprise in store for concert goers in the third concert at The Venue this season. Quite apart from the joy of listening to Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, MKCO has partnered with Yamaha to showcase the work of the winner of their 2015 scholarship. The Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe winner will be announced at the Royal Academy of Music in February 2015 and Damian Iorio will assist in the judging and choose a piece of music for the winner to perform in our concert, on their particular instrument from the woodwind or brass family. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience and support the progression of a blossoming music career. 

Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture

Concerto - To be announced

Beethoven - 7th Symphony



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Conductor - Hilary Davan Wetton

Soloists - Ileana and Gillian Tingay

 Hilary Davan Wetton, Founder and Vice President of Milton Keynes City Orchestra, returns to conduct the orchestra at The Venue. He has chosen a repertoire that not only answers the core music theme of the season but continues to surprise, with Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, not heard in Milton Keynes for well over a decade. Ileana Ruheman and Gillian Tingay work together frequently and this Concerto is a signature piece for them to perform. Both soloists have brilliant careers in their own right and are internationally famous. 

 Haydn - Sympony 88

Mozart - Flute and Harp Concerto

Honegger - Pastorale d'Ete

Beethoven - Symphony 4 in B Flat



All-Female Orchestra Marks International Women's Day Celebrations In MK


Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) is celebrating International Women’s Day Anita Watson Headshot High Quality with a performance on 7th March, by an all-female orchestra, under the baton of Sian Edwards with guest soprano Anita Watson. The concert is sponsored by MK Accountants Keens Shay Keens and staged in association with MK Community Foundation at The Venue theatre Walton High Campus. 


Marian Livingstone, Chairman of MKCO said ”We have a first-class freelance orchestra with a depth of musical talent to create an all-female orchestra for all to enjoy and celebrate the body of work from women in the classical music industry. It is a delight to welcome back Sian Edwards who has helped to shape the creative work of the orchestra in recent years. She performs to great reviews around the world and works tirelessly as Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. We are also thrilled that our female line up is completed with internationally renowned soprano Anita Watson who will perform three beautiful arias from The Marriage of Figaro. “ 


International Women’s Day is celebrated on the day after the concert, Sunday 8th March. It began as a campaigning movement in the early 20th century where oppression and inequality spurred women to demand change. It is now an official holiday in 27 countries, a global day to celebrate women and women’s achievements. MK Community Foundation launched the celebration in Milton Keynes four years ago and successfully campaigned for a pillar of celebration to be placed on the MK Rose in Campbell Park. 


Julia Upton, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation commented. “MKCO is one of the recipients of our 2014 STEP grant and we are pleased to be supporting their ambitious developments, particularly at this unique concert. Our 2015 theme of ‘Make it Happen’ is especially appropriate as grant funding is provided to a wide variety of organisations, including vital help to women and girls in crisis.” 


The concert programme features Mozart Symphony No.38 (Prague) Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Schubert Symphony No. 3 with the Mozart aria performances. Tickets are available here priced at £22.00, £10.00 and under 18’s £5.00