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.
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.
Thursday November 6 2014
Conductor Damian Iorio
Soloist Jamie Walton
Under the baton of Damian Iorio MKCO introduce Jamie Walton to thrill you with a performance of Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto.
Jamie Walton is a ‘cellist of outstanding performance ability, combining warmth of tone with a technical command that reaches dazzling proportions. He is a musician of great integrity whose performances give great pleasure and although still young he has already been compared by reviewers to great ‘cellists of past times, with his distinctive sound and clean interpretations marking him out as a true individualist. Jamie plays on a Guarneri instrument, dated 1712.
Haydn - Symphony 99
Saint-Seans - Cello Concerto
Mozart - Jupiter Symphony
Saturday 7 March 2015
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
Tuesday 14th April 2015
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
Saturday 16th May 2015
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