The first ever performance by the MK Urban orchestra was given on Sunday 27th November at The Stables.
The MK Urban Orchestra brought together a diverse group of young musicians from Milton Keynes to create and perform new and original music.
Drawing on classical, urban, pop and rock styles, they devised and composed an original piece of music for a live concert performance as an orchestra. The performance combined instruments from a traditional orchestra with electric instruments, music technology and vocals.
The piece created was titled "This road will take me home" and explored Milton Keynes through the eyes of the young performers - skateboards and snowboards, urban spaces, countryside, roundabouts, concrete cows and the story of the Midsummer Oak.
The MK Urban Orchestra project continues into 2012 with the production of a DVD of the project, a launch event for the DVD to celebrate and promote the young people’s achievement, a further Urban Orchestra performance as part of a visit to a full symphony orchestra performance, and a primary school 'roadshow' to inspire younger musicians.
The MK Urban Orchestra has been created as part of a project lead by The Stables Education Department, with creative direction from Readipop.
Project partners and workshop hosts include Milton Keynes Music Service, Make a Difference, Madcap, Milton Keynes Youth Service, Lord Grey School, Hazeley Academy, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Musicleader South East, Oakhill STC.
The MK Urban Orchestra has been funded by Youth Music, with additional support from MK Community Foundation, The Santander Foundation and The Wavendon Foundation.
Milton Keynes Urban Orchestra
"This road will take me home"
The first half of the performance showcased some of the individual styles and musical interests of the participants. It also featured a performance from the MK Music Service String Orchestra and Quartet, and some of the players from these groups also were part of the Urban Orchestra.
The second half of the evening brought these musical styles together in the MK Urban Orchestra debut performance of "This road will take me home"
Performed, written and devised by:
William Hammond, Katie Chamberlain, Isaac Broad, Keiran Pearson,
Adam Beddoe, Manny Ademolo, Miriam McComie, Donald Owasu, James Westlake, Louis Grao, Leah Murphy, Bethany Duggan, Dominic Muir, Sam Tangray, Abigail Maxwel, Yasmin Issaka, Darius Chatfield, Cubby Stevenson, Gareth Lewis, George Kalukusha, John Donovan, Madelaine Hamilton, Toby Holden
Also devised by:
Lucas Patterson, Emma Hoare, Ryan Gillman, Chris “CJ” Mellinger, Honor Jenkins, Mark Burton, Maya Austin
Russ Alsop, Gavin Lombos, Julian Pentz, Jackie Cunningham, Rosie Thurston, Chris Murphy, Simon Lewis
The Stables and The MK Urban Orchestra would like to thank the following for their help and support with this project:
David Rose and staff at Milton Keynes Music Service
Euan Forrester and The MK Music Service String Orchestra
Chris Murphy, Andrew Elliott , staff of The Point and MK Youth Service
Denise Davis-Boreham and staff at Make a Difference
Gawaine Parker and Rosemary Hill at Madcap
Anna Denny and Nick Cutts at MK City Orchestra
Dianne Wier and students at Hazeley Academy
Adam Conn and students at Lord Grey School
This project is supported by Youth Music, MK Community Foundation and The Wavendon Foundation.
There is now a course for everyone addicted to the Ukulele. We cater for all levels from beginners to expert and will try any style of music.
MKLELE meet at The Stables on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am to 2pm and it costs £3.