Sunday 7th July          7.30pm 

SUMMER CELEBRATION    featuring                 In aid of Advantage Africa

David Fanshawe's thrilling



Directed by Adrian Boynton

David Fanshawe spent much time in Africa in his mid to late twenties absorbing African culture, researching African folk music, and making a unique library of location recordings. In 1972 he wrote the extraordinary 'African Sanctus', which blends dramatically and movingly, the authentic sounds of various regions of North and East Africa with the colours, rhythms and harmonies of Twentieth century Western music. An award-winning BBC television film of the 'Sanctus', made on location, was shown in many parts of the world in the mid '70s, and since then the work has received international acclaim. Our celebration concert will include other exciting works from the African and Afro-American traditions. Special rates for parties of 10 or more available.

Tickets £17 (conc £16), £15 (conc £14) child £2 available online at (booking fee applies), by post from Cornerstone Music Tickets, 300 Saxon Gate West, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES. Send a stamped S.A.E. and cheque payable to Cornerstone Music; telephone 01908 246486 (ans mach) or 07961 348697, email, 9 High Street, Olney, MK46 4EB or at the door.

Monday 15th July         7.15pm

MUSICAL MILESTONES:        The English Revival


A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Ireland established his reputation with a fine body of chamber music demonstrating on exceptionally refined understanding of the instruments involved. His orchestral tone poems and overtures are colourfully scored and his Piano Concerto, with its racy jazz interludes, is among the finest of the Twentieth Century. The great choral work 'These things shall be' is an inspirational work expressing the composer's deepest hopes for mankind. Born just one month after Ireland, Cyril Scott became known as the 'English Debussy' on account of the Impressionist style of his piano and chamber works. He also produced a fine Piano Concerto, along with other symphonic and choral works.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Thursday 25th July       7.15pm

EXPLORING MUSIC:       The Early Romantics

CHOPIN      (i)   The Early Years to 1831

A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton

Chopin, the greatest poet of the piano, used harmonic imagination and melodic invention to transform old forms and create new ones. We explore his upbringing in Warsaw, his studentship at Warsaw Conservatoire, his first tour of Germany and acclaimed visit to Vienna, and early years in Paris. The music of this period includes Sonata No 1, Piano Trio, Variations on Mozart's 'La ci darem', the two great Piano Concertos, and some fine Nocturnes, Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polonaises.

Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Sunday 28th July         6pm 


THE CHOIR OF THE CITY CHURCH  Directed by Adrian Boynton

Freewill offering