2017

SUNDAY 23rd JULY, 7.30pm

25/50 MK 2017 Celebrations
25th Anniversary Cornerstone Chamber Choir & Orchestra
GALA CELEBRATION CONCERT
Abigail Burrows (flute) Craig Greene (piano)
THE CORNERSTONE CHAMBER CHOIR & ORCHESTRA
Adrian Boynton (conductor)

HANDEL: ZADOK THE PRIEST
MOZART: LAUDATE DOMINUM
MOZART: FLUTE CONCERTO IN G
BRAHMS: HOW LOVELY ARE THY DWELLINGS
GRIEG: PIANO CONCERTO
MASCAGNI: EASTER HYMN (Cavalleria Rusticana)
VERDI: HEBREW SLAVES’ (Nabucco) & GRAND MARCH (Aida)
PARRY: I WAS GLAD
RUTTER: PSALM 150

25 years almost to the day, and just 6 months into the life of the City Church, the inaugural concert of the Cornerstone Chamber Choir and Orchestra was held - a concert supporting the setting up of a new orphanage in Bacau, Romania. Since then both choir and orchestra have gone from strength to strength, with choral masterworks ranging from Monteverdi Vespers to MacMillan Seven Last Words, and a host of mainstream concertos and symphonies.

On Sunday 23rd July at 7.30pm we invite you to a very special GALA CONCERT featuring the choir, orchestra - and some outstanding soloists. The Gala will, in effect be a three-fold celebration - for the 50th Anniversary of Milton Keynes, the 25th Anniversary of City Church, and the 25th Anniversary of the Chamber Choir and Orchestra.

The programme includes a host of ‘choral favourites’, some of which were performed in the original Romanian Charity Concert, including Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, Mozart’s ‘Laudate Dominum’, Brahms ‘How Lovely are thy Dwellings’, Parry’s ‘I was glad’, Mascagni’s ‘Easter Hymn’ from ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, and Verdi’s ‘Chorus of Hebrew Slaves’ from ‘Nabucco’ and his ‘Grand March’ from ‘Aida’. The evening also includes Rutter’s thrilling setting of Psalm 150, of which we gave the 2nd performance in July 2002, following its premiere at St Paul’s Cathedral for HM The Queen’s Golden Jubilee. To complete the programme, we welcome back two outstanding young soloists to the City Church: Flautist Abigail Burrows, who has played regularly at the church since the age of 9, performs Mozart’s beautiful Concerto in G, and pianist Craig Greene, who had many of his formative musical experiences at the church before gaining a 1st class degree at Oxford returns to play the ever-popular Grieg Concerto.

We hope you will agree that this is a most exciting and attractive programme, and that you will be able to join us on 23rd July. Please invite as many friends, neighbours, colleagues and other guests to come as you can. An enjoyable and memorable evening is assured.

Tickets at £16 (conc £15.50), £13.50 (conc £13) Child £1 are available by emailing boyntonmusic@btinternet.com, telephoning 07961 348697 or 01908 246486 (ans mach).

We look forward to your company as we celebrate 25 years of rich and varied music making at the City Church.

May I invite your support in making this even as widely known as possible - through social media, display of posters and leaflets (you can print the attachment to this email; supplies of posters and leaflets are available at City Church) and by word and mouth. Thank you.

Other musical events this month include

Monday 10th July 7.30pm
MUSICAL MILESTONES: 60th Anniversary Celebration
ERIC COATES (1886-1957) & THE BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC TRADITION
A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton
In the heyday of British light music every theatre and cinema had its orchestras and every seaside grand hotel its Palm Court. The best music written for entertainment of this kind is marked by finished craftsmanship, impeccable orchestration and a distinctive personal style. Tonight’s celebration features Coates’ ‘Dambusters’, ‘Calling all Workers’ and ‘Sleepy Lagoon’ (‘Desert Island Discs’), Quilter’s ‘Children’s Overture’, German’s ‘Nell Gwyn’, Duncan’s ‘Little Suite’ (featured in ‘Dr Finlay’s Casebook’), Addinsell’s ‘Warsaw Concerto’, Williams ‘Dream of Olwen’ and Binge’s ‘Elizabethan Serenade’.
Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Sunday 16th July 6pm
CHORAL EVENSONG FOR TRINITY 5
The Choir of the City Church directed by Adrian Boynton Led by Revd Tim Norwood

Thursday 27th July 7.30pm
EXPLORING MUSIC: Early Classicism
SAMMARTINI - STAMITZ - BOYCE - ARNE - GLUCK
A talk illustrated with fine CD recordings by Adrian Boynton
Even as Bach and Handel were composing their greatest works in the mature Baroque idiom, a generation of younger composers were developing revolutionary techniques to herald the new era of classicism. Our musical journey begins in Milan with Sammartini, and moves to Mannheim where Johan Stamitz raised an outstanding orchestra and wrote the first genuine symphonies. Thence to English shores, where the delightful instrumental works of Boyce and Arne captured the essence of the new ‘galant’ style. Finally to Vienna where we hear magnificent operas by Gluck, hallmarked by a simplicity and beauty of line and a vivid dramatic sense.
Admission £5 (student £1) at the door

Saturday 15th July 7pm
At Freeman Memorial Church, Queensway, Bletchley, MK3 5HH
SHERWOOD CHORAL SOCIETY in concert with CORNERSTONE CHILDREN’S CHOIR
A delightful Summer Serenade including the music of Howard Goodall, Lennon and McCartney, popular spirituals and featuring Michael Hurd’s ‘Swinging Samson’.
Admission free. Retiring collection