UPDATE: Weekly rehearsal venue now established at Stony Stratford Methodist Church Hall, Silver Street, MK11 1JS
Music Makers of Milton Keynes are a community choir with an emphasis on singing for fun ... mixing up a range of styles and sounds.
We are a welcoming bunch, with a range of backgrounds, ages, experience and a blend of multi-part harmonies - whether accompanied or a cappella.
We perform at local events, collaborate with other musical groups, take bookings for sessions and hold our own concerts.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS: 2023 sessions being confirmed
This year, we hope to be at more local events and sessions, not least at our semi-regular fixtures in summer at Stony Live, and the festive season pub gatherings at The Cock, and The Shoulder of Mutton. We are currently concentrating on practice, familiar and new pieces again for the next season and beyond, welcoming newcomers as always - so it'll be a good time to try out and join up!
We concluded our festive commitments, including a Christmas Concert on Saturday 10th December back at St.Mary & St.Giles Church in Stony Stratford. Our last rehearsal of the year also doubled as a sing-along gathering in The Shoulder of Mutton, Calverton on Thursday 15th December. Check our posters and Events page for further information on the range of events we'll be at. Some members also joined other local groups for their seasonal collaborations too.
See our Events Calendar to keep up to date with our rehearsal slots, future engagements, and for venue information.
We held our successful and rousing Autumn concert on Saturday 8th October at the Freeman Memorial Methodist Church in Bletchley.
MMMK re-started post-lockdowns in 2021, and undertook a more scaled-back Christmas period, with some festive pub sing-a-long sessions. We had to miss our usual fixtures for Stony Live! 2020 and in 2021 while under restrictions. This year, we offered an Open Evening on the 9th June 2022 and followed this up with some busking on 11th June by the lychgate on Stony High Street. Following some great feedback, we'll look to do similar again!
We concluded our festive commitments in 2019 - our annual concert with Brackley Wind Ensemble was preceded with choir members joining Wolverton Light Orchestra for their Christmas Concert - with the chorus nearly at full strength. We'd like to thank our previous long-standing music director Brian Dipple for all his efforts on our behalf - vocally, in partnerships, collaborations, and particularly with the trips abroad.
Earlier on we successfully completed our Summer 2019 tour in Germany Rhine & Moselle, with a number of local events beforehand - including our regular Stony Live! fixture, and variations on our set list with BWE in Westbury.
Our collaborations usually take place locally to MK. Lifts can be arranged with members if needed.
NOTABLE PAST EVENTS:
In our 30th year, we performed jointly with BWE - in Sulgrave Manor prior to our Belgium Tour over Summer 2016, in Ypres, Menin Gate, Bruges and Ghent cathedrals. In the anniversary run-up, we reprised and joined forces with Wendy Kitching's dancers, for a 'Summertime Spectacular' in a return to Stantonbury Theatre in June 2015.
We are planning around our 2023/24 commitments; if you have an occasion or collaboration in mind, please do get in touch.
We always welcome new members, without audition; entertaining Milton Keynes since 1985. While we are based in Stony Stratford, we regularly reach wider audiences. We are also very interested in joining in with local events as part of our community ethos.
Would you like to join in?
If you would like to join and sing with us, you are very welcome to come along to a rehearsal. We will be delighted to see you. Our rehearsals page has more detail on timings and location. Since we restarted post-restrictions, some sessions are dependent on the weather for larger group singing outdoors, and we may split the group up at times to do smaller sections if needed. First rehearsal is free, approximately £5 per session afterward.
Covid-security: we are asking all members and visitors to bring their own refreshments, rather than using communal facilities for the time being. Please bring a mask or other face covering when moving through indoor spaces, if concerned.
Find out about the events we have planned; a gallery and footage from past performances, and some more information about the group and earlier history.