UPDATE: Back to regular rehearsals - newcomers welcome
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.
We're now concentrating on practice, familiar and new pieces again, welcoming newcomers as always - so it's a good time to try out and see if you'd like to join! We've settled in well with our newest music director Andrew Winder, who is arranging more contemporary pieces for us.
We had to miss our usual fixture for Stony Live! 2020 - even when postponed until 2021 in a more limited way. This year, we offered an Open Evening on the 9th June and followed this up with some busking on 11th June 2022 by the lychgate on Stony High Street. Following some great feedback, we'll look to do similar again!
See our Events Calendar to keep up to date with our rehearsal slots, future engagements, and for venue information.
MMMK re-started post-lockdowns in 2021, and undertook a more scaled-back Christmas period, with some festive pub sing-a-long sessions.
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 turns to perform locally to MK, or around Bucks & Northants. 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 2022/2023 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.
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.