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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) gave its first performance in February 1975, under the baton of its Founder Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton. In subsequent decades, it has become a central musical resource for Milton Keynes, engaging with the education sector and business community within Milton Keynes, as well as building itself an outstanding national reputation.

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Milton Keynes City Orchestra

Milton Keynes City Orchestra Overview

Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) gave its first performance in February 1975, under the baton of its Founder Conductor, Hilary Davan Wetton. In subsequent decades, it has become a central musical resource for Milton Keynes, engaging with the education sector and business community within Milton Keynes, as well as building itself an outstanding national reputation.

MKCO presents an annual concert season at the Milton Keynes Theatre and performs regularly in smaller venues, such as the Open University, John Lewis, Milton Keynes Central Station and The University Centre, as well as for a variety of private and corporate events. MKCO frequently collaborates with the Danesborough Chorus and Milton Keynes Chorale and presents its ‘Chamber Roots’ season of small orchestra concerts at Stantonbury Campus Theatre. It has appeared in ‘Jersey’s First Proms’, worked with the City of London Choir at St John’s in London, with Hertford’s Choral Society, and as part of the English Music Festival. Further afield, it has toured the USA and France. Its six professional recordings are alongside its performance in the Classic FM ‘Masterclass’ series of introduced works.

MKCO’s members also regularly work within the community, facilitating a wide range of people to experience and enjoy music making through practical workshops, family and schools concerts, coaching, composition projects and orchestral training, among others.

As of September 2007, Hilary Davan Wetton’s retirement saw Sian Edwards become MKCO’s Principal Conductor.
 

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