MK Music Co-operative first anniversary concert

March 29, 2015
Quintessential Brass open the concert

Quintessential Brass open the concert

Last year we were delighted to host the MK Music Co-operative’s launch concert at SMSG church and were very pleased when they donated a substantial part of what they raised to the organ fund. They clearly like the acoustic of our lovely church as they booked their first anniversary concert for 21 March 2015, which turned out to be another wonderful evening of music making by some of the Music co-operative teachers and a few of their pupils. These concerts are primarily a way of giving the teachers an opportunity to perform as all their other concerts are pupil concerts, however they invited some of their higher grade pupils to provide some of the music too.

The programme:

Quintessential Brass (Mark Green, Anna Hailes, Kate Knight, Cathi Smith, Malcolm Nevin)

  • La Mourisque – Susato arr Iveson
  • Sweet Dreams – Francis Clifford

Jenny Newman and Andy Glass (Violin and Guitar)

  • A selection of traditional fiddle (and guitar) tunes

Anna Gash and Michael Keep (Cello and Piano)

  • Cello sonata No 1 in E minor Op 38 (1st Movt) – Brahms

Dominic Hindley (pupil) (Clarinet)

  • Clarinet Concerto, 3rd Movt – Mozart

Emily Knell (pupil) (Piano)

  • Nocturne in E minor, Op 72 No 1 – Chopin

Alexandra Nash (Violin)

  • Theme from Ladies in Lavender – Nigel Hess

Frankie Hindley (pupil) (Flute)

  • La Calinda – Delius

Green and Glass (Vocal and Guitar)

  • How Sweet it is
  • Dancing in the Streets


Alexandra Stacey (and friends – Vocal, Cello, Keyboard)

  • Why soe pall and wan, fond lover – Lawes
  • Fairest Isle from his opera King Arthur – Purcell
  • Bois Epais from the opera Amadis – Lully

Conway Moore (Guitar)

  • Variations on a Theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute, by Fernando Sor (Guitar)

Clare Morris-Keep (vocal)

  • Quanta Qualia – Patrick Hawes
  • Laudate Dominum – Mozart

Madeleine Hamilton (Pupil) (Cello)

  • Adagio, Cello Concerto no 1 in C major – Haydn

Julian Pentz (and friend) (violin and guitar)

  • Bulgarian Drinking song – arranged by Togmor
  • Gamlingay – Togmor

Michael Keep (piano)

  • Prelude and Fugue in A major, Book 2 – Bach

Gemma Shirley (vocal)

  • Porgi, Amor from The Marriage of Figaro – Mozart
  • Fair Robin I love from Tartuffe – Kirke Mechem

Quintessential Brass

  • Galliard Battaglia – Scheidt arr Jones
  • I love Paris – Porter arr Hailes

This was definitely an evening of variety and outstanding quality of performance. About 90 people attended and MK Music Co-operative was able to donate £150 to the Willis organ fund. Several of the teachers said to me afterwards that they look forward to next year’s concert when they hope to include the restored Willis organ in the concert programme.

More photos can be viewed at


MK Music Co-operative launch concert 2014

March 31, 2014

Milton Keynes Music Co-operative got off to a fine start with their launch concert in St Mary & St Giles Church on 29 March 2014.  The evening proved to be a wonderful showcase of local talent, with several teachers playing or singing during the evening.  Some former or current pupils of MK Music Service (MKMS) also performed.

From April the MKMS will only be offering instrument ensembles, it will no longer offer instrument lessons, following a large cut in MK Council funding to the music service.  Many of the teachers who will not be employed by the Council (except for ensembles) are now freelancing and have formed a supportive Music Co-operative so that music tuition for as many people as possible can continue in the area.

Some of the teachers had not heard each other play or sing in a concert before, because MK Music Service end of term concerts are predominantly pupil concerts.  The high quality of the music these teachers produced was very evident all evening as they impressed the crowd of all ages with their performances.  Pupil and past pupil guest performances were from Emily Mowbray (formerly MK Young Musician of the Year) who opened the concert, Jacob Collins who now attends Wells Cathedral School as a school organ scholar, Maya Austin, Tony Lin, Wayne Chan and Craig Greene (who accompanied several soloists during the concert).


  • Emily Mowbray: Ziegunerweisen by Sarasate
  • Conway Moore: Grand Vals by Francisco Tarrega, Desfinado by Carlos Jobim, Herencia Latina by Paco Pena
  • Jenny Newman and Andy Glass: A selection of folk music
  • Kate Knight: Reverie by Glazunov
  • Anna Gash: Kol Nidrei by Bruch
  • Jacob Collins (Wells Cathedral School) – Organ: Trio Sonata 2 – Largo by JS Bach, Nun Danket Alle Gott (Marche Triomphalae) by Sigfrid Karg Elert
  • String Quartet (Maya Austin, Tony Lin, Julian Pentz, Wayne Chan): String Quartet No 8, 1st Movt by Shostakovich, Miniature String Quartet by Maya Austin


  • Gareth on Guitar: Firefly
  • Craig Greene: Sonata in A major (Mozart) arranged by Fazel
  • String Quartet (Alex Nash, Susanna Newton, Julian Pentz, Anna Gash): Jeeves and Wooster
  • Mark Green: Concert Etude by Goedicke, Cuando te vi by Mark Green
  • Jacob Collins: Viola concerto in G by Telemann
  • Gemma Shirley: Song to the Moon by Dvorak, Carmen by Bizet
  • Claire Lutterworth: Danse Macabre, Rain Today, Feeling Good
  • Julian Pentz: Andante from Sonata in B minor by JS Bach
  • Clare Morris-Keep (accompanied by Michael Keep): Songbird by Eva Cassidy

There were many memorable moments including the folk music bringing out the dancer in the small son of a teacher and the dangerous Carmen who came into the audience to woo the men.

String teacher Alex Nash did a great job of organising the concert with help of some of the other teachers including organ and keyboard teacher Jonathan Harris while Lesley and Kieran provided front of house support including serving refreshments.  It was a wonderful evening and a great example of Music for all @ SMSG.  We hope to welcome MK Music Co-operative to St Mary & St Giles for future concerts and music learning as part of the Willis Pipe Organ Restoration and Reach-out Project.

You can view an album of photos taken at this evening at