|Jonathan Kingston will be joining us as Guest Choral Leader at the beginning of the Summer term, whilst Craig is away leading Young Voices. Jonathan enjoys a portfolio freelance career as a performing musician, musical director, teacher, examiner and musical consultant. With his background as a choral director, he has served three Cathedrals from where he broadcast as a conductor as well as an organist. While a full-time teacher, he spent twelve years as a Director of Music in two leading schools building large and inclusive departments and touring the choirs internationally. Jonathan thoroughly enjoys working with both amateur and professional choirs and believes music should be accessible to all-comers. He is musical director at the Parish Church in Stony Stratford as well as the part-time Choral Director at Stowe School. He is thoroughly looking forward to working with members of the MKCC once again! |
|MKCC retained the top spot at this year's Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Dance, Music and Drama by winning first place in their section despite stiff competition from Dagnall Community Choir and the Arts 1 Adult Choir. Singing 'Lovely on the Water' (a traditional folk song) and 'Dig Deep' by Pete Churchill, the choir was awarded the first prize of a cup, medal and certificate for the second year running. In the adjudicator's words, the choir 'brought magic into the room'! Choir members were thrilled to be returning to singing on stage together once again after the restraints of Covid have prevented us from doing this since our last appearance on stage at the MK Community Choirs' Festival in Campbell Park in July 2021.|
|At last night's AGM (1st March), the choir agreed to donate all the funds available in the choir's Charity budget to the Red Cross's 'Ukraine Crisis Appeal' so today a donation for £250 was made to the appeal. |
Julia Critchley who runs the 50/50 charity fund via a weekly raffle will re-start the raffle at next week's choir rehearsal so the fund will start to build up once again, particularly if most members buy a ticket (or two)!
|For more information, see:||https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-crisis-appeal?c_name=UK%20Solidarity%20Fund&c_source=Facebook&c_medium=Social%20Ad&c_creative=Donate%20Landing_Image_Situation%20Update%20Image_Lo|
Ross and Joy from Thames Valley Air Ambulance came to the choir's rehearsal on 8th February to receive a cheque for £530. This sum was raised from donations made alongside ticket sales for MKCC's Christmas recording and from the collection made at the carol singing in the Hub. When gift aid is taken into account the choir has raised over £600 for the TVAA.
|We raised £432 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) from donations made alongside ticket purchases for the Christmas recording. An additional £98 was collected at the carol singing in the Hub in Central Milton Keynes. £327 of the these funds raised were gift-aided so when this is taken into account, the choir has raised about £612 for TVAA this Christmas.|