Psalm enchanted evening at the City Church

Ben Westlake
Ben Westlake

THOUGH her birthday celebrations were by far the largest, it is not only HRH THe Queen celebrating an important milestone in 2012.

Here in the new city, music makers have a couple of champion reasons to raise a glass of the fizzy stuff themselves, this weekend.

Milton Keynes Sinfonia is currently hosting its 40th Anniversary Season, and on Saturday night players will assemble themselves at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone for a celebratory show.

As is typical of the Sinfonia, this performance will be a delicious, uplifting affair – the pristine programme will feature Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring soloist Tom McLaughlin.

If romantic melodies stir your musical side, you’ll hear none better than Rodrigo’s guitar concerto.

“The audience will return home with their spirits buoyed up,” promises the Sinfonia.

Tickets are £12 and £10, and a mere £3 for under 16s.

Call MK 377518 to book, or purchase on the door.

Make sure to be seated in time for the 7.45pm start.

> The Church of Christ the Cornerstone is itself the subject of birthday celebrations this week – it is 20 years since HRH officially opened the ecunemical building, and a concert was hastily arranged in support of a Romanian charity.

Adrian Boynton was the fella charged with the arrangements, and he has been a pivotol part of the musical deliveries there ever since,

Adrian, or to give him his official title ‘Director of Music at MK City Church’ has been instrumental in piecing together this Sunday’s 20th Anniversary and Diamond Jubilee Gala Charity Concert.

“One of my aims over the years has been to nurture the talents of promising young talents,” Adrian explained, “So I have invited two outstanding performers, clarinettist Ben Westlake and violinist Cristian Grajner Desa to appear as soloists.”

The two have both reached the BBC Young Musician Finals – Ben in 2010 and Cristian earlier this year.

For Sunday’s show, Ben will solo in Weber’s Clarinet Concerto while Cristian shall deliver Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs.

Other deliveries will include works by Handel, Rutter, Verdi and Elgar.

Bletchley-based Chris Shrimpton will also solo on the harmonica.

Of course the music is paramount, but so to is the desire to raise a tidy sum of money in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

The concert begins at 7.45pm, but a pre-show champagne reception will welcome you an hour earlier.

Tickets are £25 (show & reception) or £15 for the show only.

For ticket purchases and more information, please call MK 246486 or visit www.cornerstonemusicmk.co.uk