PR guru orchestrates charity’s root-and-branch revamp

Marian Livingstone has been elected by the Patrons of Milton Keynes City Orchestra as their new Chairman, following  five years  supporting the PR and awareness activity in a voluntary capacity
Marian Livingstone has been elected by the Patrons of Milton Keynes City Orchestra as their new Chairman, following five years supporting the PR and awareness activity in a voluntary capacity

Public relations guru Marian Livingstone has been elected as the new chairman of the Patrons of Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO).

Consultant Mrs Livingstone has supported MKCO’s PR and awareness-raising activity voluntarily for the last five years.

She is well known among the new city’s business community, through her job and her sponsorship of the popular Midsummer Breakfast Club networking group. And her connections have helped in bringing four new members onto the board, including Angela Rhodes, of Crispin Rhodes HR, Paul North of Illuminis IT, Liz Newell from Keen Shay Keens, who is elected as treasurer, and Michael Benn, recently retired.

Peter Barnes was also elected by the board as deputy chair. All the positions are voluntary.

Mrs Livingstone announced a root-and-branch review of the charity during the MKCO’s annual meeting at The Venue theatre at Walton High School, in Milton Keynes on February 19,

The Orchestra now has plans to link with The Parks Trust and hold a ‘Proms in the Park’ in August, it is working with the Community Foundation to enhance their Music Bursary, and the University Campus of Milton Keynes has pledged support to enable work to build the local audience.

Mrs Livingstone said: “We are the only professional orchestra performing here, and in some ways the best kept secret. We will not lose sight of our Chamber roots and a section of our programming will always involve contemporary and sometimes challenging work.

“But our job is to move forward and provide the classical music that a wider circle of people know and understand and want to listen to. We are carrying out a root-and-branch review of the organisation, concentrating on increasing our skill base and putting a huge amount of effort into improving our income streams and performing an attractive repertoire.

“In challenging economic times we are grateful for continued grant support but we can’t survive without improving ticket sales and being attractive to philanthropists, and engaging with local businesses to engage through funding and corporate and social relationship activity.”

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