Sacred Music, sensational players...

Tamsin Waley-Cohen
Tamsin Waley-Cohen

MILTON Keynes City Orchestra will be giving The Royal Salute this Sunday evening, when they reassemble themselves for the first show of their new season, writes Sammy Jones.

Soloist Tamsin Waley-Cohen (below) will show her pedigree at MK Theatre when she performs in William Walton’s Violin Concerto, just one perfect piece in a show crammed with class.

Fine-tuned ears will also enjoy Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Coates’ The Dambusters March and the aforementioned Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, alongside Four Scottish Dances from Arnold.

Sian Edwards will be principal conductor at the feast of fabulous, from 7.30pm.

Taking a top price ticket will set you back £32, but you can be seated at the show for as little as £10.

Call the MKCO box office on MK 558311 for yours.

> The Orchestra have also announced a new venue for some of its musical moments.

Shows will still be held at MK Theatre, and Stantonbury Campus, and the annual Christmas Classic Concert will be hosted at St Peter & St Paul’s Church in Newport Pagnell, but The Venue, next to Walton High School will also open its doors to the players from next May.

>Volunteers are still being sought for the orchestra. Could you help out at concert or fundraise?

Visit for more information, or to browse the new season of delicious events coming your way in the following months.

On Monday, the Skampa-Rezek Duo (inset) will perform at The Chrysalis Theatre in Willen, offering listeners a selection of their favourite pieces – Bach’s Sonata in D Major and Brahm’s Sonata in F Major will air, along with the chance to hear Beethoven’s Seven Variations, and Schumann’s Five Pieces in Folk Style.

The show will start at 7.30pm, and tickets are £7 and £9.

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On Tuesday evening, the Church of Christ the Cornerstone presents Harry Christophers and The Sixteen, (that’s them above), for a Choral Pilgrimage, as they continue their 26 date tour taking sacred music back to the churches and cathedrals for which it was written.

The Earth Resounds is their 12th annual pilgrimage tour, and the ensemble is simply exemplary in its deliveries – they’ve spent 32 years playing and recording, and you will probably know them as The Voice of Classic FM.

Founder and conductor Harry will lead the group through music which emanated in Flanders in the 15th and 16th centuries – names represented in sound will include Lassus, Brumel and Desprez.

“This extraordinary music spans 100 years of innovation and brilliance and has a unique sound which I believe will astound everybody,” Harry says, “...this is simply glorious music which I have no doubt will enhance all our lives.”

You’ll need to be seated by 7.30pm.

Tickets are £18 and £15.

Purchase from the Church Kiosk, online at or on the door, if there are any left.