Community Learning MK Music Faculty
Chiltern Music Therapy
Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Dance, Music and Drama
Milton Keynes Music Co-Operative
Slough Music Service
Youth Network Milton Keynes
Wolverton Town Band
Community Learning MK Music Faculty is part of Milton Keynes Council and is lead organisation for the MK Music Hub. It co-ordinates and delivers musical opportunities for children and young people both in school through its whole-class instrumental programme and via ensemble membership at its music centre. It offers progressive routes for a range of musical genres and supports schools in their singing strategy and staff development. It works closely with the Milton Keynes Music Co-operative and local schools to ensure that as many young people that wish to can learn a musical instrument.
A leading voice for youth arts, Artswork is the Bridge Organisation for the South East. We work regionally, nationally and internationally to improve and enrich the lives of children and young people through arts, culture and heritage experiences. As the SE Bridge (appointed by Arts Council England), Artswork connects arts and cultural organisations, children and young people, families and schools – working to ensure that “every child and young person experiences the richness of the arts”, both in and outside of school. Please, email Artswork if you would like to know about what they do.
Chiltern Music Therapy is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a Music Therapy service and a Music for All scheme to children and adults. We provide services to individuals and groups in many different settings across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes and are the only not-for-profit Music Therapy service in the UK to provide both Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and traditional Music Therapy sessions as well as providing wider opportunities for music-making through our Music For All scheme.
The Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts for Music, Dance, and Speech & Drama is Milton Keynes’ largest and longest running performing annual arts platform for amateur performers of all ages, founded in 1968 and attracting almost 4,000 performers each year. The event runs for five weeks throughout February and early March and comprises dance, music and drama, all organised separately, encompassing every genre of performance from comic verse to Shakespeare, musical theatre to opera, piano to bassoon and ballet to song and dance with a whole lot more in between !! Performers pay a small amount to enter their chosen classes and at the festival each entrant is given constructive advice on their performance from a highly experienced and professional adjudicator and awarded a certificate and a written feedback sheet, plus there are medals, trophies and prizes awarded also.
Milton Keynes Music Co-operative is a not-for-profit association of self-employed specialist music teachers. We provide a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition in the Milton Keynes area, working in many local schools, as well as providing out-of-school tuition to both young people and adults. Our aim is to develop each pupil's musical potential according to their individual needs and aspirations. Teacher members are provided with regular CPD training.
If you want to know more, email the MK Music Co-Operative or call 01908 699052.
Olney Brass is a contesting and concert brass band based at Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell and Olney. Formed in 1974 from students taught in Milton Keynes Schools it has evolved into a local brass band supporting brass tuition through beginner and development bands up to and including the senior band. We welcome all abilities and, through the beginner band teach from the basics for people who want to learn a brass instrument. We are a friendly group who enjoy making music and contesting. For more information please send an email or visit .
Slough Music Service is the local authority music service for Slough, funded by central government and supported by Slough Borough Council to provide enhanced musical experiences for children and young people in Slough.
We aim to offer tailored services to meet the needs of each young musician, school and teacher in Slough, in line with the priorities of the local authority and central government. We achieve this by working closely with schools to deliver an integrated programme of vocal and instrumental tuition, a range of supporting workshops and events and training for teachers and other adults and young people. We also work with local and national partners to offer a broad range of opportunities for all. Slough has an exciting, vibrant and diverse community. Creativity leads our ethos, keeping us at the leading edge of music development locally and nationally.
The Stables is one of the UK's leading live music venues, providing a varied musical programme of all genres including pop, rock, classical, blues, soul, folk and world music, and with some 350+ concerts and 250+ music education sessions taking place every year, including the annual National Youth Music Camps. The Stables Learning & Participation program works with all ages, including adults and young people. If you would like to more about their work email The Stables or call them on 01908 280800.
Youth Network MK is a non-profit organisation that works with local communities to support young people across Milton Keynes through programmes of positive, engaging and educational activities. They run a range of inclusive music projects in youth clubs and local communities that aim to inspire and involve young people in music making regardless of social, educational or financial barriers.
If you want to ask about their projects send an email or call 01908 377744.
Wolverton Town Band is the oldest brass band in the area and is a non-contesting local community band. We are a friendly and mixed ability group who enjoy making music, developing existing players and teaching learners. We welcome players of all standards, including anyone who wants to learn an instrument for the first time. Membership is free.
Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) is the only professional orchestra in Milton Keynes. Founded in 1975, the orchestra currently presents a programme of seven concerts a season at Milton Keynes Theatre and The Venue, Walton High. Music Director Damian Iorio continues to bring world-class soloists to Milton Keynes and to present performances of the highest standards.
In addition to the concert series, every August MKCO performs at Proms in Campbell Park to an open-air audience of over 2000. The orchestra also performs with the local Danesborough Chorus and Milton Keynes Chorale. Education and outreach are a fundamental part of MKCO’s mission: the orchestra performs annually, side-by-side with MK Youth Orchestra on stage at MK Theatre; musicians visit local schools to support the curriculum and stimulate and nurture musical experiences; and MKCO’s ticketing policy enables under-18s and students to buy seats for only £5.00.
Go to www.mkco.org for details of the current programme and other information about the orchestra.
Last Updated: 1 March 2017