MK Acapella have been enjoying singing in four part harmony since 1986 so this year are celebrating their 35th Anniversary.
Celebrating the club's 35 years of singing is a good reason to have a party, not least given the challenges we had over the last 18 months. Despite those challenges, we were able to keep going and used Zoom and other technologies to keep making music, so a party is certainly overdue.
Given the current COVID situation we are hopeful our party can go ahead as normally as possible and are planning accordingly but if arrangements have to change then we'll adjust things as needed or re-schedule if we have to.
This is an open invitation for any ex-members or friends to get in touch and come and join us to reflect on past memories of MK Acapella and see some old faces and even, perhaps sing a song or two. The flyer below tells you all you need to know so please get in touch ASAP, space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment
|It is with great sadness to share the news that one of our members has recently passed away. |
Sion Yates, a long-time member and friend of the club, passed away a couple of weeks ago and will be greatly missed by everyone at the club. He had been a member for many years and although in later years he wasn't always able to sing with us, when he could attend, he was always our biggest fan and critic. He would give us praise when we deserved it and feedback when we needed it to improve our performance. He was a lovely man with a wonderful bass voice who loved singing with us.
The current Covid climate makes it rather difficult for us to get together and sing, but on the evening, we found out about Sion’s passing we all agreed that we should create a tribute for him. We decided we’d make a recording of the Irish Blessing, it’s such a short but emotional and beautiful song. So, a number of us have made individual recordings of our parts and through the magic of technology they’ve been blended together to form a recording that we dedicate to the friendship and musical memories we have of Sion.
We send our condolences to Sion’s family, friends and everyone who was privileged to have known him.
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Unfortunately due to Covid-19 and public health adivce, MKA Chorus have decided to suspend rehearsals until further notice.
We have only just appointed a new MD (Roger PInsent) and were looking forward to re-invigorating our rehearsals with Roger's many years of experience. However, we will get back to this hobby of ours later this year but meanwhile, like so many other hobbies and pasttimes we have to take a break. We hope we can resurface once the threat has subsided and really hope we can put on a learn to sing course as well as our winter concert later this year.
Meanwhile - best wishes to all our members and supporters, stay safe, stay heallthy and see you all soon.
|MK Acapella is delighted to announce the appointment of Roger Pinsent as their new Music Director. Roger will commence with Milton Keynes’ very own male barbershop chorus on Monday 9th March 2020 at their rehearsal venue, “The Crypt” at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes. Roger takes over from Lyn Kidby as the Music Director, after she retired at the end of 2019, after over 5 years during her second time as the MD.|
Roger was born and brought up near Leatherhead in Surrey. Shortly after gaining an Associate London College of Music qualification in Voice at the age of 20, he hitchhiked around Cornwall and stayed there for 30 years. He was awarded a BA (hons) in Music at Dartington College of Arts in 1990, and has continued studying during his career – most recently being awarded a Masters of Music in Conducting (MMus) last year. He is a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a MA in Composing for Film and TV.
Roger started his career, teaching voice and keyboards on a peripatetic basis with the Cornwall Music Service while also playing keyboard in a couple of bands. He started his Music Director career in 1995, as the arranger, composer and director of the Maritime Festival Choir. Since that time, he has been the Music Director for various choirs from Operatic Societies to School based choirs, as well as running numerous “Come to Sing” courses. Roger is also a partner in “Yarnweavers” an audio book production company. Roger returned to Surrey in late 2016 and currently conducts two Guildford-based choirs, the Surrey Fringe Barbershop Chorus and the Everyman Choir, as well as the Croydon Male Voice Choir.
Glenn Martin, MK Acapella’s Chairman said “We are delighted that Roger has agreed to join us as our Music Director. We are an aspirational chorus, who are looking to; improve our sound, increase our membership, and develop ourselves as singers and as a chorus. Roger has a special skill set of knowledge, passion and communication which will enable us to move towards our objectives and achieve our potential.”
New Musical Director
We are seeking to appoint a new Music Director of MK Acapella to provide the artistic and musical vision, leadership, and inspiration, as well the technical and teaching skills, to continue to advance the Chorus’ artistic excellence. The Director will be the artistic and musical leader of the Chorus, ultimately responsible to the Members and the Executive Committee for all musical, artistic, interpretive and visual performance activities.
You will need to commit to being the MK Acapella’s Music Director and inspirational leader - planning and directing the Chorus rehearsals and performances whilst educating the Chorus members to execute your artistic, musical and performance vision. To be successful in this role, you will need to have proven and demonstrated musical skills with outstanding teaching, rehearsal and delivery skills. We are looking for someone who has integrity, loyalty, decisiveness, accountability, strength of character and the ability to work effectively with others in a member-driven organization whilst having a vision for the advancement of the Chorus’ overall mission, reputation and community impact.
For further information or an informal chat about the role, please call James Boyle, Public Relations Officer, on 07545 602045 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing Date for applications is Monday 6th January 2020 with a view to appoint from March 2020.
|MK Acapella were delighted to perform for the Mayor of Newport Pagnell (Paul Day). This is an annual festival of music from local choirs and was a fantastic evening of varied music. We were given the tricky job of closing the show but were thrilled when the audience were shouting for more. The concert was in aid of the Mayor's charity Dementia UK and raised £539 for a very worthy cause. |
|MK Acapella are getting ready for the 2019 Rugby World Cup which kicks off in September.|
We're geting into the spirit of the competition because many of us love the noble
game of rugby so just had to have our own club branded shirts. We hope to be
able to do a few sing outs at rugby events in the coming months because as well
as loving rugby we'd also love to get more men singing.
|It was a great pleasure and privilege to sing for at her 100th birthday party, a friend of one of they guys asked if we would sing for her, and how could we possibly refuse. Hilda, her friends, family and even the staff really appreciated our performance which was followed of course by a lovely cake, Obviously, we had to get a photo of such an important milestone, we don't do 100th birthdays that often....but are always open for bookings....you don't have to be a 100 for us to sing for you at your birthday.|
|On Sunday 9th Dec we had a wonderful evening at our Winter Harmony Concert which was made even better because we were performing to a sold-out auditorium of over 200 people. The venue was the Chrysalis Theatre which is also our new home where we rehearse each week, but we couldn't have wished for a more successful event to make our mark there. The men of MK Acapella were joined by a few quartets and two of these were mixed quartets but all of them involved some our members. We were also delighted to welcome a friend of the club, Nikos Gourgiotis who really kicked off our second half with some fantastic piano playing and singing. We were also delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes - Sam Crooks - who also played an active part with the audience during the festive sing-a-long Twelve Days of Christmas.|
We also must thank the many many supporters of club for buying tickets, running the bar, the coffee shop, doing the raffle and organising the car parking. And finally we must thank our MC for the evening, Richard York, who kept the evening on time and running smoothly.
We are so proud of our first concert at the Chrysalis, we hope it will now become a fixture in our but the video we've linked to in this post sums up the fun, laughter and music we all enjoyed at the concert.
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|We're getting ready for Winter and of course Christmas is not that far away either so we thought what better way to get people in the mood than a Harmony Concert, come and listen to us and our guests sing a mixed selection of Christmas and other songs|
Tickets are now available to buy at our box office - https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkacapella
|MK Acapella are affiliated to the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) which is made up of about 50 choruses from around the country, some choruses are very large (80+ members) others are much smaller. But having the chance to sing with 150 other singers is an opportunity not to be turned down. So when Coventry's Three Spires club organised a Big Sing on October 14th at their home venue (Willenhall Social Club), a group of us just had to go. |
We spent the day learning a song called I'm On My Way from the film Paint Your Wagon, being coached by one of the leading Barbershop MD's in the country (Zac Booles) not to mention his mates from the gold winning quartet (The Locksmiths) who helped coach each section. With 150 people singing, it just sounded amazing. The photo shows everyone on the risers at the end of a busy day being entertained by the Locksmiths, showing us why they're a Gold Winning BABS Quartet.