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Thank you to everyone who joined us at both Rock Challenge at the Milton Keynes Theatre and Spring @TheVenue: Goes to the Movies at the end of last term.

Once again we are so proud of the number of students who participate in these performances and are always delighted to see the confidence, enthusiasm and talent of our young people.

At Rock Challenge students and staff were inspired by a number of the entries and how every school explored Dance and Performance in a variety of ways.   The support and camaraderie between the competing schools really was excellent and embodied the spirit of the Be Your Best Foundation.  We are excited to start preparing next year’s entry.  Students were thrilled to win three awards: these were for  Concept;  Entertainment;   and Costuming Character and once again would like to congratulate everyone involved. 

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Walton High bring OLIVER! to The Venue

thumbnail Oliver logoWalton High Performing Arts are excited to announce that our next big production will be Lionel Bart’s ‘Oliver!’ in February 2017. 
Preparations are already underway and if you're thinking “I’d do anything” to help out then we would love to hear from you.

Perhaps you have an interest and “consider yourself” experienced in:
• Costume design and dress making
• Prop making
• Hair and make up
• Set/interior design

Or maybe you would like to sponsor the shop and in return we will advertise your business in our ‘Three Cripples Bar’ and souvenir programme to an audience of over 1000 people.

So, if you fancy getting involved, please contact the Performing Arts Dept. via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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All-Female Orchestra Marks International Women's Day Celebrations In MK

Anita Watson Headshot small Milton Keynes City Orchestra (MKCO) is celebrating International Women’s Day Anita Watson Headshot High Quality with a performance on 7th March, by an all-female orchestra, under the baton of Sian Edwards with guest soprano Anita Watson. The concert is sponsored by MK Accountants Keens Shay Keens and staged in association with MK Community Foundation at The Venue theatre Walton High Campus.

Marian Livingstone, Chairman of MKCO said ”We have a first-class freelance orchestra with a depth of musical talent to create an all-female orchestra for all to enjoy and celebrate the body of work from women in the classical music industry. It is a delight to welcome back Sian Edwards who has helped to shape the creative work of the orchestra in recent years. She performs to great reviews around the world and works tirelessly as Head of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. We are also thrilled that our female line up is completed with internationally renowned soprano Anita Watson who will perform three beautiful arias from The Marriage of Figaro. “

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the day after the concert, Sunday 8th March. It began as a campaigning movement in the early 20th century where oppression and inequality spurred women to demand change. It is now an official holiday in 27 countries, a global day to celebrate women and women’s achievements. MK Community Foundation launched the celebration in Milton Keynes four years ago and successfully campaigned for a pillar of celebration to be placed on the MK Rose in Campbell Park.

Julia Upton, Chief Executive of MK Community Foundation commented. “MKCO is one of the recipients of our 2014 STEP grant and we are pleased to be supporting their ambitious developments, particularly at this unique concert. Our 2015 theme of ‘Make it Happen’ is especially appropriate as grant funding is provided to a wide variety of organisations, including vital help to women and girls in crisis.”

The concert programme features Mozart Symphony No.38 (Prague) Wagner Siegfried Idyll and Schubert Symphony No. 3 with the Mozart aria performances. Tickets are available here priced at £22.00, £10.00 and under 18’s £5.00

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Focus On: "Proprioception"

April 10th sees an exciting event for The Venue MK and Milton Keynes City Orchestra- the premiere of a brand new piece of music; Proprioception!

to wet our appetitie, composer Emma-Ruth Richards gives us an insight into the piece's inspiration and structure:


Proprioception is a five movement piece. Each movement deals with a different concept within architecture (i.Image, ii.Space, iii.Movement, iv.Icon, v.Light) and has a self-contained idea that encapsulates a different colour or texture idea varying from almost sparse and pointillistic clarity to something closer to a mist-like blanket that simple motivic ideas and melodic lines can float within.

The main theme of this piece is a quote from Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde. The theme is heard throughout Das Lied on the trumpet and is accompanied with the words dark is life, is death. Parts of this theme are heard in every movement building up to the focal point in the final movement where the full theme is heard on trumpets, oboes, cellos and eventually horns and bassoons as well; the transcendent qualities of light and life, verses darkness and death, provoked by Mahler’s symbolic use of the trumpet, have been inspiration for me. Whilst writing this piece I was reminded of a quote by the contemporary philosopher and architect Juhani Pallasmaa: in Architecture and the Senses he writes that "in great architectural spaces there is a constant, deep breathing of shadow and light; shadow inhales and illumination exhales light” He draws a comparison with Rembrandt paintings where “the depth of shadow in which the protagonist is embedded gives a sense of presence, he/she is embedded like a precious object”. In each movement of Proprioception I have 'embedded' the Mahler theme within the different spaces of the piece.

Tickets for World Premiere can be found here on our website, priced at £20, £10 or £5 for under 18s.


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Auditions for Walton High Performing Arts latest musical production take place THIS WEDNESDAY, 11th September.

Auditions will take place in The Venue, 3.30pm-5.30pm, and are open to yr7-yr13 and all levels of experience.

Recall auditions will take place on Thursday 12th September, 3.30-5.30pm.

If you have any questions regarding auditions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Those interested in technical, backstage, costume and other production roles should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


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