Amazing Grace 250 Voices – Milton Keynes Community Choir Festival

Amazing Grace 250 Voices – Milton Keynes Community Choir Festival

Singers, Watch this Space – Amazing Grace 250 Voices

Forever? is a major new piece of music for voice and chamber ensemble which explores what the hymn Amazing Grace means to people today.

The Cowper & Newton Museum is delighted to be working with The Stables for Amazing Grace 250 to bring this new commission to life with opportunities for community participation and in a concert at The Stables as part of IF: Milton Keynes International festival.

This new work has music by the renowned composer Roderick Williams and text by celebrated poet Rommi Smith. The premiere will be performed by the Chineke! Chamber Ensemble, part of Europe’s first majority-Black and ethnically diverse orchestra, on 22nd July at The Stables.

About the MK Community Choir Festival

This new work has a part for choirs which will be premiered at the Milton Keynes Community Choir Festival at Campbell Park on Saturday 17th June 2023 at 6pm.

The whole festival will run from 12pm to 9pm with food outlets and toilets available onsite.

Led by musical director Craig McLeish, choirs from the area will be invited to be part of the ‘Amazing Grace 250 Voices’ project to reveal this new choir music piece to the world.

Singing Workshops in Olney

And local singers will be able to take part!

A series of workshops will be held in Olney to give local singers the chance to learn the piece in a safe and supportive space. Singers will need to have some singing experience and a bit of singing confidence, but that could be from almost any singing background.

All the details of the workshops are available via the Cowper & Newton Museum social media channels and website – make sure to pencil 17th June in your diary!

Click here to sign up to the workshops and 250 Voices performance at Campbell Park.

Would your choir like to perform at the MK Community Choir Festival?

There are still some spaces available in the line-up for the festival.

Each choir has 25 minutes on stage (including entering and exiting the stage) at the Campbell Park Amphitheatre. You will need to gather backstage 10 minutes before your timeslot, there will be experienced Stage Managers on hand to help!

There is a piano for accompaniment, but you can use a track if you prefer, or even sing acapella!

Each choir is required to pay £150 to cover costs, but will receive back a share of the bucket collections which take place throughout the day (last year, choirs received £100 each back from the collection). Choirs are expected to watch from the audience when not performing.

If you would like your choir to have their own performance slot at the festival, please contact Craig McLeish at


For more information about the original idea conceived for Amazing Grace 250, the writer, composer and orchestra … and much more … have a look at our Amazing Grace 250 So far … pages on the Museum website.

With thanks to key supporters Arts Council England and Milton Keynes City Council.


Jun 17, 2023


12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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