Milton Keynes Community Choir is founded on the idea of singing for fun! We meet weekly to rehearse, and we perform Christmas concerts and sing at other events throughout the year. Our aim is to enjoy ourselves, entertain our audience and raise funds for a variety of charities.
About Milton Keynes Community Choir
Founded in 2008, Milton Keynes Community choir invites you to join them on their musical journey.
Our Musical Director of 13 years Craig McLeish.
Craig's musical life began as a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral under Barry Rose, and was the first treble to be chosen to sing solo at the prestigious annual Messiah. He began composing at the age of 10 and his Responses for 4 trebles are sung to this day. After a degree at York University he returned to London to study at the Guildhall and sang again at St Paul's as a tenor. At the time he was also arranging and copying music for West End shows such as Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, and played bass guitar for various groups. This lead to a spell in the cult pop band 'Fat & Frantic", who shaved the top 100 twice with a whimsical anthem 'Last night my wife hoovered my head'. He also worked as a musical assistant for David Heneker (Half a Sixpence) and David Fanshawe ( African Sanctus).
Craig has been Musical Director of Young Voices UK for over 20 years, composing, selecting and arranging a varied programme of music for large school choirs to sing together in arenas across the UK with live bands and solo artists. Both with Young Voices and as a Musical Director for Songs of Praise he has directed many of the UK's top artists including Beverley Knight, Tony Hadley, Candy Staton, All Angels, Mavis Staples, Alexandra Burke, Miss Dynamite, Katie Melua, Lemar and many more. Young Voices have expanded internationally and Craig's arrangements are sung by children in Germany, South Africa, Trinidad and the USA.
Craig is very proud to be musical director of the Milton Keynes Community Choir. His passion is for the best possible musical experience for performer and listener but always with the Community in mind, and he has enjoyed building a repertoire of music with the choir from many different genres.
He is gaining reputation as an innovative and energising workshop leader for team building and staff engagement activities. Recently working with school trusts, guest choirs and the Association of British Choral Directors.
8th December 2018
First presentation of a new piece in
8th July 2018
17th July 2018
29th September 2018
3rd December 2017
25th March 2018
World Music day
singing at MK railway station
21st June 2018
Brendan Taafe Workshop
23rd March 2017
Community Choirs Festival
1st April 2017