Friday, 27 May 2016

Maypole Dancing

These are some photographs of Maypole dancing on the grass in Camphill Milton Keynes. A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place.
The festivals may occur on May Day or Pentecost (Whitsun), although in some countries it is instead erected at Midsummer. In some cases the maypole is a permanent feature that is only utilised during the festival, although in other cases it is erected specifically for the purpose before being taken down again.


Alex Fox

Friday, 20 May 2016

Buckingham Canal Society

These are some photographs of a presentation from Buckingham Canal Society that happened at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes on Tuesday 3rd May.


Alex Fox

Friday, 13 May 2016

Keyquest Music

The latest Keyquest Music event was a Gala Student Piano Concert held on Saturday 23rd April at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes. Keyquest Music is the independent music education business, private teaching practice and creative outlet of pianist and composer Andrew Eales B.Mus, ARCM.
Andrew was born in Surrey in 1966. His talent for music was recognised early, and he won a music scholarship to Oakham School. He later completed his schooling at Bedford Modern School – a move which enabled him to take up his simultaneous place as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music in London. By the age of 15 he had achieved a distinction in Grade 8 Piano, Grade 8 Flute and Grade 8 Music Theory.
Andrew went on to read Music at the University of Birmingham where he gained his honours B.Mus degree and won the University’s esteemed Roland Gregory Music Prize. During his time in Birmingham, Andrew studied harpsichord with David Ponsford, developing a growing interest and expertise in authentic historical performance practise.
As a postgraduate he completed his professional training at the Royal College of Music in London, where he took lessons with the internationally acclaimed harpsichord player and forte pianist Robert Woolley, gaining his ARCM Diploma and winning the coveted Raymond Russell Harpsichord Prize.
Alongside this, Andrew studied piano for two years with the Hungarian concert pianist Joseph Weingarten, who had been a student of Dohn├ínyi at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Andrew is thus himself a fourth generation student of Franz Liszt, and a sixth generation student of Ludwig Van Beethoven – a direct musical lineage that his own students now continue.


Alex Fox

Friday, 6 May 2016

Bedroom Farce

On Thursday 21st April and Friday 22nd April, Tread the Boards Theatre Group performed 'Bedroom Farce' at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes.
In Bedroom Farce Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest: three couples whose own relationships are tenuous at best. Taking place sequentially in the three beleaguered couples’ bedrooms during one endless, traumatic Saturday night, beds, tempers, and domestic order are ruffled, leading the participants to a hilarious and touching finale.
Tread the Boards (TTB) was founded in Newport Pagnell Bucks in 1986. The Milton Keynes drama group, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. TTB marked this by performing Bedroom Farce (which was it's first ever production) in the Chrysalis Theatre.
This play was written by Alan Ayckbourn.
The group is open, with all members having an equal opportunity to participate in it's activities. Anyone interested in joining should come along on Mondays at 7.30pm at Wavendon Gate Pavilion or visit the TTB website as it is always open to new members on or off the stage.

Alex Fox