Sunset Departure Lounge:
Prayers, partings and farewells

Saturday October 16th, 7:30pm

St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford
MK11 1BE

Polymnia chamber choir
with Suzzie Vango (director)

and Robert Challinor (piano)

The Sunset Departure Lounge revolves around the word “goodbye” in all its different guises; poetry lamenting lost love, prayers and blessings to see people on their way, and reflections on the end of the day. The programme culminates in Parry’s six “Songs of Farewell”, a spectacular tribute to the fallen of WW1.

Suzzie Vango, our new Musical Director, says “I’m excited to be taking up this new post with Polymnia Chamber Choir, and looking forward to finally getting our teeth into some of the finest choral music that Europe has to offer”.


Pärt – Morning star
Stanford – Beati quorum via
Harris – Faire is the heaven
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Pärt – The deer’s cry
Rheinberger – Abendlied
Chydenius – Deep in the night
Haynes – anyone lived in a pretty how town, when god lets my body be, Maggie & Millie & Molly & May
Mendelssohn – Verleih uns Frieden
Parry – Songs of Farewell: My soul, there is a country; I know my soul hath power; Never weather-beaten sail
Rodney Bennett – A Good-night

Robert Challinor, piano, plays music to include nostalgic Paderewski and a touch of old Vienna.

Don’t miss the £3 early-bird discount on concert tickets, available until 2nd October.  There will be no interval – refreshments will be available after the concert. There is free parking.

Buy your tickets below:
£13 early bird price (by 2nd October)
£16 online from 3rd October, and on the door
£3 under 18 / full-time student

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Future concert dates for your diary:

Sun 3 April 2022

Sat 18 June 2022

Sat 10 Dec 2022

Previous Events

24 November 2019, St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford. Fauré Requiem with Jonathan Kingston, Richard Ball and Amy Chamberlain

August 2019, St Andrew and St George’s West, Edinburgh: three concerts (Perfect Joy and Deep Peace) as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

8 June 2019, Christ the Cornerstone: Summertime with Lesley Garrett  and Anna Tilbrook

30 March 2019: Nocturne at St James New Bradwell, with  saxophonist Alžbeta Klasová and Alex Aitken

1 December 2018, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell: Classical Christmas with MKCO strings.

10 November 2018, Christ the Cornerstone: Remembrance with Alex Aitken

27 May 2018, Korunni church, Prague

25 May 2018, St. Vitus cathedral, Prague

20 May 2018. Milton Keynes Theatre: Opera Gala with MKCO, Damian IorioJanice Watson, and Dominic Natoli.

Saturday 14 April 2018, St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford. A Treasury of English Choral Music with Paul Daggett

Saturday 2 December 2017, St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell. Christmas concert with MKCO Strings

Saturday 11 November 2017, St Barnabas, Linslade. Grand Tour of Europe with Julian Pentz (viola)

Saturday 17 June 2017, St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford. Joint concert with OU Choir including Tallis: Spem in Alium

Saturday 20th May 2017, Choral Gold. St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford. Joint concert with MK Youth Choir

1 April 2017: Grand Tour of Europe at the Bunyan Meeting Centre, Bedford

3 December 2016: Christmas Concert at St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell with MKCO Strings

10 November 2016: Behind the Curtain at MK Theatre with Glyndebourne Opera Company

29 October 2016: Tenth Anniversary Charity Gala Concert at Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, with Lesley Garrett, Anna Tilbrook and Anna le Hair

2 June 2016: Three concerts in the Basilica de Santa Barbara, Mantova, Italy

1 June 2016: Joint concert in Carpenedolo, Italy with Ars Nova

21 May 2016: Popular Choral Classics at St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford with  John Byron and Tim Grant-Jones

16 April 2016: A Cappella at St Barnabas, Linslade with John Byron

5 December 2015: Christmas Concert at St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell with John Byron and MKCO Strings

  • 7 November 2015: In the Beginning, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes
  • 6 October 2015: Rugby World Cup at MK Stadium
  • 25 September 2015: Venice to Vegas at The Stables with Tenors Un Limited
  • 6 June 2015: Summer Delights with Anna le Hair at St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford
  • 9 April 2015: Polymnia at King’s Lynn Minster with John Byron (Director and piano) and John Heley (Cello)
  • 6 December 2014: Classical Christmas, St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell with John Byron and MKCO Brass
  • 1 November 2014: Poetry in Music, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes with Tim Grant-Jones, Graham Mayger and
    Fenella Humphreys
  • 12 July 2014: Choral Kaleidoscope with Anna le Hair at the Chrysalis Theatre
  • 31 May 2014: Concert in Mecina Church, Spain with Anna le Hair
  • 30 May 2014: Concert in the caves at Nerja, Spain with Anna le Hair
  • 29 May 2014: Pascuale concert in Granada Cathedral with Anna le Hair
  • 22 Mar 2014: Shakespeare concert with MK Sinfonia, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes
  • 7 December 2013:  Classical Christmas with MKCO brass at St Peter and St Paul, Newport Pagnell
  • 2 November 2013: Heavenly Spaces with Gemma Rosefield, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes
  • 16 August 2013: Proms in the Park with the Milton Keynes City Orchestra (cond. Hilary Davan-Wetton), Campbell Park, Milton Keynes
  • 9 June 2013: Music in the Garden in Dame Cleo Laine’s garden in Wavendon with Anna Le Hair (piano)
  • 4 April 2013: International Choir Festival in Istria, Croatia Edinburgh with Anna Le Hair (piano)
  • 22 December 2012: Choral Christmas at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes with John Byron and Anna Le Hair (piano)
  • 6th November 2012: The Australian Voices with singers from Polymnia and John Byron at Holy Trinity Church, Wolverton
  • 8 September 2012: Masterpieces at the City Centre Church, Milton Keynes with the London Charity Orchestra under Simon Lasker-Wallfisch & John Byron, Thomas Gould (violin), Anna le Hair (continuo), Ben Thapa (tenor)
  • 17 June 2012: Baroque and Beyond at the City Centre Church, Milton Keynes. John Byron (conductor and harpsichord), Sue Snell, Piers Snell, Phoebe Butler (recorders and viols), Anna Le Hair (chamber organ)
  • 26 May 2012: at St Giles Cripplegate, Barbican, London with the London Charity Orchestra, Simon Lasker-Wallfisch (conductor), Thomas Gould (violin), Anna Le Hair (continuo), Nicholas Scott (tenor)
  • 26 November 2011:Polymnia Favourites: choral music from around the world. St Mary’s Church, Harlington
  • 12 November 2011: World Music for World Vision, Church of St Peter and St Paul, Olney (with Daniella Ganeva, Graham Instrall, Andrew Martin and Anna Le Hair). In aid of the World Vision project “Reducing Violence against Children in Armenia”.
  • 15,17 and 19 August 2011: Choral Chillout at the Edinburgh Fringe. St. Marks artSpace, Edinburgh with Anna Le Hair (piano)
  • 5 June 2011: Songs for a Summer Evening, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes with Anna Le Hair (piano) and Gemma Murray (double bass)
  • 13 November 2010: A Choral Pilgrimage, St Mary’s Church, Harlington
  • 6 November 2010: Old Masters, The Church of St Mary Magdalene, Willen
  • 18 September 2010: Tickford Bridge Anniversary Concertin Newport Pagnell Parish Church with Sinfonia Ariella and John Gibbons, including the world premiere of a work by John Byron: The Bridge of Destiny.
  • 11 and 13 August 2010: Choral Chillout: from Purcell to Piazzolla, St Marks artSpace, Edinburgh
  • 6 June 2010: Drums and Voices, City Centre Church Milton Keynes (with Daniella Ganeva)
  • 12 December 2009: Christmas Concert, St Mary’s Church Harlington
  • 6 June 2009: Remembrance and Celebration, St Mary’s Church Harlington
  • 16 May 2009: Remembrance and Celebration, St Mary’s Church Bletchley
  • 11 Oct 2008: Music of the Spirit, Elstow Abbey Church (with Nick Epton)
  • 12 July 2008: Summer Serenade,  St Mary’s Church, Harlington (with Andrea Patis)
  • 10 May 2008: Summer Serenade, St Mary’s Church Bletchley (with Andrea Patis)
  • 6 October 2007: Voices for Hospices, Bunyan Church, Bedford
  • 17 June 2007: Byrd to Britten, Church of St Mary and St Giles, Stony Stratford
  • 21 October 2006: Concert of Sacred Music, Church of St Mary the Virgin, Northill (conducted by Wendy Lewis)
  • 14 October 2006: Charity Concert of Sacred Music, St Thomas’ Church, Luton