London-born, Italian-based conductor Damian Iorio has been Music Director of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra since 2014, and has heralded in a vibrant new age for the orchestra, gaining glowing accolades across the UK and further afield. In the 2017/18 season, the MKCO welcome a raft of star soloists, including Stephen Hough and Chloë Hanslip.
Milton Keynes' bid for ‘European Capital of Culture 2023’ is currently in doubt following a ruling from the European commission barring cities from continuing with their application in light of the UK’s forthcoming departure from the EU. Young people in the local area benefit enormously from the growing music hub and orchestral outreach initiatives, so the news comes as a significant blow to the musical community.
Headed up by Iorio, the MKCO is working on exciting new outreach initiatives in the 2017/18 season. Garnering support from MK Council, trust funds and partnership support provided by MK Community Foundation, Yamaha, MK Dons, and MK Music HUB, projects will benefit schools and communities throughout Milton Keynes. Iorio is a great advocate of initiatives to bring music to young people, which he promotes through his post as music director of the National Youth String Orchestra. Further information about Damian’s 2018 engagements can be found here: http://www.damianiorio.com/performances/