Music Society promotes classical music concerts. It was
1947 by Leslie &
Joan Sparey. The
Society is one of many thriving organisations in Keswick and
contributes to the wide variety of attractions on offer to residents
and visitors alike, in addition to the well known scenic attributes of
the Lake District.
Society has benefited greatly from the opening in 1999 of the new
Theatre by the Lake, pictured above, where all concerts are held. Not
only does the Theatre offer comfortable seating and excellent viewing
for almost 400 people, together with refreshment facilities and easy
concert booking for visitors, it was a significant plus factor in
enabling the Society to obtain National Lottery funding for a
Steinway grand piano.
Keswick Music Society currently has a marvellous membership of nearly 200 enthusiastic subscribers. Membership entitles each person
to a reserved seat at all concerts in a season that runs from September
to April. As well as eight
concerts by professional musicians, the Society promotes one concert
each season given by local young musicians as part of its aim to foster
an interest in music at an early age. Members also enjoy one or two social functions during the season. Becoming a subscriber
addition to the above, there is a wonderful Family Concert held each year on
a Sunday afternoon preceding the evening concert - a fantastic
opportunity for families to enjoy the fun of classical music, together.
can book seats directly with the Theatre
by the Lake Box Office for individual
made to the Hon. Secretary, Mary Cooke on 017687 77235.
The majority of the concerts are given by soloists or small ensembles.
recent years these have included Tasmin Little (violin), Angela Hewitt (piano), Emma Johnson
(clarinet), Alison Balsam (trumpet) and Nicolai
Demidenko (piano), Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian Pipes), John Lill (piano), Moray Welsh (cello), The Brodsky Quartet, The Hermitage String Trio, Red Priest, The Fitzwilliam Quartet, Martin Roscoe (piano), Henschel String Quartet, The Fibonacci Sequence Chamber Ensemble, Imogen Cooper (piano), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Piers Lane (piano) and Jess Gillam (saxophone).
The Society has also formed a very good
relationship with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, who usually give one concert in each
‘Orchestra Live’ scheme which, with funding from Arts Council England
and the Northern Rock Foundation has the aim of taking orchestras to
the more remote parts of the country. This has enabled:
- Academy of St Martin in the Fields to perform in 2006
- Manchester Camerata in April 2007 with Tasmin Little
- Mozart Players in April 2008,
- The City of London Sinfonia in February 2009
- European Union Chamber Orchestra in April 2010,
- Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in February 2011,
- Orchestra of the Swan with Julian Lloyd Webber in September 2011
- Northern Chamber Orchestra with Nicholas Daniel in September 2012
- Sinfonia Viva with Martin Roscoe in September 2013
- Britten Sinfonia with Nicholas Daniel February 2015
- Northern Chamber Orchestra with Martin Roscoe March 2016
- Orchestra of the Swan with Raphael Wallfisch September 2016
- Royal Northern Sinfonia with Peter Francomb and Michael Gerard September 2017