Programme for the 70th Season 2017 - 2018
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Fabulous Concerts . . . . . . . on your doorstep . . . . . . . Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Please note:
Allerdale Borough Council are supporting Keswick Music Society and allowing us to have FREE parking (in the car park by the Theatre) between 6pm - 10pm on the evenings of our Music Society concerts for next season 2017 - 2018.


Sunday
24th September
2017
7.30pm



Pre-concert talk by members of the orchestra
at 6.45pm


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Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick  director/violin

Michael Gerrard  viola

Peter Francomb  horn
 
The season begins with the verve and brilliance of Royal Northern Sinfonia with their colourful director and leader Bradley Creswick and a wonderful programme! Opening with violin and viola soloists and orchestra in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, followed by Richard Strauss’s 1st Horn Concerto and finally Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony with the heroic funeral march. A resounding celebration of well-loved music for the start of the Keswick Music Society’s 70th anniversary year.

The concert is generously supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council England, the thirteenth in the Orchestras Live Cumbria series, and by United Utilities.


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Mozart:  Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E flat K.364

R.Strauss:
  Horn Concerto No.1

Beethoven:
  Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’ 












Sunday
22nd October
2017
7.30pm

Pre-concert talk by
Patrick Hemmerlé
at 6.45pm

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Patrick Hemmerlé piano

After performing Bach’s Goldberg Variations here last year he returns with another landmark of piano music - Beethoven’s groundbreaking Diabelli Variations. In contrast, he will then play Chopin’s Op. 10 Etudes, some, like The Revolutionary, familiarly known by their nicknames, all virtuosic challenges and artistic masterpieces. A profound musician, his pre-concert talk will also be an outstanding feature of the evening.

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Beethoven:
  Diabelli Variations

Chopin: Etudes Op. 10


Sunday
12th November
2017
7.30pm



Pre-concert talk by
the Escher Quartet
at 6.45pm


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Escher Quartet

Adam Barnett-Hart,  Danbi Um 
violins

Pierre Laponte 
viola,  Brook Speltz  cello

An evening of wonderful chamber music, played by one of the world’s most sought after string quartets, founded in 2005 in the USA, and renowned for profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. Their absorbing and contrasting programme includes one of Mozart’s greatest quartets, one of those that he dedicated to Haydn. After hearing it Haydn pronounced him ‘the greatest composer known to me’. And two compelling later quartets: Samuel Barber’s quartet, with the famous adagio at its heart, and Grieg’s only completed quartet, forward looking and rich in texture and soaring themes.

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Mozart: 
String Quartet in A Major K464

Barber:
String Quartet

Grieg: 
String Quartet










Sunday
10th December
2017

7.30pm



Pre-concert talk by
Mary Cooke
at 6.45 pm

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John Tomlinson  bass

Christopher Glynn piano


Sir John is a legendary singer of his generation. His magnificently intense and expressive voice is ideal for both intimate and heroic music. In this concert we will hear him in both genres. In our previous two seasons we have listened to Schubert’s two great earlier song cycles. Now we will hear his final burst of creativity, the song collection Schwanengesang, his ‘Swansong’ in reality. After the interval, this great Wagnerian will sing Wotan’s Journey - all Wotan’s great solos from The Ring – a distillation of the essence of Wagner’s drama, with the distinguished pianist Christopher Glynn taking on the role of the Wagnerian orchestra. This will be an unforgettable evening.

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Schubert: 
Schwanengesang

Wagner:  Wotan’s Journey - all of Wotan’s monologues from the Ring








Sunday
7th January
2018
7.30pm





Pre-concert talk by
Oliver Wass and
Henry Roberts
at 6.45 pm
Oliver Wass  harp

Henry Roberts  
flute

The distinctive sounds of the harp and the flute must be among the most evocative in classical music, and together they complement each other in intriguing ways. Oliver and Henry are both rising stars of their instruments, and with them we will go on a journey through time from Bach to the Tango, via Telemann, Gluck, Chopin, Debussy, De Falla, Bartok and Piazzola. The music, some well-known, some unfamiliar, is often transformed by the unusual instrumentation.

As sponsored artists they are generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

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Bach:  Flute Sonata in C major

Gluck: 
Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Telemann: 
Fantasy for solo flute

Debussy:  Syrinx (solo flute)

De Falla: Spanish Dance no. 1 (solo harp)

Bartok: 
Selection from the Suite Paysanne Hongroise

Chopin:  
Variations on a theme of Rossini

Piazzola: 
Histoire du Tango

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Wednesday
7th February
2018


*7.00pm



Local Young Musicians' Concert

Do try to get to this concert! There is always a full house, and you can expect an evening of amazing variety given by the enthusiastic and gifted young musicians of Keswick. You will be entertained and thrilled by the talent displayed and the range of music played.

The Music Society Subscription includes this concert: members should book tickets from the Box Office as their normal seats are not reserved.
 



*N.B. Earlier start time


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Sunday
11th February
2018
3.00pm
Afternoon Half Term Family Concert 

Jess Gillam  saxophone

Patsy Gillam 
clarinet

Jonathan Fisher  piano

The amazing young saxophonist Jess Gillam has a younger virtuoso clarinettist sister. Patsy has been performing from an early age, with big names such as Nicola Benedetti and Wynton Marsalis and in orchestras and groups. They get together to entertain and inspire younger audiences. This concert will include family friendly music and opportunities for audience participation.

Free for children. Adult tickets, not included in Membership, £5 from the Theatre Box Office 017687 74411.

Generously supported by Cumbria County Council.

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Jess Gillam

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Sunday
11th February
2018
7.30pm



Pre-concert talk with Jess Gillam
at 6.45 pm
Jess Gillam  saxophone
 

Jonathan Fisher  piano

‘Saxophonist extraordinaire’ and local celebrity Jess Gillam is now 18 years old, and was the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. Her exuberant and virtuosic performances mark her as a rising star and her musicality and verve keep her audiences totally beguiled. She already has a busy programme of recitals and solo performances with top orchestras and on radio and was awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards presented by Melvyn Bragg in 2015. Her programme will be an eye-opening look at music both familiar and unfamiliar.

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Jess Gillam

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Pedro Iturralde: Pequena Czarda
Bela Bartok: Three Hungarian Folksongs from Csik
Jeremy Wall: Elegy for Trane
Chick Corea Arr. John Harle: Selection from "Children's Songs"
Peter DeRose arr. Rudy  Wiedoeft: Deep Purple
John Williams: Escapades

Claude Debussy: Syrinx
Maurice Ravel: Piece en forme de Haberna
Darius Milhaud: Scaramouche: Brazileira
Dave Heath: The Celtic
Michael Nyman: 'If' from 'The Diary of Anne Frank'
Rudy Wiedeoft: Valse Vanite
Phil Woods: Sonata For Alto Sax And Piano (First Movement)

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Sunday
25th March
2018
7.30pm




Pre-concert talk by
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at 6.45 pm
Fitzwilliam Quartet

Lucy Russell  violin,  Marcus Barcham Stevens  violin

Alan George  viola,   Sally Pendlebury  cello

Beethoven’s Op.95 and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden quartets, high points of the chamber music repertoire, in a programme beginning with Purcell and spanning four centuries. This distinguished quartet has a special connection with Keswick and the Music Society: one of their founder members, Jonathan Sparey, grew up in Keswick and was the son of the Society’s founders, Joan and Leslie Sparey. Another original member will be playing in this concert: the viola player, Alan George, now the longest serving quartet player in Britain!

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Fitzwilliam Quartet

Purcell:  Fantazia No. 7, Z.738

Marcus Barcham Stevens (their viola player):
Double on Purcell’s Fantazia No.7 (2015)

Fantasia On One Note (2016)

Praetorius:  Chorale: Es Ist Ein Ros’   Enstsprungen

Brahms: Chorale Prelude: Es Ist Ein Ros’ Enstsprungen, Op.122/8 (Arr Ron Mustchin)

Beethoven:  Quartet in F minor Op. 95

Schubert:  Quartet No. 14 in D minor, Death and the Maiden

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Sunday
 22nd April
2018
7.30pm



Pre-concert talk with Piers Lane
at 6.45 pm
Piers Lane  piano


Celebrated London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is well-known as an engaging, virtuosic and highly versatile musician. His programme ranges widely over peaks of Baroque, Classical and Romantic styles of music. Piers performs with many of the world’s great orchestras, at prestigious festivals, and has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular series The Piano. He has five times been soloist at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. His superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance will ensure a memorable evening as a finale to our 70th season.



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Scarlatti:
Short Sonata in B minor (Longon No. 33)

Scarlatti:
Short Sonata in G major (Longon No. 347)

Bach:
Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major, Bk. 1, No. 3

Bach:
Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, Bk. 1, No. 22

Beethoven:
Sonata No.23 in F minor for Piano, Op.57 'Appassionata'

Chopin:
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.1

Chopin:
Nocturne in Db major Op.27 No.2

Rachmaninov:
Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22

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