Programme for the 71st Season 2018 - 2019
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This page last updated: 24/04/2018

23rd September

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Septura Brass Septet

Huw Morgan, Alan Thomas, James Fountain   trumpets
Matthew Gee, Matthew Knight, Dan West    trombones
Sasha Coushk-Jalali   tuba

Bridging La Manche – England and France in harmony
A dazzling fanfare to open the new season of concerts – the brilliant brass ensemble Septura unites seven of the best musicians from the new generation of London’s leading brass players. Their playing is subtle, expressive, and has already earned them the accolade ‘the Magnificent Seven’. In a programme of varied and fascinating music Septura celebrates with trumpets, trombones and tubas the musical and political high-points of the intertwined histories of England and France, from Josquin and Purcell to Debussy and Vaughan Williams.

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Bridging La Manche – England and France in harmony

Robert Parsons:  Ave Maria   
Josquin des Prez:  Ave Maria a 6  (i.e. for 6 players)   
Henry Purcell:  The Married Beau   
Jean-Philippe Rameau:  Suite from Dardanus   
Hubert Parry:  Songs of Farewell                      
Claude Debussy:  Préludes                               
Maurice Ravel:  Trois Chansons                    
Ralph Vaughan Williams:  The Turtle Dove                 

14th October

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Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch Piano Trio

Hagai Shaham  violin,
Arnon Erez  piano,

Raphael Wallfisch  cello

Raphael Wallfisch’s inspired playing of the Dvorak Cello Concerto was a highlight of our last season. The celebrated cellist will play here with his colleagues the internationally admired musicians Hagai Shaham and Arnin Erez in their distinguished Trio which they formed in 2009. They offer a lovely and carefully chosen programme: Schumbert, Beethoven’s early Trio – in its time a fresh and original challenge to the musical establishment - and Dvorak again in the programme with his stormy yet elegiac masterpiece.

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*Schubert:  Nocturne in E flat major  op. 148

Trio in G major op. 1 no.2

:  Trio no.3 in F minor op. 65

*This item is a change from that originally advertised

11th November

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Steven Osborne
at 6.45pm
Steven Osborne, piano

One of the most sought after pianists, and one of Britain’s most treasured musicians, the Scottish pianist Steven Osborne is admired everywhere for his insight and fine musical interpretations. His performances both solo and with orchestras all over the world are legendary as are his wide ranging interests. Steven’s diverse repertoire is demonstrated in his programme for this concert: sonatas by Prokofiev and Schubert, Images by Debussy and three short pieces by Poulenc.

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Poulenc:   3 Novelettes

Images Book 2

  Piano Sonata No 7

  Piano Sonata in Bb D960

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9th December


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Adrian Chandler
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La Serenissima Baroque Ensemble

Adrian Chandler 
Artistic director

3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 8 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, theorbo, harpsichord - 24 players.

La Serenissima is now established as the preeminent ensemble of Baroque music playing. They love it, so we love it too! This will be a feast of instrumental colour with music for oboes, bassoons, trumpets, trombone, timpani, strings and continuo by composers of the Italian and German Baroque. Telemann, Bach and Vivaldi will come to life alongside some of the less familiar Baroque composers with whom they were involved both in life and music – hence the intriguing title!

This concert has been achieved in partnership with Orchestras Live and is generously supported by United Utilities.

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Concerto for 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, TWV 54: D3
Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681 - 1767)

Concerto movement for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in E flat
Johann Georg PISENDEL (1687 – 1755)

Concerto for violin, bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat
Giuseppe BRESCIANELLO (1690 – 1758)

Concerto movement for violin, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 oboes, bassoon, strings & continuo in D, BWV 1045
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750)
Concerto movement for violin, strings & continuo in a
Johann Georg PISENDEL

Concerto for strings & continuo in A, RV 158
Antonio VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)

Concerto for violin, 2 oboes, bassoon, 3 trumpets, timpani, strings & continuo in D, FaWV LD4
Johann Friedrich FASCH (1688 – 1758)

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6th January

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Catriona McDermid and Mana Shibata
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Catriona McDermid    bassoon

with Mana Shibata 

and Suling King piano

The distinctive sounds of the bassoon and oboe must be among the most evocative and haunting in classical music, and some wonderful music has been composed for each and for both together. Catriona and Mana are each young, enthusiastic and rising stars of their instruments. Enjoy this musical journey with them through music by composers both familiar - Brahms, Poulenc and Britten – and less familiar, and relish music written for these instruments or transformed by their unusual timbres.
Generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust

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Peter Hope: 

Marina Dranishnikova:  Poem for Oboe and Piano

Melissa Douglas:

Alexandre Tansman:
  Suite for Bassoon and Piano

  Caprices for solo bassoon

  3 Song Transcriptions for oboe, bassooon & piano
 - An eine Aölsharfe
 - An Die Nachtigall
 - So lass uns Wandern

Benjamin Britten:
  Pan, Phaeton, Niobe and Arethusa

from Six Metamorphoses for solo Oboe

Francis Poulenc
: - Trio for Oboe Bassoon and Piano

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13th February


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, a row will be held for them for two weeks before being released to the public.  .

*N.B. Earlier start time

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17th February
Afternoon Half Term Family Concert
Ensemble 360

Tim Horton piano, Benjamin Nabarro violin, Gemma Rosefield cello, Naomi Atherton horn, Adrian Wilson oboe/cor anglais)
and narrator Polly Ives 

Giddy Goat 

With lots of audience participation, brilliant music and musicians, this concert will delight young audiences, families and friends of all generations alike. Being a mountain goat is no fun when you are scared of heights - poor Giddy’s head spins and his knees turn to jelly! Can he find the fearless goat inside himself in time to rescue little Edmund?  Come and help!!
Our 11th annual Keswick Family Concert is not to be missed!

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

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Giddy Goat

Being a mountain goat is no fun when you are scared of heights! Stand poor Giddy on a mountain ledge and his head starts spinning and his knees turn to jelly. But can he find the fearless goat inside himself in time to rescue little Edmund?

With lots of audience participation, image projections from the books and brilliant music and musicians, this live concert will delight young audiences, families and friends of all generations in equal measure.

Based on the book by Jamie Rix and Lynne Chapman with original music from Music in the Round's award-winning Children's Composer in Residence, Paul Rissmann.

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17th February

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Tim Horton
at 6.45 pm
Ensemble 360

Tim Horton piano, Benjamin Nabarro violin, Gemma Rosefield cello,

Naomi Atherton
horn, Adrian Wilson oboe/cor anglais)

Ensemble 360 was formed in 2005 to take up residency at Sheffield’s in-the-round Crucible Studio Theatre, hence the ‘360°’ name. It is widely renowned for its virtuoso performances and engaging interpretations of a remarkable range of music. Tonight five of the group including eminent pianist Tim Horton have a great programme of piano, wind and string music to offer, including Brahms’ great Piano Trio, romantic, dramatic, melodious and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Schumann:  Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano

Reinecke:  Trio in A minor Op. 188 for oboe, horn and piano

Brahms:  Piano Trio in B Op. 8

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24th March

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

Bradley Creswick  director/violin

Peter Francomb  horn

The verve and brilliance of Royal Northern Sinfonia with their lively director Bradley Creswick is here yet again with a wonderful programme! Rossini’s scintillating overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers, followed by Richard Strauss’s virtuosic 2nd Horn Concerto, one of his last great works and the most performed and recorded horn concerto of the 20th century. Finally we return to the Mediterranean with Mendelssohn’s sunny Italian Symphony. 

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The Italian Girl in Algiers

R. Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 2

Mendelssohn: Italian Symphony

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14th April

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Carducci Quartet

with Julian Bliss  clarinet

Matthew Denton
and Michelle Fleming  violins

Eoin Schmidt-Martin  viola, Emma Denton  cello

The ascent of the stunning Carducci Quartet into the league of the world's major quartets has been phenomenal. They are in demand world-wide, with performances in the U.K., Europe and U.S., and hold their own festivals at Highnam, Gloucestershire, and at Castagneto-Carducci in Italy (hence their name); they are outstanding and a joy to hear, and are joined here by the great clarinettist Julian Bliss. Beethoven - his landmark Op.18 no. 1 - and Brahms - his great Clarinet Quintet – will frame Gumboots, a thought-provoking and life enhancing work by David Bruce, a composer with a growing international reputation. This will be a memorable evening to complete our 71st season.

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  Quartet in F major Op 18 No.1

David Bruce :   Gumboots for clarinet and string quartet

Brahms:  Clarinet Quintet

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