Programme for the 72nd Season 2019 - 2020
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This page last updated: 29th August 2019 - Change in the April 2020 programme

29th September 2019

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European Union Chamber Orchestra

Alessandro Ruisi  Leader/Director

George Todica  piano

The Keswick Music Society’s 2019-20 season at Theatre by the Lake is launched with an exciting orchestral concert from the internationally acclaimed European Union Chamber Orchestra led and directed by Hans-Peter Hofmann.

EUCO gave its first concerts in 1981 and soon gained a worldwide reputation for elegant and refined music making of the highest standard.  As a musical ambassador for the EU they’ve made intercontinental tours to South and East Asia, North, South and Central America, North Africa and the Middle East as well as across Europe.
Now giving annually 30 to 40 concerts its schedule includes prestigious halls such as Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Frankfurter Alte Oper, Milan’s Sala Verdi and Valencia’s Palau de la Musica as well as many major halls across Britain and the rest of the world. British soloists who have recently performed with EUCO include Nicola Benedetti, Alison Balsom and Julian Lloyd Webber.

For their concert at Theatre by the Lake we are very fortunate to have the young Romanian pianist George Todica playing the wonderful Mozart Piano concerto #12 in A major K.414. George is presently based in Scotland studying a Master of Music program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During his time at the RCS he has won the 1st prize at the Moray International Piano Competition,1st prize at the Stefano Marizza Competition in Trieste, Italy, and 2nd Prize at the International Piano Campus Competition in Pontoise, France.

The programme also includes Mozart Divertimento in F K138; Britten’s Simple Symphony and Bartok’s lively Romanian Dances.

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Britten: Simple Symphony

Faure:  Nocturne for strings op.57

Mozart: Piano concerto no. 12 in A major K414

Mozart: Divertimento in F K138

Grieg:  Two Elegiac Melodies Op.34

Bartok: Rumanian Dances

20th October 2019

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Lara Melda  piano

Lara Melda is the exciting young pianist who won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in the final round with Vasily Petrenko and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Lara then went on to study with Ian Jones at the Royal College of Music from where she graduated in the summer of 2016 with a first-class honours degree. A measure of her talent and; Alfred Brendel has taken a keen interest in Lara’s development as a soloist.  She also enjoys playing chamber music and in 2015 was the first scholarship holder under the Imogen Cooper Music Trust.

Since then her career has blossomed in the UK and internationally and she made her BBC Proms and Royal Albert Hall debut in 2018 as one of the soloists performing with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Andrew Gourlay in an evening devoted to previous Young Musician winners.

Lara made her Wigmore Hall recital debut in 2017 and followed this with other sold-out recitals there in January and December 2018. She returns to the Wigmore Hall in November 2019 with much the same programme that she’ll be performing for us in Keswick ...Chopin, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev and Lyadov.

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:  Barcarolle in F# major Op.60
               3 Nocturnes Op.9
               Sonata No.3 in B minor Op. 58

Rachmaninov:  Etudes Tableau Op.33:
                         No.7 in Eb major and No.8 in G minor
                         Preludes Op.23:
                         No.4 in D major and No.5 in G minor

Lyadov:  Barcarolle in F# minor Op.44

Prokofiev:  Romeo & Juliet Op.75: Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8


10th November  2019

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Pelleas Ensemble

Henry Roberts  flute  Luba Tunnicliffe  viola

Oliver Wass  harp

The lovely combination of instruments and musicians who are The Pelléas EnsembleLuba Tunnicliffe - Viola; Henry Roberts - Flute and Oliver Wass - Harp have been praised for creating an immediate and intimate connection with their audiences, as the Keswick audience will know from when Henry & Oliver played here in January 2018 and delighted us with their brilliant and sensitive music making.

The trio’s recent Wigmore Hall debut was praised for its “captivating vitality” and “effortlessness and delicacy" (Seen and Heard International). The Times say they play with “verve and polish”.
High praise indeed for a young trio with a great future ahead of them, but they have a great track record too. They recently won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Henderson Chamber Ensemble Award, and the 2017 Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the Royal Overseas League competition. In 2016 they won both the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition and won a place on the prestigious Tillett Trust Young Artists’ Programme. And in 2015 they won First Prize at the British Harp Chamber Music Competition.

We look forward to hearing a varied and uplifting programme spanning the 18th century to the 20th century, including works by Telemann, Gershwin and Ravel.

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Elegiac Trio

Mussorgsky:  Selections from Pictures at an Exhibition
                     (solo harp)

Richard Bissill: Twisted Elegy

Gershwin:  A Foggy Day/Love Walked In

Couperin:  Trio Sonata Selections

Ravel:  Le Tombeau de Couperin arr. Jocelyn Morlock


8th December 2019

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Gitarrissima of Vienna

Olga Dimitrova   octave guitar

Réka Mihalovics-Zottmann, Antonina Ovchinnikova

and Katarina Maric   concert guitars

Maksim Jablocnik
   acoustic bass guitar

Gitarrissima is a unique ensemble of five young female guitarists from across Europe who have been enchanting a steadily growing international audience with their sensitive musical interplay and virtuoso performances.

Thanks to their unusual line-up – the quintet consists of an octave guitar (Olga Dimitrova), three concert guitars (Réka Mihalovics-Zottmann, Antonina Ovchinnikova and Katarina Maric) and an acoustic bass guitar (Maksim Jablocnik)  – and their original arrangements, the ensemble is breaking new ground in the genre of classical guitar music.

They create a refreshingly original sound which gives a new dimension to popular classical works as well as less well-known compositions. The Quintet is characterized by a wealth of musical colour and an orchestral density which is rarely heard. One former member of the ensemble, Krisztina Groß Dobó is responsible for almost all the arrangements, which combine cleverly balanced voicings with an airy transparency and make ingenious use of the entire range of playing techniques including percussive effects.

In 2014 they won 3rd Prize and the special Audience Prize at the 3rd International Competition for Guitar Ensembles in Aschaffenburg, Germany, impressive proof of their musicality when they excited both the professional jury and the audience with their performances.

The programme will include original arrangements of works by Bizet (Carmen), Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake and Nutcracker), Copland, Shostakovich and others. 

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A Christmas Celebration Programme

Bizet:  4 Pieces from Carmen Suite

Andrew York:  African Suite: Bantu

Shingo Fujii:  Rhapsody Japan: Furusato

Copland:  Hoe Down from Ballet Suite Rodeo

Gershwin:  Porgy & Bess: Potpourri

Shostakovich:  Tahiti Trot
                         Jazz Suite No.1: Waltz No.2

Tchaikovsky:  3 Pieces from Ballet Suite: Swan Lake
                       4 Pieces from Ballet Suite: The Nutcracker

5th January  2020

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Jonathan Radford   saxophone

Ashley Fripp  piano

The exciting saxophonist Jonathan Radford has received brilliant reviews for his performances throughout the UK and Europe in major venues including Wigmore Hall and the QEH.
He featured as a ‘rising star’ in the BBC Music Magazine in 2018 and is currently a young artist with Making Music, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Tunnell Trust. Praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", Jonathan is the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner.
Jonathan studied at Chetham’s Schools of Music and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. He recently graduated from the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music, where he was the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017-18.
Jonathan’s accompanist, the British pianist Ashley Fripp has performed extensively as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia in many of the world’s most prestigious concert hall including Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Royal Festival, Barbican and Wigmore Halls. Ashley studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and is currently furthering his studies with Eliso Virsaladze at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole (Italy). He has won prizes at more than a dozen national and international competitions.
Their concert will include works by Schumann, Debussy, Piazzolla, Yoshimatsu and Gershwin.

Generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

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Debussy:  Prélude á l’après-midi d’un faune

Schumann:  Violin Sonata no.1 op.105

Bernstein:  West Side Story suite

Yoshimatsu:  Fuzzy Bird sonata for alto saxophone and piano

Piazzolla:  Histoire du Tango

Gershwin:  Three Preludes

12th February 2020


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

16th February 2020

Afternoon Half Term Family Concert

Tim Kliphuis Trio

Tim Kliphuis   violin        Nigel Clark   guitar        Roy Percy   bass

"Paganini and Grappelli”

Dutch master violinist Tim Kliphuis and his trio present a short, one-hour, young person-friendly programme of music through the ages with a focus on improvisation and creativity.

Starting with Vivaldi and Bach and ending up with Duke Ellington, the trio deliver their high energy interpretations with great style and humour. Tim, who is a gifted educator, also talks about the music and the rhythms, and uses an interactive approach with the young people so the audience can experience what they learn first-hand.
This promises to be a fun concert for all ages featuring a mix of classical, jazz improvisation and folk music.

*Free for under 18s. Adult tickets (not included in Membership) £5 from the Theatre Box Office 017687 74411.
*Please note: To obtain the 'free' seats for children you need to book by telephone or in person at the Theatre (the website booking software does not make allowance for 'free' seats!)

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A fun concert of classical, jazz improvisation and folk music.

Starting with Vivaldi and Bach and ending up with Duke Ellington, the trio deliver their high energy interpretations with great style and humour.
16th February 2020


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Tim Kliphuis Sextet

Tim Kliphuis & Seonaid Aitken, violins

Liam Lynch   viola    Su-a Lee   cello

Nigel Clark   guitar    Roy Percy   bass

"The Brandenburg Seasons”

Classically trained Tim Kliphuis has been hailed as a contemporary improvising “Paganini” and is widely regarded as Stéphane Grappelli’s heir. His Trio are joined by three brilliant Scottish musicians to perform movements from their most recent works: “Reflecting the Seasons” and “Brandenburg”.  These interpretations of Vivaldi’s and Bach’s music create a profoundly musical blend of classical, gypsy jazz and folk music, all delivered with a ready humour and great finesse.

In this semi-improvised programme there will also be works by Duke Ellington and Tim’s mentor, Stéphane Grappelli. Where are the lines between classical music and jazz? Between romantic music and folk? And does it matter when great music is played with great imagination, technique and style?  

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"The Brandenburg Seasons”

22nd March 2020


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Brodsky Quartet and Martin Roscoe piano
These three contrasting yet characteristic works were amongst Elgar’s last great masterpieces, all composed in 1918 around the time of his cello concerto. Even Edward Elgar himself knew there was something unique about his Piano Quintet, a haunted, impassioned work written in the embers of the First World War, describing it as “ghostly stuff”.

The Brodsky Quartet’s energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, whilst Martin’s exceptional piano playing is well-known to Keswick audiences. When one of Britain’s most dynamic string quartets comes together with one of our favourite pianists to play one of our greatest composer’s music, you know to expect something special.

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Elgar Project

Elgar:  String Quartet in E minor, Op. 83

  Sonata for Violin & Piano in E minor, Op. 82

Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

19th April 2020


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Aljoša Jurinic  piano

Alyosha is the exceptional young Croatian virtuoso who won the 16th International Robert Schumann Competition in 2012. As well as many other prizes, he was a finalist in both the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in 2015 and the Leeds International Piano competition in 2018. Hailed by the magazine Music & Vision as “a Chopin-player beyond compare” we are sure to be treated to a concert of piano playing of the greatest sensitivity and insight.

Note: Alyosha’s concert will definitely include works by Chopin and Schumann but please note that from the time of this brochure’s production (March 2019) the programme

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Aljoša Jurinic

C. Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 21

F. Schubert
: Three Piano Pieces, D. 946

C. Debussy: Estampes, L. 100

F. Chopin
: Nocturne in B Minor, Op. 9. No. 3

F. Chopin
: Polonaise in A Flat Major, Op. 53

NB: please note that since the production of the KMS printed brochure (March 2019) the programme has been altered and is as you see above

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