Programme for the 73rd Season 2020 - 2021
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Whet your appetite for our new and exciting Forthcoming season

Fabulous Concerts . . . . . . . on your doorstep . . . . . . . Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Keep an eye on this page and watch our new season taking shape . . . .

This page last updated: 21st August 2020
 N.B. Until government guidelines change our forthcoming season is 'on hold' and at the time of writing will not be taking place as planned.

27th September

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Eric Lu  piano

For the opening concert of our 2020-21 season Keswick Concerts are delighted to be able to present Eric Lu, at the start of his UK autumn tour. Eric is the brilliant Chinese-America pianist who won the First Prize in the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018. He is already being compared with outstanding pianists of earlier generations, having been exciting audiences around the world with his magical playing, including a Proms debut in 2019. Still only 22 he has recently been announced as one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists, and his 2020 UK tour will include concerts at Wigmore Hall and QEH among other venues.

Eric will be performing works by Schubert (including piano sonata D959), Prokofiev (piano sonata No.7), and Chopin. Don’t miss this opening concert of the season if you want to hear one of the very best young talents – someone who is sure to be thrilling international audiences for years to come.

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  Allegretto in C minor D915
Schubert:  Piano Sonata D959

Chopin:  Three Mazurkas Op.59

Prokofiev:  Piano Sonata No.7

18th October

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Sacconi Quartet

Ben Hancox  
violin, Hannah Dawson   violin

Robin Ashwell  viola,  Cara Berridge   cello

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet have been recognised as one of the UK’s foremost string quartets since they were founded in 2001, and still comprise the four founding members.

Performing with style and commitment, the quartet are known for their creativity, integrity of interpretation and their shared passion for the string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm.

They enjoy a busy international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts and are the Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music.

They will be playing a Beethoven quartet that was his own favourite among his late quartets, and of which it is said that upon listening to a performance Schubert remarked, "After this, what is left for us to write?" Thankfully Mendelssohn disagreed and wrote his beautiful quartet in A minor in memory of Beethoven which the Sacconis will also be playing, along with Purcell’s Fantasias

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Purcell:  Fantasias

Mendelssohn:  String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

Beethoven:  String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

8th November

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Emmanuel Bach   violin

Jenny Stern  

This concert is a chance to hear a true virtuoso violinist, Emmanuel Bach. Having won the Royal Overseas League String Competition 2018 and Mirecourt International Competition 2016 he’s rightly gaining increasing recognition as an exceptional soloist, and as a chamber musician. Notable recent performances include as co-soloist with Anne-Sophie Mutter in Bach’s Double Concerto and playing in a live-streamed masterclass on the Brahms Concerto conducted by Maxim Vengerov. Later in 2020 he’s taking part in the prestigious Sibelius Competition.

Emmanuel is accompanied by South Africa born pianist Jenny Stern, well-known in the UK as a superb accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. She has also recorded extensively for radio and television in Europe and South Africa.

Their interesting and varied programme includes masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms, delightful miniatures by Sibelius, as well as pieces by Ysaye and Wieniawski - two composers whose work deserves to be heard much more widely. 

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Beethoven:  Sonata No.7 in C minor, Op.30 No.2

Ysa˙e:  Solo Sonata No.2 in A minor 'Obsession'

Brahms:  Sonata No.1 in G, Op.78

Sibelius:  Rondino, Op.81 No.2; & Romance, Op.78, No.2

Wieniawski:  Polonaise No.2 in A, Op.20

6th December

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7 piece baroque & renaissance

Eric Moulder, Jude Rees, David Jarratt-Knock, Mary Mohan, Kate Moran, Tony Millyard, Jane Moulder

A programme to entertain and enjoy popular and secular music from the late 16th century, with works by, amongst others: Thomas Weelkes, Michael Praetorius, William Byrd, John Coperario, Anthony Holborne and, not forgetting, the ever popular ‘Anon’. 
So this is a rare opportunity for the Keswick audience to be taken back to experience music-making 400 years ago ... and not just to church music, or music for the courts.
Founded in 2002, PIVA have firmly established themselves as one of this country’s leading early music ensembles.  The group members are all multi-instrumentalists with backgrounds in renaissance, classical and traditional music; and in PIVA they meld all these influences together to create music of the past played for audiences of today.  The group will play over 40 different reproduction instruments of the period including curtals, crumhorns, cornetto, viol, violin, guitar, recorders, rauschpfeife, shawms, bagpipes and percussion.

PIVA have gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows throughout the UK and across Europe, so do come prepared to get into the Christmas spirit with them. 

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A Tudor Christmas

An evening of Seasonal Music and Celebrations

3rd January

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Festivo Winds

Leila Marshall  flute,  Adam Bowman oboe,  Andy Mellor  clarinet,

Tom Edwards  horn,  Holly Redshaw  bassoon

Festivo Winds are a delightful and dynamic young Wind Quintet - flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon – who together create a palpable sense of energy and fun. They specialise in the core repertoire for wind quintet but also take a strong interest in adding to the current repertoire, promoting arrangements and new works from emerging composers.

They formed in December 2017 after studying at the RNCM, and swiftly achieved competition success and critical recognition, since when they’ve performed at major venues and events including the Bridgewater Hall, the RNCM Chamber Music Festival, the Buxton International Festival and the Lake District Summer Music Festival.  When not playing in Festivo, members of the group have played in top orchestras including: the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal National Scottish Orchestra, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
The group have also taken part in the “FridayLive” scheme in Cumbria, performing and delivering workshops to pupils and students in primary and high schools across the region.
Festivo’s programme includes lively works by Mozart, Milhaud and others, and superb wind quintets by Nielsen and Francaix. If you’ve never heard this music before you are in for a real treat.

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(arr W. S. Meyer): Fantasie in F minor
Wind Quintet No. 1
La Chemineé de Roi Renée
arr Lisa Portia:  Tahiti Trot
Six Bagatelles
Wind Quintet

10th 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

14th February
Afternoon Half Term Family Concert  3.00pm

Bella Tromba  trumpet quartet

Come and discover more about the noble history of the ancient trumpet and learn how to make a noise on it! The all-women British trumpet quartet, Bella Tromba will present a short, fun, one-hour, young person-friendly programme of music for brass through the ages, with plenty of interaction with the audience.
As well as being brilliant players, Bella Tromba are gifted educators, so this promises to be a fun event for all ages with some unusual audience-participation, using some surprising musical “instruments”.
For this concert tickets for children are FREE, with seats for accompanying adults just £5.00 each

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

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Programme to be confirmed
14th February

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Bella Tromba  trumpet quartet

Emma Bassett,  Jo Harris

Becca Toft,  Vickie van Uden

Bella Tromba is a unique all-woman brass ensemble who perform chamber music extensively in the UK and abroad. When not performing as a group, the four members have busy freelance schedules playing with Britten Sinfonia, English National Ballet, London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Jazz Jamaica All Stars Big Band and Welsh National Opera among others.
Their concert features a superbly atmospheric first half featuring some brilliant music by baroque masters Monteverdi and Gesualdo that is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up; along with some more recent work including a masterpiece of the repertoire by Enescu. The second half showcases the lighter side of the trumpet, and the group’s own exceptional playing abilities.

Bella Tromba's instruments include the piccolo trumpet, bass trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as standard trumpets and cornets; so as with a string quartet expect a wide acoustic range and a variety of tones and colours.

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Claudio Monteverdi:    VESPERS of 1610: 
Arranged by Jo Harris      Deus in Adiutorium meum intende
                                     Duo Seraphim

Carlo Gesualdo:  O Vos Omnes
Arranged by Paul Archibald
Peter Longworth:  Days of Bells and Flying Creatures

George Enescu:  Au Soir - Nocturne for Four Trumpets

Vincent d’Indy:  Rondino

Gabriel Faure:  Le Secret
Arranged by Jo Harris

Henri Tomasi: Suite for Three Trumpets
Traditional Cornish:  Sweet Nightingale
Arranged by Becca Toft     

David Ferguson:  Miles

George Gershwin:  I Got Rhythm

21st March

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Royal Northern Sinfonia

Royal Northern Sinfonia, the world-class, full-time chamber orchestra based at the Sage Gateshead have been regular visitors to Keswick in recent years and rightly have a strong following amongst audiences in the north. This year we are very pleased to welcome a chamber ensemble comprising baroque strings complemented with wind soloists.

They will be playing an attractive programme of music by the well-known masters of that era including “Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alongside contrasting classical favourites and some virtuosic solo concertos.

Please Note. Whilst this concert will present works by baroque era composers; and these may include Albinoni, Bach, Handel as well as Vivaldi; at the time of this brochure’s production (March 2020) the programme has yet to be finalised. Please check the press and KMS website nearer the time for updates.

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11th April

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Lara Melda  piano

Lara Melda is the exciting international pianist who won the BBC Young Musician 2010 competition, performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in the final round. Lara went on to study at the Royal College of Music from where she graduated in the summer of 2016 with first-class honours.

Since then her career has blossomed in the UK and internationally, including recent sold-out recitals at Wigmore Hall and tours in major European concert halls.

Lara is a seriously formidable talent widely recognised for her playing of the great romantic repertoire. She displays a technique, range and virtuosity well beyond her years and we are delighted to welcome her to Keswick

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Chopin:  Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60                        
              Nocturne in B flat minor, Op. 9 No. 1   
              Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58

Rachmaninov:  Etude Tableau No. 7 in E flat major, Op. 33
                         Etude Tableau No. 8 in G minor, Op. 33
                         Prelude in D major, Op. 23 No. 4
                         Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5

Prokofiev:  Romeo & Juliet Op.75:
                      Montagues and Capulets,

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