Programme for the 68th Season 2015 - 2016
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Fabulous Concerts . . . . . . . on your doorstep . . . . . . . Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

27th September

Pre-concert talk by
Tasmin Little and
Martin Roscoe
at *6.30pm*

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Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe

violin and piano

For our season’s opening concert, the perfect duo playing lovely music: two internationally acclaimed soloists complementing each other and needing no introduction in Keswick. Tasmin Little, violin star and outstanding communicator resumes her longstanding partnership with the sensitive and brilliant Martin Roscoe, a favourite with our audiences. Their absorbing and varied programme includes music by Beethoven, Brahms, Delius and Strauss.

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Beethoven: Sonata in G op.96

Delius: Legende

Strauss: Sonata for violin and piano

18th October

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

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Endymion Wind Ensemble

Jenny Doyne  flute        Joe Sanders  oboe
Antony Pay  clarinet    Gareth Twigg  bassoon
Anna Douglas  horn   Michael Dussek  piano

A breeze through France and Germany

This is a ravishing programme uniting the starkly contrasting Germanic and Gallic musical tastes by arguably two of the most famous representatives of each.  Two of Endymion’s favourites feature in this programme: Mozart’s elegant quintet and it’s antithesis, the raucous, chic and cheeky Sextet by Poulenc.  They make excellent companions, guaranteed to inspire you with beauty, and then put a smile on your face.  Beethoven’s quintet was written when he was just 26, in homage to Mozart, using the same instruments, key and form as the elder composer.  Ravel provides the bridge from Mozart to Poulenc, mixing classical Teutonic ideas with spine-tingling, French panache.

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  Quintet for piano and winds in E flat K. 452

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (arr. Nissen)

Beethoven: Quintet for piano and winds in E flat,
Op. 16

Poulenc: Sextet for piano and winds.

15th November

Pre-concert talk by Angela Hewitt with Ian Hare
at 6.45pm

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Angela Hewitt piano

‘Beyond praise’ – the critical verdict on one of the world’s leading pianists, the mesmerizing Angela Hewitt.  Her concerts and recitals enthrall audiences worldwide with her absolute command of the instrument, her beauty of tone and her profound understanding of the music. She will include Bach – as one of his foremost interpreters in our time – Scarlatti and Beethoven in her programme.

One of the world’s leading pianists, Angela Hewitt regularly appears in recital and with major orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. Her performances and recordings of Bach have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer's foremost interpreters of our time.

Angela Hewitt has recently performed with orchestras including The Cleveland, Toronto Symphony, Philharmonia, and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She has also appeared with kammerorchesterbasel, Camerata Salzburg, and the Rotterdam Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras, as well as the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. Recent and future highlights include concerts with the Finnish Radio Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Brussels Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, RAI Torino, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms and a return to Verbier Festival.

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Bach:  Partita No. 2 in Cminor

Scarlatti:  a group of Sonatas

Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue

Années de Pèlerinage: Deuxième année: Italie
      Sonetto 47 del Petrarca
      Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
      Sonetto 123 del Petrarca


  Bourrée Fantasque

13th December


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O Duo

Percussion Duo

Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell

Children’s Christmas Workshop Concert

Olly and Owen’s children’s events are wildly popular - children joining in the fun-packed workshop concert, discovering the endless musical possibilities of tuned and untuned percussion (and ‘junk’ instruments, hosepipes to hoovers!)

An hour of percussive entertainment and education – Bach, Albeniz and Czardas and a bit of Christmas - in their inimitable style!

The eighth annual Keswick Children’s Concert.

Tickets £5 adults should be accompanied by at least one child and vice versa!

This concert is not included in the KMS members subscription.

Sample Programme  for Children’s concert  

O Duo
Bongo Fury 

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude 
Isaac Albeniz: Cadiz 
Horace Silver: Song for my Father 
Vittorio Monti: Czardas 
Audience: Now it's your turn 
Philip Glass: Mad Rush 
O Duo : O Drumming 
Minoru Miki: Marimba Spiritual

13th December

Pre-concert talk by Oliver and Owen
at 6.45 pm

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O Duo
Percussion Duo

Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell

Our Christmas Concert – come and enjoy O Duo!  Their performances – virtuosic and revealing - of music from Bach to Brubeck, Chopin to Glass, on a fascinating array of tuned and untuned percussion instruments, with their informal and informative presentation, captivate and intrigue audiences in top concert halls around the world – and Hyde Park at the Last Night of the Proms.
– and something for Christmas, no doubt.

Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell formed O Duo in 2000 while studying at the Royal College of Music. In 2002 they made their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with their show, ‘Bongo Fury’, which they played over 25 times to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim. This led to them returning to the Fringe for two more years, and also laid a platform for their future success in a number of competitions, including being selected by Young Concert Artists Trust for representation in 2005.

Since then, O Duo has gone from strength to strength, giving recitals all around the world, performing both chamber music and concertos in many of the country’s top concert halls, playing in Hyde Park for the Last Night of the Proms, as well as commissioning many new works and inspiring countless children (and adults!) around the world with their virtuosic performances, laid-back presentation and passion for both percussion and music in general.

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O Duo:
Bongo Fury
Enrique Granados: 
Spanish Dances no. 1 and 5
French Suite no 5 (excerpts)      
2 Etudes     
Take 5                                 
Monti -
O Duo: 
42nd St Rondo                     
Antonio Soler: 
Sonata No 84
Mad Rush                             
Olly Cox: 
Signals from Space

17th January

Pre-concert talk by
John Cooper Green
at 6.45 pm

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Timothy Nelson  baritone

Ian Tindale   piano

Schubert’s Die Winterreise is arguably the most stirring, beautiful and gripping music for voice and piano. To hear it is to experience some of the most poignant and unforgettable emotional profundities in classical music. The critically acclaimed baritone Timothy Nelson and his prizewinning pianist Ian Tindale present an extraordinary Winter Concert.

Generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

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  Die Winterreise

10th February


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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

14th February

Pre-concert talk by
John Cooper Green
at 6.45 pm

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Pascal Rogé and Ami Rogé   piano

Erik Satie Centenary Concert

Pascal Rogé is one of the great interpreters of French piano music - his name is simply synonymous with the best playing of French repertoire in the world today.
For several years, Pascal has enjoyed playing recitals for four-hands/two-pianos with his partner in life and in music Ami Rogé. 

Together, they have travelled the world appearing at prestigious festivals and concert halls.  They have appeared in New York Carnegie Hall, Hong Kong Joy of Music Festival, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the Beijing International Piano Festival, on tour in New Zealand, at Incontri in Terra di Sienna in Tuscany, at the Salisbury international Festival, the Thaxted Festival, Music for Galway, The Sage Gateshead, Nottingham’s Lakeside Arts Centre, London’s Chopin Society, and Petworth Festival.

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Satie:  La Belle Excentrique (duet)

Petite Suite (duet)

  Morceaux en forme de poire (duet)
           Gnossiennes 2 & 5 (piano solo)
           Embryons désséchés (piano solo)

  Ma Mère L’Oye (duet)

Gymnopédies No 1 (piano solo)
            Je Te Veux (piano solo)
            Parade (duet)

  Enfantines (duet)

:  Images (duet)

L. Durey:
Carillons (duet)

G. Auric:
Adieu in New York (duet)

  Pastorale d’été (duet)

Sonate (duet)
16th March

Pre-concert talk by Martin Roscoe and Nicholas Ward

at 6.45 pm

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Northern Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas Ward  director/violin

Martin Roscoe  piano

Founded in the 60’s the Northern Chamber Orchestra has a formidable reputation for engaging and exciting concerts and a wide repertoire. It is one of the U.K.’s top chamber orchestras whose members also regularly play as principals and soloists with other orchestras. Martin Roscoe, the most admired and popular pianist, returns to Keswick as soloist in Beethoven’s great Emperor Concerto, with an imaginative programme including two Mozart masterpieces, Delius’ beautiful and much loved evocation of the English countryside and Shostakovich’s youthfully energetic Prelude and Scherzo.

Generously made possible by Orchestras Live

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Mozart: Overture: Marriage of Figaro

Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat
                    (‘The Emperor’)

Shostakovich: 2 pieces: Prelude and Scherzo for

Mozart:  Symphony No. 35 in D (‘The Haffner’)

10th April

Pre-concert talk by
Paul Cassidy
at 6.45 pm

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Brodsky Quartet
Daniel Rowland  violin       Ian Belton  violin

Paul Cassidy  viola            Jacqueline Thomas  cello

Pre-concert talk by Paul Cassidy at 6.45 pm

Formed in 1972, the Quartet was named after the distinguished Russian violinist Adolf Brodsky, dedicatee of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto, and has performed on the major stages in the UK and all around the world, broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio and with more than 50 recordings to its name. The Quartet is a byword internationally for chamber music at its very best.

Since its formation in 1972 the Brodsky Quartet has performed over 2000 concerts on the major stages of the world and released more than 50 recordings. A natural curiosity and insatiable desire to explore has propelled the group in many artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a place at the very forefront of the international chamber music scene but also a rich and varied musical existence. Their energy and craftsmanship have attracted numerous awards and accolades worldwide, while ongoing educational work provides a vehicle for passing on experience and staying in touch with the next generation.

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String Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 68

  String Quartet No.14 Op. 131*

* (a change from the advertised programme of String Quartet No.8 Op. 59 No.2)

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